Health, Beauty & Fitness

Readers’ Choice 2016



Dr. David Rothman, who limits his 30-year-old San Francisco practice to infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs, advises bringing children in to see him early, between ages 1 and 2½. “Educating the parent as well as the child is of the utmost importance,” he emphasizes.

Providing both cosmetic and comprehensive general dentistry, Dr. Josh Bernstein “would love to make you smile,” according to his website. His Oakland practice focuses on comfort, with or without sedatives; “smile transformation,” from fillings to restorative work; and on-time appointments.

Dr. Tanya Manyak’s 13-year-old San Mateo practice provides cosmetic and general dentistry to families and kids, including invisible braces, bonding and veneers and oral cancer screening. “We believe that aesthetics and good oral health go hand-in-hand,” she writes, putting “equal emphasis” on science and art.

Dr. Dan Bornstein, who practices cosmetic dentistry in Santa Rosa, offers a full range of services, including replacing “existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look like your natural teeth,” according to his website, as well as invisible braces, bonding, inlays and more. His office also offers custom bleach splints for teeth whitening.

San Francisco

Dr. David Rothman

(415) 333-6811

East Bay

Dr. Josh Bernstein


(510) 601-7645

South Bay/Peninsula

Dr. Tanya Manyak

Manyak Dental Group

San Mateo

(650) 342-9941

North Bay

Dr. Dan Bornstein

Santa Rosa

(707) 546-4989


Plastic Surgeon

Kind-Chang Plastic Surgery in San Francisco is “probably best known for our work performing breast reconstruction for patients with breast cancer, although we do all types of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery,” says Dr. Gabriel Kind, whose partner is Dr. David Chang. In addition, “we have done more microsurgical breast procedures than any other practice in Northern California.”

Dr. Bryant Toth, in practice in San Francisco since 1984, performs cosmetic surgery on adults in his private office. He also co-directs the craniofacial program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where he operates five days a month: “I have a commitment to children born with facial deformity,” he writes.

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, who is a sculptor as well as a cosmetic dentist, has been in practice since 1987. He says he was “the first to bring tumescent liposuction to the East Bay, as well as the first cosmetic surgeon to utilize the umbilical breast augmentation approach, which leaves no visible scar.”

In practice since 1985, Dr. Jane Weston is experienced in breast, facial and body-contouring surgery. Her Atherton practice also offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures, providing Botox, Dysport, injectables, laser and pulsed light skin treatments.

With 20-plus years of experience, Dr. Laurence Wolf of Ross performs a range of procedures: facelifts; nose, brow and eyelid surgery; breast work; body contouring; and tummy tucks. He “encourages questions and responds with honest answers, consistent with reasonable expectations,” according to his website.


San Francisco

Kind-Chang Plastic Surgery

Dr. Gabriel Kind

(415) 565-6884


Dr. Bryant Toth


(415) 923-3008

East Bay

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman


(925) 818-7890

South Bay/Peninsula

Dr. Jane Weston

Atherton Plastic Surgery


(650) 363-0300

North Bay

Dr. Laurence Wolf


(415) 461-1180


Health Club

The JCC of San Francisco, with its 42,000-square-foot Koret Center for Health, Fitness and Sport, provides members a place to swim, work out and participate in group fitness classes, or work with a personal trainer. Under one roof are many options, including cycling, Pilates, mind-body classes and group exercise.

In-Shape, the East Bay winner with clubs throughout the Bay Area, offers a variety of fitness and recreational programs, including a 29-minute workout routine; Zumba, yoga and body pump classes; senior fitness and kids’ activities; and swimming, basketball and racquetball.

At Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC, the Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex houses Pilates and cycling studios, a double-court gym with recreational leagues, plus indoor and outdoor pools, and more than 150 classes weekly. Nutrition and wellness programs round out the offerings.

The Peninsula JCC, with an NCAA regulation-size gym, swim programs in the indoor and outdoor pools, and a wide variety of exercise classes, plus personal and group training, offers fitness options for all levels, ages and interests. The Pink Ribbon program provides postoperative workouts for breast cancer survivors.

At the Osher Marin JCC, the 30,000-square-foot Koret Center for Health and Fitness includes indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasiums and workout studios, personal and small group training, plus an array of fitness and aquatics programs for newborns to seniors.


San Francisco

JCC of San Francisco

(415) 292-1200

East Bay



(510) 597-8200

South Bay/Peninsula

Oshman Family JCC

Palo Alto

(650) 223-8700


Peninsula JCC


Foster City

(650) 212-7522

North Bay

Osher Marin JCC

San Rafael

(415) 444-8000


Day Spa

Nob Hill Spa features an indoor infinity-edge pool with floor-to-ceiling windows offering far-reaching views of downtown San Francisco, a fireside lounge, and steam and sauna rooms. The spa offers a variety of holistic and Ayurvedic- inspired treatments and massages, as well as beauty treatments.

Nestled in the Berkeley-Oakland hills, the Claremont offers head-to-toe treatment: acupuncture, hydrotherapy, facials and massages. The massage menu includes therapeutic, deep tissue, shiatsu, aromatherapy, hot stone and the Tibetan sound massage.

Founded by aesthetician Bella Schneider, LaBelle has been pampering clients for more 40 years, with two salons in Palo Alto and another in San Francisco. Clients include celebrities, Silicon Valley executives and those seeking facial, skin care and body treatments as well as beauty salon services.

At Foster City’s Peninsula JCC, spa treatments include massage, facials, waxing and tinting, and a number of services just for men. Facial possibilities include treatment for sun-damaged skin, hydration, microderm polishing, peels and adolescent skin treatment.

In Sausalito, Cavallo Point’s Healing Arts Center & Spa is designed for “nurturing and renewal,” according to the website, with an outdoor meditation pool and garden, a tea bar, an outdoor fitness program, yoga, and a variety of massage, facial and body treatments.

San Francisco

Nob Hill Spa

The Scarlet Huntington

(415) 345-2888

East Bay

Claremont Club & Spa


(510) 549-8566

South Bay/Peninsula

Peninsula JCC

Foster City

(650) 212-7522


LaBelle Day Spas and Salons


(650) 326-8522 • (650) 327-6964

North Bay

Healing Arts Center & Spa

Cavallo Point


(415) 339-4767


Readers’ Choice 2016