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OVERCOMING HIS FEAR OF THE OPEN WATER WAS A CHALLENGE FOR BRYAN MINEO. NOW A SWIM COACH, HE HELPS OTHERS OVERCOME THEIR OWN CHALLENGES. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

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ryan Mineo grew up swimming. “I was on the swim team from the time I was around 4 or 5 years old,” he notes. But at the age of 18, while swimming in a small lake in Texas, he discovered he had an intense fear of open water. “It was terrifying; I never knew I had this fear,” Bryan says. Now he’s an open-water swim coach—plunging into the Pacific Ocean 365 days a year for two to three hours a day. How did he turn his anxiety into expertise? He faced his fear head-on. It all started with Bryan trying to impress a girl. “She was training for a triathlon,” he says. The plan was for the two of them to head out to the lake and for Bryan help her train for the competition. “I swim out, maybe a couple hundred yards, and I start panicking,” Bryan remembers. “I swallow a couple of gulps from the wind and the chop. I’m treading water and hyperventilating. At this point I knew I couldn’t do this.” The jig was up; quickly it became clear that Bryan was the one who needed help. “She swam over to me and mouthed the words, ‘Just breathe.’” Those two words would stick with the young swimmer and later become a big part of Bryan’s coaching approach. This challenge to overcome his fear was new—and a little inviting for Bryan. “I’ve had an amazing life and a really fortunate childhood,” he explains. “I really had no hardships, no family deaths at that point, so I really didn’t know what struggle was. This was the first time I was like, ‘Whoa, this is a challenge for me. Maybe I should approach this; maybe this is a good opportunity.’” So rather than backing down from his fear, Bryan began driving 30 minutes to the lake, four to five times a week. Day one began with him standing, chest deep in the lake. By day two he was treading water. “I didn’t realize it [at the time], but I was creating a progression and a methodology. I’ve refined it, of course, but how I teach now is how I learned to overcome my own fear,” Bryan says. Today, whether he’s coaching one-on-one, leading one of his weekly, year-round Swim Mechanic Ocean Groups (SMOG) of some hundred-plus swimmers in Redondo Beach, instructing a smaller SMOG squad in the pool or coaching remotely online, Bryan is constantly evolving the Swim Mechanic brand. “I knew I wanted to create a community within my field. [Open water swimming] is a really niche thing as it is,” he says. “It started with just me and a few clients. Then it kind of blew up … it’s still so humbling.” With a wide range of clientele—from athletes training to obtain peak performance and master technique to ocean newbies looking to shake themselves of the fear of what’s below—Bryan’s focus is individualized with each swimmer. “Everyone moves really uniquely in the water. For me, it’s about trying to pick up on that and connect the cause and effect—which is not intuitive and not a given with swimming.” But there’s more to it than the physicality. “There’s a deep bond with swimmers,” Bryan explains. “It likely has to do with the lifestyle and the kind of commitment it takes.” Never one to be competitive against others, Bryan is no stranger to challenging himself … be it testing the limits of his temperature tolerance with ice baths, cold showers and year-round ocean swims sans wetsuit, or pushing the distance of each swim from five miles to 10 and beyond. “My addictions are more about the mental thresholds,” he explains. “That’s been the most rewarding thing—to find these thresholds and raise the bar. The biggest takeaway is that it bleeds over into other facets of my life.” This is true for his clients as well. Like a form of swim therapy, Bryan gives people the techniques to overcome their fear … and that doesn’t go away once they’re back on dry land. n

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Bryan’s Year in Health Weekday Itinerary: “My life is awesome by the way. You’re going to hate me after I tell you this. I sleep in till 7:00 or 7:15, get a water, juice or coffee and head to the beach. That’s my favorite part of the day. I work with two or three hours of clients. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., basically, every day I have open. I go to a lot of coffee shops, I read, I write and then I’ll typically do something active. We [he and his massive Great Dane, Joey] go for a hike every day in PV. And then I may have one or two nighttime clients.”

Daily nutrition: “I’ve been vegan for about four years, and I’m gluten-free. I eat clean, but my vice is baked goods.”

Workout routine: “I’m always moving. I used to be much more regimented, and I didn’t even realize how unhappy it was making me. So now I’m much more about approaching it in a fun way, seeing how can I move my body differently. So I climb, I do Pilates once a week, I do yoga and I hike every day.”

Guilty pleasures: “Bourbon and cookies. (Best answer ever.)”

A fitness craze you want to try: “I feel like I need to try CrossFit. Another thing I really want to do: It’s not really a fitness thing, but I want to go skydiving.”

A sport or fitness routine you are NOT good at: “Ha, there are many.”

Preferred training shoe or athletic footwear: “I’m never wearing shoes. If I am, they’re sandals.”

Next health goal: “I’d like to do a long-distance trail running race.”

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ost of us try to lead a fairly bal-

work on breath, balance and range of motion as

anced life, but we zip through

we get back into our bodies.”

it much like the ill-packed bun-

That psychology has led to a further com-

dle atop the Grinch’s sleigh. By

ponent of Simone’s yoga teaching: She works

comparison, Simone Market

with people on an individual level who have very

leads a holistic life that intricately weaves her

specific needs including physical therapy and

professional and personal lives with good health

palliative care. Simone is eminently qualified

while she radiates compassion, grace and joy.

for these physically and emotionally challeng-

Born and raised in Hawthorne, Simone is a

ing tasks because she is also a certified Reiki

Redondo Beach resident who has witnessed

instructor and has attained the master levels of

exponential growth in the South Bay. However,

l, 2 and 3. As versed as she is in yoga techniques,

her life with her husband, Chuck Gardener,

Simone is equally trained in the chanting, medi-

revolves in a calm sphere that incorporates

tation and healing techniques of Reiki.

home, work and a positive outlook on life.

Simone trains people in their homes or in

Now 60, Simone has been teaching yoga

her bamboo Zen garden as they work through

for 17 years. “My philosophy is that there is a

various modalities while transitioning through

yoga practice for everyone, so find the one that

their therapies or life changes. Although her

works for you to align your body and your mind,”

shift into this realm of work may have been

she says.

subtle, the results have been monumental.

Simone holds numerous certifications

After noticing that several psychologists were

including those from Cloud Nine Yoga as well

taking her classes or sending their clients to

as a two-year certification from Loyola Mary-

her classes, Simone recognized the need for

mount that includes teachings in Western and

restorative care.

Eastern medicine. “I want people to feel safe in

“It’s important to heal the body and the

their yoga, so I give a lot of individual instruc-

mind together, and it’s critical for the healer

tion so that people can get back into their

to heal,” says Simone. She is a partner of the

bodies,” she says.

Moonstone Center–a holistic treatment center

Simone is toned, fit, strong and exudes serenity. “I believe in aging gracefully, and I feel younger now than I did before I started incorpo-

that addresses all aspects of the mind and body in restorative care. Simone speaks from experience when

rating yoga into my life,” she says. She teaches

she addresses the importance of helping the

classes at Harmony Yoga in Hermosa Beach,

body and the mind in conjunction as we move

as well as workshops and individual training

through life changes. When she went through

throughout the South Bay.

menopause, she gained 35 pounds and expe-

Simone’s workshops last several hours and typically focus on specific areas such as hip openers that loosen tight hips and alleviate pain

rienced many physical, emotional and psychological changes. “Instead of running from this experience, I

while increasing range of motion and circula-

grabbed my yoga, embraced this time in my

tion. “Knees, hips, glutes, quads all relate to

life and I didn’t hide it,” she says. She moved

lower back pain, but we spend too much time

through the time without the aid of hormones

treating the symptom; I focus on treating the

and ultimately lost all of the weight. “Now I want

problem,” she says.

to rally around other women.”

Additionally, she works with many surfers in

Simone leads a life that pays things forward.

the South Bay to increase core and hip strength

“Yoga is a gift that keeps on giving, and my

while also stabilizing balance. “It’s important to

reward is knowing one more person and having

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helped one more person,” she says. In addition to teaching her classes and work-

that guide me: One is that practice makes perfect, so be careful what you practice. The other

shops, Simone teaches teachers. Throughout

is that if you think you can, then you will, but if

the community and in various capacities that

you think you can’t, then you won’t. So choose

include churches and the YMCA, she gives

what you want.”

retired teachers the gift of yoga.

Those are simple but powerful statements

Simone’s Year in HEALTH Favorite way to relieve stress and relax:

From her physical yoga and healing Reiki

that guide Simone through every day, yet they

“My husband and I love hiking and being in

practices to her peaceful and positive psycho-

are as straightforward and uncomplicated as

nature. We take time to get away from the city

logical outlook on life, Simone engages in all

the dynamic and forceful woman who speaks

and connect with the natural world.”

aspects of a holistic life. “I have two mantras

them. n

My mantra: “Practice makes perfect. Be careful what you practice.”

Best part of my job: “The people and the peace. I love all of the different people that I meet, and I love knowing that I’ve helped them in some way. I help them achieve peace, and in doing so I receive peace.

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FOR REDONDO BEACH RESIDENT CALVIN VACHON, IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE BEACH WHEN HE’S ON THE ICE AT THE TOYOTA SPORTS CENTER. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

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alvin Vachon was ice skating by the time he was 3 years old, but that’s not surprising since his father and grandfather have long National Hockey League (NHL) associations. Calvin’s dad, Nick Vachon, is a coach and the general manager of the Los Angeles Junior Kings— a considerable step taken in 2016 by the NHL L.A. Kings to oversee the development of the sport in Southern California. “The decision by Kings president of business operations and alternate governor Luc Robitaille and L.A. Kings GM Rob Blake to create a formal association with the Los Angeles Kings is a tremendous opportunity for our youth as hockey grows in Southern California,” says Nick. The Los Angeles Junior Kings now have 28 teams with more than 420 players in the program. Nick grew up in the world of professional hockey as the son of legendary goalie Rogie Vachon, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and L.A. Kings. Nick was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played for the New York Islanders before transitioning as a coach for the Junior Kings. Now Calvin, age 12, is following in the family footsteps as a goalie for the Junior Kings Pee Wee AAA Major team. When Calvin started playing hockey at age 5, Nick put him in various positions including a forward and a defensive player. “However, by the time he was 8 he had a natural ability and was extremely quick in accomplishing things at the net that kids that age aren’t developed to accomplish, such as splits in saves,” says Nick. Calvin replies, “I always thought that defending the goal was more fun.” When Calvin’s not in school, he’s on the ice. He

Calvin’s Year in HEALTH

practices with the team three times a week, has goalie clinics two times each week, and spends

How I spend my free time:

physical condition, and it requires the com-

time in strength and conditioning training sessions.

“I don’t have a lot of free time after school

mitment of time management—two things

Even in middle school, these elite-level hockey

and hockey, but when I do I like to hang out

that we feel are really beneficial to kids.”

players are working on sprints and plyometrics to

with my friends. We go to the beach a lot in

attain short-burst maximum speed and force.

the summer, so that’s a good change.”

The junior hockey season is long and includes

How we stay safe: “Hockey equipment—including helmets,

several large tournaments throughout the year. For

Extra benefits to hockey:

pads and sticks—is constantly evolving and

the past 15 years the Junior Kings have been invited

Dad Nick: “We love the travel and the tourna-

improving even at the junior hockey level.

to the elite International Pee Wee Hockey Tourna-

ments. Not only is it fun, but the kids are

Obviously, safety is always the primary

ment in Quebec. It’s an invitation-only tournament

exposed to new places, new people and new

concern, but we also ensure that our jerseys

for the 12-year-old age bracket that includes 125

opportunities. It also requires being in good

and uniforms look professional.”

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teams that play over a 10-day tournament. “It’s like an immersion program for the kids because they stay with Québéquois families in what becomes a cultural exchange program,” says Nick. Even though they’re playing hockey every day, the players have time to see the city and experience a different lifestyle. “When I go, I try to learn a few new words and try a few new foods,” says Calvin. He might only be in middle school, but Calvin speaks like a seasoned player when he discusses the psychology of playing in elite tournaments. “Hockey is fun, so when I’m on the ice, I’m focused and I think about all the good things that are going to happen.” “Calvin maintains his composure on the ice like a much older player,” Nick says, “because he’s able to give both verbal and physical direction to his defense.” So how does Calvin stay grounded with such a family legacy and so much time committed to hockey? “My mom says if I don’t do well in school, then I can’t play hockey,” says Calvin. Nick and his wife, Renee, spend a lot of time around the sport, but they balance that with daughter Chloe’s dance and gymnastics involvement as well as family time in the South Bay. “In the spring I play baseball, and in the summer I like to hang out with my friends at the beach,” says Calvin. As hockey in Southern California heats up, the paths to the NHL become varied through both junior hockey and college programs. The NHL has had six draft picks from Southern California in the past few years, including three former Junior Kings. “We are fortunate to have a nationally recognized program that develops student athletes at all levels, and we’re committed to instilling teamwork, commitment and a passion for the game, because those are life skills that translate off the ice and are more important than winning and losing,” says Nick. Southern California junior hockey has become so strong, it hosts showcase exhibition weekends. However, under the guidance of Nick as the GM with the Kings involved in the decision-making and development, junior hockey in Los Angeles is being cultivated under an umbrella that is committed to developing young athletes both mentally and physically. “There’s always a lot going on, but it’s all good and fun,” says Calvin. Watch the NHL roster in a few years; the name Vachon will likely be on the back of a jersey.” n

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A Fresh Start

WRITTEN & EDITED BY MICHELE GARBER

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any of us are ecstatic to leave this year in the rearview mirror and start fresh, and there is no better time for a reboot. Should your aspirations for the coming year include improving your health, there is an array of new books out to inspire and guide you in reaching your wellness goals. From improving your sleeping and eating habits to finally

developing a fitness routine you can stick with (and that actually works), here are a few of our favorites to help you make and keep those ephemeral resolutions.

WHY WE SLEEP: UNLOCKING THE

ROCCO’S HEALTHY + DELICIOUS:

THE RBG WORKOUT: HOW SHE STAYS

POWER OF SLEEP AND DREAMS

MORE THAN 200 (MOSTLY) PLANT-BASED

STRONG...AND YOU CAN TOO!

BY MATTHEW WALKER, PHD

RECIPES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

BY BRYANT JOHNSON,

In his first book, professor Matthew Walker,

BY ROCCO DISPIRITO

ILLUSTRATED BY PATRICK WELSH

director of the UC Berkeley Sleep and Neuroim-

For nearly 10 years, James Beard Award-

For many of us, simply finding the time and

aging Lab, shares his groundbreaking findings on

winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has

energy to incorporate a workout into everyday

the enigmatic subject of sleep. After more than

been an advocate for the fresh, local, organic

life is a challenge—let alone a workout crafted

two decades of research dedicated to unravel-

and whole food movement. After facing his

for a professional athlete. That’s why The RBG

ing the function, purpose and mysteries of sleep,

own dietary health issues, he stepped away

Workout caught our eye. At age 84, Supreme

Professor Walker seems to have cracked the

from traditional restaurant food preparations

Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t

code—providing an approachable and fascinat-

that were often high in fat, salt, sugar and all

seem to be slowing down ... thus her nickname,

ing roadmap into understanding this complex

sorts of other dietary landmines and began

The Notorious RBG. Following two bouts with

scientific field. Separating the book into logical

creating meals that promote a nutritious, real

cancer, she began exercising regularly with her

sections, Professor Walker discusses the topic

food lifestyle. Rocco is a firm believer that

trainer Bryant Johnson, whom she affectionately

of sleep in a straightforward, informative yet

healthy and delicious are not mutually exclu-

calls “the most important person” in her life. In

not-at-all wonky manner. From understand-

sive. Complemented by beautiful photography,

Johnson’s new, fun and fully-illustrated book he

ing the purpose of sleep, how it occurs and its

Rocco’s latest cookbook serves up a collection

shares the simple yet vigorous workout program

innumerable benefits to discussing the effects

of more than 250 primarily plant-based recipes

that RBG does twice per week. From planks and

of caffeine, jet lag, sleep-deprivation and even

that are affordable, easy to prepare, wholesome

pushups to squats and lunges, RBG’s routine is

iPads, Walker offers comprehensive insight into

and most importantly, delicious.

challenging, effective and most inspiring. If this

our most critical and misunderstood biological

energetic octogenarian with no plans of retir-

drive and how we can harness sleep to increase

ing anytime soon can get and stay fit, then we

our brain-power, enhance longevity and improve

certainly can too.

our quality of life and overall health.

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HOW JANET TODD WENT FROM AEROSPACE ENGINEER TO MUAY THAI CHAMPION WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY VICTOR ISAAC ALVAREZ

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In the short span of four years, Janet Todd has

more pads, heavy-bag work, a five-mile run, as well as strength

become one of the best amateur female Muay

and conditioning work tailored toward her quick, explosive fight

Thai fighters in the 115-pound division. Muay Thai,

style. Janet is most widely known for her balance, poise, speed,

which translates as “Thai boxing,” is a combat

sharpness and overall beautiful technique in the ring—all of

sport hailing from Thailand in which fighters

which are critical elements of true Muay Thai.

punch, kick, knee and elbow each other over the course of three to five rounds. Although often mislabeled as simply a violent

Since her rediscovery of fighting, she’s won 12 championship titles, including WBC Amateur Champion, and three world tour-

sport, in Thailand it’s a way of life—a way to make ends

nament medals, including gold at the Pan-American Muay Thai

meet. For 31-year-old Janet, however, Muay Thai presents a

Tournament. She was one of two American Muay Thai fighters

constant challenge to improve herself in a way no other sport

chosen to represent the U.S. at the World Games of 2018 in

could push her.

Wroclaw, Poland—the first games to include Muay Thai after the

Janet was born and raised in Hermosa Beach. After completing a five-year master’s program in aerospace engineering at Cal

sport received preliminary Olympic recognition. When asked about her success, Janet attributes much of it to

Poly San Luis Obispo, she moved back to her hometown to kick

her Boxing Works family and her coach, Bryan. “I appreciate the

off her career at Northrop Grumman.

fact that Bryan doesn’t change his fighters into something else.

Janet tried cardio-kickboxing during her college years but was later introduced to the art of Muay Thai by her then-boyfriend/

He simply tries to make them a better version of themselves, and that’s always my #1 goal.”

now-husband, becoming instantly hooked by the physical and

It was that World Games that turned out to be the biggest

mental challenges the sport offered her. After winning her first

challenge yet for Janet—and not just because of the top level of

fight by TKO, she stepped away from the ring to focus on her

competition she faced in the pro/amateur tournament. When

engineering career.

her father suffered a stroke only weeks before she was meant

It wasn’t until four years later—when a last-minute oppor-

to fly to Poland, Janet had to make the tough decision of staying

tunity to replace an injured fighter on a local card presented

by her father’s side or moving forward with participating in the

itself—that Janet would step into the ring again. This time she

games. With the support of her mother, sister and gym family,

represented her new gym, Boxing Works, owned and spear-

she found the courage to proceed to the tournament and fight

headed by the world-renowned Bryan Popejoy. This was a move

for her dad—confident that was exactly where he wanted her

that would change her life.

to be.

A decisive victory over her more experienced opponent, win-

The first fight proved the hardest. A rematch against

ning her a championship title after only her second fight, gave

Morocco, which she had lost to in the previous Muay Thai World

Janet the inspiration to pursue more within the sport. While the

Tournament in Belarus just a few months back, put Janet to

victory was nice, she became most interested in the prospect of

the test. After feeling like she lost the first round, coach Bryan

becoming a better fighter technically, mentally and physically.

reminded her in between the rounds whom she was fighting for.

“The feeling of getting in the ring and performing the way

“I wanted to fight my heart out for my dad,” she shares. “I

you wanted to perform—there’s no beating that feeling. I’ll do

wanted to fight just as hard for him as I knew he was fighting for

whatever it takes to get that,” she shares.

me and my family.”

Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m., you can find Janet rush-

In that incredibly challenging tournament, Janet defeated

ing through the doors of Boxing Works. The sign outside the gym

Morocco, lost to Thailand and defeated Poland, earning herself a

says “closed,” but inside you’ll find Bryan preparing for an hour-

bronze medal—all over the course of three days. Despite the cir-

long, carefully executed training session. Accompanying them

cumstances she found herself fighting through, Janet turned her

you’ll find 19-year-old fighter Jackie Buntan, the gym’s second

emotional battle into a catalyst for success in the ring—choos-

most active fighter, already shadowboxing as Janet changes

ing to fight as hard as she knew her dad was fighting to recover.

clothes, grabs a jump rope and starts warming up.

While she didn’t get gold, she received bronze and won gold at

This is Janet’s lunch. The training session usually involves kicking pads, sparring, clinch training and fight-specific drills.

the Pan-American games a few months after that. Janet finished the year having competed in the United States

That is only the first session of the day for Janet, however. Once

Muay Thai Open (a national tournament), where she obtained

they finish, she rushes back to work—only to immediately return

three wins and added another championship belt to Box-

to the gym when she’s off work, at which point she has another,

ing Work’s already packed shelves. With this tournament, she

much longer session.

fought an outstanding 14 times in 2017 alone—a record number

The evening will usually involve additional technique work,

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While Janet would like to turn professional, the current scene in the States doesn’t provide professional fighters the opportunity to fight as often as amateurs. Her priority is simply becoming the best Muay Thai fighter she can be. “I’m focused on self-improvement,” she says. “I want to be an example for younger girls that want to get into fighting”. Janet aims to continue fighting as much as possible before retiring into the next chapter of her life: having a family of her own. n

Janet’s Year in HEALTH Daily nutrition: “Mostly fish for protein, a serving of chicken a day, with lots of veggies and vegan protein powder for supplement. Flavor God to make the veggies and meat taste better. I go gluten- and dairy-free when the fight gets close and I have to drop weight.”

Free time: “I go to the beach, relax, watch the waves and spend quality time with my husband, Dustin, who’s my #1 supporter and sacrifices a lot for me to live the fighter’s life.”

Guilty pleasure: “Watching The Mindy Project on Hulu. And Sour Patch Kids. I love Sour Patch Kids.”

Fitness activity she’d like to try: “I want to skateboard—if only I was cool enough.”

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Quick Tips: Getting there: Fly into Phoenix (several flights a day from LAX) and drive or get a car to Sedona, about 90 minutes or so north. It’s a pretty drive, so you won’t be bored.

A

friend said to me, “Mii Amo finds

find balance with your original potential. Even if

you when you need it the most.”

you’re skeptical or shy to these kinds of experi-

2017 was a big one … challeng-

ing, cathartic and, in many ways,

ences, I highly suggest booking one. They present a great opportunity to look inward and explore

enlightening. I entered the fall season exhausted

truths you may have never recognized or taken

When to visit: Sedona enjoys mild

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seriously. I’m 100% a believer in the power of the

temperatures most of the year, though

when the invitation came through to experience

intuition. After Mii Amo, you will be too.

mid-summer can get toasty. January is

Sedona’s revered spa and spiritual sanctuary, I

cooler but less crowded. Rumor is April/

knew my time had finally come.

May and October/November are stellar

Sedona is a “soul” place for me. It’s difficult to

To complement all the soulful healing you may experience here, the spa also offers a wide variety of nourishment for your body, including

times to come, for both the weather

explain in words of distinction. Let’s just say it’s

massages, skin treatments and facials. During my

and beauty of the seasonal flora.

a feeling, a sense of belonging somewhere. I’ve

Sedona Clay Wrap, I was lightly dry-brushed and

only been to Sedona twice, but each time drew

exfoliated before receiving a generous application

jewelry, especially turquoise, head up the

me in tightly and didn’t want to let go. It’s an

of local, mineral-rich red clay. Caked in terra-cotta

canyon to Garland’s. The family-owned

incredible sensation.

earth, I felt a special part of the place and the

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The sheer beauty of Sedona alone is worth a

magic it inspires.

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visit. Red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and

Meditation and reflection are key components

know you’re getting the real deal from

pine forests create a breathtaking panorama.

to the Mii Amo experience—the best ones occur-

their vast and varied selection.

Then there are the vortexes—sacred sites where

ring in the Crystal Grotto .... an enclosed space

energy is either entering into the earth or project-

that draws from the elements and enhances the

ing out of the earth’s plane. Many say this energy

ceremony with four directionally placed crystals.

is so powerful it can help enhance one’s spiritual

Don’t miss these short but serene daily rituals.

journey. Luckily for me, one of these vortexes awaited just above Mii Amo in Boynton Canyon. The Mii Amo destination spa shares a

night you’ll see familiar faces wander in, some

secluded, natural landscape with Enchant-

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hike. “Spa food,” as they call the healthy fare you

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exploration or transformational wisdom.

carrot soup (thick and vibrant) and the popular

My personal journey leaned toward the

Pumpkin in a Jar with roasted pumpkin, crunchy

spiritual, per my preference. This started with

pepitas and a dollop of fluffy cream. Both items

a Reading of the Moment, where tarot cards

were ordered more than once.

set the tone of my present at arrival. That night

“Mii Amo finds you when you need it the most.”

Robes are welcome at the Mii Amo café—the nutritional center of the spa. Morning, noon and

It was difficult to leave Mii Amo, but all things

fortuitously coincided with the full moon, allowing

must come to an end. Though wistful, I could

me to participate in a special massage ritual that

hardly be sad. I had just experienced a much-

included writing down something I wished to

needed reboot that only left me with gratitude. I

release and setting it aflame.

do miss the smiles from the exceptional staff, the

Throughout my weekend I also delved into

blissful setting and those delicious meals, but I

my astrological chart, discovered past lives and

find solace knowing Sedona is readily accessible

enjoyed an Aura-Soma Reading—a color system

and will welcome my return when I will it. That

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shall be soon.

you to understand yourself on a deeper level and

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High-Stakes

Health A CLIENT WITH MUCH TO GAIN GIVES PERSONAL TRAINER CHRIS DIVECCHIO A PLATFORM TO SHOW HIS WORTH. WRITTEN BY NANCY SOKOLER STEINER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

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hris DiVecchio uses one piece of

decisions, to adapt and adjust and build a life-

equipment with his clients even

style around health and wellness,” says Chris. “I

more frequently than fitness

help my clients become more conscious of and

ment over the years, including reading books,

machines or weights: his phone.

connected to their bodies.”

taking classes and working with life coaches.

As founder of Premier Mind &

His 90-day program combines a custom-

care of himself or herself.” Chris has focused on his own self-develop-

When he began training clients, he natu-

Body, the 41-year-old stays in

designed training plan emphasizing form and

rally incorporated what he had learned. “By

constant contact with his clients.

technique, an individualized meal plan and vita-

working from the inside out, I found that the

He may check in to see if they’ve

min supplement regimen, and lifestyle coaching.

physical transformations were coming a lot

worked out, send exercise videos

The lifestyle coaching, a central component of

faster,” he says.

or simply inquire about their day.

his program, sets Chris’ approach apart.

Born and raised in Boston, Chris played col-

They reach out to him too. They might text a

“My philosophy is the mind first and the body

lege hockey and competed as an amateur body

restaurant menu for advice on what to order or

will follow. I look at what other stuff is going on in

builder. With a modeling and acting background

share thoughts about the day’s workout.

a client’s life to get to the heart of why this per-

(including starring in the 2009 film Dark Moon

son has come to me out of shape and not taking

Rising) he moved to Los Angeles in 2002, work-

“My goal is to teach people how to make good

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ing side gigs including bartending and personal

poker player from New York. The player, who

training to supplement his income.

weighed 245 pounds and carried 33% body

confidence in pushing myself during workouts,”

“I feel drastically different. I have more

At age 35 Chris decided to devote himself

fat at the time, took on a $1 million bet that he

says Miguel, who reports that his blood pressure

to fitness coaching, building a 10 x 10 backyard

couldn’t get below 10% body fat in six months.

is down and his insomnia, which allowed him

structure to serve as his gym. His clientele grew

Working intensively with Chris, he won the bet—

only about three to four hours of sleep a night,

via word-of-mouth, and in 2013 he moved

dropping to less than 9% body fat.

has disappeared. “Chris and I are always talking

his operation to the Center Street Club—an

Miguel Gonzalez, who works in El Segundo,

about making good decisions. I make small deci-

upscale private gym in El Segundo. About half

read about Chris and the million-dollar bet. He

of his clients live in other parts of the U.S. and

started working with Chris to help get back into

abroad, and he uses an online system that

shape after a back injury. Five weeks into the

vated. “The biggest rewards are when clients

includes his customized plans, check-ins and

program the federal employee, husband and

tell me things like how they slept great or that

other functions.

father of two daughters generally works out six

they’ve improved their relationship with their

days a week and has changed his diet, including

spouse or client. It’s not just about building their

cutting out dairy. He’s lost about 20 pounds.

abs. I see transformation all across their lives.”

Premier Mind & Body got more attention this summer after Chris coached a professional

sions every day for the greater good.” These kinds of successes keep Chris moti-

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Chris’ Year in HEALTH Weekday Itinerary: Chris wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and arrives at the gym between 6:30 and 7. He’ll work with clients for the next 12 hours, fitting in a workout and lunch between sessions or alongside his clients. His workouts vary and include gym work, plyometrics (jump training), high-intensity interval training and yoga. In the evening he works on his book, The Five by Two, which talks about tapping into the five senses.

Nutrition: Breakfast typically consists of three whole eggs and three egg whites with a handful of spinach. Lunches and dinners combine eight ounces of protein, a green vegetable or salad and sweet potato or brown rice. He generally avoids dairy.

Guilty Pleasure: A large bucket of movie theatre popcorn.

Inspiration: Entrepreneur and author Gary Vaynerchuk, who “works 24/7 due to his passion for making a difference. His approach to business and to life is ‘no bullshit.’” n

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ife’s path took a detour for Charlene

“I always associated dance with something

in April 2016 and inaugurated Hip Shake

Dipaola when she and her husband

fun and something that makes me happy,”

Fitness in August of that year. The subscrip-

decided to start a family. The Manhat-

says Charlene.

tion-based service offers hundreds of workouts

tan Beach couple grew perplexed when

She loved dance workouts—from hip-hop

for a monthly fee. Subscribers can choose from

pregnancy failed to materialize.

to bar classes to yoga booty ballet. But she

such categories as Bollywood Abs Workout,

Charlene, then 34, saw her doctor and

found it difficult to fit the sessions into her

Flirty HipHop and Tone N Twerk—each led by

discovered she has polycystic ovary syndrome

schedule and budget. She looked for online

professional instructors accompanied by “real

(PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that can cause

options and didn’t find ones offering different

people” including Charlene.

body changes and interfere with pregnancy.

kinds of dance.

Around that same time, she was laid off from her hard-charging digital analytics job.

“That’s when the light bulb went off,”

“Women are often intimidated by other participants in class. They don’t want to be

says Charlene. “I realized there might be an

the person in the back who doesn’t know the

opportunity.” She created the concept of

moves,” says Charlene. “At home, no one’s

venture, and this seemed like the right time.

Hip Shake Fitness, an online platform that

watching. It removes that barrier.”

But what would she pursue?

would offer “movement-based, fun and femi-

Charlene had been wanting to start her own

She had a background in dance, having taken ballet starting at the age of 7.

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nine workouts.” Charlene launched a KickStarter campaign

She adds: “Dancers can be judged by their bodies and how they move. In our community, we really try to be inclusive. It’s not about how


you look. It’s just about moving your body and being confident in yourself.” Charlene has received positive feedback from subscribers, many of whom are women in their 30s and older. Hip Shake Fitness has about 700 online subscribers—including some in other countries—as well as more than 2 million views of their YouTube videos. “I’m so grateful that women are being healthier and that they love our product,” she says. Born in the Philippines, Charlene grew up in a close-knit extended family where relatives lived in six houses on the same street. Always fascinated with American culture, she moved in with an aunt living in Glendale in 2002 and soon landed a job in Orange County. “In the Philippines, you stay with your parents until you get married,” says Charlene. “It was a big transition to live alone.” She struggled for the first two years but eventually settled in—making friends and working in online sales, search optimization and managerial positions. After getting engaged, Charlene moved from Culver City to her fiancé’s Manhattan Beach home. Running a business keeps Charlene busy, but she makes time for civic engagement. She serves as president of the South Bay Bike Coalition, which works to make biking, walking and driving safer in the South Bay. After receiving the PCOS diagnosis, Charlene focused on her health. She works out regularly and still treks to Culver City for class in Capoeira—a combination of martial arts and dance. She maintains a keto (highprotein, low-carb) diet. PCOS increases sugar levels, and her lifestyle changes have helped bring her levels down. Charlene wants to increase awareness of PCOS, which she had not heard of before being diagnosed. “It’s more common than I realized, but most women only learn they have it when they’re wanting to start a family. Women who are struggling should know they’re not alone.” n

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Charlene’s Year in HEALTH Fitness Routine: Charlene does Hip Shake Fitness cardio routines three to four times a week and toning routines two or three times a week. Once a month she works out with a trainer, focusing on strength and positioning. She and her husband often take evening walks along The Strand.

Daily Nutrition: Bacon and eggs or yogurt with fruit and nuts for breakfast. A salad with protein (usually chicken or meat) for lunch. For dinner she and her husband cook a meal from Green Chef, which has a keto plan. She avoids added sugars.

Daily Practice: Charlene keeps a gratitude journal. Upon waking up, she’ll write three things she is grateful for from the previous day.

A Dream: To have Michelle Obama dance in a Hip Shake Fitness video. “She brought a focus on health to our country. I love what she does, and I love that she was a First Lady who could do push-ups.”

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Peter Borden, MD, began his career in 2001 when he joined his father, Donald Borden, MD, who had been practicing orthopaedic surgery in the South Bay for 30 years. After an extremely successful career treating South Bay residents and serving as chief of orthopaedics for several years at Torrance Memorial Hospital, Dr. Donald Borden retired in 2005. Over the last few years, Dr. Peter Borden has recruited several excellent partners to his practice to form a comprehensive sub-specialized orthopaedic group known as Sports & Spine Orthopaedics. Currently Sports & Spine Orthopaedics has two primary locations in the South Bay (Torrance and El Segundo).

“Sports & Spine Orthopaedics functions as a comprehensive practice with the primary goal of providing the highest quality of patient care.”

“Peter Borden, MD, specializes in the treatment of sports medicine injuries with primary focus on the shoulder, knee and ankle. Allyson Estess, MD, also specializes in sports medicine injuries with emphasis on shoulder, knee and hip. Andrew Wasseff, MD, specializes in the treatment of total joint replacements and osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Jennifer Hsu, MD, specializes in the treatment of hand, wrist and elbow injuries and currently serves as the chief of microvascular hand and upper extremity surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. George Cyril, MD, specializes in the treatment of nonsurgical spine conditions with an emphasis on pain management procedures to include epidural injections, facet injections, radio frequency rhizotomy and parasympathetic nerve blocks.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT SPORTS & SPINE ORTHOPAEDICS?

“Sports & Spine Orthopaedics functions as a comprehensive practice with the primary goal of providing the highest quality of patient care. Our partners, physical therapists, and staff work together as a team to help patients recover from their injuries as effectively as possible. Sports & Spine Orthopaedics provides the most recent and cutting-edge knowledge, procedures and technology that result in superior outcomes.”

AREA OF EXPERTISE Sports & Spine Orthopaedics currently has five specialists covering various specialties to include orthopaedic trauma and fractures; sports medicine; spine injuries; osteoarthritis of the shoulder, hip, and knee; upper extremity injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow; pain management; and total joint replacements.

OFF THE CLOCK WITH SPORTS & SPINE ORTHOPAEDICS The doctors within this orthopaedic practice are all previously competitive athletes who continue to enjoy exercise and sporting events recreationally and understand the balance of staying healthy through exercise. Having experienced their own orthopaedic injuries over the years, the doctors at Sports & Spine Orthopaedics understand how it feels to be the patient.

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WHY DID YOU CHANGE YOUR NAME TO COASTAL ORTHO?

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shoulder & elbow surgery

spine specialists

sports medicine

on-site digital X-ray

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on-site physical and hand therapy

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

“Doing the right thing in your best interest.”

“Torrance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group was founded in 1971, and our main office has always been in Torrance—the primary hub of medical care for the South Bay. Although our Torrance office remains our primary location, as our medical group and the South Bay have grown we found a need to expand to better serve our patients living in Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo beaches, El Segundo and the surrounding area. We are proud to announce the opening our new, beautiful, contemporary, state-of-the-art El Segundo office @ Elevon. With this expansion we believe that a city-specific name, such as Torrance Orthopaedic, was somewhat limiting. The name Coastal Ortho reflects the love and appreciation of our home and lifestyle in the coastal communities where we all live.”

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY YOU PRACTICE?

“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 problems to the most complex. The partners of Coastal Ortho are a like-minded group of orthopedists who practice evidencebased medicine. So philosophically they are all on the same page: Doing the right thing in your best interest.”

MEMORABLE MOMENTS Several years ago during one of our annual medical missions to Central America we came upon a small boy with life-threatening disabilities who lived in the farmlands and jungle of Nicaragua. With the love and determination of one of our employees, we managed to get him a 10-year VISA to come to the United States and get the orthopedic and medical help he needed. Geral’s smile shines brightly to this day.

GOOD TIMES We are a family 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.

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“Developing a licensed and certified ambulatory plastic surgery center for the past years 25 years and creating, in 1998, the first plastic surgery medical day spa in the South Bay, Spa Bella. As a woman, I love fashion, hair and makeup. I balance and cultivate this love, permitting my enthusiasm and skills to fuel my talents in my nonsurgical aesthetic practice. I have a reputation for delivering customized treatments and natural, aesthetically pleasing results when performing cosmetic injections such as Botox, facial/hand fillers, Kybella™ double chin reduction, skin peels and laser treatments.”

IS PLASTIC SURGERY AFFORDABLE TO EVERYONE?

“Absolutely! We take pride in designing a personal, customized beauty plan for every patient, working within their budget to achieve maximum results.”

WHAT IS A MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER?

“My patients and the community have voted me the Best Cosmetic Surgeon and voted Spa Bella the Best Medical Day Spa in the South Bay for consecutive years. Being voted the Best Cosmetic Surgeon is an honor that humbles and inspires me to be the best for every patient who is under my care. I know that I must earn this honor with each patient every day of my career. I will never take it for granted.”

WISE WORDS Two attributes that separate my practice from others are “experience” and “repetition.” The 10,000-hour rule is an accomplishment I have fulfilled. My time, technical skills, team attitude and fortitude in the operating room have contributed to my reputation as an outstanding plastic surgeon. I can be creative yet maintain the fundamental discipline required to control and execute an exceptional outcome for every patient. This has helped my practice excel, despite competition and changing times and cultural attitudes toward aesthetic plastic surgery.

BEFORE & AFTER

This patient had previous liposuction elsewhere and came to Dr. Petti for a redo. She used Smartlipo™ for contouring and SculpSure™ for skin tightening. Dr. Petti with her 2017 Best of the Beach and 2017 Best of the South Bay awards

YOUR BACKGROUND I am a board-certified plastic surgeon, in solo private practice in the South Bay since 1988. My plastic surgery training was at The University of Chicago, following a full five-year residency in general surgery. I am a former plastic surgery clinical instructor at The University of Southern

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Laser aesthetic surgery of the face, neck, breast and body is my expertise. Smartlipo™laserassisted liposuction allows me to contour the face, neck and body with more precision, less bruising and more rapid recovery. I can complement laser liposuction with non-invasive, 25-minute fat reduction using SculpSure™. I am currently working with Cynosure laser corporation investigating 25-minute SculpSure™ treatments for skin tightening.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING PHOTOGRAPHY

“Being voted the Best Cosmetic Surgeon is an honor that humbles and inspires me to be the best for every patient who is under my care.”

California. I have been a guest plastic surgeon for years on The Doctors, ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s Inside Edition.


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

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

LazerLift

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

cosmetic injectables

laser 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.”

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.

RECOMMENDED

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.”

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STYLE AND TECHNIQUE?

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.

BEFORE & AFTER

“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.”

PRACTICE SPECIALTY Dr. Egan is a leading innovator in minimally invasive procedures and performs LazerLift—the only FDAapproved 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.

Dr. Egan is dual board-certified in both otolaryngology head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her practice incorporates her surgical skills with a focus on aesthetics

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MANHATTAN BEACH PLASTIC SURGERY JAY GRANZOW, MD 1101 N. Aviation Blvd. | Manhattan Beach | 310-882-6261 | manhattanbeachplasticsurgery.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

lipedema

lymphedema

CAN PATIENTS WITH LIPEDEMA ALSO DEVELOP LYMPHEDEMA?

rhinoplasty

breast enhancement (augmentation, lift or reduction)

Mommy Makeover

body contouring

abdominoplasty

facial rejuvenation (face/neck/ eyelid lift)

injectables (Voluma, Juvederm and Botox)

“I’m thankful for all of our wonderful patients and friends in the South Bay and for their continuing support over the last 12 years.”

“Yes, I have seen patients suffering from lipedema (fat disorder) also develop lymphedema (lymphatic system disorder). That is why my expertise in treating lymphedema is crucial in providing the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. When patients suffer from both disorders, I use the FLOSM lymphedema treatment program in conjunction with the integrated lipedema treatment program and LipisuctionSM surgery to provide the best treatment for these patients.”

“My philosophy has always been to provide patient-centered care. I really spend time getting to know my patients and their concerns. I have compulsive attention to detail, which shows in the office and in surgery. We have a warm and caring staff that treats patients like family. I’m thankful for all of our wonderful patients and friends in the South Bay and for their continuing support over the last 12 years.”

WHAT IS LIPEDEMA? Lipedema is an often misunderstood fat disorder in which pathologic fat accumulates in the legs and arms. This fat is resistant to standard weight loss methods and can be very painful. Lipedema patients may also have a compromised lymphatic system (part of the immune system), which is a different disorder called lymphedema.

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WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR PRACTICE?

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research into the lipedema disorder, I developed a new surgical technique called LipisuctionSM, which safely removes excess pathologic fat while protecting the patient’s lymphatic pathways. When I combine LipisuctionSM surgery with effective therapy, my integrated system provides the optimal result for Llpedema patients.

Earlier this year my daughter was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, a severe genetic disorder. Although her diagnosis has been devastating to us and she faces lifelong challenges, her diagnosis has brought our family closer together and we have grown stronger in faith. As a doctor, I have become even more compassionate because I can relate on a personal level with patients’ families and supporters.


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

SERVICES OFFERED • • • • •

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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Q&A

AREA OF EXPERTISE

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR PRACTICE?

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.

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—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 concerns. 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.”

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.


Dr. Karen Alfonso and patient


HUTCHINSON DENTAL CHRISTINA L. HUTCHINSON, DDS 512 Main Street #4 | El Segundo | 310-640-2025 | hutchinsondds.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

family dentistry

esthetic dentistry

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD?

implant restorations

sleep apnea oral appliances

“I love being a dentist; it’s full of fun challenges!”

“I love being a dentist; it’s full of fun challenges! I enjoy balancing oral health, esthetics, function and predictability in nearly every situation. Sometimes it requires creativity, but that prevents dentistry from ever being boring.”

smile. The result didn’t match her personality. She didn’t want orthodontics to move teeth to proper positions, so we did some creative work to correct her smile. Now she has a balanced look that is more feminine in proportion to enhance her smile!

HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE?

“One of the things patients dread about visits to the dentist is getting numb. Sometimes despite our best efforts, injections can be uncomfortable and the soft tissue effects can linger after your appointment. We are proud to offer The Wand computer-assisted anesthesia system, which painlessly numbs a single tooth without numbing more than what is actually needed to anesthetize. What a difference!”

TELL US ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR FIELD.

“There is increasing awareness from patients, dentists and other medical specialties about the significance of the airway and how it impacts dental and sleep issues for patients. It has opened conversations with patients that previously weren’t had. It has been positive for dentistry.”

HOW WOULD YOUR PATIENTS DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH?

WISE WORDS There aren’t many patients who enjoy flossing, so when you get in there it’s critical that your technique is correct. String floss is preferred because it allows better adaptation to remove plaque in between teeth. Once you get past the contact between teeth, contour the floss like the letter C and wipe up and down a few times. Then reverse your C and wipe the next tooth. And if you have something stuck in between your teeth often tying a double knot in the floss will help pass stubborn things like popcorn kernels.

“I’m very easygoing at work. Patients are usually nervous when they go to the dentist; the last thing they need is intimidation or someone telling them what they need without explanation. My approach with patients has always come from the perspective of being their friend. I try to find a way to connect with everyone when I first meet them, and I want them to know I’m their advocate.”

MUST-TRY BEFORE & AFTER I have a wonderful patient who had a smile that didn’t suit her. She was missing a tooth from birth, which shifted her midline over, and she had some over-contoured crowns to fill her

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Nasal breathing is essential for a good night’s sleep. But sometimes a narrowed external nasal valve, deviated septum or blockages can reduce nasal breathing. “Mute” is an OTC nasal dilator that is available in three sizes. It’s easy to use and worth a try!


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

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

SHARED TIP

Damon

clear

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Incognito (lingual braces)

Invisalign

Insignia

accelerated treatment

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.

“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.”

OFF THE CLOCK WITH DR. SUMMER Spending time with my family is my top priority outside of the office. The South Bay is an amazing place to raise a family. 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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PRACTICE SPECIALTY 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.


STEVEN K. OKAMOTO, DDS, INC. STEVEN K. OKAMOTO, DDS & MICHELLE OKAMOTO, DDS 22330 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite E | Torrance | 310-373-1120 | okamotodds.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

preventative care (exams, cleanings, X-rays)

restorative

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD?

All On Four®

Teeth In A Day

Invisalign

Zoom

diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea

Michelle Luciano: “As a Registered Dental Assistant I work with with different people and different cases. I’m helping people work on the smile they’ve always wanted. For many patients that could mean fixing a chipped tooth, straightening with Invisalign or whitening with Zoom, all of which boosts their self-confidence.”

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE PROVIDE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION?

“I’m helping people work on the smile they’ve always wanted.”

ML:“Patients come to our office for individual needs and concerns. Some want to know what their insurance covers, and often we can check into their benefits prior to their initial visit. For others, it may be addressing an emergency such as pain or trauma. Often patients want information on the latest technology and how it could benefit them.”

Chris, and son, Roman, as well as extended family: parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. Photography is a passion for Michelle, and she has many subjects within her close-knit family— often being asked to photograph a wedding or portrait for one of them.

MUST-TRY The technology of taking 3-D impressions of your teeth is here with our new Trios® Digital Scanner. The ability to render accurate digital impressions now can be achieved without the conventional impression materials. Additionally, the scanner can record high-definition impressions and lifelike colors, improving communication to patients and to our dental laboratory technical team. This allows us to see the final restoration in 3-D prior to its fabrication and predict the final outcome.

WHAT ATTRIBUTE IS MOST IMPORTANT IN CARING FOR PATIENTS?

ML: “Listening to the patient. If we listen, then we can figure it out. They come in and are nervous and anxious—but are much calmer once they realize we’ve heard them. Secondly, being able to explain their treatment in their language—simplify it and break it down so they can understand. You can see it on their face as the appointment progresses—relief and gratitude, followed by an ‘Is that it?’”

MEMORABLE MOMENT

GOOD TIMES Michelle Luciano grew up in the South Bay, attending local schools and joining the Torrance practice early in her career. When she’s not assisting the doctors and serving patients, Michelle spends her days off with her husband,

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All of our team enjoys giving back to our community in whatever way we can. We have all worked at CDA Cares, a volunteer dental program through the California Dental Association that provides no-charge cleanings, fillings, treatment of infection and oral health education. Locally we donate dental supplies to families in need through community groups such as Sandpipers and Rainbow Services. “My favorite outreach is visiting classrooms for hearing impaired children at Howard Wood Elementary School and teaching them about oral hygiene,” shares Michelle Luciano.


L to R: Kenji Abe, Isumi Muto, Mary Ann Okayama, Michelle Luciano, Valerie Lopez, Renee Nishihira, Stacy Oshima, Dr. Steven Okamoto, Dr. Michelle Okamoto


WITHERS DENTAL 973 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite A | Manhattan Beach  | 310-546-2002 | withersdental.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

general dentistry

pediatric dentistry

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE DIFFER FROM OTHERS?

invisalign

whitening

restorative

periodontics

cosmetic

implant

veneers

“We treat the whole family. You can start at our office when you are 1 and stay until you are 101! Patients want a dental home—a place where they can trust our recommendations and where we strive to build relationships that last years (even decades). The patients’ experience is always our first concern.”

WHICH ATTRIBUTE IS MOST IMPORTANT IN CARING FOR PATIENTS? “We feel being empathetic is incredibly important. If you are able to understand what someone else is feeling, that is the best way to be able to comfort them. Our team is constantly trying to improve the appointment experience, and that starts with a caring and compassionate approach.”

“The patients’ experience is always our first concern.”

HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE?

“We view the radiographs/photos/proposed treatment on a TV monitor with the patient. Having a screen to view this on sounds simple, but it is the clearest way for patients to understand what is going on in their mouth. Going into a surgical appointment where the patient knows why we are doing a certain procedure is, above anything else, my best aid in patient education and communication.”

DO YOU FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT TO GIVE BACK AND SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED?

“We do. We support several organizations and events, including the LA25 Foundation for the Arts, CDA Cares and the Neptunian Women’s club. Dr. Brian also makes mouth guards for his alma mater, Mira Costa High School.”

WISE WORDS Here in the South Bay we have fluoride in our tap water. When our teeth are weakened by an acid—a sports drink, a soda or from getting sick to our stomach—most of us reach for our toothbrush immediately after. In reality, once your teeth are “etched” by an acid, even your tongue

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is abrasive enough to remove tooth structure. Don’t brush; instead opt for a rinse with some tap water and re-fluoridate those teeth before eating or brushing. If you don’t like tap water, feel free to spit it right out!

MUST-TRY These new Sonicare toothbrushes for kids are amazing. Just like the new adult version, they sync with your smartphone. The kids’ version has Sparkly, a cartoon furball that guides your kids through brushing their teeth. We’ve seen firsthand how this little life-hack can make brushing time a breeze.

AREA OF EXPERTISE Everyone in the office—from the patient coordinators at the front desk to the assistants in the back—is aware how stressful it can be for a patient to come in for dental work. We try very hard to make a connection with every patient to find out what their fears are and how we can help alleviate them. We try to do anything we can to help make the appointment more enjoyable and less stressful.


L to R: Kelsey Reynolds, Beth Davis, Ana Ahlmeyer, Aileen Walker, Rebeca Brandolino Martha Petredis Dr. Jenna Atwood, Raven MooreMancilla, Melissa Rappleyea-Steele, Dr. Brian Withers


NVISION EYE CENTERS 23550 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite #220 | Torrance | 310-784-2020 | nvisioncenters.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

refractive eye surgery – LASIK and PRK

cataract surgery – monofocal and multifocal

RLE – refractive lens exchange

HOW DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

ICL – implantable collamer lenses

corneal crosslinking (for keratoconus

Raindrop and KAMRA inlay (for reading)

“Our staff really enjoys what they do. That makes for a happy, cheerful environment.”

“Your family eye doctor plays a very important role in your care. We work closely with hundreds of optometrists in the South Bay and thousands amongst our other NVISION locations. We also work closely with primary care physicians and other ophthalmology specialists. We provide state-of-the-art diagnostic testing equipment.”

DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE AT YOUR OFFICE.

“Our staff really enjoys what they do. That makes for a happy, cheerful environment. As one local patient said, ‘The surgeon did a fantastic job, and everyone I met at the facility was extraordinarily kind and helpful in alleviating my anxiety over surgery. I would recommend this place to anyone that is considering getting laser eye surgery.’”

HOW DO YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF YOUR PATIENTS?

MUST-TRY Cataract surgery is an amazingly successful procedure that’s constantly evolving. Cataract surgery not only restores your ability to see, but we can also decrease your dependence on glasses. At NVISION we personalize an individual’s needs by providing a variety of different lens options and laser-assisted surgery to optimize our results and outcomes. When it’s time to have cataract surgery, it is important to know all your options so you can enjoy a lifetime of good vision. 

“Correcting someone’s vision is truly lifechanging. We discuss patients’ expectations and review their options to ensure they are getting the most out of their vision correction surgery. A South Bay LASIK patient said, ‘Had my surgery yesterday. My only regret is why I waited so long. Just do it. The staff there are amazing. Very helpful in everything. I’m so happy!’”

AREA OF EXPERTISE Laser vision correction is a field of medicine that has always enjoyed frequent advances that only serve to improve accuracy and quality of results. Recently the FDA has approved a treatment that promises to be a real game-changer: Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for kerataconus. We are offering this treatment at our NVISION centers.

MEMORABLE MOMENT We host continuing education events monthly at our office or local venues for optometrists. Usually at each venue we find many of the hotel or restaurant staff are patients of the eye docs in the area and are our past patients too. The South Bay is truly a local supportive community!

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L to R: Franklin Lusby, MD, Medical Director; Amarpreet Brar, MD, Cataract Medical Director; Susan J. Shin, OD, Clinical Director


PEDIATRIC THERAPY NETWORK (PTN) 1815 W. 213th Street, Suite 100 | Torrance | 310-328-0276 | PediatricTherapyNetwork.org

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

physical therapy

speech therapy

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD?

occupational therapy

social skills

early intervention

Camp Escapades

Early Head Start

therapist training & mentorship

parent support groups

“The ultimate goal is to help the child achieve independence with everyday activities.”

“Twenty-one years ago, a group of therapists, parents and teachers committed themselves to building a high-caliber therapy and research center for the many families who were struggling to find services for their children. From the initial 5,000 square feet of treatment space, the need for Pediatric Therapy Network’s services continued to grow at a rapid pace. Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) now occupies 45,000 square feet and serves 2,500 children each year.”

live a more fulfilling life. PTN serves children of all abilities including those with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, developmental delays, orthopedic and neurological challenges, and sports-related injuries. With a dedicated staff of 175 employees, PTN serves children from all over Los Angeles County.

HOW DOES PEDIATRIC THERAPY NETWORK PROVIDE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION TO PATIENTS?

“PTN’s multidisciplinary approach offers a unique benefit to our clients by providing a diverse team to support the needs of each child and family. Our therapists develop an individualized plan to meet the child’s and family’s needs, keeping in mind that child’s strengths and age. The ultimate goal is to help the child achieve independence with everyday activities.”

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER THAT ARE UNIQUE?

“We recently started offering telehealth services that allow for treatment of a child in their own environment and provide valuable information to their therapist. Telehealth also gives parents the opportunity to participate and learn from the treatment sessions by giving them the tools they need to address issues that impact their child.”

MEMORABLE MOMENT In November 2016, PTN achieved a monumental accomplishment when it expanded and opened the doors to PTN Long Beach. Spacious, bright, shiny and colorful … this new facility is dedicated to meeting the developing needs of children and their families in the Long Beach community and surrounding cities.

MEMORABLE MOMENT

AREA OF EXPERTISE Pediatric Therapy Network helps children with special needs and medical conditions—from birth to 22 years—by providing therapies that increase each child’s capabilities so he or she can

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In 1997 with the support of the community, PTN launched Camp Escapades, offering an innovative summer day camp for children with developmental concerns and their siblings. Over the years thousands of young campers have experienced the joys of camp: pony rides, arts and crafts, water play, petting zoos, music, dance and sports. For campers, Camp Escapades offers the quintessential camp experience in a safe, therapeutic environment.


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

Q&A

“We offer FDAAPPROVED STEM CELL THERAPY, along with multidisciplinary and integrative treatments for chronic pain to improve the quality of your life.”

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER THAT ARE UNIQUE?

“We are using regenerative medical therapy and offer FDA-APPROVED STEM CELL THERAPY and PRP to help many chronic pain diseases including arthritis, sports injury to joints, and intra-discal stem cells therapy for back pain and disc diseases. Our caring staff includes a compassionate physician assistant and medical assistants.”

TELL US ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR FIELD.

“There are always new modalities added in our specialty of interventional pain management, including a state-of-the-art spinal cord stimulator implanted to help neuropathic pains. I am also doing percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy through a needle for herniated discs. I treat sports injuries, knee pain, shoulder pain, joint pain and back pain due to disc disease using stem cell therapy. All of these techniques are performed to get clients off opioids. These treatments have proven to help improve the quality of life and functionality of clients.”

L to R: Angel Rubio, Laura Guzman, Sheila Arora, Dr. Ripu Arora, Florentina Alden, Jessica Ramirez

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HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE DIFFER FROM OTHERS?

“I am a board-certified pain specialist practicing in the South Bay and helping many clients with chronic pain problems. Our specialty has advanced over the past two decades as we understand the paintriggering mechanisms more through a better understanding of neurosciences. We are very excited that over the past year we have been using integrative approaches with the help of a life coach and having better outcomes.”

PRACTICE SPECIALTY We would like our clients to know that 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. Dr. Ripu Arora is board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology. He uses targeted nerve blocks, radiofrequency techniques and cost-effective advanced therapies, like spinal cord stimulation. 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 psychobiology from UCLA. Our medical assistants, Jessica Ramirez and Angel Rubio, are extremely supportive, compassionate and understand the complexity of pain.


Ripu D. Arora, MD, MBA, QME Sheila Arora, PA, MS


THE PAIN AND REHABILITATION MEDICAL GROUP KATRINA M. VON KRIEGENBERGH, MD 3701 Skypark Drive #260 | Torrance | 310-791-4980 | painrehabgroup.com

SERVICES OFFERED

Q&A

AREA OF EXPERTISE

interventional pain procedures

Botox injections

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD?

epidural steroid injections

peripheral nerve blocks

medial branch blocks

facet injections

sympathetic blocks

splanchnic nerve blocks

spinal cord stimulation

implantable drug delivery devices

“I became a volunteer at an indigent primary care clinic after a cheerleading injury during my senior year at Berkeley ended my professional dance career. I realized how fortunate I was that my pain limited a very small aspect of my life when I saw patients whose pain prevented them from being an active participant in their own lives. I was excited to learn that there was a specialty that focused on regaining function by decreasing pain with specific procedures for different types of pain.”

I am an anesthesia-trained pain management physician who performs interventional procedures with the goals of increasing function and quality of life, decreasing pain and weaning off narcotic medications. I was fortunate enough to train with some of the pioneers in pain management and treat headaches, facial pain, abdominal pain, complex regional pain syndrome and cancer pain in addition to neck, back and joint pain. I am board-certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and I am board-certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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“In the past few years there have been many advances in the field of pain management.”

“In the past few years there have been many advances in the field of pain management. I feel the most promising are the technological advances in spinal cord stimulation and the research conducted in regenerative medicine. Stimulators have MRI compatibility, are smaller in size, and the stimulation delivered is much more comfortable for the patients. Studies are being conducted in regenerative medicine throughout the world demonstrating anti-inflammatory effects and possible healing properties of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells when injected into joints, intervertebral discs and soft tissue like tendons and ligaments.”

I want to educate more people about Botox injections for migraines. It is very effective in decreasing the number of migraines per month so the patient is not stuck balancing under-treating headaches with medication-overuse headaches. For patients who experience more than 15 headache days a month with headaches lasting more than four to six hours who have tried other preventative medications, this could really give them a huge piece of their life back. I love that it is a clinic procedure that takes 10 minutes or less and there is no down time for recovery.

GOOD TIMES My husband and I love exploring the South Bay with our son. We have fallen in love with the area; there are so many amazing parks and playgrounds perfect for play dates. I am constantly on the go and strive for some “me time” at the gym three times a week for yoga, Pilates and weight training.

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Bring It, 2018

Get out, get active and start the year strong

FEBRUARY

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Date To Be Announced!

3&4

Los Angeles Marathon

Tour de Pier

Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k +

6:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

Health & Fitness Expo

Dodger Stadium

Manhattan Beach Pier

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Runners from all 50 states and more than 55

Up to 400 stationary bikes and several of

Sunday, 6 to 11 a.m.

countries will set out from Elysian Park to

the best instructors guide riders of all levels

200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach

accomplish a personal dream by reaching the

through one or more 50-minute sessions to

There may not be a better way to kick off

finish line in Santa Monica.

raise money for cancer and children’s charities.

Super Bowl Sunday than by running around the

lamarathon.com

tourdepier.com

APRIL

JUNE

Durham Seahorse Golf Classic

AIDS/LifeCycle

9:30 a.m.

San Francisco to Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Golf Club

Join thousands of bikers for a life-changing,

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Join the Peninsula Committee Children’s

seven-day, 545-mile trek down the coast

Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon

Hospital on the green for this annual

of California. aidslifecycle.org

8 a.m.

fundraising event. pcch.net

streets of Redondo in your favorite NFL jersey followed by complimentary frosty beverages in the post-race beer garden. redondo10k.com/expo

MARCH

Two Harbors on Catalina Island What better reason to cross the pond to

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MAY

3–9

10 Redondo Beach Tri

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7:30 a.m.

Choose from the 5k, 10k, marathon or Kids Run

Relay For Life Manhattan Beach

Redondo Beach Pier/Veteran’s Park in

for a memorable weekend adventure.

10 a.m.

Redondo Beach

runcatalina.com

Mira Costa High School

Whether you choose to participate in the

Join this community fundraising walk that

Sprint (½-mile swim, 6-mile bike, 2-mile run)

continues to acknowledge and inspire those

or Mini Sprint (¼-mile swim, 3-mile bike, 1-mile

who have been affected by cancer as well as

run) division, your endurance on land and in

pay remembrance to lives that have been lost.

the water will be tested to the fullest.

relayforlife.org

rbtriathlon.com

Catalina than to explore its beauty by foot?

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18K FASHION DIAMOND RING WITH WHITE, BROWN AND BLACK DIAMONDS 18K ROSE GOLD RING WITH DIAMONDS 18K WHITE GOLD CHANDELIER EARRINGS WITH DIAMONDS 18K WHITE GOLD FASHION RING WITH DIAMONDS


Torrance Health Center

Now open near you! MemorialCare Medical Group just opened a new health center in the heart of Torrance. Located on Hawthorne Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd., the new health center offers same-day appointments – encompassing pediatric and primary care, our new Torrance location is uniquely designed to do one important thing: What’s best for you.

Primary care

Lab draws and X-ray

Our physicians are conveniently located and dedicated to caring for you, and your family, through all stages of life.

For your convenience, we offer on-site lab draws. Basic X-ray will be available soon.

Pediatric care

To treat our youngest patients, our pediatricians focus on the physical, emotional and social health of infants, children and adolescents.

Meet our doctors

Walk-in service We welcome walk-in patients of all ages during hours of operations. Our physicians treat a broad spectrum of illnesses.

Karen Alfonso, MD Pediatrics

Peter Kaneshige, MD Internal Medicine

Salvacion Torre, MD Pediatrics

To learn more, or schedule an appointment, please visit memorialcare.org/torrance or call 657.241.8640 22719 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

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Southbay Health II 2017