The Best of Silicon Valley 2012
Best of Silicon Valley Health,
Fitness and Beauty
Best Golf Course
23600 McKean Road, San Jose. Cinnabar is a daily-fee course that boasts some magnificent vistas of Coyote Valley, half-a-dozen course combinations and a full-service restaurant. For real fans of the sport, Cinnabar is also home to the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum, which features a rich range of golf memorabilia. 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr., Morgan Hill
San Jose Country Club 15571 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
Best Local Mixed Arts Fighter
Cung Le's career took him from kickboxing to MMA to making Hollywood movies, which could be why no fighter is more revered and recognizable in the South Bay. A former Strikeforce champ, Le moved to UFC last year and suffered a tough defeat in his first fight against Wanderlei Silva, who's only one of the best fighters ever. Le still does some acting here and there—look out for The Man With the Iron Fists, which also stars Russell Crowe—but he has rededicated himself to the sport and will be back in July to face former champ Rich Franklin in the UFC 148 card.
Best Martial Arts Studio
7102 Realm Dr., San Jose; 1791 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose; 168 E. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale. Whenever someone talks about MMA training in the South Bay, the acronym AKA usually accompanies. At American Kickboxing Academy, fitness and self-defense are the main goal for more than 1,000 members. Classes are offered for kids as young as 5, and instruction ranges from kickboxing to jiu-jitsu.
KravZone 1039 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale
Aikido of San Jose 190 Martha St., San Jose
Best Pilates Studio
JCC Los Gatos 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center continues to top the Best of voting thanks to its extensive array of equipment and grade-A facilities. The center specializes in low-impact "reformer training" to help strengthen the body's core and prevent injuries.
Breathe Los Gatos 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Los Gatos Ballet and Pilates 16 Lyndon Ave., Los Gatos
Best Health Club
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. As our voters know, the JCC is pretty much a one-stop destination for all aspects of getting fit and staying in shape.
Club One Fitness, Multiple locations
Gold's Gym, Multiple locations
Best Yoga Studio
16185 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos; 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Year in and year out, Metro readers turn to YogaSource, with its menu of classes, retreats and workshops, as the ultimate place to relax, breathe deeply and assume positions of physical and mental harmony.
Downtown Yoga Shala 450 S. First St., San Jose
Willow Glen Yoga 1188 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Willow Glen Dentistry
1245 Lincoln Ave., #150, San Jose. The clinic provides a complete range of check-ups and procedures using state-of-the-art techniques including laser therapy for teeth and gums.
Dr. Stephanie Loller 891 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
Smiles Dental Care 100 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Best Plastic Surgeon
3803 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 206, Campbell. From a few discreet tucks to body sculpting, Dr. Rosenthal works with patients to reach their figurative goals in ways that appear completely natural.
Dr. R. Laurence Berkowitz, 3803 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 100, Campbell
Jane Aesthetic Surgery 895 E. Fremont Ave., Ste. 201, Sunnyvale Satori Tea Company
Best Day Spa
355 Santana Row #2010, San Jose. It stands to reason that the place where readers find the best massage (see Best Massage) is the best all-round day spa as well. There is no better place to set aside the stress of everyday life.
The Spa Los Gatos 100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Watercourse Way Bathhouse Spa 165 Channing Way, Palo Alto
Best Alternative Medicine Collective
711 Charcot Ave., San Jose. With a commitment to customer service, extended hours every day and some of the best buds, which are tested for pesticides at a lab in the East Bay, Elemental sets the gold standard for collectives.
Harborside Health Center 2106 Ringwood Ave., San Jose
Amsterdam's Garden 2170 The Alameda, San Jose
Best Place to Get a Medical Cannabis Recommendation
115 N. Fourth St., Ste. 106, San Jose. Medical cannabis users say San Jose 420 Evaluations is the best place to get a prescription for nature's cure-all. Doctors in this field can't resolve any ailments, but at least they are sending people responsibly on their way.
Be Legally Green 826 The Alameda, San Jose; 603 Main St., Redwood City
420 Medical Doctor 345 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 108, San Jose
Best Teeth Whitening
Willow Glen Dental Care
1600 Willow St., Ste., 203, San Jose. Dr. Danielle Wehle earns high marks from readers for her caring approach and wide range of cosmetic dentistry options.
Los Gatos Family Dentistry 14543 S. Bascom Ave., Los Gatos
Dr. Stephanie Loller 891 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
355 Santana Row #2010, San Jose. A massage at Burke Williams is more than just an exercise in muscle manipulation—it is a complete sensory experience with herbs and fragrant florals.
La Concha Spa 1042 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Preston Wynne Spa 14567 Big Basin Way, Saratoga