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Oct 06th
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Best of Santa Cruz Pros

JULIEBest Alternative Health

Dr. Juli Mazi

What it is? Naturopathy is an alternative-medicine system based on the theory that diet, exercise and massage can be used to treat illness.

Natural Path Naturopaths treat diseases as diverse as anemia, anxiety and heart disease.
Now That’s Health Care For The People
On Mazi’s Facebook page, she shares tips on health and wellness. The latest post? The benefits of eating chocolate. | Leslie Patrick

Best Chef

best pros3Scott Cater
Chef’s Special Typical lunch
: Spinach salad with grilled chicken, avocado, chopped hard-boiled egg and balsamic vinaigrette.
A Rose by Any Other
…On his coincidental surname (and his line of work): “It’s been mentioned to me a number of times. I don’t think about it much, but, yeah, it’s a little ironic and kinda cute. But I don’t like to cater. It’s a pain in the butt.”
Into the Fire
Cater got his first restaurant experience in 1979 when, at 21 years old, he hitchhiked to Washington D.C. and got a job at a French restaurant.
Dry Times
“I’m a little concerned this year—with the lack of rain—about the price of vegetables this summer.”
When It Rains
Cater remembers the flood of 1982 just after he moved to Santa Cruz County and was working at the Casablanca Inn. The power went out, but the restaurant had a generator, so other restaurants started storing frozen foods at the tasty Beach Street destination. Carter did not make it home that night because of road closures, and from the restaurant, he saw the river mouth and beach fill up with driftwood and massive logs. | Jacob Pierce

Best Bartender

best pros4Stephanie Sanchez
When to Catch Her
Sanchez works Sunday through Tuesday nights at Severino’s in addition to Friday during the day.
Vacation, All She Ever Wanted Sanchez also used to bartend at Suda: “It’s not like I quit. The hours are just a lot later there. I would work until 1 a.m. on Thursday and then had to work at 10 a.m. the next day. I’m also 32 weeks pregnant right now.”
Una Poca de Gracia
She watched Lou Diamond Phillips sing La Bamba with his band while she bartended at Severino’s. The actor was in town shooting a film.
Beach Please Sanchez, 31, got her first cocktail-serving job at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. Her first bartending gig here in the county was at the Seabreeze Tavern in 2011.
Thick Skinned
“Some people would probably hate it. It’s not for everyone. To have my job, the most important  thing is to be positive but also keep boundaries with people. No one likes a grumpy bartender, right?” | Jacob Pierce

Best Customer Service

best pros5Chaminade
Three Decades of Relaxation
Chaminade Resort and Spa opened in 1985.
Knuckle Raps to Back Rubs
The main building at Chaminade was a Catholic boys’ school at the turn of the 20th century.
Service for the Service
Chaminade has a partnership with the USO, and offers discounts to members of the armed forces and their families.
Everything’s Gone Green
Chaminade is committed to sustainability by providing cloth napkins to minimize waste, using fluorescent lighting to decrease energy usage and donating leftover food to local homeless shelters. | Leslie Patrick

Category Winners & Runners-Up

Artist of the Year

Margo Mullen
 Doug Ross, Julia Cunningham


Risa D’Angeles
 Denise Elizabeth Byron, Rob Brezsny, Kayla Garnet Rose


Mike Tunink
 Nicole Lambros, Ben Rice

Bank (local)

Santa Cruz County Bank
 Lighthouse Bank


Stephanie Sanchez
 Kelly Vaillancourt, Josh Youngblood


Affordable Chef Services 325-6924,
 Barbara and Company Catering, Feast for a King Catering


Richard Singer
Runners-Up Aaron Raif, Rudy Medina/Scott Sommers


Scott Cater, Executive Chef Paradise Beach Grille 215 Esplanade, Capitola, 476-4900,
 Mark Gallagher, Affordable Chef Services, Zachary Mazi, Chef/Co-Owner Food is Medicine


Duncan Mccollum, 3555 Clares Street, Suite WW Capitola, 459-9990,
 Dr. Katie Griffin, Dr. Thomas E Smith, Surf City Chiropractic

Construction Company

Elite Construction 225 Ocean View Ave., Santa Cruz, 234-5052,
 John Fuch’s Construction, Boyd & Sons


Elite Construction 225 Ocean View Ave., Santa Cruz, 234-5052,
 John Fuch’s Construction, Medina Project Construction Corporation


Stephen Fournier 2601 41st Ave., Ste. E, Soquel, (831) 476-2452
 Linda Contreras, Randy Reynolds

Credit Union (local)

Bay Federal Credit Union 420 River St., Santa Cruz, 479-6000,
 Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Petelco Credit Union

Customer Service Hospitality

Chaminade 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 475-5600,
 Hotel Paradox/Dream Inn

Customer Service Retail

Nourish 130 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9355,
 Stripe, Shopper’s Corner/Patagonia


Dr. Kevin Ippisch 9000 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 476-3200,
Dr. A. Gavin McClure, Dr. Alan Heit, DDS

General Practitioner

Michelle Massie/Rachel Abrams/Ianna larsh
Runners-Up Adam Yarme, Robert Chen

Insurance Agent

Sean Rovai, Rovai Insurance Agency 6990 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 462-3222,
Runners-UpTina Andreatta, Farmers Insurance, Suess Insurance Agency


Jerob Chop Passiflora Landscaping This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 831-247-2930
 Dreamscape Creative Landscape Solution, Terra Bella Landscaping


Furlong Vision and Correction 2107 N 1st St #101, San Jose, (408) 453-5600,
 Plager Vision and Laser Center

Life Coach

Janette Valentino, Valentino Coaching: Santa Cruz Life Coaching
 Yarah Sutra, Ken Gray Coaching

Martial Arts Instructor

Master Matt Salisbury, Lightspeed Martial Arts Academy 5004 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, 438-6068,
 Sensei Sean Sanford, Sanford’s Martial Arts, Alex Ross, Santa Cruz Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Massage Therapist

Melanie Sargent, Essentials BodyMind Clinic 1509 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 345-2233,
 Inara Sophia/Yarah Sutra, Maria Willis, CMT/Awaken Massage Therapy

Mortgage Broker

Kane Silverberg, RPM Mortgage, Inc. 4510 Capitola Road, Capitola, 475-5626,
 Lisa Cardoza, American Financial Network, Inc, Opes Advisors


Dr. Alexandra Klikoff, Aptos Women's Health 3275 Aptos Rancho Road, Aptos, 688-8266,
 Dr. Anne-Marie Jackson, OB-GYN Associates of Santa Cruz, Dr. Laetitia M. Oderman, Harbor Medical Group Inc


T Paul Sek Eco-Painting 721 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 588-4080,
Walls Painting, Inc, Duren Painting/Lombardi Pack Painting

Personal Chef

Mark Gallagher, Affordable Chef Services 325-6924,
 Zachary Mazi, Food is Medicine, Jonathan Miller, Eat Right at Home

Personal Trainer

Rocky Snyder, Rocky's Fitness Center 4135 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 479-0867,
 Elissa Gaynor, Danielle Killen, Farley's Kickboxing Academy

Pest Control

O2 Termite, Inc 2559 Aaron Drive, Santa Cruz, 359-4627,
 Cardiff Pest Control, 4 Less Termite, Inc


Adriane White Photography 234-4604,
 Devi Pride Photography, John F. Hunter Photography

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Steven L. Garner 3311 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz, 475-3076,
 Dr. Marie Pletsch, Dr. Suzanne Kerley


Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air 2652 Research Park Dr, Soquel, 477-9350,
Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Buddy Griggs Plumbing

Property Manager

Portola Property Management 1210 Brommer St., Santa Cruz, 475-1355,
 Real Estate Eight Three One, Wilder Associates, Inc.


Serpent's Kiss Magick Shop & Botanica 2015 N Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-5477,
Denise Elizabeth Byron, Sacred Grove

Real Estate Agent

Lauren Spencer, Coldwell Banker 7979 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-6461,
 Gretchen Bach, Coldwell Banker, Santa Cruz, Sean Poudrier, Friday Realty

Real Estate Agency

David Lyng Real Estate 2170 41st Ave., Capitola , 476-0100 55 Penny Lane, Watsonville, 763-6700 129 Water St., Santa Cruz 458-2200
 Friday Real Estate, Sereno Group

Real Estate Team

Mulhern & Gomes -
Nancy Knuth and John Fuchs, Friday Realty Team

Spiritual Leader

Rene Schlaepfer, Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, 465-3300,
 Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, Inner Light Ministries, Baba Hari Dass

Solar Company

Allterra Solar 207 McPherson St., Santa Cruz, 425-2608,
 Solar Technologies, Suns Up Solar

Surfboard Maker

Nick Palandrani, Source Surfboards For contact information visit
Travis Reynolds, Michel Junod Surfboards


Rebecca Roth, Marriage & Family Therapist 200 Washington St., #105, Santa Cruz, 831-428-2938,
 Dr. Elizabeth Esalen, Psychologist, Dana Blumrosen, LMFT


Adobe Animal Hospital 1600 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-5293,
 Soquel Creek Animal Hospital, Capitola Vet Hospital

Writer (local)

Greg Archer For contact information visit
 David Jay Brown, Sally Wolf

Yoga Instructor

Victor Dubin 130 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9355,
Alice Kennedy, Hannah Muse

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