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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Health and Recreation

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Best Acupuncture Clinic

BEST HEALTH 5BranchesFIVE BRANCHES UNIVERSITY

1. Five Branches has been providing traditional Chinese medicine and integrative healthcare to the Santa Cruz community since 1984.

2. There are two campuses, nine programs, 14 classrooms, 38 treatment rooms, 200 teachers, 450 students, and 1500 alumni.

3. Five Branches offers a four-year Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program and a three-year Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program.

4. On a daily basis, Five Branches usually sees about 160 patients a day.

5. Areas of expertise at Five Branches include cardiology; ear, nose and throat; neurology; pain management and more. | AMANDA EDWARDS

Best Yoga Studio

BEST HEALTH YogaDIVINITREE YOGA AND ARTS STUDIO

1. There are two Divinitree studios in Santa Cruz; one on the Westside, and one in Midtown.

2. Divinitree offers classes in Hatha Flow, Kundalini Fusion, Power Vinyasa and much more.

3. Divintree also offers intensive teacher training classes for teaching certification.

4. Divinitree supports many non-profits such as Community Garden and Trees for the Future.

5. The studio offers retreats like the Morocco Yoga and Surf Retreat, June 6-13. | AMANDA EDWARDS

Best Running Store

BEST HEALTH Running FleetFLEET FEET SPORTS

1. Opened in 2010, Aptos’ Fleet Feet Sports is locally owned and operated by Russ and Tina Coillot; Tina is a graduate of Soquel High.

2. The owners call their philosophy behind the store a “fitlosophy”—from choosing shoes to making a training regimen work in a busy lifestyle, “fit is everything.”

3. The store sponsors training runs, like their twice-weekly “Spring Half-Marathon Training” which continues from March 28 to May 17.

4. Fleet Feet received has received funding the last two years from the Wharf to Wharf Community Foundation for its “Project Fit” after-school running program at local elementary and middle schools.

5. The store’s “Adopt-an-Athlete” program encourages participants to help fund shoes, training programs and race fees for veterans, economically disadvantaged youth and other community members in need. | STEVE PALOPOLI

Best Vitamin Supplements

BEST HEALTH Vitamins staffSTAFF OF LIFE

1. Staff of Life’s vitamin department has one of the largest selections in northern California.

2. Many products are petroleum and animal testing-free.

3. The stated mission of the store’s vitamin department is to “educate in a social, comforting, and cheerful environment and create awareness for alternative medicines and local companies.”

4. The department’s manager, Sierra Hagberg, has 25 years experience working with vitamins.

5. Sleep supports, essential fatty acids and probiotics are currently among the most popular products in the department. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

 

Acupuncture Clinic

FIVE BRANCHES UNIVERSITY

200 7th Ave., #115, Santa Cruz, 476-8211, fivebranches.edu

RUNNERS-UP Flux Acupuncture, Communi-Qi

Bike Shop

ANOTHER BIKE SHOP

2361 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 427-2232, anotherbikeshop.com

RUNNERS-UP Bicycle Trip, Spokesman

Chiropractor

CHARLES GOODWIN

111 Dakota Ave., #2, Santa Cruz, 429-1188

RUNNERS-UP McCollum Family Chiropractic, Katie Griffin

Dentist

A. GAVIN MCCLURE

525 Center St., Santa Cruz, 426-1343, newstreetdentalsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Kevin Ippisch, Harry R. Rasmussen  

Doctor

RACHEL ABRAMS, MD

740 Front St., Suite 130, Santa Cruz, 465-9088, santacruzintegrativemedicine.com

RUNNERS-UP Maria Greaves, MD, Amy Solomon, MD   

Esthetician

PEGGY HUMPHRIES at BUTTERFLY ESTHETICS

1045 Water St., Santa Cruz, 459-7546, butterflyesthetics.com

RUNNERS-UP Sue Bell at Simply Skin Esthetics, Jennalee Dahlen at Santa Cruz Skin Solutions

Golf Course

DELAVEAGA

401 Upper Road, Santa Cruz, 423-7212, delaveagagolf.com

RUNNERS-UP Pasatiempo, Seascape

Gym

TOADAL FITNESS

113 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-3764

1200 17th Ave., #108, Santa Cruz, 464-3764

816 Bay Ave., Capitola, 475-1500

6200 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 475-5979

3004 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz, 466-3764

RUNNERS-UP In Shape, Santa Cruz Core Fitness

Lasik

FURLONG VISION

Bayshore Plaza, 2107 N 1st St., #101, San Jose, (408) 453-5600, furlongvision.com

RUNNER-UP  Rex Shei  

Natural Foods Store

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS

1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-1306

1134 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-1793

1210 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-7987

RUNNERS-UP Staff of Life, Food Bin            

Martial Arts

SANFORD’S MARTIAL ARTS

4626 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 475-9676, sanfordkarate.com

RUNNERS-UP Elite, Tao San Fitness

Medical Marijuana Club

KINDPEOPLES COLLECTIVE

3600 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 471-8562, kindpeoples.org

RUNNERS-UP Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals, Granny Purps

Massage Therapist

JAY NEGRON

317 Potrero St, Santa Cruz, 425-9500,  therapeuticbodyworkandmassage.com 

RUNNERS-UP Tomek Walas, Shannon Brown

Naturopath

JULI MAZI, ND

2840 Park Ave., Ste. A, Soquel, Santa Cruz, 731-5882, thrivenatmed.com/naturopathic-doctor-juli-mazi

RUNNERS-UP Aimee Gould Shunney, ND, Tonya Fleck, ND   

Nutritionist

JOCELYN DUBIN at NOURISH

130 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9355, nourishsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Healthy Way, Jaimi Ellison   

Orthodontist

JOHN A. HEDRICK

550 Water Street, Santa Cruz, 427-2822, hedrickorthodontics.com

RUNNERS-UP Mark Joiner, North Coast Orthodontist

Outdoor Store

OUTDOOR WORLD

1440 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-1501

136 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-9555

theoutdoorword.com

RUNNERS-UP Patagonia, Down Works   

Personal Trainer

DANIEL JAHANGARD

RUNNERS-UP Rocky Snyder, Dio Santiago

Vitamin/Supplements

STAFF OF LIFE

1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8632, staffoflifemarket.com

RUNNERS-UP Way of Life, New Leaf

Pilates

AGILE MONKEY

121 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 458-4125, agilemonkey.net

RUNNERS-UP Pleasure Point Pilates, Body in Motion

Running Store

FLEET FEET

26 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, 662-0886, fleetfeetaptos.com

RUNNER-UP Santa Cruz Running Company  

Skate Park

SCOTTS VALLEY SKYPARK

361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

RUNNERS-UP Derby, Mike Fox

Skate Shop

BILL’S WHEELS

1240 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-0904, billswheels.com

RUNNERS-UP Skate Works, Boardroom

Spa (pampering)

CHAMINADE SPA & RESORT

1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 475-5600, chaminade.com

RUNNERS-UP Well Within, Caress   

Spa (soaking)

WELL WITHIN SPA

417 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 458-9355, wellwithinspa.com

RUNNERS-UP Tea House Spa, Kiva

Sporting Goods

PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

4770 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 475-1988, playitagainsports-soquel.com

RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Santa Cruz Running Co.

Snowboarding/Skiing

HELM  

1408 41st Ave., Capitola, 462-6800, helmofsunvalley.com

RUNNERS-UP Outdoor World, Play It Again

Stand-up paddleboard

COVEWATER

726 Water St., Santa Cruz, 600-7230, covewatersup.com

RUNNERS-UP SUP Shack, Kayak Connection

Surf School

RICHARD SCHMIDT SURF SCHOOL

236 San Jose Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-0928, richardschmidt.com

RUNNERS-UP Club Ed, Surf School Santa Cruz

Surf Shop

O’NEILL

110 Cooper St., #100D, Santa Cruz, 469-4377, oneill.com

RUNNERS-UP Pacific Wave, Freeline

Surf Spot

PLEASURE POINT

RUNNERS-UP Steamer Lane, Hook

Swim School

SEAHORSE SWIM SCHOOL

1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos, 476-7946, seahorseswimschool.com

RUNNERS-UP Adventure Sports, Simpkins Family Swim Center  

Therapist

DANIEL “DANA” BLUMROSEN

303 Potrero St., Santa Cruz, 454-8270, opendoorpsychotherapy.com

RUNNERS-UP Elizabeth Esalen, Cyndie Lane

Yoga Instructor

VICTOR DUBIN at NOURISH

130 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9355, nourishsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Hannah Muse, Alice Kennedy   

Yoga Studio

DIVINITREE YOGA

1043 Water St., Santa Cruz, 421-0518,divinitree.com

2805 Mission St. Santa Cruz, 458-8212

RUNNERS-UP Luma Yoga, Pacific Cultural Center   

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