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made a commitment about a year ago to up my fitness game. After I turned 40, my body just wasn’t functioning like it did before. My metabolism slowed down (thus some unexpected weight gain), my back and hips became stubbornly tight and inflexible, and my lungs got winded at even the most minor exertion. Those good old days of unlimited cereal bowls and moderate to nonexistent exercise would no longer cut it. I needed to jumpstart my health. But how? Like any dramatic lifestyle change, I knew there would be plenty of trial and error until I found the right fit. I tried different diet changes … eliminated some foods and added others. Signed up for everything from spin classes to yoga to Pilates so I could vary my cardio and stretching. I also carved time to exercise my mind, cutting back on television and web browsing and devoting more quiet time to reading and meditation. I’m happy where I’ve come in a year. I’m lighter, fitter and focused. Is my routine perfect? Hardly. But am I better for taking those steps to improve my life—body, mind and soul? Absolutely. This issue of HEALTH is filled with South Bay folks searching for their own perfect wellness recipe. They are men and women, young and old, athletes, trainers, cooks and dancers. They overcome odds to live their optimal best and even take the time to help others in their journeys. I hope you find their stories as inspiring as I did. —Darren Elms, Editor

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JACK NUNN HAS COMPETED IN HUNDREDS OF TRIATHLON RACES, ONE OF WHICH IS CONSIDERED BY SOME THE MOST CHALLENGING IN THE WORLD. AND HE’S NOT DONE YET. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

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“A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO [A FRIEND OF MY DAD’S] DARED ME TO DO THE RACE. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT. HE’S LIKE, ‘YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH, TRY THIS NORSEMAN RACE.’”

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iving in Southern California, the likelihood that you’ve met someone who has competed in a triathlon race is pretty high. Due to the required months of physical preparation, the commitment to participate in the three-sport competition is an achievement in itself— regardless of where you finish. An Olympic distance triathlon race, for example, begins with a 1,000-meter swim, followed by a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Of course if that sounds too mild, you could always opt for a half Ironman, which just for fun doubles the Olympic distance, starting the race with a 1.2-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride and finishes with a half marathon. The full Ironman—you guessed it—doubles that with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a full marathon. Add to those distances the extreme conditions of a 55º swim; cold and windy rainstorms; and 17,000 feet of vertical climbs at a 9% to 10% grade. Now you have the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. Growing up in Palos Verdes, Jack Nunn was an active kid. “I grew up skating because of my dad; that’s what he did. So I picked up ice hockey. I really loved it. And then I picked up baseball, soccer, and I surfed,” he says. In addition to ice hockey, Jack’s father, John Nunn, would also greatly influence his son’s path toward competitive rowing. “He was an Olympian,” Jack notes. “He won a bronze medal in ‘68 in rowing, and he was an Olympic coach.” At 6’3” tall and 220 pounds, Jack had a rower’s build and picked up the sport with ease. After high school, he went on to get a scholarship to Cal Berkley, where he won three national championships and four Pac-10s. After college he joined the National Team, where he won a silver medal at the World Championships. When the time came to head back to Los Angeles, Jack began instructing. “I started teaching [cycling] classes at 24 Hour Fitness through their Olympic program, and

then I started my fitness center (Roworx) in Long Beach.” During that same time—around 2008—a good rowing buddy of Jack’s mentioned he was going to do an Ironman. “I said, ‘Dude, I’m doing it with you. I’ve always wanted to do an Ironman.’” Ten years later, Jack has completed 13 full Ironman races and six half Ironmans … not to mention more than 100 (and counting) triathlons. Each race had its own challenges, whether from hot or cold weather conditions or tough terrain. During one race, the biggest obstacle Jack faced was his own health as he struggled to compete while suffering from food poisoning. But it’s Norseman that Jack credits as being his most challenging race to date. And for good reason. “A couple of years ago [a friend of my dad’s] dared me to do the race,” Jack says. “I didn’t even know about it. He’s like, ‘You think you’re tough, try this Norseman race.’” What makes the race so unique is its intimidating combination of extreme weather and terrain—but also the originality in which the race is set. “They’re very eccentric,” Jack explains. “They take you out on a ferry at 5 a.m., and you jump off in the middle of a fjord. It’s in the middle of the glacier, so it’s 55º. It’s cold. It’s not unbearable, but you have to wear a special wetsuit. And there are no buoys on the course, so they drop you in the middle of the fjord, and they say, ‘OK, go swim.’ It’s hilarious. They had a bonfire on the beach; that was your marker.” After roughly an hour and 20 minutes in 55º water, Jack transitioned into 45º winds and rains for his 112-mile bike ride up and down five massive peaks. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jack says. “It’s totally insane. And you’re hot and cold; it’s very extreme. Every time you go up, you’re getting hot, you’re working really hard. And then you come down, and you get cold.” With his support crew driving by his side, providing food, water and changes of clothes, Jack completed the 112-mile bike

Jack’s Year in HEALTH Typical Itinerary: “Weekly, it’s about the same. I teach, on average, two to three classes a day, sometimes four.”

Daily Nutrition: “A lot of eggs, a lot of egg whites, brown rice and corn tortillas. Less dairy, less red meat, but I do eat chicken, fish and turkey. I eat some bagels, and Stinger gels and Juice Plus+ bars—small meals throughout the day.”

Workout Routine: “People ask me a lot about what I do on my own, but [other than my instructing] that’s about it. Rowing: I push it not only because it’s my business but because I believe in it so much. 80% of my training is rowing. If you have the patience to learn the stroke, then you’ll get so much more out of it.”

Guilty Pleasure: “Lately it’s been Ben & Jerry’s.”

Weakness: “I suck at basketball, and I’m not a very good swimmer.”

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ride and began his transition into the full marathon ahead of him. Where his large build worked against him during the steepest climbs on the bike, the strength he had built as a rower gave him an advantage during the uphill portion of the marathon. Jack’s place in the race increased as he ran past 15 people in the zones he was told nobody runs. “I was like, ‘I’ll show these guys what rowers can do,’ and I ran up most of it,” he notes. At the finish line of Norseman, there are no medals. The 250 racers, who are only accepted if they’ve been lucky enough to be pulled from a lottery after applying to compete, are there for something more. They’re looking for an elevated experience … the ultimate challenge. And Norseman gives them that. So how do you quench the thirst of an athlete who’s always looking for next big challenge? “I signed up and I’m in—so whether I do it or not is one thing—but next year in February there’s a race called the Ultraman,” Jack says. “It’s double the Ironman distance. Actually, it’s more than double. It’s a 6.2-mile swim, followed by a 270-mile bike, followed by a 52-mile run. It’s over three days. You get 12 hours each day to finish each segment divided. So first, you swim 6.2 miles plus a 90-mile bike ride. The second day is a 170-mile bike ride, and the third day is your 52-mile run. That’s the Ultraman. It doesn’t get much press, but it’s becoming a little more popular because so many people are doing the Ironman, and they’re like, ‘What’s next?’” Also on Jack’s radar is the 2020 Kona Ironman. “I qualified through the legacy program,” Jack notes. “It’s a lifelong goal of mine to compete in the World Championship Ironman.” When he’s not training, Jack is focused on growing his business and Roworx and helping other athletes as a triathlon coach. ■

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A Taste for

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HER DAUGHTER’S MEDICAL CONDITION INSPIRES CHEF DORA PAULAR TO PACK FLAVOR AND NUTRIENTS INTO EVERY BITE. WRITTEN BY NANCY SOKOLER STEINER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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s a professionally trained chef who knew how to please palates, Dora Paular faced a new challenge when her eldest daughter, Kennedy, was born with a severe digestive malformation. Now 14 years old, Kennedy underwent numerous surgeries to reconstruct her abdomen and had extreme difficulty eating by mouth during the early years of her life. Even though her daughter received

Dora’s Year in HEALTH Daily Nutrition: “I practice what I preach. My diet is highprotein, low-carb and mostly vegetables. My favorite meal would be a gorgeous piece of salmon with some zucchini noodles, some kale and some farro with grilled tomatoes and ají sauce. It’s simple and clean.”

Guilty Pleasure: “Bone-in, double-cut rib eye, barely cooked with pretty much all the fat marbled around it.”

Fitness Routine: “I work out daily. Chris DiVecchio is my personal trainer. We do a lot of weight training and cardio. I focus on core strength since I’m on my feet all day. I love training for races and competitions like the Spartan.”

Health Inspiration: “My personal trainer is like my preacher. He keeps me on the straight and narrow.”

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nutrition via a feeding tube, Dora was determined to instill a love of food into her child. “Although eating was painful and traumatic for Kennedy, we sat down together for every meal,” Dora says. “She learned to love the smell, look and texture of food. Even if it was merely a single bite she put into her mouth, we considered it an achievement.” Because Kennedy could only eat tiny morsels of food at a time, Dora resolved to make every bite count. “Each meal needed


to create pleasure, interest and comfort, as well as the utmost in nutrition,” she says. Over time, Kennedy’s capacity to eat by mouth increased. She would have bites of food throughout the day and use a feeding machine nightly to supplement calories. For the past two years, Kennedy has no longer needed to use the feeding machine. In fact, Dora reports that her elder daughter has become a foodie with a penchant for white truffles, wild mushrooms, sashimi and

Wagyu beef. Today Dora—known as Chef Dora—uses the same approach in her professional kitchen as she does in her home kitchen. The single mother of two focuses on fresh produce and high-protein/low-carb foods cooked with Asian, American and French influences. Chef Dora’s enterprise consists of multiple endeavors. Her nutrition management program, FUEL by Chef Dora, provides prepared, preportioned meals customized to

clients’ nutritional and culinary preferences. The meals include fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, many from Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes. (“This is as local as it gets,” she says.) Selections—such as peppered filet steak with chimichurri, sautéed green beans and brown rice with diced rosemary sweet yams—contain no flour, preservatives or added sugar and are delivered ready to eat or heat in microwave-safe containers.

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“We try to use marinades, herbs and spices for flavors instead of the added fats and dairy that chefs typically rely on for their flavors,” she says. Chef Dora also handles special events, including catering, décor and production. A birthday extravaganza for one client involved transforming an empty warehouse into themed rooms including a re-creation of the Star Wars Cantina and a riff on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It featured a life-sized maze, sword swallowers and chainsaw jugglers. Chef Dora started out as a full-time private chef to a celebrity client (whom she declined to name) and continues managing his culinary and nutritional needs, as well as those of other private clients. She also has hospitality accounts including Ten Thousand, a new luxury residential high-rise on the Westside. Dora always knew she wanted to be a

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chef. Her Filipino culture, she says, emphasized sharing food as a way to nurture family and friends. Her grandfather, a chef in Sacramento, embodied that approach and passed along his love of food and cooking to his granddaughter. “In school, other kids would ditch to go to the beach,” she says. “I’d ditch to go to the farm on Crenshaw to buy fresh ears of corn.” Young Dora, a Torrance native, also saved her lunch money to patronize new restaurants. Afterwards, she’d replicate dishes at home for her friends. She received training in culinary institutions in California and Paris and worked as an executive chef and food and beverage director before striking out on her own in 2010. Chef Dora’s philosophy of food, she says, “is to make dining delicious without deprivation. Cooking should be from the heart. People should feel the warmth when they walk in, even before they sit down to eat.” ■


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t is often said that beauty comes from within. The same can certainly be said for our health. So as summer approaches and the days grow warmer and longer, rather than once again focusing on diet and exercise routines and our eternal desire to look our best, let’s shift our attention to our overall health … beginning with our inner wellness. If we nurture what is inside, our external health and beauty will surely follow.

KINTSUGI WELLNESS: THE JAPANESE ART OF NOURISHING MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT BY CANDICE KUMAI For Candice Kumai, aka the “Golden Girl of Wellness,” her Japanese heritage has always been her guide in practicing wellness. In her sixth book, the classically trained chef, author and TV personality integrates the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi with modern well-ness philosophy, offering a holistic approach to living well. Kintsugi is the art of taking a broken yet valuable object and repairing it with reverence. It is the art of appreciating and honoring one’s imperfections. In Kintsugi Wellness, Kumai offers Kintsugi as a metaphor for improving, accepting and healing one’s life.

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I’VE BEEN THINKING …: REFLECTIONS, PRAYERS, AND MEDITATIONS FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE BY MARIA SHRIVER Award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Maria Shriver has endured more than her fair share of challenges, yet she always emerges stronger and with immeasurable grace. In her latest book, Shriver reflects on living a life of meaning and gratitude. Tapping into her personal experiences, including recently becoming an emptynester, Shriver shares with her readers poignant quotes, reflections and stories that are touching, humorous and inspirational.

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rittany Hixenbaugh’s warm and bubbly persona is both grounding and energizing. She greets you with the familiarity of an old friend. Her candor and enthusiasm make her incredibly easy to talk to. This zest for life is something that has been a part of Brittany since she was a child, with dance serving as her preferred form of expression. “My mom says there’s a picture of me dancing on a table at Chuck E. Cheese’s for my 3rd birthday,” Brittany notes. “Ever since then she threw me into dance classes. I think I’ve done every organized sport there is, but I always went back to dance.” Movement and athleticism continued to be a driving force in Brittany’s life until a tragic car accident during her senior year of college resulted in the death of her father and a long and trying road to recovery— both physically and emotionally—for Brittany. Through the support of friends and family, the influence of physical trainers and her reconnection to health and fitness, Brittany has found herself again. And now, whether it’s during one of her group cycle classes at Afterburn Fitness or a one-on-one personal training session, Brittany is opening up about her struggles with PTSD and depression in an effort to raise awareness and inspire healthy healing. Growing up in Palos Verdes, Brittany was an active beachgoer—often surfing, kayaking or hiking. When the time came for college, she hoped to major in dance. But after a little nudging from her father, Brittany opted to work toward a communications major and business minor from the University of Arizona. While on a trip back to school during her senior year of college, Brittany and her father were in the accident. The SUV they were driving flipped three times. Brittany’s father was killed instantly. The car landed on the left side of Brittany’s body, causing severe head trauma and bruising. Miraculously, the only bone she broke was her pinky finger. Waking up in the hospital after being heavily sedated, Brittany was unable to see. “It started off just blurry when I woke up in

the hospital room. I kept saying, ‘I can’t see, I can’t see.’” She left the hospital not knowing if the damaged nerve that was causing her loss of vision had been bruised or severed. “A week or two after the accident I noticed an improvement, so I just held onto the hope that it’s getting better and hopefully was not going to be permanent,” Brittany notes. In addition to waiting on the improvement of her eyesight, Brittany was suffering from vertigo. “I remember for days there were times where [I thought], ‘I’m just going to sit here and close my eyes, because closing my eyes is better than having them open,’” she explains. While navigating through these challenges, she was also thinking about how to complete her senior year. “I went back to school three weeks after my accident,” she notes. With finals ahead of her, Brittany opted to complete her studies rather than postpone them. “I just knew that my dad would want me to finish. So I did it, and I did it with the highest GPA that I had out of all four years.” After many months of healing from the physical trauma of the accident, Brittany had yet to deal with the emotional effects of what had happened. “The physical part was so scary, and now it’s the mental part that’s scary. I said, ‘I don’t want this.’ That’s when I finally [sought] help—because it was debilitating. My post-traumatic stress, my anxiety and depression … the perfect word is ‘impending doom.’ You feel constantly like something bad is going to happen. I had fear all the time.” For Brittany, true healing meant focusing on both the physical and the emotional. “The last time I remembered that I was happy, I was dancing. At that time barre classes had become the new fad. I though, ‘OK, well I’m a dancer; I’ll try this class out.’” She also got a personal trainer. “Christine Sullivan—she’s amazing. When I talked to her about my accident, there was no judgment. She would just listen. And she really pushed me. I started to put on some muscle, and I felt good about myself. That’s what brought me back, was feeling

“That’s what brought me back, was feeling good about myself. You don’t realize how much the physical and mental aspect go hand-in-hand.”

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good about myself. You don’t realize how much the physical and mental aspect go hand-in-hand.” Through therapy and the reconnection to her physical well-being, Brittany started getting back in touch with who she was. And now she incorporates her journey while teaching others. In addition to being a special education teacher for kindergarten and first-grade students, Brittany teaches cycling and offers personal training at Afterburn Fitness. During her classes, she talks about the importance of mental health, utilizing her personal story as an anchor. “People always praise me [for helping them], but it’s actually a selfish relationship because they’re actually doing me the service. I’m making them accountable, but I’m also accountable now.” By being open about overcoming her own mental and physical hurdles, Brittany emphasizes the importance of a healthy body and soul. And if that helps even one of her students, it’s well worth it. ■

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Brittany’s Year in HEALTH Typical Weekday: “I wake up at 4 a.m., I get my coffee, and then I have a habit of getting back into bed and listening to my playlists. Then I’m on social media. Is that crazy at 4 a.m.? I’m out the door by 4:45 to teach a 5 a.m. class. And then depending on the day, I’ll train a client at 6 a.m. or I’ll go take a class. I bird bath, throw on some clothes, and I teach kindergarten and first grade till 3 p.m. After, if I haven’t gotten a workout, I’ll take a Pilates or a spin class, and then I like to go home, cook a meal and watch trashy reality TV.”

Daily Nutrition: “I don’t know moderation, and I feel like after 30 years I finally understand what moderation is. I love food. Right now, I’ve been really good about eating clean. I’m doing no dairy. I’m eating a lot of meats, vegetables and fruit, and I’m trying to eliminate all processed foods.”  

Fitness Inspiration: “The people I coach. Not only are they moms and dads, but they’re moms and dads with full-time jobs [or] stay-at-home moms and dads, balancing it all and then showing up to my 5 a.m. class … that’s inspiration to me. And then there’s Marissa Rivero Mcgrath; her Instagram title is @marissabishhhh.”

Health Goal: “I’m continuing my clean eating. [After seeing] what the nutrition part of clean eating has done for me, I want to keep going. And I’m fascinated with boxing and MMA. I see the dedication and the hard work; I just have so much respect for their artform and what they do.”

Guilty Pleasures: “There’s a new churro place in Redondo Beach. I think it’s called The Grail. It’s two churros with ice cream in the middle, and then they roll it in cereal. You could do nuts, sugar, caramel sauces. It’s worth every single calorie. And second, the butter cake from Nick’s in Manhattan. I don’t share; I’ll eat the whole thing.”


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ast season more than 44,000 people made Antarctica, the “Great White Continent,” their trip of a lifetime. Isolated and uninhabited, Antarctica is the last and largest pristine wilderness on earth, hosting some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet. As surprising as this may seem, it also happens to be the largest desert on our planet. (Antarctica gets less rain than the Sahara.) It is a unique destination—last of the wild frontiers and breathtaking at every turn. And let’s face it: The novelty of going to this far-out destination lends a certain “cool quotient.” Anyone who knows us recognizes that my husband, Dave, and I did not exactly embrace this trip equally. In fact, our respective attitudes about experiencing Antarctica reflected the polar (pun intended) reactions we got from our friends—the mystified exclamations of “What?! Why?” (that was Dave’s first reaction too) and those whose wide-eyed expressions of enthusiasm that stoked my own level of giddy anticipation. Fortunately I prevailed. So this past December Dave and I headed south and spent 15 magical days on an Abercrombie & Kent excursion aboard Le Lyrial—a 199passenger luxury expedition ship from French cruise line Ponant. Our trip commenced in balmy Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we met fellow travelers and prepped for the following morning’s charter flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This Argentinean resort town nicknamed “the end of the world” was the departure point for our cruise. It is the launching port for more than 90% of the cruises going to Antarctica. Over the entire journey we would travel 3,803 miles, sharing this extraordinary experience with a welltraveled international set including a handful of children—our Young Explorers. Our itinerary took us from Ushuaia down the Beagle Channel and northeast to the Falkland Islands; then across the South Atlantic to South Georgia Island; southwest across the Scotia Sea to the South Shetland Islands; and finally to the

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Antarctic Peninsula—the northernmost part of the Antarctic continent. Our return trip from the Antarctic Peninsula back to Ushuaia involved crossing the notorious Drake Passage, a body of water infamous for some of the world’s roughest seas. At its calmest, this final stretch is a gentle rise and fall … at worst a fierce rite of passage making for great cocktail banter. The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula each presented distinctly varied environments. The one constant: Each day delivered a power punch of jaw-dropping beauty, remote serenity and the opportunity to experience and learn about a world far from our normal, day-today life. It was the juxtaposition of these geographical marvels that amplified the exceptional quality of each. THE FALKLAND ISLANDS The Falkland Islands are about the size of Connecticut with a friendly population of just fewer than 4,000. Connecticut by contrast: 3.6 million! However, what the Falklands have that Connecticut does not are penguins. After arriving in the capital town of Stanley, we drove across the rugged and hilly Falkland terrain to encounter a rockhopper penguin colony—our first of many penguin colonies over the next two weeks. Sporting a black, spiky mohawk with yellow highlights and eyebrows, these gregarious marine birds look like they came straight out of a hip beauty salon. There are seven species of penguins in Antarctica, and we saw five over the following two weeks. Who knew these tuxedo-clad creatures with perfect posture could be so amusing? So many penguins … so little time. Many of us on this cruise remembered when Britain’s Iron Lady, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, sent British troops to this unfamiliar and remote British colony to wrestle the tiny island from an Argentinean invasion. Visiting the Falkland battlefields was an opportunity to understand the brief but bitter Falklands War of 1982.

SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND The days at sea were rich, filled with lectures and presentations by an outstanding team of naturalists covering everything from the geology of the area to the ever-present seabirds of the Southern Ocean (albatross, petrels, penguins); the variety of whales and the local history of commercial whaling that decimated their populations; special talks and films centering on the threat of global warming; and spellbinding stories of the heroic age of Antarctic explorers whose journeys defy what we thought was humanly possible. While technically not part of the Antarctic continent, South Georgia is considered part of Antarctica due to its location within the Antarctic Convergence—a defining oceanic boundary zone marking the true outer edge of Antarctica. About half of South Georgia Island is permanently covered with ice and snow. Its dramatic scenery of jagged mountain peaks and crevassed glaciers populated by massive concentrations of wildlife make this island a true jewel in any crown. Our first expedition day was overcast and fairly temperate by Antarctic standards. The temperature was in the 30s as our inflatable zodiacs approached Salisbury Plain on the northeast coast of South Georgia Island. After successfully negotiating our first zodiac landing, I was greeted by a site unlike any other I had ever seen. We had landed among one of the largest colonies of king penguins in the world. In front of us were a quarter of a million king penguins living the life—parading around in their trademark designer tuxedos of black, grey and white with brilliant |orange accents. Some were courting, some were incubating their unhatched egg, and some anxiously paced about listening for the unique whistle of their wandering juvenile chicks. We observed fur and elephant seals sharing beachfront property with their penguin neighbors. The bull elephant seals can grow to a massive 8,000 pounds, and their ability to move seemed to defy all


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laws of physics. We watched these aggressive “beachmasters” protect their harem of lovelies from other male contenders. Quite the show! Meantime the ladies snuggled affectionately together, occasionally picking up their heads to pose for photos. One of my favorite stops in South Georgia was Grytviken (pronounced Gritvikken), the site of the first whaling station in Antarctic waters, 1904. It was also the last to shut down some 58 years later … a victim of its own over-whaling success. An icy ghost town today, its intriguing remnants remain as a reminder of the station’s glory days, including a beached whaling ship and rusted-out leftovers from its whaling operation. Grytviken’s South Georgia Museum is a little gem, exhibiting artifacts from the early days of whaling, the whalers’ lives, maritime history, Antarctic exploration and natural history. The spirit of Ernest Shackleton, the largerthan-life explorer, permeates South Georgia. He and five colleagues landed on this island after miraculously navigating an 800-mile stretch across the treacherous Drake Passage in the James Caird, a 23-foot open boat. It was a final attempt to rescue the 22 stranded men left back on Elephant Island. Almost 17 months earlier his ship, The Endurance, was immobilized and eventually crushed by ice as he attempted the firstever Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1914. After unimaginable peril, all of Shackleton’s men survived the failed expedition. It lives on as one of the greatest survival stories of all time. A replica of that sturdy little lifeboat sits in the Grytviken museum. What a thrill to see it and imagine what these men endured. In a raw morning mist we toasted “The Boss” with Irish whiskey at his gravesite in the whalers’ cemetery. With Shackleton’s death in 1922, so went the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. For the next two days we sailed from South Georgia across the Scotia Sea south toward the South Shetland Islands, passing legendary Elephant Island along the way. It is along this route that we saw our first massive iceberg … not the pointy kind but tabular, or flat-top, like a table. A 13-mile long table! Just about six months prior, a 1.1 trillionton tabular iceberg about the size of Delaware and as tall as two Statues of Liberty broke off Antarctica, joining about 300,000 other floating icebergs in the Southern Ocean. Scientists gave this new

traveling iceberg the sexy name of A-68! THE LAND OF ICE As we approached the Antarctic Peninsula, our first view of the Antarctic landscape was startling! The images that heretofore we could only imagine were now in plain sight. We had followed Alice down the rabbit hole, revealing a vast metropolis of glaciers, fantastical sculpted icebergs that radiate an iridescent blue and cliffs that descend straight into the icy waters. Not a spec of

“At last we were actually standing on Antarctica at Paradise Bay, along with colonies of nesting gentoo penguins.” green to be seen. Clearly, we were not in Kansas anymore. This frozen continent, the fifth largest, is an uninhabited ice sheet averaging 1.3 miles thick. Ice covers 98% of it, an area larger than the U.S. and Mexico combined. If it were to melt, scientists estimate the sea would rise 200 feet. Hmmm! The Antarctica Peninsula is the northernmost part of the Antarctic continent. The South Pole, the southernmost place on earth, is yet another challenging 1,700 miles further south. It was the day before Christmas. It had been snowing all night, and the magical wonderland just outside our balcony was like a snow globe. And I as in it!

The snow gave way to fine weather, and our zodiacs wove through a maze of icebergs to make our first actual landing on Antarctica. At last we were actually standing on Antarctica at Paradise Bay, along with colonies of nesting gentoo penguins. En route back to the mother ship, our zodiac tour made a surprise stop: a zodiac “bar boat” offering holiday Champagne! We joyfully toasted our good fortune amongst the spouting whales, seals, porpoising penguins, seabirds, icebergs and impressive mountains. The best was yet to come. After a special Christmas Eve dinner (the food was consistently delicious and plentiful), our captain steered the boat through the narrow Lemaire Channel, nicknamed “Kodachrome Alley,” one of Antarctica’s landmark spots and probably the most popular tourist destination on the continent. Cruising down this passage was a “pinch myself to see if I am dreaming” experience. This narrow waterway is surrounded by cliffs and glaciers that rise dramatically out of the water, creating mirror images in the calm water’s reflection. Ice floes drift by, occupied by the occasional seal or penguin. It was just before midnight and the sun had refused to set, putting on a dazzling show. The horizon was ablaze. If you didn’t know better, you would think you were cruising toward a fiery end of the world. This was a Christmas Eve like none other. I had been lamenting the fact that while we had seen whales aplenty, the killer whale (actually the largest member of the dolphin family) had eluded us thus far. And right on cue, after dinner, a pod of Orcas with their distinctive white patches and dorsal fins surfaced along the side of the boat to give us a majestic send-off as we started our journey across the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia. And in case you are wondering … we had a smooth, delightful crossing across the Drake. How lucky can you get? Even seeing a mere portion of Antarctica, one cannot help but recognize the preciousness of this unspoiled continent. Fortunately, in 1959, 12 nations already active in the area—including the United States—created the Antarctic Treaty, a unique agreement to protect Antarctica from ourselves. Designated as “a natural reserve devoted to peace and science,” the treaty prohibits any kind of military activity and promotes international scientific cooperation. So far, so good! ■

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he halls of the Redondo Beach Dance 1 studio echo with sounds of excitement as the students greet fellow dancer Ella Fukashima. At 14 years old, Ella is a vibrant and enthusiastic teenager with years of experience as a dancer and big dreams to turn her love for dance into a professional career. Ella’s been dancing since she was a toddler, but it’s been during the last five years, she explains, that her practice has become

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more serious. “Dancing seriously to me means I knew that I wanted to be a dancer when I grew up and do it professionally. Dancing is my entire life.” Another big moment for Ella was when she was promoted to pointe. “When you see the professional dancers, they’re all on pointe when they’re performing. I’m just like them, just a little beginner.” It’s easy to see how passionate Ella is about dancing; her enthusiasm is contagious.

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Ella’s Year in HEALTH Daily Nutrition: “I have a salad every day for lunch; normally my dad packs it. It [has] sesame oil, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and sometimes we have sunflower seeds for crunch. For breakfast my dad makes me these breakfast sandwiches [with] whole grain wheat toast, avocado and scrambled eggs.”   

Workout Routine: “Normally at home I do core exercises. There’s a seven-minute workout challenge that I sometimes do with my dad, just to get a quick warm-up.” (This is, of course, in addition to her rigorous dance schedule.)

Guilty Pleasures:

It’s that same enthusiasm, however, that nearly makes you forget the amount of discipline and dedication Ella has committed to her practice. In addition to ballet, Ella studies lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, tap and contemporary. She dances six days a week, going straight from school to Dance 1 where she takes classes from 4 to 8:30 p.m. The school is typically closed on Sundays, though students are sometimes there for rehearsals. When asked how she balances her schedule, Ella doesn’t skip a beat. “You have school and you have your friends at school, and [when you’re asked to go out] it’s hard to say no. But at the same time, if you’re doing what you love and you’re dancing, it all makes up for it.” It helps that there’s an undeniable sense of camaraderie between the dancers at Dance 1. “My dance friends are really close friends; they’re like my second family. So when I’m at dance, I’m with my friends,” Ella says. The entire staff at Dance 1 emphasizes this highly supportive—rather than fiercely competitive—mentality. “I know this may sound really corny,” says Dance 1 owner, artistic director and ballet principal Francesca Stern, “but I really feel blessed to be able to dance. And I think a lot of our danc-

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ers are really lucky … especially when you go around the world and see how other people are living.” This humble appreciation merges with a sophisticated level of training, creating a learning environment that both nurtures the student’s love for dance and emphasizes the importance of hard work and discipline. Younger students are paired with older student mentors. There’s a quiet study room where the dancers work on homework in between classes. And everyone greets each other warmly and by name. With the support of her family, Ella plans to continue dancing while making preparations for college. “There’s places like UCLA where their dancing program is really good, and USC. So it’s close to home but also I’d get to dance there, so that would be really good for me.” The logistical next steps for achieving her goal as a professional dancer are not lost on Ella, but it’s the way she talks about how dancing makes her feel that solidifies how great her chances are of attaining that goal. “You feel free. There’s always stress as a teenager, but when you’re dancing you put your all in it. You’re just flowing through the movements. I think that’s freedom, and I like that freedom. That’s the best part.” ■

“I love ice cream, and my favorite ice cream is from Whole Foods. It’s the Coolhaus Bananas Foster and Dulce de Leche. It’s really good, and when you open up the cap, it literally says, “You deserve it!” But you have to assess what you’ve eaten before, because if you eat unhealthy it’s going to bring you down when you dance.”

Fitness Inspiration: “Misty Copeland. I think she’s really inspiring because she started a little later than most dancers, but she’s still a principal dancer and she’s highly respected.”

Weakness: “I always want to be more flexible. My hips are kind of tight, so I have to do more stretching. If I want to have my battements, which are like high kicks, as high as everybody else’s, I need to stretch harder and do stuff at home.”

Training Shoe: “There are these Sophia Lucia Pirouettes in our store. It’s a split sole, so it just covers your toes so when you’re turning, your toes don’t get left behind.”


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urtis Mann was 21 years old when his father, Garey, announced he had cancer. “At that time cancer was something you didn’t talk about,” says Curtis, 59, founder and coowner of End Results Health & Wellness in Torrance. “My father wouldn’t even say the word. He called it ‘the Big C.’” It was only six months until Garey passed away, during which Curtis helplessly watched his father’s body decline. Two years later Curtis met an exercise physiologist. “He taught me that exercise and good nutrition were medicine for the human body,” he says. “He inspired me to become

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a personal trainer.” Working with clients on fitness, Curtis thought about his father and other relatives who had faced cancer. He knew that diet and exercise not only help prevent disease but also boost the ability to weather serious health conditions. Research shows, for example, that remaining physically active during cancer treatment can boost the body’s ability to withstand the effects of cancer treatments, lessen fatigue and reduce loss of muscle mass. Curtis decided to create a resource for individuals with medical conditions and chronic diseases. His gym would enable


and encourage these people to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle and improve their wellbeing. In 2001 he and partner Dominic Amici opened End Results. As with many neighborhood gyms, End Results draws an array of clients, from student athletes honing their strength to retirees keeping fit. But with its particular focus, End Results provides a resource for those facing or recovering from cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia and other health challenges. Three mornings a week the gym offers its “Fit and Well Worth It” class free of charge for cancer patients and survivors. The class includes strength training, cardiovascular

exercises, balancing exercises and stretching. Participants receive a fitness evaluation and instructions on technique before starting the program. More than 700 people have taken “Fit and Well Worth It.” Based on their experience, most become gym members and personal training clients. “Four years after diagnosis and treatment, I owe much of my sense of well-being to regular exercise,” wrote one grateful participant. End Results partners with local physicians as well as Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, which refer patients to the program. Curtis also collaborates

and volunteers with local support organizations including the Cancer Support Community, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen’s Race for a Cure and the American Heart Association. In April he spearheaded an activity for Torrance Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event at South High School. Since cancer touches everyone including children, he says, he wants them to understand ways to help prevent it. He hopes they will start healthy habits early in life. One of three sons, Curtis kept active as a child. He participated in sports from the

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CURTIS’ Year in HEALTH Daily Routine: “Train clients from 6 a.m. to around noon, have lunch, then do my personal physical regimen of resistance training three to four days a week, plus at least 35 to 40 minutes of interval training. Train more clients from 4 until around 8 p.m.”

Exercise Regime: “Daily cardio plus routines focused by muscle group (one day chest and biceps; the next legs; then back and triceps; then shoulders). I like kickboxing and Muay Thai. I also do yoga to increase flexibility and decrease stress. We have a restorative yoga program here on Wednesdays for people with physical challenges.”

Daily Nutrition: “A ketogenic nutrition plan, which emphasizes proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats and avoids simple carbohydrates. Typical meals consist of protein and vegetables (I love Swiss chard). I snack on nuts and fast from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.”

Guilty Pleasure: “Pancakes. They’re like crack to me.”

Free Time: “Hiking and spending time outdoors.”

Inspiration: “My dad. He kept his three boys active all the time. He taught us how to throw a baseball, how to catch a football. When he was a younger man, he was considered a world-class sprinter.”

age of 8 through college, including playing on his high school football, track and baseball teams. His family moved from Texas to the South Bay when Curtis was 18. He fell in love with the climate and proximity to the ocean. He worked as a fitness manager at 24 Hour Fitness before launching End Results.

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“I try to help and reach out to as many people as I possibly can while keeping myself as healthy as I can. That’s my passion and what keeps me going,” says Curtis. “If I can do something to help people who are ill feel better about themselves without adding to their financial stress, then Lord, let me do it. This is my calling.” ■


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Family dentistry Cosmetic dentistry Implant restorations Sleep apnea appliances

“Hutchinson Dental is a family dental practice that can accommodate a variety of dental needs.”

“Hutchinson Dental is a family dental practice that can accommodate a variety of dental needs. We have excellent hygienists to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and we offer a variety of restorative procedures. We mostly perform general dentistry procedures, but if something more in the way of cosmetic dentistry or management of sleep disorders is needed, we also offer those services. In addition, we have an exceptional network of specialists that we utilize when needed.”

HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE? “We just upgraded to the KaVo OP 3D Pro. Patients think it is super-cool to be taken on a tour inside their heads! This CBCT generates incredible images with very little radiation but provides dazzling information. We are able to do a volumetric analysis of airways, identify structural problems that can affect their ability to breathe nasally, view bone density and important anatomy in consideration of implant placement, and evaluate the TMJs. Having this extra perspective aids in treatment planning and assessing predictability.”

MUST-TRY I recently had Incognito Lite braces put on my teeth to correct some crowding, and now I have a flossing obstacle course. But Glide Threader Floss has made it so much easier than needing a separate threader to use with floss. It has a slightly stiffer end, which is easy to get in between the teeth to floss, and it will not shred from the brackets. This is great for patients with braces or bridges!

BEFORE & AFTER GOOD TIMES Weekdays are filled with work, so my husband and I look forward to relaxing during the weekends. Our favorite thing to do is get up early on weekends, grab a coffee and take the dog to one of the parks in El Segundo or Hermosa Beach with a tennis ball. He has so much fun, it melts your heart!

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I have a younger patient who is missing a few adult teeth, and the ones he has are undersized compared to a traditionally esthetic smile. Because he is not yet old enough for implants or investing in more expensive porcelain veneers, we came up with a conservative solution to do resin veneers. These no-prep restorations fill out his smile without being noticeable to anyone who didn’t know he had anything done.


CHRISTINE PETTI, MD, FACS 3400 West Lomita Boulevard, Suite 305 | Torrance | 310-539-5888 | dr-petti.com | facebook.com/drpetti | @drchristinepetti | youtube.com/MDPetti

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Breast augmentation Redo breast implant surgery Smartlipo™ liposuction SculpSure™ fat reduction Face/neck/eyelid lifts Rhinoplasty Abdominoplasty Botox® Vivace™ radiofrequency microneedling FotoFacial Laser hair removal SmartSkin laser peel Laser Genesis Laser leg vein Rx Juvederm® Voluma® Vollure® Radiesse® hands/face Restylane® Sculptra®

“My practice is blessed with many of my own patients who return to me again and again for both surgical and nonsurgical care.”

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“My advice to those patients seeking plastic and aesthetic surgery is to take their time and research both the surgeon and facilities. Review the training and experience, website, style of communication, educational background, before-and-after’s and community resources familiar with the physician and facilities. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, which is not covered by insurance, do not be swayed by money alone and do not travel outside the United States for aesthetic procedures. Do not be awed by a Beverly Hills address, as there are great physicians and facilities here in the South Bay.”

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR PRACTICE? “My aesthetic practice is blessed with many of my own patients who return to me again and again for surgical and nonsurgical care. Since I was the first plastic surgeon in the South Bay to have my own on-site medical day spa, Spa Bella, and on-site certified ambulatory surgery center, I have had the privilege of taking care of my patients before and after surgery.”

RECOMMENDED Dr. Petti has a new procedure, Vivace™ Radiofrequency Microneedling with plateletrich plasma (PRP)—a no-downtime treatment for all skin types offered at her medical day spa, Spa Bella. The radiofrequency microneedles are robotically placed in the dermis to tighten the skin, smooth wrinkles, treat scars, active acne, acne scars and other skin surface irregularities. The micro channels created are then immersed with the patient’s own PRP serum, enhancing collagen and overall skin rejuvenation. This patient had one Vivace™ treatment for acne scarring.

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU ENJOY? “My husband and I love to attend the Indian Wells PNB Paribas Tennis tournament. We saw Serena Williams comeback as well as an iconic match between Serena and her sister Venus Williams. How lucky are we?”

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Dr. Petti’s mantras are “You deserve to be preserved” and “Stay forever young.” There is no need to feel uncomfortable with wanting to preserve your natural and youthful appearance. Dr. Petti listens and understands the needs of her patients, as she is a believer in the benefits of excellent aesthetic treatments. She is warm yet intense, passionate and serious, but once you become her patient she is downright humorous and quite fun to be around. She makes a plan to fit each patient’s lifestyle, aspirations and budget. She has infinite capabilities to create a plan that will be unique, safe and stunning.

This patient had liposuction years ago, leaving her with irregular pockets of fat and loose skin—most pronounced around the belly button. She received two 25-minute treatments of SculpSure™, a noninvasive, no-downtime, laser-based fat reduction office procedure that does not cause any bruising or deformation of the skin. No anesthesia is required. The patient can return to their normal activities without restrictions. I observed that patients having my SculpSure treatments post–liposuction had improvement not only in the fatty areas, but additionally, the skin was smoother and tighter.

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MEMORIALCARE MEDICAL GROUP TORRANCE 22719 Hawthorne Blvd. | Torrance | 657-241-8640 | MemorialCare.org/Torrance

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Karen Alfonso, MD, pediatrician, is a mother of two boys. She chose pediatrics because she loves children, and their innocence and honesty constantly remind her of the more important values in life. She treats her patients as she would any family member and enjoys guiding them toward healthy lifestyles. In her free time, Dr. Alfonso enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, indoor rock climbing, traveling and exploring new cultures and foods. She speaks Spanish and Tagalog. Peter Kaneshige, MD, internal medicine, has been practicing primary care medicine for more than 22 years. He recently moved his practice from Long Beach to Torrance, where he and his family have been residents for more than 25 years. He looks forward to bringing his experience to care for the South Bay community that is “Ohana” to him, which in Hawaiian culture means family. He enjoys music, especially watching his two teenage kids at their various performances. Salvacion Torre, MD, pediatrician, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. Originally from the Philippines, Dr. Torre came to the United States to complete her medical education and decided to make this her home. Dr. Torre was an active-duty medical officer with the United States Army and retired from the military in 2003, after 24 years of service.

Primary care Pediatrics Walk-in services Lab draw Basic x-ray

“The most important skill that a physician can have beyond medical knowledge is the ability to listen and to make time when it is needed.”

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Karen Alfonso, MD: “I believe the practice of medicine—especially in the field of pediatrics— is a partnership. I work hand-in-hand with parents as a care team rather than as an authoritarian to make the best medical decisions for their children. After all, they know their kids best and can offer us much more insight than what I can observe in a 15-minute visit. Together we make the decisions that will help their children live a healthier lifestyle.”

WHICH SKILL IS MOST IMPORTANT IN CARING FOR PATIENTS? Peter Kaneshige, MD: “I believe the most important skill for a physician caring for patients is empathy—the capacity to understand or feel what patients are experiencing, from their perspective. Obviously a physician needs to have the proper knowledge and clinical skills to provide excellent care. But the ability to listen well and really understand patients’ concerns— and then discuss a management plan in a way that they can comprehend—usually results in the best outcomes.” Karen Alfonso, MD: “The most important skill that a physician can have beyond medical knowledge is the ability to listen and to make time when it is needed. In our fast-paced, technologically advanced world, it is easy to move forward quickly to address immediately the patient demands. There are certainly visits that require more succinct, straight-to-the-point evaluations, but then there are moments when it becomes vital to stop the typing, put the computer away, look the patient in the eye and listen. I believe this is still an important part of our physical exam and vital to ensuring we are treating our patients as a whole and addressing their needs appropriately.”

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HOLTORF MEDICAL GROUP LISA HUNT, DO 2232 East Maple Avenue | El Segundo | 310-375-2705 | holtorfmed.com

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IS THERE A COMMON CONCERN THAT YOU HEAR FREQUENTLY?

Life is a series of learning experiences. Be grateful for each and every opportunity, as growth can be found in each one of them.

Bio-identical hormone replacement Thyroid optimization Customized nutrition Aesthetic treatments Stem cells and peptides Noninvasive joint repair IV therapies Men’s health Regenerative medicine Integrative pediatric care

“I strive to keep my hormones optimally balanced through a healthy diet, regular exercise, supplements and bio-identical hormone replacement.”

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“The most common complaint we hear from our patients is fatigue. There are many factors that contribute to fatigue. Important potential causes of fatigue that often are missed are adrenal/thyroid dysfunction, hormone imbalance, immune dysfunction and infectious diseases. At Holtorf Medical Group, we specialize in treating the noted causes of fatigue through utilizing a comprehensive evidence based approach in both diagnosing and treating thyroid and adrenal issues.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THE SOUTH BAY? “I relocated to the South Bay for the opportunity to work with Dr. Kent Holtorf, a world-renowned, brilliant-minded integrative medicine physician. I have long followed his work and multi-system approach to medicine and have the utmost regard for his published peer-reviewed protocols.”

WHAT IS MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? “Working with patient’s through a multifaceted approach that includes optimal hormone balance, optimal individual nutrition, regular exercise, supplements and bio-identical hormone replacement to regain their health and face the possibilities of an active life with confidence and clarity.”

MUST-TRY Bio-identical hormone replacement. Hormones are my life force! They control everything. They keep my brain (mood/ concentration) sharp and keep my overall sense of health and vitality optimal. I strive to keep my hormones optimally balanced through a healthy diet, regular exercise, supplements and bio-identical hormone replacement.

MEMORABLE MOMENT Every day! In my line of work it is such a gift to empower others on a daily basis to be the best versions of themselves by assisting them with the tools to heal their bodies from the inside out.


UCLA HEALTH — PALOS VERDES PRIMARY & SPECIALTY CARE 501 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 100 | Rolling Hills Estates | 310-303-3953 | uclahealth.org/palos-verdes

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Family medicine Internal medicine Dermatology (pediatric & adult) East-West medicine Nephrology

“Our physicians offer excellent comprehensive and coordinated care close to where patients live or work, which means a more convenient overall experience.”

“The UCLA Health Palos Verdes office provides patients with access to primary care physicians and specialists trained in dermatology, East-West medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and nephrology. Our physicians offer excellent comprehensive and coordinated care close to where patients live or work, which means a more convenient overall experience.” – Dr. Terence Hammer, Family Medicine

DOES TECHNOLOGY PLAY A ROLE IN THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE? “Technology plays a significant role in providing a positive patient experience. UCLA Health patients are encouraged to utilize myUCLAhealth, the online patient portal, and the mobile app, MyChart. Both are secure and help patients become more informed and involved in their medical care. Patients can access their medical information anytime, wherever they are; manage their appointments and check-in before visits; send a secure message to their doctor; view lab results; request a prescription refill; pay a bill; or submit feedback. We’re always rolling out new features to enhance the patient experience and to ensure that we’re providing the highest quality care.”  – Dr. Hyunah Poa, Internal Medicine

COMMIT TO AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL “Want to live a long and healthy life? Prevention and early intervention are key. And the best time to take care of vaccines and handle age-appropriate screenings for diseases—including colon cancer, hypertension and diabetes—is at an annual well visit with your primary care physician. Even if you’re currently healthy, a yearly physical will give you time to develop a relationship with your doctor and discuss how to achieve your personal health goals.” – Dr. Shih-Fan Sun, Internal Medicine

DON’T FORGET YOUR SKIN “Summer is coming, which means more outdoor fun and time in the sun … and more exposure to harmful UV rays and bugs. When you’re outdoors, remember to wear protective clothing and use a daily broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or after being in the water. To prevent mosquito bites, use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. If you notice any sudden or unusual changes to your skin, consult your dermatologist.” – Dr. Gregory Henderson, Dermatology

A CARING PARTNERSHIP “The body changes every day. Sometimes those changes are small and other times they can be quite significant. I enjoy educating my patients on how to deal with these changes and the stress that may come with them, and collaborating to create a personal care plan that factors in their family history, work and lifestyle.” – Dr. Michelle Sangalang, Family Medicine

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L to R: Amruti Borad, DO – Family Medicine Sarom (Grace) Han, Lac - Acupuncturist Gregory Henderson, MD – Dermatology Michelle Sangalang, MD – Family Medicine Lawrence Taw, MD – East-West Medicine Shih-Fan Sun, MD – Internal Medicine Ramy Hanna, MD – Nephrology Hyunah Poa, MD – Internal Medicine Terence Hammer, MD – Family Medicine


CITY OF HOPE | SOUTH BAY CAREY A. CULLINANE, MD, MPH, FACS 3531 Fashion Way | Torrance | 310-200-9985 | CityofHope.org/torrance (through July 2018) 5215 Torrance Boulevard | Torrance | 310-200-9985 | CityofHope.org/southbay (starting August 2018)

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Oncologic surgery (breast, melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, colorectal, gastric, pancreatic cancers) Oncoplastic breast surgery Hereditary cancer risk assessment (genetic testing) High risk breast cancer surveillance and treatment

“I truly love what I do, and I take time educating and getting to know my patients. I want them to understand ‘why’ treatment is being recommended. Surgical planning, prevention, optimal oncologic and cosmetic results while keeping the ‘soul’ of a person during treatment can be a challenge, but it comes with great reward.” 

practice for a few years, then went into private practice. When City of Hope approached me to join the new center in Torrance, I was thrilled. It is going to be such a wonderful asset for cancer patients in the South Bay.

IN WHICH AREA OF HEALTH CARE DO YOU SPECIALIZE?

“[City of Hope] is going to be such a wonderful asset for cancer patients in the South Bay.”

“Approximately 80% of my practice is breast surgery, but I also see patients with other types of cancer. Because of my unique training in cancer genetics, I also see patients with hereditary cancers or a predisposition to cancer.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF. “My staff is A-MAZING! Each and every member has been trained to assist and facilitate treatment of a patient with cancer. They go the extra mile and make the difference, because the doctor can’t do it alone.”

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PATIENTS? “Know that even when ‘bad’ things happen, like a cancer diagnosis, seeing it as a redirection to a better place in life is healthy and, most of the time, true. Most patients eventually see their diagnosis as a blessing—one that made them think about what is really important and ultimately brought them to a better place.”

GOOD TIMES We are so lucky to live in the South Bay! When not working, I can often be found at the local ballpark cheering on my son’s team or volunteering at his school. I instill a love of international travel and an appreciation of new cultures in my son. It is important for everyone to make human connections with others, to have healthy discussions regarding social norms and values, and to enjoy the vast beauty found in nature and the history, culture and food of the world.  

AREA OF EXPERTISE I am one of the few surgeons in the South Bay specifically trained in the surgical treatment of cancer. During my fellowship in surgical oncology, I also trained in clinical cancer genetics, giving me a unique perspective of patients with a genetic predisposition to cancer or a strong family history of the disease. After moving to the South Bay, I joined a multispecialty oncology

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MEMORABLE MOMENT Playing with one of my patient’s young children in the office, knowing that my patient lost her mom at a young age of cancer and recognizing that because of my patient’s knowledge and prevention options, her daughter will never grow up with the same loss.


MEMORIALCARE MILLER CHILDREN’S & WOMEN’S HOSPITAL LONG BEACH TORRANCE OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY CENTER 3640 Lomita Ave., Suite 102 | Torrance | 310-378-1716 | millerchildrens.org/torrance

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Cardiology

Endocrine

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Gastroenterology, hepatology & nutrition

Hematology/oncology

Infectious disease

Nephrology

Neurology

Orthopedics & sports medicine

Pulmonary, allergy & immunology

“With the Torrance Outpatient Specialty Center, families have an option when they’re in need of a specialty care physician to help manage their child’s condition close to home.”

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“Our Torrance Outpatient Specialty Center bridges a geographical gap for patients and families in the South Bay. With the Torrance Outpatient Specialty Center, families have an option when they’re in need of a specialty care physician to help manage their child’s condition close to home.”

IN WHICH AREA OF HEALTH CARE DO YOU SPECIALIZE?

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital has a “satellite location” in Torrance, with physicians specializing in allergy/immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology and orthopedics/ sports medicine. Conveniently located at the corner of Lomita and Hawthorne boulevards, Miller Children’s & Women’s satellite location gives South Bay families increased access to pediatric specialty care close to home. Should the need arise, the full-service children’s hospital is just 12 miles south—making it the South Bay’s closest children’s hospital.

“The pediatric specialty care offered at our Torrance Outpatient Specialty Center is a great benefit to our pediatric patients who can access high-quality pediatric specialists in an outpatient setting and in a reasonable amount of time.”

WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? “We are fortunate to have the trust of our families to do what’s best for their child. Nothing compares to having the chance to be involved with our patients’ lives and wellbeing. We have the opportunity to watch our patients grow and develop on their journey to health. Seeing parents and children implement a tailored plan of care is rewarding and drives our care team to provide the highest quality care for our patients.”

AREA OF EXPERTISE Only 5% of all hospitals across the nation are children’s hospitals, and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital is one of only eight freestanding children’s hospitals in California. In addition to specialized care in the hospital, Miller Children’s & Women’s has satellite centers that allow children to receive specialized care close to home. The doctors who treat children at Miller Children’s & Women’s also schedule time each week to travel to outpatient locations to see patients.

WISE WORDS Children and adults are different, and so are their health care needs. Many children’s illnesses are rarely seen in adults or affect kids differently. Many children with chronic conditions, such as asthma, can’t get the expert care they need just by seeing their pediatrician. That’s why children need access to the pediatric specialists at Miller Children’s & Women’s, who are dedicated to delivering medical care that meets the unique needs of kids.


Sheila Che, RN, Torrance Outpatient Specialty Center, and Santino Rios


SUMMER ORTHODONTICS SUMMER L. BLAKE, DDS, MS 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite D-224 | Manhattan Beach | 310-545-0770 | summerorthodontics.com

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WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

The staff at Summer Orthodontics is not only highly experienced (the clinical staff averages more than 10 years of experience in orthodontics) but also friendly and outgoing. The staff is a huge part of making treatment a positive (and even fun) experience.

Damon Clear Incognito (lingual braces) Invisalign Insignia Accelerated treatment

“Delivering the highest quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make in my practice is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience?”

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

“Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smile is really rewarding.”

“We support a variety of community programs as diverse as the interests of our patient base. From education to sports to arts, we are engaged in supporting programs that put our patients’ beautiful smiles to good use throughout the South Bay.”

WHAT TREND IS DEFINING YOUR SPECIALTY TODAY? “The technology available in modern orthodontic care has dramatically improved the patient experience. Increased patient comfort, reduced treatment time and less visible treatment options are the results of these advances. In fact, many adults are opting for orthodontic treatment who never would have considered it before.”

WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? “Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smile is really rewarding. However, I also enjoy getting to know each patient throughout their treatment.”

SHARED TIP It is never too late to have a confident smile. More than 40% of our patients are adults. Advancements in technology cannot only dramatically reduce treatment time (in some cases by as much as 50%) but can also offer a variety of hidden and inconspicuous treatment options.

OFF THE CLOCK WITH DR. SUMMER Spending time with my family is my top priority outside the office. The South Bay is an amazing place to raise a family. My husband, Matt, and I have four children: Ahnika, 10, Tegan, 7, Briggs, 4, and Winslow, 1. I also love to travel and experience new places. When I’m in town, I enjoy yoga, Pilates and walking on The Strand.

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KRISTIN EGAN, MD, FACS 2809 Sepulveda Blvd. | Manhattan Beach | 310-426-8415 | drkristinegan.com

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LazerLift Cosmetic injectables Caser services Skin care Cosmetic facial surgeries Botox

“I actively try out new technologies and products on myself so I can better educate my patients about them.”

“I have won numerous research awards and have published widely, including multiple chapters in the main textbook used to teach facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellows. I have been in Manhattan Beach for five years and was a clinical instructor at UCSF before moving to Southern California.”

practice incorporates her surgical skills with a focus on aesthetics and the desire for a more youthful and natural appearance. She is cognizant that a healthy, active lifestyle predominates in the South Bay and that patients desire subtle changes to their appearance to restore an image of themselves that matches how they feel.

WHAT TREND IS DEFINING YOUR SPECIALTY TODAY? “Patients are increasingly requesting less invasive procedures with less recovery time and the ability to return to work quickly. More patients are turning to the multiple in-office services that can be done without general anesthesia or a long recovery period. I am currently one of a few physicians in the LA area offering the FDA-approved, non-invasive, laser-assisted facelift in my office.”

WHAT IS YOUR #1 PIECE OF ADVICE TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE A HEALTH CARE CAREER? “Love what you do! I love seeing patients improve and feel better about themselves. I love operating and performing procedures in the office. I enjoy each day that I can use my skills and training in helping others.”

RECOMMENDED LazerLift is a one-time, one-hour, minimally invasive treatment designed to tighten the skin of the face and neck and remove excess fat using SmartLipo technology and no scalpel. This can be performed at the office and does not require general anesthesia. LazerLift uses the latest technology to take laser energy underneath your skin and stimulate collagen production in the dermis, which leads to improved skin elasticity, thickness and texture.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE? “As a female surgeon in a largely male-dominated field, I bring the personal experience of aging in today’s society from a woman’s perspective. I actively try out new technologies and products on myself so I can better educate my patients about them.”

BEFORE & AFTER

PRACTICE SPECIALTY Dr. Egan is dual board-certified in both otolaryngology head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her

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Dr. Egan is a leading innovator in minimally invasive procedures and performs LazerLift— the only FDA-approved laser liposuction for the face and neck. For those patients who want minimal recovery time and an in-office procedure without the need for general anesthesia to address their jowls and neck, LazerLift is the perfect option.


COASTAL ORTHO 23456 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 300 | Torrance | 2200 E. Maple Ave. | El Segundo | 310-316-6190 | CoastalOrthoCA.com

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Foot, ankle & lower extremity Hand & upper extremity Joint replacement & arthroscopy Orthobiologics Orthopedic trauma Shoulder & elbow surgery Spine specialists Sports medicine On-site digital X-ray On-site open MRI On-site physical and hand therapy

“Pursuing your health is our passion … so you can get back to yours.”

“Coastal Ortho Advanced Orthopedics has been caring for families in the South Bay since 1971 under the name Torrance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group. As our medical group and the South Bay have grown, we found a need to expand to better serve our patients living in the Beach Cities, El Segundo and the surrounding area. In 2017 we opened our second location, a beautiful, contemporary, state-of-the-art El Segundo office at Elevon. With this expansion we adopted the new name, Coastal Ortho, which reflects the love and appreciation of our home and lifestyle in the coastal communities where we all live.”  

physical and hand therapy, including the finest bracing and splinting techniques. We offer pool therapy and treat all ages from toddlers to centenarians.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE?

GOOD TIMES

“Whenever possible, we exhaust non-operative treatment before recommending surgery, but when it becomes necessary, our surgeons have advanced skills to speed patient recovery times for common and complex problems. The partners of Coastal Ortho are a like-minded group of orthopedists who practice evidencebased medicine. So philosophically we are all on the same page: Doing the right thing in your best interest.”   

Our Coastal Ortho family is a team of people who love the South Bay. Many of us were born and raised in this community, and several of the docs are second-generation physicians. The doctors and staff have diverse interests such as LA County beach lifeguarding, playing in a rock band and photography. We are active in the coastal lifestyle, but even if the sun is out, there is a good northwest swell or Mammoth gets dumped on, we will have a doctor available 24/7 to provide for your needs.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BASIC HEALTH? “We recommend daily physical activity to maintain health. Here in the South Bay, there are plenty of opportunities to get moving. If you are recovering from a surgery or have any other physical limitations, it’s important to work with a board-certified orthopedic doctor to ensure your exercise program is safe and effective.”

AREA OF EXPERTISE With more than 160 years of combined physician experience, our health care team works together to bring to the South Bay comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care. Our surgeons are board-certified in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery with specialized training in various areas, including advanced techniques in arthroscopy and minimally invasive procedures. Our facility features on-site MRI,

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INSPIRATION Each patient’s journey is what inspires us to keep doing what we love: maintaining and improving our patients’ health with the goal of returning each one to a full, active lifestyle and doing what they love. Pursuing your health is our passion … so you can get back to yours.


PENINSULA INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER RIPU ARORA, MD, MBA, QME 22910 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite A | Torrance | 310-530-3595 | arorapainclinic.com

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I am board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology. My specialty is interventional pain management, and I use various techniques to get clients off opioids and improve functionality and quality of life for my patients. I treat sports injuries, knee pain, shoulder pain, joint pain and back pain due to disc disease using stem cell therapy. Other state-of-the-art therapies used include a spinal cord stimulator implanted to help neuropathic pains, and percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy through a needle for herniated discs.

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Nerve blockers Epidural injections for neck & back Radiofrequency ablations Knee & shoulder injections Vertebroplasty for compression fractures Spinal cord stimulation Laser disectomy Regenerative stem cell therapy PRP & bone marrow stem cell injections

“We offer FDAregulated stem cell therapy, along with multidisciplinary and integrative treatments for chronic pain to improve the quality of your life.”

Q&AS TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF. “Our physician assistant, Sheila Arora, holds a Master of Science degree from USC and is trained in pain management. Florentina Alden, our certified integrative nutrition health coach, holds a master’s degree in spiritual psychology. She offers nutritional and lifestyle coaching to help clients decrease the inflammation in their body and manage their stress and pain response. Laura Guzman, our office manager, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psycho-biology from UCLA. Our medical assistants, Jessica Ramirez and Jennifer Robles, are extremely supportive and compassionate, and they understand the complexity of pain.”

Jessica Ramirez, Laura Guzman, Jennifer Robles, Florentina Alden

PRACTICE SPECIALTY We understand that chronic pain is a very complex problem, affecting the person on every level. There is no one right answer for everyone. We provide a multidisciplinary and integrative approach for those suffering with acute and chronic pain, addressing their needs on the physical, social, psychological and spiritual levels.

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? “I am on the board of directors for Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping reduce homelessness in Orange and Los Angeles counties. We help provide resources, social and psychological support and health clinics for the homeless.”

GOOD TIMES I am married with two grown children and a new grandbaby! My wife and I have lived in the South Bay for 27 years, and we love all the recreation that is so close by. We are very active and like to play golf, ski and scuba dive. I am a pilot, so I also very much enjoy flying my plane and traveling to new places.

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MANHATTAN BEACH PLASTIC SURGERY Pacific Center, 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 430 | Torrance | 310-882-6261 | manhattanbeachplasticsurgery.com

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Q&AS

Lipedema and lymphedema surgery

Rhinoplasty

Breast enhancement (augmentation, lift or reduction)

HOW DO YOU ASSIST YOUR PATIENTS IN NAVIGATING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUES?

Mommy Makeover

Body contouring

Abdominoplasty

Facial rejuvenation (face/neck/ eyelid lift)

Injectables (Voluma, Juvederm and Botox)

“My wife, Amy, as patient advocate for my medical practice, and our staff are very experienced in helping patients with their health insurance issues. Her former 12-year career as a corporate and aerospace lawyer allows Amy to advocate effectively for patients. Amy and our staff have helped hundreds of patients in getting their reconstructive surgeries approved and paid for by their health insurance.”

as a health care advocate for Cora led Amy to feel strongly that my patients should benefit from her advocacy skills as well. As a patient advocate, she helps my patients successfully navigate the complexities of their health care insurance.

WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK?

“The most rewarding aspect of my medical practice is the ability to help patients restore their abilities, function and confidence.”

“The most rewarding aspect of my medical practice is the ability to help patients restore their abilities, function and confidence. I help patients with issues that otherwise can’t be mended through their bodies’ natural healing process. We pride ourselves in treating our patients like we would treat our family.”

L to R: Collin Farrell, Amy Granzow, Dr. Jay Granzow

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NEW ADDITION My wife, Amy, joined my medical practice as patient advocate after leaving Northrop Grumman Corporation as corporate counsel. She transitioned from her aerospace law practice so she could focus on providing the best care for our daughter, Cora, who suffers from an ultra-rare genetic disorder, Angelman syndrome. Amy has been proactive in ensuring that Cora receives the best therapies and treatment available. Her experience

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My wife and I attended an amazing Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) global summit and gala in December, benefiting research to find a cure for children like Cora. FAST funded more than $8 million in research in 2017, and the gala dinner raised a record of more than $4.1 million. The event drew nearly 1,300 attendees from around the world and was hosted by Colin Farrell, Christina Applegate, Jai Courtney, Taylor Lautner and Retta. We were excited and encouraged about the latest breakthroughs presented by scientists, researchers, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology company leaders working on a cure, which is on the horizon.


PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRISTINE CHANG PHOTOGRAPHY


DR. BITA DAVOODIAN, DDS 1959 Kingsdale Ave., Suite 202 | Redondo Beach | 310-793-1000 | drdavoodian.com

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PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PRACTICE.

Preventative dental care Cosmetic dentistry Invisalign® Whitening Children’s dentistry Sleep apnea TMJ disorder Implant restorations

“We make sure our patients are at ease from the moment they walk into the office to the time they leave—by treating all patients like family.”

“Our patient-centered practice offers comprehensive dental care with an equal commitment to preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We make sure to spend as much time with our patients as they need to understand the treatment, feel comfortable and relaxed. We strive to deliver the highest quality dental care in an atmosphere of warmth, kindness and respect.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. “I graduated from UCLA and continued my education at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco for dental school. I have been a clinical instructor at UCLA dental school for the past seven years. I have been in the field for about 18 years and always have been fascinated with dentistry and its impact on patient’s health and self-confidence.”

RECOMMENDED Invisalign® straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth based on the treatment plan I prescribe. There are no wires or brackets, so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would. You’ll visit our office every four to six weeks, and on average Invisalign treatment takes less than a year.

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PRACTICE’S GROWTH? “Our growth is based on our love for dentistry and our patients. Building trust is extremely important, and our whole team is dedicated to building trust by understanding and identifying with patients to provide a positive experience. When our patients leave the office they have realistic treatment plan that is comprehensive based on decisions we make together. Most importantly, we stay abreast of new developments and participate in continuing education in order to provide patient care at the highest standards.”

SHARED TIP Teeth can be affected by discoloration, spaces, gaps, chips and misalignment. A conservative way to repair any of these problems is bond and/or enamel shaping. This technique has been used for many years and can enhance aesthetics of teeth. Advances in cosmetic dental bonding procedures have led to improved strength and durability. No anesthesia is required when shaping the enamel, and results can be seen immediately. Enamel shaping is usually an option when there is only a minimal amount of discrepancy that needs to be corrected. Be aware that enamel shaping and bonding can’t solve all problems.

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BEFORE & AFTER This patient had an old crown and bondings on adjacent teeth that were chipped and discolored. She loved the shape of her own teeth but wanted them symmetrical, aligned and white. This was achieved with customshade porcelain veneers.


ALLOMI AMBER SUSA JEWETT 1612 S. Catalina Avenue | Redondo Beach | 310-316-4080 | allomi.com

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Yoga Fitness Meditation Mindfulness workshops and classes Nutritional counseling/health coaching One-on-one/group therapy Reiki Acupuncture Massage therapy Physical therapy

“Allomi is a manifestation of my desire to embrace, integrate and heal all parts of me. After becoming a mother to two beautiful children, severe low back pain led me to a meditation practice and a spiritual journey that called me to a more holistic and balanced approach to health. I believe we must nourish and nurture our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives in order to truly thrive.”

IN WHICH AREA OF HEALTH CARE DO YOU SPECIALIZE?

“Allomi is a manifestation of my desire to embrace, integrate and heal all parts of me.”

“Holistic health. It is an ancient approach to life that considers the whole person and emphasizes the connection of mind, body and spirit. Our services are designed to collectively support the individual physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually through movement, meditation and mindfulness.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. “Allomi opened in January. In a fitness landscape where specialized, singular-focused, niche fitness workouts are popping up left and right, we are creating a movement that shifts how the community views health and fitness— offering a variety of classes and specialty services that support the ‘whole’ individual. It’s not just about burning calories and working out; it’s about the experience and lifestyle.”

WISE WORDS Evidence has shown that most disease is stress-related and that meditation has a direct correlation to stress reduction. I believe anyone can learn how to meditate and discover the healing power of this practice. Meditation can be as simple as pausing for three deep breaths to calm the nervous system and get grounded. It can also be a portal into a profound spiritual experience and a deeper connection to your higher self.

GOOD TIMES When I am not in my happy place teaching, dancing and having soulful conversations at Allomi (all-of-me), I love strolling the Village and breathing in the ocean air. Away from work, my favorite place to be is with my family. I love sitting on my front deck, listening to music and watching my children have a “dance party.” They teach me how to stay connected to joy and live in the present moment.

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MEMORABLE MOMENT My grand opening weekend was January 6–7 of this year. I remember the feeling I had seeing the room filled to capacity, people gathering to celebrate what I had created and participate in the day’s offerings. I’ll never forget the overwhelming joy and gratitude I felt as I took it all in and witnessed the manifestation of my vision.


BEACH TEETH NIKI MAGHAMI, DDS, MS, FACP 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite C232 | Manhattan Beach | 310-545-4440 | beachteeth.com

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WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Smile makeover Full-mouth rehabilitation All-on-4® treatment concept Veneers/crowns/bridges Removable appliances Radiation clearance

“I have chosen not only to work in the South Bay but to raise my family in this vibrant community.”

“I completed my DDS degree from University of Illinois, Chicago, followed by a three-year prosthodontics residency at VA West Los Angeles Medical Center and a year of fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at UCLA. From 2007 through 2011 I was an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, teaching pre-doctorate students and treating patients at UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice. I remain a lecturer at UCLA School of Dentistry, working with postgraduate residents. My work experience aside from Beach Teeth includes the Global Institute for Dental Education Implant Center and Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness.”

IN WHICH AREA OF HEALTH CARE DO YOU SPECIALIZE?

The CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test

MUST-TRY Cavities are caused by bacterial imbalance on the teeth, which can be caused by different factors. Any patient who has had multiple dental fillings should consider this evaluation. This comprehensive assessment, which includes testing bacterial load, will help us plan the most effective treatment to control and stop the disease.

“My training and professional experience have equipped me to tackle the most challenging array of dental conditions, such as replacement of missing teeth. For more information on the specialty of prosthodontics, please visit gotoapro.org.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THE SOUTH BAY? “I have chosen not only to work in the South Bay but to raise my family in this vibrant community. This gives me the opportunity to give back to the place I call home. At Beach Teeth I am supported by a team of caring professionals and state-of the-art technology. Working in the South Bay gives me the accessibility to attend to my patients’ urgent care needs.”

BEFORE & AFTER

MEMORABLE MOMENT Last year I joined a team of volunteers to treat a patient with a history of Parkinson’s disease. This was featured on Inside Edition. The joy after her smile makeover was absolutely heartwarming.

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I am a board-certified prosthodontist with advanced training in restoration of damaged or missing teeth. I enjoy working with my team members to plan treatment and bring a vision into reality.


BOOK IT JULY

4 4th of July 5k Run/Walk Saturday 8 to 11 a.m., Riviera Village, Redondo Beach Before the notorious Independence Day crowd descends upon the South Bay, treat yourself to a healthy run (or walk) accompanied by panoramic ocean views. Bring the kiddos for the anticipated Firecracker Dash, also hosted by local athletic store Village Runner. 26–29 51st Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 16 and up will play their hearts out in this single elimination, best two of three sets tournament. Catch all the action at Live Oak Park and Mira Costa High School with open division men’s and women’s finals concluding at the Manhattan Country Club.

AUGUST

1-5 International Surf Festival Held in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach Kicking off with the L.A. County Lifeguard Championships on Friday night, this year’s surf fest is sure to be fun for all ages. There will be pier-to-pier races, bodysurfing and plenty of youth events.

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TAKE ON THE SUMMER AND FALL SEASONS WITH THIS ACTIVE CALENDAR OF LOCAL EVENTS.

16–19 AVP Manhattan Beach Open Manhattan Beach Pier The Manhattan Beach Open happens every year, and every year four athletes get to place their name in history. This tournament is known as the Super Bowl of beach volleyball—big stage, big money and big reward as AVP stars enshrine their name on the Manhattan Beach Pier. The second tournament of the 2018 Gold Series, this is the biggest field of the season: matches on nine courts, immortalized winner. 19 10th Annual Kids Extreme 7:30 a.m., Begg Pool, 1402 N. Peck Avenue in Manhattan Beach Your little ones will enjoy going over, under and through various muddy obstacles in this fun and challenging course. Ages 5 to 15, including a family division, are encouraged to participate. 26 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race 6 a.m., 100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard Celebrating 40 years, the historic 32-mile marathon, which begins at the Isthmus and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier, attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the “granddaddy of all paddleboard races.”

SEPTEMBER

Seaside Yoga Gathering Terranea Resort Celebrate National Yoga Month at Los Angeles’ largest yoga gathering on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

OCTOBER

6-7 Manhattan Beach 10k & Hometown Fair 7:30 a.m. race start, followed by activities There’s nothing quite like the feeling of ascending that final hill on Rosecrans, seeing the refreshing blue ocean in the distance and turning along The Strand for that final stretch toward the finish line. Don’t miss out on the year’s most anticipated weekend, complete with games, music, tons of food booths and the infamous wine and beer garden—just in case you’re still feeling parched from your run. 28 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk 8 a.m., Manhattan Beach Pier This awe-inspiring event brings together all walks of life for the common purpose of supporting children with special needs and education. The walk is produced by SKECHERS USA and co-produced by The Friendship Circle.


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WHiTE LigHT WHiTE NigHT july 28, 2018 Benefiting Children impaCted By CanCer

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