2016 Winners: BEST OF Health/Beauty/Fitness

Health Club

In Shape Health Clubs

With multiple health clubs throughout San Joaquin County, In Shape offers convenience of location for its members, as well as a slew of classes, programs, perks, and machinery. State of the art equipment and qualified instructors have helped make In Shape a success. Find the club nearest you, or get a pass that allows you (and your family) to jump between locations. Multiple Locations, InShape.com

Circuit Training

Ben Mackie Fitness

At Ben Mackie, the focus is on personal training, and trainers utilize boot camp-style workouts to help clients tighten and tone. The circuit-style training requires bodies to complete a specific movement for an allotted period of time before moving onto the next one. Stockton, BenMackieFitness.com


True You Hot Yoga

Turn up the heat on your yoga routine with one of True You’s hot yoga classes. Performed in heated rooms—most stay true to Bikram style yoga—to maximize the exercise’s healing properties, the studio teaches 60-, 72-, or 90-minute hot yoga classes and other stress-busting specialties such as True Fusion or Inferno Pilates. Don’t forget to ask about classes held in non-heated rooms. Multiple Locations, TrueYouHotYoga.com


Dr. Stuart Jacobs. MD

If your skin is hurting your confidence, or you suffer from a serious underlying condition, Dr. Stuart Jacobs—a board-certified dermatologist—may be the answer. Skilled in removing bothersome skin lesions (benign or malignant) and skin tags and performing acne surgeries, as well as treating conditions such as dry skin or hives, his expert approach advance the health of your skin while improving its overall appearance. Stockton, (209) 957-6662


Gill Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group, Inc.

When you’re in need of an obstetrician you can trust, turn to Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology. With nearly 60 years of experience in San Joaquin County, the medical group’s team is skilled in treating conditions at every stage of life. From your first baby, to menopause, to disorders and diseases, Gil is there to meet your needs. Stockton, Gillobgyn.com


Brookside Optometric Group

Formed in 1998 when three local practices merged, Brookside has remained a San Joaquin favorite for years. Here, customer satisfaction is key, and a large group of doctors on staff allow the facility to grant visits outside of normal business hours, as well as host an on-site lab and frame store, making Brookside a one-stop shop for your optometric needs. Stockton, BrooksideOptometric.com

Hearing Center

American Hearing Aids

With Debbie Bond at the helm, American Hearing Aids is revered the best by customers across San Joaquin County. A large assortment of technological device and customer service that goes above and beyond are among the top reasons clients return for their hearing aid purchases, repairs, and services. Stockton, AmericanHearingAids.biz

Day Spa

‘The Spa’ at Wine & Roses

Enjoy a day of pampering at the rejuvenating spa where organic products and a natural setting (think tall trees surrounding the Central Valley oasis) transport visitors to a land far, far away. Here, services take advantage of the surrounding elements to create an extensive spa menu that allows for restful, customized experiences perfect for spoiling bridal parties, birthday girls, and more. Lodi, WineRose.com


Alter Custom Hair Design

Don’t just cut your hair, design your hair! At Alter, the focus is trend-setting hair design coiffed by the best talent in Stockton. All of the experts on staff are authorities in coloring, cutting, and styling locks of all colors and textures, and stay dedicated to their craft through continued education and practice. Prepare to take your style game to the next level! Stockton, AlterHairDesign.com



Looking to bronze to just the right shade of sun-kissed color? Stop into Havatan where you’ll be met with options for your tanning needs. Ask for a spray tan to enjoy a few days of glorified summer color, or opt for a more permanent approach in a UV tanning bed. Stockton, Havatan.com

Urgent Care

Dr. Nicholas R. Birlew, DO, Stockton Urgent Care

If you’re visiting Nicholas Birlew, MD, chances are you’re not seeing him on your best day. However, with a friendly approach, Dr. Birlew has built a reputation in the Stockton medical community as a healer focused on patient needs. If you have to spend a few hours in an urgent care office—Stockton Urgent Care is the place to visit. Stockton, StocktonUrgentCare.com

Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Hugh L. Vu, MD

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, finding the right surgeon is the first step. Dr. Hugh Vu—who works on the body, breasts, face, and skin—is a board certified plastic surgeon. In addition to a full line of reconstructive and elective services, Vu Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery includes a skin and laser center that specializes in fillers, Botox, correction of age and sun spots, and more. Stockton, VuPlasticSurgery.com

Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Todd A. Franklin, DDS

A good looking smile can open doors! After all, it’s the first attribute many people notice when meeting someone new. From veneers, crowns, and implants to whitening, gum shaping, and more, there are plenty of ways to enhance your natural smile. A large selection of first-class tools and technologies ensure you will receive both care and results that will leave you grinning. Lodi, ToddFranklinDDS.com


Dr. Stanley L. Demski, DDS

What many people don’t realize is that serious medical conditions often start in the mouth. That’s why it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums. If you experience any sort of mouth or jaw pain, seek help. At the office of Stanley Demski, DDS, full oral examinations act as a window into overall health, and allow Dr. Demski’s team to get you feeling better, quick! Lodi, DemskiDds.com


Wheeler Orthodontics

Looking for a straighter smile? Dr. Cameron Wheeler and his team are well-versed in the way of orthodontic offerings, with a wide variety of braces types available to those throughout San Joaquin County. A dedication to technology ensures patients receive the best possible care from the Wheeler team, whose fun personalities shine through in office games and contests that beg for patient participation! Stockton, WheelerOrtho.com

Med Spa

Total Body Cosmetic Surgery Center

At Total Body Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Shaukat Shah transforms patients inside and out through a collection of cosmetic surgeries and procedures. His vision, creativity, and skills result in an overall rejuvenated, more youthful appearance, helping patients become a more radiant version of themselves through sophisticated and truly effective treatments. Stockton, TotalBodyMd.com


Hayes Chiropractic

Honesty is the best policy at Hayes Chiropractic, where many of the doctors are members of the Hayes family. Dedicated to providing care to those they can help—and referring those they can’t to qualified specialists elsewhere—the process is simple. Go in for an exam, receive a diagnoses, create a plan of care, follow said plan, feel better. Multiple Locations, HayesChiroinc.com


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