Best Health and Wellness for 2016 LOVE Awards

There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around Philadelphia, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies.

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Best Allergist

Dr. Matthew Fogg, Allergy & Asthma Specialists
Along with his team of board-certified allergists and immunologists, Dr. Fogg provides care to patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, congestion, chronic cough, and more. Specializing in needleless testing, high-risk food challenges, sublingual allergy extract, and aspirin allergy treatment, peanut sublingual allergy extract for peanut allergies and advanced pulmonary function testing for patients with asthma, Dr. Fogg is committed to caring for each patient personably.

“Philadelphia is home to my wife and two sons,” he says. “Seeing patients in my office is like seeing family. I treat all my patients as if I am treating my own.”
470 Sentry Parkway East #200, Blue Bell;

Dr. Eric Bantz, Cornerstone Allergy & Asthma
103 Old Marlton Pike #211, Medford, NJ;

Dr. Soma Jyonouchi, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3550 Market St., Philadelphia;

Best Child/Family Therapist

Holly Olshefski, Play & Family Therapy
Olshefski is a psychotherapist specializing in work with children through adults with ADD. Using play therapy for children 3-10 years old, she also offers mindfulness parenting and coaching, family therapy, and help with sleep issues and relationship stressors.

“Philly families are forward thinking and have complexity that is attractive and vibrant!” says Olshefski. “I enjoy working with families because of the authenticity and deep care they have for bettering themselves and others.”
505 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia;

Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services
525 S. Fourth St. #471, Philadelphia;

Dr. Brian Daly, Center City Pediatrics
1740 South St. #301, Philadelphia;

Best Chiropractor

Rubina Tahir Chiropractic, LLC
Focused on not treating just the pain, but the reason behind it, Tahir customizes treatment to allow patients to heal and function at their maximum potential.

“I enjoy being a part of the community and inspiring others to better their health,” says Tahir. “Health is our most valuable possession! You have a choice of how you want to treat your body. As your community chiropractor, I am dedicated to making that happen.”
7592 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia;

Rhino Chiropractic
6809 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia;

Advanced Chiropractic
1518 Walnut St. #1206, Philadelphia;

Best Dermatologist

Dr. Stephen Hess, Center City Dermatology
Center City Dermatology is a full-service destination, helping patients with dermatologic concerns, skin care, cosmetic procedures. But more than that, the staff strives to create a relationship with each individual that enters the office, providing education, support, and advice that ensures great skin and confidence.
1500 Walnut St., Suite 1240, Philadelphia;

Drexel Dermatology
219 N. Broad Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia and 10 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia;

Dr. Alexander Ehrlich
1900 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Best Doula

Kate Wright, BellyWise
Every pregnancy, mother, and birth is special and different, and Wright approaches each relationship with respect for the process and the knowledge that every woman can journey through it with the right knowledge, comfort, and human interaction.

“I am thoroughly committed to honesty, affection, and openness,” says Wright. “I do not expect anyone to behave or believe the same way that I do, and as a result my business can embrace all people. I also base my work on evidence-based practices so the behind-the-scenes scientist brings important information into perspective.”

Elizabeth Varaso, Mama Bird Birth Services

Christine Golcher, Christine’s Care and Compassion Services

Best ENT

Dr. Karen Zur, CHOP
An ENT expert on the rise and in demand, Dr. Zur is the director of the Pediatric Voice Program and the associate director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Well known for her vast knowledge and skill, she’s a parent’s best friend when facing the confusing world of adenoids, tonsils, and more.
324 S. 34th St. #10, Philadelphia;

Dr. Robert O’Reilly, Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington;

Dr. Marc Rosen, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
925 Chestnut St. # 6, Philadelphia;

Best Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
It’s no surprise readers have a special place in their hearts for CHOP – with a world-renown facility dedicated to kids in our backyard, we are lucky. The nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, it’s the birthplace of medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives.
34th Street and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia;

Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce St., Philadelphia;

Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington;

Best Lactation Consultant

April Rosenblum IBCLC, West Philly Lactation
What is totally natural may not always come naturally. Rosenblum and her team offer home visits and in-office care for all stages of the breastfeeding experience, from prenatal preparation through weaning.

“I like being a detective for my families – I go the extra mile to get to the bottom of breastfeeding issues,” says Rosenblum. “Sometimes the answers are unexpected! My clients appreciate the time I take, and how I don’t like to give families generic, cookie-cutter plans. Every parent and baby are unique; that shows in my care for them.”

Naomi Levitt, Baby Steps, LLC
2216 South St., Philadelphia;

Brittany McCollum, Blossoming Bellies

Best Marriage Therapist

Gerry Davis, Circle Counseling
Relationships take work, communication, and give-and-take, but when the road is too hard to manage alone, the assistance of a therapist can help you both see what’s important and what needs to change. The team at Circle Counseling provides quality psychotherapy that promotes health, wholeness, and reconciliation while ensuring the respect and consideration of each individual’s mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns.
4617 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia;

Dr. Joellyn Ross
1930 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ

Natasha Chang
232 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia;

Best Orthodontist

Center City Orthodontics
Getting a beautiful smile is a whole lot prettier than it was when you were a kid – thanks to new options like ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and Invisalign, patients at Center City Orthodontics have options that are stylish and smart.

“We do not focus on what other practices are doing,” says orthodontist and owner Tejjy Thomas DMD. “We are here to serve our patients and the Philadelphia community and we work hard to go above and beyond in achieving that goal.”
1352 South St., Suite C3, Philadelphia;

Top of the Hill Orthodontics
8705 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia;

Elfman Orthodontics
302 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees, NJ;

Best Pediatric Dental Practice

Cobblestone Kids
We’ve yet to meet a kid who adores going to the dentist, but thanks to the caring staff at Cobblestone Kids, we know plenty who don’t mind getting their smiles sparkled one bit. With a goal of “happy kids and pleased parents,” the team are pros are communicating with kids on what’s happening, and parents on treatments, home care, and procedures, all in a brightly colored and fun space.
1352 South St. #C5, Philadelphia;

Lafayette Hill Family Dentistry
630 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill;

Dr. Steven Solow Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics
1601 Walnut St., #1014, Philadelphia;

Best Pediatric Practice

Center City Pediatrics
A comforting and comprehensive one-stop shop for parents, Center City pediatrics is beloved for it’s quality doctors that cover all the needs and milestones of childhood. That means in addition to well checks and sick visits, families can take CPR classes, moms can get postpartum support, and parents can lean on in-house experts for advice on topics like sleep, lactation, and mental heath.
1740 South St., Suite 200, Philadelphia;

Society Hill Pediatrics
834 Chestnut St. #306, Philadelphia;

CHOP Care Network, CHOP Campus
3550 Market St, Philadelphia;

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Best Cycling Studio

Flywheel Sports
Get ready to leave the stress of the week in the studio as you fly through cycling classes at this modern destination. Get ready to sweat, too. “Each class is packed with races, rhythm riding, and sprints,” says Michelle Kasker, studio manager. “Our technology sets a new standard for indoor cycling, allowing you to track performance over time. As soon as class is over, you can log on to your Flywheel account and see your stats, including how fast and how strong you rode, how this compares to your previous rides, and how you rank against other riders in your classes.” Sounds like its time to take a break from the rat race and race yourself.
1521 Locust St., Philadelphia;

The Wall Cycling Studio
107 Cotton St., Philadelphia;

Body Cycle Studio
1923 Chestnut St., Philadelphia;

Best Gym

The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Right at the epicenter of downtown sits Philadelphia’s premier health and fitness club, featuring some of the best amenities available in the region for more than 25 years. Between the 120+ group fitness classes, 10,000 sq. ft. fitness floor, 25-meter indoor pool, 5000 sq. ft basketball court, and 134-meter indoor track, you’re sure to find a way to break a sweat.

“We love the people and the energy of Philadelphia – there is nowhere else like it in the world,” says Marketing Director Maureen Weir. “We’re proud to have be part of an ongoing tradition of building a healthy and fit lifestyle for all ages.”
200 S. Broad St.,

Sweat Fitness
Locations in Fitler Square, Queen Village, Center City, Manayunk, Old City, and Conshohocken;

City Fitness
Locations in Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, South Philly, and Society Hill;

Best Personal Trainer

Crystal Widmann, Y2B Fit
Personal health and fitness is important for busy parents, which is why Widmann has a wide variety of ways available to ensure every mom and dad can find the right approach for them. Individual training, group classes, parent-child sessions like her babywearing barre class, and even online tutorials allow each client to work their goals into their lives.

“I love developing a close relationship with my clients while helping them to reach their fitness goals,” says Widmann. “It’s an amazing experience to see the newborns of my postnatal clients become toddlers as we continue to work together.”

Kate Jesuele Personal Training

Kasey Manwaring, Goals Fitness

Best Yoga Studio

Mama’s Wellness Joint
Motherhood is a club, one full of support and encouragement. The apparent HQ for this club here in Philly, Mama’s Wellness Joint is a community-focused studio that in addition to yoga and fitness classes, offers a holistic feel and lots of love, help, and positivity. A full suite of classes for adults, pregnant mamas, and families are paired with workshops, health consults, and event kids’ birthday parties.
1100 Pine St., Philadelphia;

Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia;

Philly Power Yoga
2016 Walnut St., Philadelphia;