Best Cosmetic Surgeon
Terry Dubrow, M.D.
Dr. Terry Dubrow was known in Southern California for his cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery long before TV cameras made him famous nationwide. You might recognize him from shows such as “The Swan,” ”Botched” and “Real Housewives of Orange County.” Dr. Dubrow’s passion is to create “invisible plastic surgery results,” and his practice has become the destination for facelifts, rhinoplasty, tummy tucks and other specialty procedures. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
drdubrow.com | Newport Beach
Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Based in the Fashion Island area, the board-certified, highly respected doctors at Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery help their patients achieve aesthetic and medical goals. Aside from their expertise in dermatology and plastic surgery, they bring the attitude of treating anyone who walks through the door the way they would want to be treated themselves.
newportbeachdps.com | Newport Beach
Best Family Dentist
Center Plaza Dentistry
Husband-and-wife dental team Dr. Jaimeson Hofkes and Dr. Vivian Yin help patients of all ages achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. Their services include everything from tooth loss, root canals and dental makeovers to advanced restorative procedures and emergency services — all done in a caring environment and in the most comfortable way possible.
centerplazadentistry.com | Los Alamitos
Best Family Optometrist
Family Optometry of Irvine
The doctors at Family Optometry of Irvine take time to learn their patients’ visual demands and make sure each thorough eye examination is done with the latest technology. They also educate the patients of all ages on how to best take care of their vision. Fans of the practice point out the professional and efficient approach from the staff and the clean and sanitized facility.
familyoptompetryofirvine.net | Irvine
Best Maternity Facility
Kaiser Permanente — Alton/Sand Canyon Medical Offices
Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life that requires quality medical care and a compassionate approach. That’s what OBGYN physicians and nurse practitioners at Kaiser Permanente offer their patients going through pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care as well as many other medical issues.
kpwomenshealth.org | Irvine
Dr. Candace N. Howe, MD
Candace Nicole Howe is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who opened a private practice in Newport Beach to focus more on her patients. She specializes in high-risk pregnancy management, infertility counseling, hormonal disorders, pelvic pain and more. She is also a surgeon who can perform minimally invasive procedures when needed. Satisfied patients have called her professional, personable and caring.
Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics
The board-certified doctors at Sweet Smiles Orthodontics use a modern approach and state-of-the-art technology to help their patients get healthy, straight smiles. Their services include braces, mouth-guards, retainers, Invisalign and more. They don’t believe in recommending unnecessary procedures, take time to educate patients and work around busy family schedules.
sweetsmiles.com | Multiple Locations
Newport Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
The Newport Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry team is on a mission to give kids and adults something to smile about. From preventative care to emergencies, the doctors strive to meet and exceed patients’ expectations in a comfortable environment.
bestsmileever.com | Newport Beach
Sea View Pediatrics
With four offices throughout Orange County, Sea View Pediatrics offers well-checks, immunizations, sick visits, sports physicals and more for infants through teenagers. They also have an after-hours pediatric urgent care in Laguna Hills and a nurse advice line.
seaview.choc.org | Multiple Locations
Best Speech Therapy
Avid Speech Therapy
Avid Speech Therapy team helps children and adults by offering tailored services for each of its patients. Their philosophy is that everyone’s way of learning is beautiful, and they encourage family collaboration in the course of treatment to ensure the best outcome possible.
avidspeech.com | Fountain Valley
Best Mental Health Services
CHOC Children’s Main Campus Orange
The psychiatry and psychology specialists at CHOC believe that mental and physical health are equally important. They offer inpatient and intensive outpatient programs to address anxiety, eating disorders, depression and more, and adjust techniques based on the patient’s age.
choc.org | Orange
Best Special Needs Therapy
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
The Shea Center’s mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through equestrian therapy run by certified specialists. Physical, occupational and speech programs help address more than 75 disabilities for kids and adults in a safe, natural outdoor setting with appropriate sensory input.
sheacenter.org | San Juan Capistrano
Best Auto Dealer
Irvine Auto Center
Whether you’re looking for a new or used car, chances are you’ll find a good selection from brands including Kia, Hyundai, Mazda, Lincoln, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and more. Then, when it’s time for routine maintenance, you can go back to the parts and service department.
irvineautocenter.com | Irvine
Best Children’s Resale Clothing
Los Alamitos Kids Resale
The store’s specialty is new and gently used kids’ clothes, books, toys, gear and more. There’s something for anyone ages newborn to 10 years old. Fans rave about the cute merchandise, friendly staff and the big and clean location.
@losalamitoskidsresale | Long Beach
Best Day Spa
Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Readers still can’t find a better spot for the ultimate relaxation getaway than Glen Ivy Hot Springs. The outdoor oasis has a variety of therapeutic pools, a full treatment menu of spa services, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi or AquaFit classes and California cuisine. The spa offers curated packages with private lounges.
glenivy.com | Corona
Best Family Photography Studio
Candice Swanson Photography
This Orange County photographer is fully licensed, insured and trained in newborn safety. A mom herself, Candice is passionate about capturing beautiful moments with moms-to-be, newborns and babies celebrating their milestones. Past clients point out her attention to detail and friendly and professional approach.
candiceswansonphotography.com | Orange County
Best Fitness Chain
The YMCA is all about promoting health and overall well-being through their programs and fitness classes for all ages and skill levels. With a variety of options, there’s always something for everyone. In light of the pandemic, the Y has been staying in touch with its communities online and staying true to its mission.
ymcaoc.org | Multiple Locations
Best Single Location Gym
The gym’s expansive offerings and resort-like experiences include an aquatic center, numerous sporting courts and an onsite spa and restaurant. Members can participate in any of the 120+ group fitness classes each week or pay extra for personal training. They can also take a rest day to relax and indulge while someone else watches the kids. Fitness and recreational classes are available for them, too.
renaissanceclubsport.com | Aliso Viejo
Best Kid’s Haircut
Cool Cuts 4 Kids
Cool Cuts 4 Kids once again scores the top ranking and for a good reason. Fun is always in at the salon where little clients have a selection of movies and Xbox games to choose from while they get cut or styled. First cut? The stylists will take extra care and finish it off with a certificate with a lock of the child’s hair.
coolcuts4kids.com | Multiple Locations
Best Nanny/Babysitting Service
If we learned anything in the past year it’s that childcare is absolutely essential and finding the right caregiver is no easy task. Care.com simplifies the process of finding a trusted professional to ease a parent’s load. Whether it be childcare, senior care, school support, housekeeping, special needs or even pet care, Care.com has got parents covered.
care.com | Multiple Locations
Best Nanny/Babysitting Service
Bright Horizons at Newport Beach
The early education and preschool staff take pride in offering more than a daycare. The teachers keep kids entertained through learning-based play. The engaging activities spark the little ones’ imaginations and creativity in the outdoor playground and indoor reading nook and library. Bright Horizons is following COVID-19 safety protocols.
brighthorizons.com | Newport Beach
Best Pet Groomer
The team at Healthy Spot understands that pets are part of the family. Aside from full-service grooming and obedience training, they carry a selection of organic food lines and closely track every pet food recall to offer only the highest quality products.
healthyspot.com | Costa Mesa
Best Pet Store
The largest specialty pet retailer has just about anything you might need for the lifetime of your pet.
Aside from a wide variety of products and services such as grooming, dog training, doggie day camp and more, the company has a well-known in-store adoption program that helps millions of pets find their homes.
petsmart.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pet Vet or Holistic Pet Vet
Magnolia Animal Hospital
Aside from spay and neuter, surgery, vaccines and more, the newly remodeled state-of-the-art hospital offers grooming and boarding. The doctors and staff promise excellent service and superior care. When necessary, they will refer your pet to a specialist with expertise in surgery and internal medicine.
magnoliavets.com | Westminster
Best Shopping Destination
Irvine Spectrum Center
The Spectrum continues to be a big hit with visitors as it keeps getting better and offering more stores, more entertainment, more restaurants and cafes, enhanced public spaces and even more parking — all while sticking to health and safety protocols.
shopirvinespectrumcenter.com | Irvine
Best Weekend Getaway Destination
Known as the jewel of the San Bernardino National Forest, this Southern California escape just 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is the place to go for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and more. With such a variety of activities, it’s impossible to do it all in one weekend. Luckily, your next visit is always just a drive away.
bigbear.com | Big Bear Lake
Best Teen Mental Health — Editor’s Choice
Psychologists, therapists and addiction counselors at OC Revive help teens struggling with addiction and mental health problems and aim to heal families as a whole. Specialists work with teens on individualized treatment plans and group therapy. OC Revive also offers adventure, music and art therapy to help with teens’ self-esteem and mindset.
ocrevive.com | Lake Forest
Best Mental Health Program for Kids — Editor’s Choice
The specialists at Stepping Forward know that children may sometimes need help with managing emotions and behaviors they don’t understand. They provide treatments for children diagnosed with depression, conduct disorder, anxiety, emotional problems and more in a safe environment.
steppingforwardcounselingcenter.com | Irvine, Yorba Linda
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Shawn Price