By Melissa Larsen
AMF FAVE: BEST HORMONE DOCTORS: The Sex Docs
Wish you had a sex guru? Meet power couple Drs. Cristina Bosch and John Robinson, a k a the Sex Docs. Sex is all around us, and their practice revolves around the elements that ignite and reinvigorate intimacy, physical affection, connection and hormones. The Sex Docs believe the sexiest people are those who are living optimally. That’s why they’re bringing sexy back to the Valley, one patient at a time. In their practice, Drs. Bosch and Robinson create bespoke hormone treatments to reenergize patients and bring their lives into balance. Healthy is a lifestyle, and the Sex Docs live in the zone. thesexdocs.com.
BEST HOSPITAL GROUP: Dignity Health Arizona
The Dignity Health Arizona service area includes St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center and Arizona General Hospital, five hospitals conveniently spread throughout the Valley that are committed to patients and our community. (Dignity Health is the fifth largest hospital provider in the nation.) dignityhealth.org. Also a 2016 winner!
AFM FAVE! BEST HOSPITAL GROUP: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America treats cancer with integrative treatment plans tailored specifically to each patient’s needs. In December 2016, Cancer Treatment Centers of America became the fi rst hospital in Arizona to recruit and enroll patients in the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry Study (TAPUR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) first-ever clinical trial. The groundbreaking TAPUR clinical trial is for patients with advanced cancer whose cancer is no longer responding to standard treatment or when there is not a standard treatment available for their specific cancer. The goal of the study is to identify uses of FDA-approved cancer drugs outside of current indications to learn whether those drugs might work against different cancers. Results from the trial will inform future studies and potentially alter the course of cancer care in the future. cancercenter.com.
BEST HOTEL GYM AND BEST SPA BOUTIQUE: Well & Being Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Visitors craving a unique fi tness opportunity have found the ultimate workout wonderland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. From Pilates to spinning, body sculpting to TRX, Surfset to aerial hammock yoga, Well & Being Spa offers a little something for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. Post-sweat sesh, stock up on a variety of skin care products, clothing, jewelry, hair care, cosmetics, candles and other gift items at the tranquil spa boutique, the Community Market. scottsdaleprincess.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST ALTERNATIVE EXERCISE OPTION & PERSONAL TRAINING AND BEST TRAINER: Lucas James
Scottsdale-based celebrity personal trainer, Lucas James, is one of the nation’s premier fitness trainers, with more than 10,000 hours of personal training experience. He utilizes a medical and healthy lifestyle approach to help his clients (which include executives, doctors, models and athletes) balance their health, work, family and stress. James is also a luxury gym and fi tness designer, specializing in hotels, multi-housing communities and opulent estates, who has been featured on Bravo TV, US Weekly, Huffi ngton Post and more. lucasjamespersonaltraining.com.
AMF FAVE! BEST RESORT SPA: JOYA SPA, OMNI SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT MONTELUCIA
Enjoy a soothing massage or revitalizing facial at the Moroccan-inspired Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Before embarking on a pampering experience like no other, guests may set an intention for their spa journey via a cache of crystals and can even enjoy an Hammam experience. (Arizona’s only authentic Hammam allows a bathing ritual of going from hot to cold environments that helps increase circulation, improve balance, mental and emotional states, strengthen the immune system and flush toxins.) Then, make sure to bask in the sun at the exclusive Joya Spa rooftop pool. omnimontelucia.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST ALTERNATIVE SPA TREATMENT AND BEST YOGA STUDIO: Vibetality
Just call Vibetality a one-stop well-being shop. The goal of the Chandler studio is to connect people to their inherent well-being, happiness and vitality. Through yoga, the floatation tanks (floatation therapy acts as a tool for meditation, creativity or rest and recovery), massage services and more, Vibetality helps clients achieve positive and long-lasting physical and mental change. vibetality.com.
BEST BARRE STUDIO: Re-Barre Studio North Scottsdale
At Re-Barre Studio North Scottsdale, the instructors are rigorously trained to offer clients effective, fun classes in a friendly, welcoming environment. Re-Barre is known for its unique fusion of Pilates, yoga and interval training as well as Zumba and deep-stretch classes so workout time never gets stale. rebarrestudioaz.com.
BEST MALE BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON: Dr. Pablo Prichard
Pablo Prichard, M.D., who serves more than 2,000 patients every year, is the chief of plastic surgery at Honor John C. Lincoln Hospital and medical director for plastic surgery and senior partner at Advanced Aesthetics Associates. He is on the forefront of cutting-edge surgeries and techniques that have allowed him to perform everything from life-saving reconstructive surgeries to cosmetic procedures. drprichard.com.
FAVORITE WORSHIP TEAM: Scottsdale Bible Church
At its campuses throughout the Valley, Scottsdale Bible Church, a nondenominational church, hosts services on Saturdays and Sundays, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds. The goal of Scottsdale Bible Church is to provide a place for locals to connect, find purpose and grow in relationship with God and others. scottsdalebible.com.
BEST FEMALE BOARDCERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON: Dr. Patti Flint
Dr. Patti Flint has been in practice since 1996, providing plastic surgery from a woman’s perspective and preferring natural-appearing results. Dr. Flint personally performs aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast and body, Botox treatments, filler treatments and the design of medical-grade skin care regimens and peels. She completed residency at UT Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center and built and opened a state-of-the-art surgicenter, with the option of an overnight stay, in North Scottsdale. pattiflintmd.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST BOTOX: The Glam Nurse
Eva Unell (a k a The Glam Nurse) is a Registered Nurse who is certified in injectables and advanced injectables, along with being allergen-, Kybella- and laser-certified. Her specialties include Botox, Derma fillers, Kybella, microneedling, PRP Therapy, PRP facial rejuvenation and hair therapy. Unell is an Arizona State University grad who continues to attend seminars and advanced training to stay up-to-date with the newest techniques and technology available so she can continue to provide younger-looking, self-esteem-boosting results for her clients. theglamnurse.com.
BEST DAY SPA AND BEST MASSAGE: Movement Restoration
In 2006, Trisha Haws and Brynn Martin joined forces as the co-founders of Movement Restoration, a unique massage therapy studio in Scottsdale. Each of the studio’s soft tissue and specialty massages are designed to improve an individual’s range of motion, enhance flexibility and increase circulation in all clients, from professional and amateur athletes to business men and women and beyond. movementrestoration.com.
BEST DENTIST OR DENTAL TEAM: Dr. Allen Peyghambarian
Dr. Allen Peyghambarian (a k a Dr. P.) and his team at Paradise Ridge Dentistry is a six-star dentistry which operates around its patients’ schedule including days, nights and weekends. It is a family-owned practice located in Phoenix, one mile from Scottsdale, which provides all dental services under one roof. The team is always up-to-date on the latest dental technology and enjoys helping patients become pain-free and takes pride in helping them save their smiles. paradiseridge.net. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST FACIAL, BEST MANI/PEDI AND BEST WAXING: Salon D’Shayn
Fashion-forward, cutting-edge Salon D’ Shayn has two Valley locations, one in Old Town Scottsdale and the other in Downtown Phoenix. Owner D’Lisa Shayn has a large following of men and women wanting her expert Brazilian wax, and a variety of facials are offered at her salon depending on the needs of the client, from a classic facial to an acne facial, a clinical-strength peel to a quick 30-minute express facial. salondshayn.com.
AMF FAVE! BEST MALE BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON: Dr. Marc Malek
Scottsdale-based Dr. Marc Malek specializes in his field’s most popular procedures, including breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty and mommy makeover. With his personal and artistic approach, he helps his clients feel more confident, more comfortable and enjoy a proportionally balanced body. marcmalekmd.com.
BEST FERTILITY DOCTOR: Dr. John Couvaras
Board-certified reproductive endocrinologist John Couvaras, MD, FACOG, and his team at IVF Phoenix have helped make the dream of having a family come true for thousands of Valley residents for 25 years via his Mesa and Scottsdale offices. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of specialists in the U.S. ivfphoenix.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST GYM AND BEST INTERVAL TRAINING: Results Only Fitness
Phoenix’s Results Only Fitness celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing clients the means to embark on their weight-loss and fitness journeys. One of the gym’s most unique offerings is its state-of-the-art body fat-testing machine called the “InBody.” The “InBody” displays within one percent the proper distributions of fat, muscle and water throughout the body. (This happens to be the only technology of its kind in Phoenix.) Eighty-one percent of Results Only clients have been with the gym for more than five years. resultsonly.com.
AFM FAVE! BEST GYM: BODI
BODI is a high-intensity strength and conditioning gym in Old Town Scottsdale, owned by Women’s Health Magazine’s Next Fitness Star Nikki Metzger. BODI classes promise to bring out your inner athlete via effective, efficient and innovative workouts and make you feel strong, empowered and unstoppable. scottsdalebodi.com.
BEST EYELASH EXTENSIONS: Let’s Lash
Let’s Lash, a too-cute eyelash boutique in Old Town, strives to ensure its clients always have the prettiest peepers. Clients can choose from volume or classic lash sets, depending on whether they seek a dramatic or natural look, respectively. letslash.com.
BEST RESORT SPA: The Red Door Salon & Spa,The Wigwam
The Red Door Salon & Spa opened in 2006 at The Wigwam resort in Phoenix. The luxurious Red Door’s spa and salon services include skin care, body wraps and polishes, massage, nail and hair care, waxing and more. Seasonal offerings may even include local ingredients, like a unique body treatment spotlighting red Arizona clay. wigwamarizona.com.
AFM FAVE! BEST HAIR EXTENSIONS: AZ Strands
Old Town’s AZ Strands installations (available in a range of colors) include a cut and style and a special hair extension brush to help protect your investment. Plus, the AZ Strands extension doesn’t use heat, glue or harmful chemicals, so your hair can grow naturally without causing damage. The studio offers a 60-day quality guarantee and a six-month trade-in offer to ensure customer satisfaction. azstrands.com.
BEST SALON AND BEST SPRAY TAN: Salon Eclectic & Boutique
Located in the heart of Anthem, Salon Eclectic & Boutique boasts a stylish and modern atmosphere filled with creative professionals with a dedication to making each and every client look and feel their very best. The full-
service salon offers an extensive menu of services including hair, makeup, nails, lash extensions, facials, waxing and its signature airbrush tans that has clients returning time and time again for a beauty tune-up. saloneclecticboutique.com.
BEST NEW GYM/FITNESS STUDIO: AcroBody
Found in Tempe and opened in March 2016, AcroBody is the first acro yoga studio in the U.S. The studio’s unique, exhilarating program combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage and is designed to increase overall health and expand your connection to others. From complete beginner to advanced acrobat, class offerings include acro yoga, handstands, flexibility and Thai massage and fitness. acrobody.com.
BEST PILATES STUDIO: Remedy Pilates & Barre
Remedy Pilates & Barre is a boutique Scottsdale fitness studio founded in 2008 by master Pilates and Burn at the Barre trainer, Kelly Snailum. Remedy offers small-group classes, private training and youth programs in which members build a powerful core through form-focused discipline and easy-to-understand direction that offers deep-muscle strengthening and total-body conditioning. remedypilates.com.
AFM FAVE! BEST SPRAY TAN: Sungun Tanning
With the most comfortable experience, the safest and highest quality products, and professional artists, SunGun Airbrush Tanning develops ongoing relationships with clients who want the perfect fresh-from-the-beach bronze. Its tanning artists receive ongoing training to stay up to date on the latest trends and new products in order to deliver top-notch, unrivaled services. Visit two locations (Scottsdale and Tempe Marketplace). sunguntanning.com.
BEST COSMETIC DENTIST: Dr. Brian Harris
The team at Harris Dental strives to be the “most sought out, trusted and compassionate dental offi ce serving the Valley.” Dr. Brian Harris, who has won multiple professional awards, is helping his team achieve that goal. He is one of the nation’s leading experts in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry. His offering of free virtual consults gives many patients convenient access to his expertise that they would otherwise have to travel to receive. Harris Dental has three locations across the Valley. harrisdental.com.
BEST ORTHODONTIST: Affiliated PediatricDentistry & Orthodontics
Drs. Bruce Goldstein, Michael Feinberg, Tal Masserman and the staff at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics treat every patient with a quality of care that cannot be matched. The Scottsdale-
based company was the first in the Valley to offer SureSmile technology, which achieves exceptional smiles in shorter time for their patients. And while only a third of orthodontists in the country are certifi ed with the American Board of Orthodontics, Drs. Goldstein, Feinberg and Masserman all hold that distinction. There are two Scottsdale office locations. smilesbyapdo.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST DERMATOLOGIST: DR. ADRIANA K. HOLY
At Phoenix-based THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, board-certified Dr. Adriana K. Holy offers cutting-edge medical, aesthetic and holistic care for men and women of all ages. Her novel aesthetic and holistic approaches result in subtle, but wow-worthy, changes for her clients that promote natural beauty and balance. Dr. Holy’s cosmetic services and treatments consist of comprehensive cosmetic injections, laser resurfacing, skin care, skin exams and much more, treating her patients like family with each visit. mddermsolutions.com. Photo by Kayla Fisher.
BEST HAIR STYLIST: April Russell, Bobsie Twins Salon
April Russell is the co-owner and operator of Bobsie Twins Salon, found inside Sara Stanley Beauty Suites in Glendale. Bobsie Twins was founded in 2013, though Russell has 13 years of experience and specializes in fantasy color, Brazilian blowout and balayage. You can find her on her Instagram or Facebook page, or by going online to aprilrussellcolorist.com.
BEST HAIR EXTENSIONS: Lisa Fresa Palacios
Lisa Fresa Palacios is known throughout the Valley—and from coast to coast—for her precise and natural hair extension application. She is trained in a variety of methods to accommodate each of her client’s specifi c needs and uses only the best-quality 100-percent human hair every time, ensuring that every client leaves with natural-looking, luscious locks. lisafresapalacios.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST BLOW DRY BAR: Drybar, thedrybar.com.
BEST SPIN CLASS: Reformed Pilates & Cycle, reformedpilates.com.
BEST VETERINARIAN: Drs. Katie Kitchen and Michael Berman of Animal Hospital at Grayhawk, animalhospitalatgrayhawk.com.
BEST BOOTCAMP: AZ Training Lab, aztraininglab.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST FAMILY DOCTOR: Dr. Susan Wilder, lifescapepremier.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST HOSPICE: Hospice of the Valley, hov.org. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST HOT YOGA: Sutra Yoga, sutrastudios.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST OB/GYN: Dr. Tara Brodkin, drtarabrodkin.com. Also a 2016 winner!
BEST PSYCHIATRIST IN SCOTTSDALE/PARADISE VALLEY: Dr. Cynthia Stonnington, mayoclinic.org. Also a 2016 winner!
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