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Top Personal Trainers in Newport Beach/Irvine



Fitness is not just about the way you look but regards your overall health in the long-run. Not only does it involve exercise, but nutrition and lifestyle habits too. These personal trainers have dedicated many years to perfect a unique coaching style so that they could change how others look and feel about themselves.

Word of Health would like to recognize these few individuals and their fitness career. It is a 24/7 job where they must stay on top of their game and their client’s fitness goals as well.

1. Bryan Greene– The Look Fitness


Bryan Greene began his fitness career as a world-class competitive skier. After a career-ending hip/back injury, he began studying physical therapy and weight lifting to aid in his recovery. It worked, and in a matter of months after his major surgery, he began to share the experience and education of his rehabilitation with others. He founded Fitness to You in 2007 to bring personalized fitness plans to many, helping them find the strength to succeed. He is known as THE private trainer to professional cheerleaders across the nation. Now, Bryan brings his unique style of training and personalized customer service to Newport Beach, California, with The LOOK Fitness. He designed a concept of the gym that would cater to the client and a facility that put the member first. It is a concept of having a comfortable, convenient place to enjoy your workout while having the most advanced equipment in the market. His vision was to create a gym environment that people enjoyed. The LOOK is a change from the nonsensical initiation fees, enrollment fees, the pressure sales, the constant nuisance of “the gym.”

2. Natalie Thomas- In Motion OC


Dr. Natalie Thomas is thoroughly educated in her field. She has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences. Natalie earned her Masters of Physical Therapy Degree with honors from Loma Linda University. She is highly skilled in Orthopedic Manual Therapy which is evidenced by her extensive continuing education in orthopedics. She has been trained directly under renowned orthopedic therapists such as Ola Grimsby, earning 150 contact hours, as well as the equally renowned Joe Godges, earning over 100 contact hours. Her well rounded continuing education also includes Pilates, Postural Strength & Conditioning, Strain/Counter-Strain, Aquatic Therapy, Yoga-Integrated Rehab, Mulligens Movement of the Spine, to name a few. Additionally, she has tremendous experience in her field. Before founding In Motion O.C., she worked in a variety of different environments including Orthopedic, In Patient Acute Rehabilitation, In Patient Neuro Rehabilitation, Aquatic Therapy, etc. Natalie is also a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She has a passion for helping people through Nutrition and Kangen Water. Natalie loves spending time with her husband Jeff and their 4 small children.

 3. Jon Jung- Jungle Fitness OC 


Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jon Jung moved down to Orange County on an academic scholarship to attend the University of California, Irvine. As a student Jon, also worked as a pharmacy tech and an athletic trainer. There he studied Pre-Med and Business. His pre-med emphasis was on Biochemistry, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine and Nutrition. With the love for traveling the world, his business major was international studies with an emphasis on business management, marketing, finance and education. As soon as Jon graduated from UC Irvine in 2004, Jon pursued his dream to open his own fitness and health business. This passion sparked in 2002 when he competed in powerlifting then later bodybuilding, fitness model campaigns and men’s physique. In 2007 & 2008 he was internationally recognized as Mr. Asia. He is nationally qualified in the National Physique Committee (NPC) in both bodybuilding and men’s physique. He balances managing a business with spending time with family and friends, traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.

4. Adam ToAesthetic Bodies OC


Prior to Adam To’s life in fitness, he used to be an introvert and self-secluded guy. He has overcome many internal and physical struggles and has been through ups and downs with his confidence until he then decided to embark on a journey to help others unlock their true potentials. Now he strives to help others find their own self-confidence like he did with the power of fitness. That was when he enrolled into an accelerated Personal Training course at a private academy in Orange, CA to become a certified personal trainer. Taught and trained hands-on from a popular Kinesiology conditioning-specialist, Adam graduated and wanted to use his skills by working at a local commercial gym in the fall of 2012. Now he is certified in National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), AAAI-ISMA- CPT (American Aerobic Association International, and International Sports Medicine Association- Certified Personal Trainer). Driven by passion, Adam launched and founded his personal training service, Aesthetic Bodies OC, at a private gym in Irvine, CA in May of 2013. Adam and Aesthetic Bodies OC use their cutting-edge personal training techniques to help clients surpass their goals to achieve their ideal aesthetically pleasing bodies by customizing different programs to clients with numerous and specific goals.

5. Daniel Tatro- OC Fitness Coach


Owner Dan Tatro has been training clients of all ages and conditions since moving to California in 2009, but his background in physical education stretches far beyond that. Through his experience, Dan has developed unique science-based fitness classes and fitness workouts that are geared toward promoting health, happiness, and longevity. His goal is to constantly educate clients about health and wellness through physical activity and consumption of minimally processed foods high in vitamins and minerals. Tatro graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2009, he opened Oc Fitness Coach and is the head coach focusing on lifestyle habits, weight loss, and nutrition. 

6. Danny Lee- OC Life Fitness


As a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and a Certified Personal Trainer under the National Council of Strength and Fitness, Danny Lee has been given the knowledge and tools necessary to plan out the right workout. Danny has been serving the Orange County for four years as a personal trainer and now he brings his expertise of personal training at an affordable price. He is dedicated to helping make a positive impact on people’s life at OC Life Fitness. Cutting fat, slimming down, and helping people look and feel great is what he does best. The OC Life Fitness program is designed to help you reshape and transform your body into the best possible physique. They offer celebrity style workouts that are guaranteed to get you in shape and out of your funk. Always different, always intense – their workouts will melt away body fat and burn many, many calories.

7. Trisha Buck- The 12 


Trisha Buck is the director of training at The 12. She is a highly skilled and energetic Fitness Professional with advanced training in teaching Group Fitness classes and Personal Training. Trisha possesses high-quality leadership and managerial skills with a passion for continual growth. She enjoys captivating and inspiring others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals. Trisha was previously a group fitness instructor at Equinox for cycle/ spin, strength, and cardio. She was also the Director of pilates and yoga at the Atlas Wellness Center. Her vision is to design a fun,  innovative and plateau-proof workout programs that will generate high energy in her group training classes. She strives to build positive relationships with members to ensure a high-quality experience and customer service.

8. Harrel Carman-  Innovative Results 


Harrel has long been passionate about physical fitness.Harrel’s favorite aspect of personal training is “how I get to interact with other people. Helping them learn more about themselves and the strength they have inside them.” He has competed in Baseball, Football, Basketball, Tennis, and Track & Field. You can still find him playing basketball most Saturday mornings and he has been competing in Flag Football tournaments with the same team for over 15 years. Harrel also regularly competes in Kettlebell Sport events and has won multiple awards lifting the 32kg kettlebell in the Men’s 85kg bodyweight division. Such an admirable commitment to physical health is actually grounded in a promise to others. His active lifestyle is further complemented by a background in personal training, one that Carman has continued to expand over the last ten years. He has completed certifications in NASM, Functional Range Conditioning, Onnit Battle Ropes and Steel Clubs, Orange Kettlebell Club, SCUBA, and CPR.

9. Saman Bakhtiar- The Camp Transformation Center Irvine


Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is the Co-Founder of The Camp Transformation Center. He has helped transform thousands of people not only physically but what he feels is even more important “mentally”. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Bakhtiar has degrees in nutrition and pre-medicine. He is also the author of the popular book “The Total Body Transformation Secrets”. His passion for “body transformations” began with his own. Dr. Bakhtiar, transformed his own physique from a scrawny, awkward kid to a Champion bodybuilder who holds the record of having a first place title in every weight class. Today, he is a proud husband and father of two beautiful girls and a devoted family and businessman.

10. Kara Miklaus– Work


Kara Miklaus got her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Marine Ecology and a Master’s in Public Health. She is certified in Total Resistance Exercises (TRX), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), NTC Master Trainer, CPR/AED BLS for Healthcare Providers, Schwinn Certified, and Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Currently, she is the co-owner and director of Happy Clients at Work. Prior to this Kara was a cycling instructor at Full Psycle and Corporate Wellness Consultant at H.U.M.A.N (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition). Her favorite foods to indulge in are chocolate, ice cream, and peanut butter. The quote she lives by to help her become motivated is: “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.”

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Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019



Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.

Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.


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Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.


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Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.

Insight Timer

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This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.

Stop, Breathe, and Think

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Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.

10% Happier

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10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.

Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire



According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.

Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.

Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.

Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.

Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.

Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.

After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.

Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.

Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.


Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.

Harit V. Desai, M.D.

Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.

Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.

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Top Optometrists in San Diego



Sight is one of the most powerful senses that allow us to perceive and experience the world around us. The field of optometry strives to maintain optimal eye health by testing for visual acuity, depth, eye pressure, and color perception. Word of Health would like to recognize the important work that top optometrists are doing in the San Diego County in treating patients.

Dr. Amanda Dexter

Dr. Amanda Dexter received her training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was the class of 2010’s Valedictorian and former President of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dexter completed residency training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla where she gained an extensive clinical experience in ocular disease, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dexter is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society where she actively participates in local vision screenings for underprivileged children. She is a current Candidate for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, a distinguished association of accomplished eye care providers.

Dr. Olivia Do

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Olivia Do completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, Class of 2008 in Boston.Dr. Do completed her residency at The University of Missouri School of Optometry in St. Louis. Here she worked closely with the clinical faculty in the area of Anterior Segment Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, in addition to the fitting of specialized contact lenses for eye conditions including dry eyes, irregular cornea and orthokeratology. After completing her residency training in 2009, Olivia moved back to her hometown of Toronto to practice for two years before rejoining her husband in California.Dr. Do has previously held the position as an Assistant Professor at The Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton. She also has experience working in a private ophthalmology practice in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Olivia Do is a Fellow of The American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of The American Board of Optometry. She stays current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Do provides comprehensive eye exams, diagnoses, and treatments of all disorders that affect the eye or vision. With this background, Dr. Do is trained to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertension.

Dr. Rambod Esfandiari

Raised in San Diego, Dr. Esfandiari did his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego. He received his doctorates in optometry from New England college of Optometry in Boston. Dr. Esfandiari’s current areas of emphasis include primary eye care, specialty contact lenses, refractive surgery consultation, surgical co-management.  Dr. Esfandiari’s knowledge and experience in ophthalmic optics has continually helped patients obtain optimal and healthy vision. Dr. Esfandiari works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. It is because of Dr. Esfandiari’s dedication to continuing education that our San Diego patients receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.

Dr. Jared Hagan

Dr. Jared Hagan was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where he attended Mayo High School. Shortly after school he joined the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He was stationed at Fairchild AFB Washington and from there deployed to numerous remote locations. During his service, Dr. Hagan earned a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical School and was honorably discharged. After obtaining the necessary prerequisite classes for Optometry School, he applied to Pacific University. Dr. Hagan was accepted to Pacific University’s College of Optometry in the spring of 2007. Optometry school consists of three years of rigorous academic study and one year of guided practice under supervision. After graduation, three board exams and annual continuing education must be taken in order to maintain a license to practice. Dr. Hagan completed his studies in 2011 and has been in full practice in the San Diego area.

Dr. Gary A. Klein

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Dr. Klein is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and has been a San Diego “native” since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University in Atlanta and Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he completed his internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. With over 35 years of experience in various clinical settings including multi-specialty group practice, Dr. Klein has remained a clinical investigator and professional consultant for various companies in the ophthalmic industry responsible for bringing new eyecare technologies to fruition. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. In 2007, Dr. Klein opened Urban Optiks Optometry with a mission to provide San Diego with the highest level of eyecare by using the most advanced exam and lens technology available, cultivating an impressive and unique collection of high-quality eyewear, and providing exceptional customer service and attention to detail. He prides himself on taking the necessary time with each patient to provide an exceptional optometric and optical experience in a comfortable, caring and professional manner.

Dr. Melanie Langford

Dr. Melanie Langford received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She also chose to complete a residency with the University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where she specialized in primary care and low vision. Dr. Langford practices full scope optometry and she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation.

Dr. Jason Tu

Dr. Jason Tu received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association, a Trustee of the California Optometric Association (COA) Board, a past member of the Education & Clinical Practice Committee of the COA, and a Past-President of the San Diego County Optometric Society.

Dr. Meredith Walton

Dr Walton received her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.  Following graduation she moved with her husband who is in the Navy to his new duty station in Italy. While in Italy, Dr. Walton worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital-Naples, Italy providing eye exams for active duty military members and their families. Additionally, she lectured as an adjunct professor at the Italian optometry school, Universitá Frederico II and served local communities by participating in multiple free eye-care clinics throughout Europe. After relocating to San Diego, CA, Dr. Walton opened Heights Optometry in her own neighborhood of Normal Heights in the spring of 2015. She is passionate about serving her community by delivering quality care, providing thorough eye examinations and educating her patients about the importance of routine eye health. Dr. Walton is committed to helping every patient see to the best of their ability. Dr. Walton is a participating member of the national, state and local Optometric Societies and volunteers locally to help patients with limited resources have access to eye exams and glasses.

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