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Jennifer Leighton

After years of coaching singers, this Granite Bay choral director is hearing her own praises sung. Jennifer Leighton calls herself a mediocre musician. But no one believes it—not for a minute. In her 11 years as choral...

Cosmetic Surgery: 10 Hot Topics

“We all look good for our age, except for our necks,” writes Nora Ephron in her book I Feel Bad About My Neck. Is it any wonder Ephron’s book went straight to the best-seller...

Dentistry’s Brave New World

Dentistry used to be a straightforward science&emdash;one that took into account only the health of the teeth and the gums. • But things have changed. • With spa services, anxiety-reducing techniques, cutting-edge cosmetics and...

How to Beat Winter Bugs

Tis the Season—According to Jerry Huang, D.O., an osteopathic family practitioner for Kaiser Permanente, the reasons that we get sick more often in winter are multiple. “When the temperature drops, people are cooped up...

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson calls himself a “troubleshooter,” and he’s not just referring to his years as a Hall of Famer on Chico State’s basketball team. He’s been cleaning up messes throughout a long and unusually...

Vicente Escobedo

His brother says he’s a little like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—one person inside the ring, another person outside of it. “If you met him,” says José Escobedo of his younger brother Vicente, “you wouldn’t...

Medical Miracles

When my mother was diagnosed with the breast cancer that later took her life, she said it was a “gift.” At first, this made no sense to me, especially since she was given only...

Carol Ritberger

A note to the skeptics: Carol Ritberger never sought the “woo-woo” world—it sought her. “I didn’t initially want to have anything to do with this woo-woo world at all,” says Ritberger, a medical intuitive also...

Self Love

We’ve heard it said that we can’t love another until we love ourselves. We’ve even sung “learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all” right along with Whitney Houston and believed every...

A Healing Art

It may seem an indulgence to some. But for an ever-increasing number of Americans, massage is a way of life—as routine as getting a haircut. “It’s not just a luxury or something you pamper yourself...

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