Best Cosmetic Surgeon
Terry Dubrow, MD
You might recognize Dr. Terry Dubrow from his multiple TV shows, including “Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Botched” and “Botched by Nature,” or his books — but long before Hollywood fame, he was already known for his cosmetic and reconstructive surgery skills. As passionate as he is about plastic surgery, Dubrow advocates for minimal treatments producing natural-looking results. His practice is 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
Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery is back in the top spot. The experienced, board-certified doctors at the practice located around Fashion Island set out to treat each patient the way they would treat their own family members. They work closely with each other and the patients to meet everyone’s medical, surgical, cosmetic and skin care needs.
newportbeachdps.com | Newport Beach
Best Family Dentist
Center Plaza Dentistry
Our readers have spoken, and Center Plaza Dentistry is once again the top place to go to for healthy and beautiful smiles. Husband-and-wife dental team Dr. Jaimeson Hofkes and Dr. Vivian Yin help patients of all ages with anything from tooth loss to root canals, dental and smile makeovers, advanced restorative procedures and more. They offer early morning and emergency appointments and do their best to always maintain a caring environment.
centerplazadentistry.com | Los Alamitos
Best Family Optometrist
Family Optometry of Irvine
Family Optometry of Irvine beat out the competition again. The doctors at the practice make it a point to get to know their patients’ visual needs and demands thoroughly before using the latest technology to determine the best treatment. They also want you to understand what’s going on with your eyes and how to best take care of them, so they take the time to educate their patients. On top of that, they have a wide selection of designer glasses.
familyoptometryofirvine.net | Irvine
Best Maternity Facility
More than 200,000 babies came into this world at Hoag Hospital, so the doctors and staff really have it figured out by now. The experienced doctors and nurses working around the clock in the state-of-the-art facilities are ready to assist women in every physical and mental step of their journeys to becoming mothers and handle any challenges the process may throw their way before and after birth.
hoag.org | Newport Beach
Dr. Candace N. Howe, MD
Dr. Candace Nicole Howe is once again the readers’ favorite obstetrician and gynecologist. The board-certified doctor opened a private practice in Newport Beach to focus more on her patients and personalize the care she’s providing. Howe’s specialties include high-risk pregnancy management, infertility counseling, hormonal disorders, pelvic pain and more. She also often provides primary care and can perform minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics
The team at Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics has something to smile about again as their modern approach and state-of-the-art technology earned them the top spot in the ranking again. The board-certified doctors help patients of all ages with braces, retainers, mouth guards and more without recommending treatments that are not absolutely necessary. Early morning and weekend appointments are available to help busy families juggle their schedules.
sweetsmiles.com | Multiple Locations
Dr. Ann Ha, MD, FAAP
Maintaining children’s physical and mental well-being is Dr. Ann Ha’s great passion and as a mother herself, she understands how important her interactions with families are. That’s why her approach involves partnering with parents in the best interest of each child’s health. As part of the Beach Pediatrics practice, Ha is committed to providing comprehensive, reliable and compassionate care.
beachpeds.com | Huntington Beach
Best Speech Therapy
Avid Speech Therapy
The therapists at Avid Speech Therapy begin with a comprehensive evaluation of each child before developing the best individualized course of treatment. Aside from in-person sessions, Avid Speech Therapy offers teletherapy to deliver speech-language pathology and help with articulation, stuttering, expressive language and more.
avidspeech.com | Fountain Valley
Best Mental Health Services
CHOC Children’s Main Campus — Orange
Children’s Health of Orange County hospital strives to be the leading destination for children’s health, and our readers once again chose it for the top spot. The psychiatrists and psychologists at CHOC believe that mental health is as important as physical health. In-patient and intensive outpatient programs at CHOC address anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD and more, and the specialists adjust treatment techniques based on the patient’s age.
choc.org | Orange
Best Special Needs Therapy
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
The nonprofit riding center has been around since 1978 and is one of the top facilities of its kind in the world. Certified specialists run equestrian therapy programs, which follow the center’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Physical, occupational and speech programs help address more than 70 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
Buying a car can be a time-consuming chore, but with so many brands in the same area, the process can become a little easier. Dealerships including Chevrolet, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Lincoln and more offer a variety of new and used cars, increasing the chances that you’ll find what you’re looking for. 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
Goodwill of Orange County
Score deals on clothing for your little ones and do a good deed in the process. Not only does Goodwill of Orange County have a big selection of baby clothing in stores and online, it helps people who are facing barriers in finding jobs. It’s no wonder our readers voted it to the top of the list.
ocgoodwill.org | Multiple Locations
Best Day Spa
Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Every parent needs time to relax and recharge at some point, and Glen Ivy Hot Springs is ready to deliver. The ultimate getaway destination features a full treatment menu of spa services, therapeutic pools, yoga, meditation and more. The wellness transfers to the restaurants as well as they offer fresh, clean, California dishes.
glenivy.com | Corona
Best Family Photography Studio
Candice Swanson Photography
The baby stage goes by faster than most parents are ready for, but Candice Swanson is ready to capture and preserve some of the cuteness for local families as well as moms-to-be. A mom herself, Swanson is a passionate expert in her field and is fully licensed, insured and trained in newborn safety.
candiceswansonphotography.com | Orange County
Best Fitness Chain
24 Hour Fitness
24 Hour Fitness has been around for more than 35 years and has close to 300 clubs nationwide. It’s probably why it seems like there’s a gym in just about every city and shopping center, making it convenient to get a workout whenever and wherever. The gym offers a variety of strength and cardio equipment, personal training and group classes from cycle through kickboxing and yoga as well as virtual programs.
24hourfitness.com | Multiple Locations
Best Single Location Gym
Going to Renaissance ClubSport can feel like going on vacation thanks to the resort-like surroundings. The gym offers more than 120 group fitness classes a week and personal training at additional cost. There’s also an aquatic center, sporting courts, pickleball, onsite spa and restaurant. Best part for parents? They can drop off the kids at Kids World and indulge in some self-care while the little ones are having fun and doing their own classes.
renaissanceclubsport.com | Aliso Viejo
Best Kid’s Haircut
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids — Irvine
The family-owned salon in Woodbridge Village Center caters to children and adults. Kids get to watch cartoons while they sit in a Mickey Roadster Racer, Frozen, Lighting McQueen or Minion convertible car and get their haircut from an experienced stylist. Older children get to play video games. The salon also offers glamour girl birthday parties.
sharkeyscutsforkids.com | Irvine
Best Nanny/Babysitting Service
OC Nannies and Newport Domestics
Many parents are in desperate need of child care, but finding the right person is no easy task. OC Nannies and Newport Domestics has been connecting Orange County residents with the help they need since 1983. The domestic services agency has a 74-point qualification process to make sure the candidates are the right fit before you get to interview them.
ocnannies.com | Newport Beach
Best Online Nanny Finder
The child care crisis is real, but Care.com makes it easier for parents to find qualified professionals to look after their little ones. The company also helps with senior care, tutoring, housekeeping, daycare and pet care, making it a one-stop-shop for busy all parents around.
care.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pet Groomer
Your pets will be living the life at The Spaw as they come in for a grooming session and get to stay for an hour-and-a-half of complimentary daycare and use the free-run environments. The Spaw offers pet boarding and daycare as well as certified pet nutritionists.
ahhthespaw.com | Tustin
Best Pet Store
PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer ready to fulfill your pet’s every need or desire. The store sells any gear and equipment you might need throughout the pet’s life, but the company also offers grooming, dog training, doggie day camp and a well-known adoption program helping millions of animals find their forever homes.
petsmart.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pet Vet
Quail Animal Hospital
The staff at Quail Animal Hospital understands that pets are important members of the family and they believe in treating them with kindness and integrity. The state-of-the-art facility offers everything from general and wellness care to diagnostics and advanced care. The veterinarians and technicians are ready for emergencies, including rattlesnake bites and car collisions.
quailanimalhospital.com | Irvine
Best Pet Vet
Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital
The full-service animal hospital offers traditional as well as alternative healing approaches. The hospital has puppy and kitten packages to kick off your new pet’s healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, senior pets can benefit from Annual Senior Wellness examinations that could help detect any potential problems early. To round things up, Noah’s Ark can groom and board your pet.
noahsarkfullerton.com | Fullerton
Best Shopping Destination
Irvine Spectrum Center
The Spectrum is still our readers’ favorite place to hang out and get some retail therapy. From trendy and must-have brands to entertainment, restaurants, events and public spaces for adults and children, Irvine Spectrum continues to deliver year after year.
shopirvinespectrumcenter.com | Irvine
Best Weekend Getaway Destination
Just about an hour’s drive from Orange County, San Diego is one of the most famous tourist destinations with plenty of attractions (USS Midway Museum, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and more) to make family memories. One of the newest attractions that’s bound to get kids excited is Sesame Place, the only theme park on the West Coast based completely on Sesame Street.
Best Family Services Attorney
Attorney Alexandra Varela helps parents protect the people they love most and the assets they have worked hard to earn. Varela has helped hundreds of families ensure that their children will be taken care of by people they trust in the event of their disability or death. Varela loves teaching clients the importance of preserving and protecting assets with a trust, and empowering families to make those difficult decisions.
varelalawoffices.com | Placentia
Best Family Therapist
Orange County Family Therapy
Orange County Family Therapy offers in-person and tele-health appointments. Using a variety of treatment styles, the doctors at the practice can address issues ranging from trauma, anxiety, gender and sexual identity, marriage and relationship counseling, grief, career counseling and more to help their patients take the first step toward healing.
ocftherapy.com | Irvine
Best Family-Run Pet Store
Pet Supply Warehouse
Pet Supply Warehouse has been keeping furry customers happy for more than 30 years. The store stands out with its selection of premium dry, freeze-dried and raw pet foods, aside from supplements, supplies and toys. The staff is ready to handle special orders and with a great return policy, the purchases are basically risk-free.
pswcares.com | Anaheim Hills and Mission Viejo
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Nathan Davis