Readers’ picks: Health & Wellness
Shout-outs to those who keep our community fit and feeling good
Local health-care provider
1ST PLACE: Argyll Medical Group100 Independence Circle, 899-0295
Started by local physician Dr. Roy Bishop 15 years ago, Argyll Medical Group encompasses several medical practices and offers services ranging from primary care and internal medicine to skin care and addiction services. The medical group also offers patients a range of services typically not covered by insurance—such as after-hours urgent calls with a physician—through its retainer program called Argyll Advantage. No wonder they keep coming back.
2ND PLACE: Mission Ranch Primary Care114 Mission Ranch Blvd., Ste. 10, 894-0500
3RD PLACE: Archer & Alonso MDs1645 Esplanade, Ste. 1, 896-0386
1ST PLACE: Julie ArcherArcher & Alonso MDs, 1645 Esplanade, Ste. 1, 896-0386
“Skilled, attentive and dependable care” is how one patient of 25 years describes Dr. Julie Archer’s practice. Archer specializes in internal medicine, and is affiliated with Enloe Medical Center. Satisfied patients go to her seeking relief from conditions such as acute sinusitis, diabetes mellitus, and osteoarthritis, among other ailments.
2ND PLACE: Stuart MishelofArgyll Medical Group, 100 Independence Circle, 899-0295
3RD PLACE: Herbert LimMission Ranch Primary Care, 114 Mission Ranch Blvd., Ste. 10, 894-0500
1ST PLACE: Nelsen Family Dentistry1307 Esplanade, Ste. 4, 898-8511
For eight years running, Nelsen Family Dentistry has topped Chicoans’ list when it comes to dental care. Owned by husband-wife duo Drs. John and Missy Nelsen, the longtime Chico practice is beloved for its personable staff, caring technicians and knowledgeable dentists who work hard to keep patients smiling bright.
2ND PLACE: Willow Creek Dentistry2765 Esplanade, 891-6611
3RD PLACE: William Moon, DDS227 W. Sixth St., 342-3525
1ST PLACE: Chico Eye Center605 W. East Ave., 895-1727; and 2056 Talbert Drive, Ste. 100, 893-1695
When Chicoans need to get their vision checked or a new pair of fashionable frames, they know where to look: Chico Eye Center. With full-service eye care, from basic vision correction to LASIK surgery and glaucoma treatment, Chico Eye Center is a one-stop shop with a caring staff that makes patients feel right at home.
2ND PLACE (TIE): North Valley Eye Care114 Mission Ranch Blvd., Ste. 50, 891-1900
2ND PLACE (TIE): Family Eye Care2565 Ceanothus Ave., Ste. 155, 899-3939
1ST PLACE: Patrick Tedford643 W. East Ave., 342-0502
A repeat winner for Best Pediatrician, Dr. Patrick Tedford is beloved by generations of Chicoans. He’s respected by his peers as well, and last year was honored with the Enloe Physician Legacy Award for having changed the community for the better. He’s known for his comforting bedside manner and extensive medical knowledge.
2ND PLACE: John AsarianChico Pediatrics, 670 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300
3RD PLACE: Daniela Morcos-Gannon643 W. East Ave., 899-2981
Alternative health-care provider
1ST PLACE: Simply Pilates2201 Pillsbury Road, Ste. 190, 566-1077
Simply Pilates offers free consultations to allow the skeptical to learn first-hand how pilates instruction can make a difference in their lives and their overall health. Many students stick around for further workouts and they praise the quality of instruction owner Beth Koch provides. At Simply Pilates, classes focus on everything from osteoporosis to chronic pain to basic core strength.
2ND PLACE: Chico Community Acupuncture1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300
3RD PLACE: American Chi Center for Health1209 Esplanade, Ste. 1, 342-2895
1ST PLACE: Chico Community Acupuncture1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300
Acupuncture is known to treat a variety of ailments through redirecting the body’s qi—or energy—using strategically placed pins. At Chico Community Acupuncture, they embrace this philosophy and ensure it’s available to all by offering treatments in a group setting for an affordable fee.
2ND PLACE: The Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project740 Flume St., 345-5566
3RD PLACE: American Chi Center for Health1209 Esplanade, Ste. 1, 342-2895
1ST PLACE: Yoga Center of Chico250 Vallombrosa Ave., Ste. 150, 342-0100
Those who frequent the Yoga Center of Chico do so because it’s more than just a yoga studio—it’s a community. With group sessions that range from beginner to advanced in addition to one-on-one work with instructors, the center offers a variety of yoga options. What’s more, yogis Rex Stromness and Tom Hess open the place up for concerts, retreats and other community events.
2ND PLACE: In Motion Fitness1293 E. First Ave., 343-5678
3RD PLACE: Chico Sports Club260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 190, 345-9427
1ST PLACE: Tenenbaum Chiropractic1049 Village Lane, 680-8920
Mark Tenenbaum, aka Dr. Mark, and his staff are popular among many area residents for their professionalism, overall knowledge, friendliness and for making chiropractic care affordable. Tenenbaum Chiropractic specializes in chiropractic adjustments and massage and is regularly in the running for Best Chiropractor. “Top-notch, professional service with the best price in town” is how one client sums it up.
2ND PLACE: Preference Chiropractic1635 Magnolia Ave., 895-0224
3RD PLACE: Spine Chiropractic1166 Esplanade, Ste. 2, 809-2695
1ST PLACE: Jenni MillerPrana Endura Therapeutic Massage and Yoga, 1281 East Ave., Ste. 100, 520-3459
Visitors to Prana Endura Therapeutic Massage and Yoga swear by certified massage therapist Jenni Miller’s expertise. Miller offers personalized massage therapies and has studied many areas of specialization within her field. Need a lymphatic massage? Sure thing. How about prenatal therapy or a deep-tissue session? She’s got you covered. One client describes her time on the table as “Amazing! I felt like I was walking on clouds for an hour after she was done.”
2ND PLACE: Babette Maiss13 Williamsburg Lane, 321-5668
3RD PLACE: Kristen BobertzThe Olive Branch Wellness Spa, 2889 Cohasset Road, Ste. 4, 591-9700
1ST PLACE: In Motion Fitness1293 E. First Ave., 343-5678
Do you even lift, bro? If you do pump iron—or like to swim or take yoga, spin and crossfit classes—chances are we’ll see you at In Motion Fitness. At Chico’s biggest gym, it seems like everyone you know has a membership. It’s so poppin’ in the evenings on weekdays, members sometimes have to head to the overflow parking lot. And with a sweeping $2 million expansion currently underway, In Mo is only getting bigger and better.
2ND PLACE: Chico Sports Club260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 190, 345-9427
3RD PLACE: NorCal Strength & Conditioning629 Entler Ave., Ste. 17, 605-2766
Martial arts studio
1ST PLACE: Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center313 Walnut St., Ste. 150, 892-2923
No matter what your skill level or age, Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center has a class for you. Run by Grandmaster Farshad Azad, a black belt several times over and founder of two different forms of martial arts, this training center is no-nonsense all the way. In addition to athletic advancement, students can learn agility, self-defense and to truly master the martial arts.
2ND PLACE: Americana Brazilian Jui-Jitsu322 Nord Ave., 712-7007
3RD PLACE: Haley’s Martial Arts Center260 Cohasset Road, 895-3114
Place for kids to play
1ST PLACE: Caper Acres
Humpty Dumpty, a giant sea serpent, humongous blocks of Swiss cheese with holes to explore. These are just a few of the fun features at Lower Bidwell Park’s iconic fairytale-themed playground. Generations of Chicoans have enjoyed this kids’ play space at One-Mile Recreation Area, and due to its popularity, future generations will, too.
2ND PLACE: Bidwell Park
3RD PLACE: In Motion Fitness1293 E. First Ave., 343-5678
1ST PLACE: VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center2480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 342-7387
Chicoans love their pets and when it comes to keeping them healthy, they repeatedly turn to Valley Oak Veterinary Center. Walk-in hours go till 8 p.m. on weekdays, while emergency service is available 24/7, making Valley Oak a go-to spot for impromptu and after-hours pet care. With boarding options and a vaccine clinic every Sunday, it’s easy to see why Chicoans keep bringing their furry friends back to Valley Oak.
2ND PLACE: Evers Veterinary Clinic1150 El Monte Ave., 343-0713
3RD PLACE: Chico Animal Hospital3015 Esplanade, 342-0518