Visionary - Timothy Jochen, M.D.

Healthcare Visionary - "This is my favorite place in the whole world,” says Dr. Timothy Jochen. “I’ve traveled everywhere, and I always am so happy to come home.”

Just for Men

The desert’s top spas stand at the ready with skin-nourishing treatments geared just for males.

40 Under Forty: Dr. Nicole Ortiz

Dr. Nicole Ortiz found the Coachella Valley ideally sized to be able to make an immediate impact and allow her dream, Live Well Clinic, to come alive.

40 Under Forty: Casey and Gerry Washack

Casey and Gerry Washack are making a powerful impact on anyone looking for fitness inspiration through Next Level Fitness, and their own 42-day program, Fit in 42.

40 Under Forty: Karina Medina-Thomas

As the chief operating officer of Desert Family Medical Center, Karina Medina-Thomas expertly handles the day-to-day operations and procedures of the private family medical practice.

40 Under Forty: Ashley Vertuno

As a college undergrad, Ashley Vertuno nixed her original plan to become an orthopedic surgeon but chose to stay within the healthcare field on a management path.

A Natural Solution

The legendary Two Bunch Palms spa resort takes a bold step toward carbon neutrality by adding solar power to its sustainability plan

Visionary - Gary Honts

Healthcare Visionary - Honts notes that the hospital is an economic driver to the community, recruiting new physicians, which leads to additional office staff jobs as well.

Visionary - Ritu Chopra, M.D.

Healthcare Visionary - "The best thing about locating our business here in the Coachella Valley is becoming part of the community,” says Dr. Ritu Chopra

Visionary - Michael Landes

Healthcare Visionary - Eisenhower Medical Center, the Coachella Valley’s only not-for-profit hospital, relies on charity, donations, and philanthropy to continue delivering excellence to all its patients.

Visionary - Carolyn Caldwell

Healthcare Visionary - DRMC also works in close partnership with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, relying on the agency’s internship and mentorship programs to introduce young people to healthcare careers at the hospital.

Visionary - Scott M. Aaronson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Healthcare Visionary - I’ve observed a lot of growth in the Coachella Valley in general, and I think that anyone who decides to move here will find it a rewarding experience.

Visionary - Ellie Kheirkhahi-Love, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Healthcare Visionary - Living in the Coachella Valley has been a “really amazing experience for us,” Dr. Kheirkhahi-Love says. “My husband and I moved here 16 years ago.

A State of Health

Authentic hot springs experiences are a leading trend in the spa world, and the Coachella Valley is blessed with this healing water.

Independence Leads to Full Use of Body, Mind and Soul

Independence can be our metaphorical sword, our means to fulfillment — to a private and public way of life that will make full use of the body, mind and soul.

Spa at Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Focuses on Indoor-Outdoor Wellness

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Spa has unveiled a full menu of treatments and fitness offerings, with a focus on indoor-outdoor wellness.

Listening to Your Autonomous Voice

Listen to your autonomous voice, and find the happiness you forsake when you are too distracted to be absorbed in something you love.

Love Without Boundaries

The Coachella Valley is home to an impressive host of animal-centric organizations that make it their mission to help desert residents through interaction with trained, caring animals.

Where to Dine Out Locally on Your Diet

Here is a compilation of Coachella Valley establishments that fits your Paleo, Vegan or Juicing diets.

Agua Serena Spa Offers Skin Analysis to Aid Treatments

Dr. Richard Fox uses a VISIA complexion analysis machine as part of the skin treatment process at Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

Putting Prevention First

Dr. Nicole Ortiz of La Quinta’s Live Well Clinic emphasizes natural, integrative techniques to achieve optimal health.

Brave New World

From the vastness of the smartphone universe to the cars we drive, technology’s reach defines our present. But one tech application is still coming of age — telemedicine.

You're Not Alone

With seemingly too few hours in a day to accomplish the tasks at hand, caregivers often neglect their own needs, which can have a major impact on their health and well-being.

Feed Your Health

Today’s top diet choices, while dramatically different from one another, share one common theme: getting back to nature when it comes to nutrition.

Need a New Knee? Just Print One Out

It sounds like a futuristic sci-fi movie: body parts and surgical instruments created with a 3-D printer — but it’s already happening in the Coachella Valley.

Stroke Recovery Center Expanding

Access to long-term care can sometimes be difficult, but the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs — which recently broke ground on a new facility — is changing that.

Drops, Not Shots

With this allergy season shaping up to be one of the worst in the nation’s history, patients are seeking relief in droves.

Studies Go Local

Access to clinical research trials offers patients and physicians the chance to explore cutting-edge treatments for a variety of conditions.


The Rancho Mirage–based Turning Heads Project was formed in 2011 to help enhance the self-image of men, women, and children undergoing cancer treatment.

Coping Tips from an Expert

Beth Witrogen, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist, speaker, and author, shares her experiences and insights on coping as a caregiver.

Cutting-Edge Gadgets

Keeping up with the latest gadgets is pure delight when it comes to design-driven practical solutions like these. Here’s sneak peek at what to expect on the telehealth gadget horizon.

Agua Serena Spa Delivers Full Wellness Package

A better description for the Agua Serena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa based upon its offerings would be a “wellness facility”.

Face Value

The experts agree on a simple, three-step program for transitioning skin into the summer spotlight: Exfoliate, moisturize, and protect. Kick-start the first two steps now with luxurious facials and body scrubs.

Natural Beauty

In honor of Earth Day, celebrate the glamour in green at these Coachella Valley spots with skin care that’s raw, organic, and gorgeous.

Peak Performance

Olympians, pro athletes, and rock stars always hit the performance trail with their favorite massage therapists on staff.

Dr. Peter Attia: Raising Questions on What Constitutes a Healthy Diet

Dr. Peter Attia doesn't profess to have all the answers, but he's not about to settle for the status quo when it comes to explaining the relationship between obesity and diabetes.

Double Your Pleasure

Flowers, candy, silly cards, and perfume are safe valentines — but a couple’s spa date is euphoric.

Spa Tour Puts Desert Hot Springs on the Map

Desert Hot Springs, lying just a few short miles north of Palm Springs, unveils its unique boutique resorts and spas during Spa Tour.

Cassey Ho Brings High-Energy Pilates to Palm Springs

Cassey Ho, the high energy creator of 'Blogilates', brings her high-energy pilates routine to the Mayor's Race, Swim and Wellness Festival Jan. 11 in Palm Springs.

Polished to Perfection

There’s good news for fashionistas immersed in the race to look on-trend this spring. The key to chic, of-the-minute style is — literally — at the tips of your fingers.

Ready for Your Close-up

Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can keep in style — new look, new makeup, new colors — without breaking a sweat.

Stimulate the Senses

Feel rich and rejuvenated with bourbon, brown sugar, and diamonds.

'Spa Week' Celebrates Feel Good Message

Hilton Palm Springs' Elements Spa is one of five offering special spa packages during “Spa Week”, a national event set for Oct. 14-20.

Eating by the Book

J.J. Virgin is enjoying the success of The Virgin Diet. A “what not to eat” guide that hit The New York Times bestseller list when published in 2012.

The Royal Treatment

The kingdom of heaven awaits you — Melt away stress with a visit to a Coachella Valley spa fit for royalty.

Visionary - Gary Honts

When Gary Honts, CEO and president of JFK Memorial Hospital, recruits physicians, he sells them on the hospital’s superior quality as well as the resort lifestyle they can enjoy in the Coachella Valley.

Visionary - Dr. Joseph Scherger

The proliferation of primary medicine and urgent care centers in the Coachella Valley might be the area’s hottest — and most noticeable — story of the past few years.

Visionary - Dr. René Dell’Acqua

After graduating from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, Dr. René Dell’Acqua opened her dental practice in the Coachella Valley to offer “five-star care in a five-star city.”

Visionary - Carolyn Caldwell

When Carolyn Caldwell was researching a career move, Desert Regional Medical Center impressed her. “It is truly comprehensive,” she says. “We are the only Level II Trauma Center in the Coachella Valley, we deliver more than 3,000 babies every year, and we have a comprehensive cancer center.

Visionary - Dr. Scott Aaronson

“The Palm Springs area has been great for my practice,” says Dr. Scott Aaronson, a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Pathways for the Next Generation

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Workforce Excellence programs start at the end goal — filling the labor market with skilled employees in high-wage growth sectors.

Fit as a Fiddle

Increasing choices in primary care, a growing field of specialists, and medical facilities with state-of-the-art technology ensures that residents of Greater Palm Springs have access to excellent care.

Come for the Beauty, Stay for the Healing

A bright niche for desert tourism, destination medicine promises an idyllic place to get well soon

Obamacare Causing Anxiety

One point that pundits, physicians, and policymakers agree on is that it’s unclear what Obamacare means for employers, employees, self-employed individuals, and the currently uninsured.

Chest Pain You Can Live With

If you feel an electric shock zinging like a lightning bolt across your chest — gone as quickly as it came — you’re not alone, and it’s unlikely that you will have to dial 911.

Connection, Development, Growth

Dr. Jamieson Jones, a neonatologist at Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, has been merging science and spiritual practices for the past 30 years

Eisenhower Welcomes Its First Residents

The excitement at Eisenhower Medical Center is palpable as the hospital welcomes its first class into the residency programs in internal and family medicine.

Stem Cell Technology Goes From Lab To Bedside

The Morrow Institute hosts Select Bioscience’s Clinical Translation of Stem Cells Summit in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The Energy To Heal

Traditional healers have explored the depths of the mind-body-spirit relationship since time immemorial. And modern science is beginning to take notice.

Have You Had A Complexion Analysis?

Digital technology called the VISIA complexion analysis shows patients their level of skin health and helps determine the most appropriate treatments.

Doctor Without Borders

He performs warzone neurosurgery, advises top politicians like Hillary Clinton, and wins Emmy Awards for CNN. For Dr. Sanjay Gupta, this is all in a day’s work.

More Than Words

A variety of non-verbal therapies and treatments are bringing relief to patients of all ages.

Forget Spooning, Let's Cup!

Cupping is actually very comfortable, and once patients receive the treatment, they often request it each time they come in.

Get In The Game

Whether you’re 5 or 85, you can enjoy the physical benefits of regular exercise: weight control, mood elevation, and increased ability to fight off disease.

Helping Seniors Lighten Their Bucket List

Jump!, a nonprofit organization founded by La Quinta resident Webb Weiman, helps seniors fulfill goals, dreams, and wishes in their golden years.

Experience La Quinta Resort's $500 Massage

Hollywood luminaries and Washington, D.C., royalty have made La Quinta Resort & Club their wellness retreat for decades.

Dance, Drink and Relax This Weekend In Palm Springs

From bottle wars to a magical night of Broadway, Palm Springs Life highlights some of the big events happening this weekend.

PSST! - High Roller Checklist

Western Sunshades, Pampered Pups, Beautiful Skin and more.

Destination Medicine

Drawn by the desert’s transcendent beauty and desirable weather, people seeking a healing environment for recovery and rejuvenation seek the resort vibe of Greater Palm Springs.

CAMEO — What’s “Up,” Doc?

Dr. William Kent Larkin has codified the ultimate workout for the mind: a process of personal discovery he has trademarked as The Emotional Gym.

Our 2012 Top Doctors

A physician-led research team identifies the desert’s 78 top doctors in 37 specialties.

Role Models

The men over 50 project involves photo shoots and videos in which the subjects (ranging in age from 50 to 75) discuss such topics as ageism, looking at life from a wiser vantage point, creating community, and manifesting personal power as part of growing older.

WEALTH - A Prescription for Profits

The dynamics of rising medical costs, expiring drug patents, and health insurance play into investment strategies.

CAMEO — Been to the Spa Lately, Rianna Riego?

American Spa magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Picks just named Rianna Riego among the top five “Favorite Spa Consultants” (she also made the 2010 list).

Who’s In Your Chair Today, Afsaneh Gibbs?

Afsaneh “Sunny” Gibbs immigrated to the United States in 1995 from her native Iran and embraced a new found opportunity: politics.

Editor's Letter July 2011

“Our Top Doctors” offers the Coachella Valley’s only independent study of physicians — a short list you can trust for superior care. The magazine selected Castle Connolly for its integrity in its qualification process and survey methodology.

Pressure Points

Take Steps To Control Stress and Your Physical Health Benefits

Moving Beyond Pain

Targeted Exercise Helps You Control Debilitating Conditions

Get Fit! Whoever You Are

Whether You're a Triathlete Looking for Something New or Devoted Coach Potato, We've Got Your Number

How Healthy Is Your House?

It's Time To Give Your Personal Abode A Checkup To Ensure It Truly Is A Safe Haven. Millions of us every year fall ill or sustain injuries because we overlook dangers in our own homes. Just as we see our doctor for regular physicals, it's in our best interest to consistently assess potential health and safety risks in our home environment.

About Face

Advances on the Skincare Front Help reverse the Ravages of Accumulated Sun Exposure

On The Forefront

Current advances in the field of health and medicine.

The Avengers

Food Fights Are Worth Waging In The War With Cancer

Making the Move

The idea of also giving up a house to move into an assisted-living facility can be problematic, acknowledges Dr. Anthony Bassanelli.

The Way We Were

If you consider lapses in memory disconcerting, you won’t like what G. John Andersen has to say.

First-Class Care With Resort Flair

Segovia in Palm Desert represents the nouveau continuing care retirement community that emphasizes the “life” in “lifestyle.”

Top Nursing Homes & Home Health Agencies

Continuing its service of “best of” lists, Palm Springs Life partnered with Health Grades Inc. to identify the desert’s top nursing homes and home health agencies.

Our 2010 Top Dentists

Here are the best dentists and specialists, as selected by their peers

Word Association - Dr. Ruth Anderson

Dr. Ruth Anderson, an anesthesiologist, pain management physician, and exercise physiologist in La Quinta, has published Get Moving! Live Better, Live Longer (Xibris).

PSST! - Well, Well, it’s Susie Ellis

SpaFinder’s president travels the globe — and still relaxes at home in Indian Wells

Fourth Annual Paint El Paseo Pink on October 9, 2010

It's time to gather your friends - and furry ones, if you so choose - and register for Desert Cancer Foundation's (DCF) Fourth Annual Paint El Paseo Pink on October 9, 2010.

Medical Guide Editor's Letter - 2010

Sometimes we have bigger choices to make: As this year’s issue of Palm Springs Life’s Medical Guide points out, we can exert greater control of our bodies and minds than we actually do.

On the Forefront - How to Reduce Blood Pressure

Despite the fact that lifestyle choices allow people to control their blood pressure, one in three Americans suffers from hypertension. Among them, about 70 percent are undergoing treatment

On the Forefront - Multiple Choices

Typical winery websites describe the vineyards, the winemaker, the wines, and the tasting room. The navigation bar on Cleavage Creek Winery’s website ( includes a link titled “Choices” that takes you to a section dedicated to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

On the Forefront - Luxury Recovery

Hospital stays can be almost as stressful, tiring, inconvenient, and difficult for patients’ families as they are for the patients themselves. The Greg and Stacey Renker Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center aims to ease those discomforts with 24 hotel-like suites that include two bathrooms and living areas that allows overnight guests.

On the Forefront - Surgery vs. Balloons

In late February 2010, the National Institutes of Health announced findings of a landmark nine-year study comparing treatments for clogged arteries.

On the Forefront - Feed Your Face

The Body Deli in Palm Desert created a Blueberry Fusion Resurfacing Facial Wash that nourishes your skin with antioxidants and organic “superfoods,” while providing the clinical advantage of exfoliation.

On the Forefront - To sleep, perchance to dream

Health and beauty experts agree: Adults need eight hours of sleep for optimum wellness, appearance, and performance. Yet three out of four Americans fail to get that recommended amount of time to let their bodies rejuvenate on a daily basis.

Looking for Complements

Unfortunately, our sick-care-based medical system trivializes wellness promotion. This is where complementary and alternative medicine can play an important role in helping many patients. An alternative-medicine provider can fill gaps in Western medicine.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

A website called CaringBridge makes it easy for patients and their families and friends reach out to one another.

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