Compiled by Jim Shilander
Joint Medical, 1151 Puerta Del Sol, Suite B, 949.366.1800, www.jointmedicalcorp.com
Joint Medical has been a name familiar for several years to military families at Camp Pendleton. The clinic offers a variety of therapeutic options, including sports medicine, massage and rehabilitation. Last year, the Vista-based practice opened a satellite office in San Clemente. Clinic Director Matthew Crowley said the initial goals of the San Clemente office were to provide convenience, and to open up a new market.
“When we opened three years ago in Vista, we primarily focused on military families on the southern end of Camp Pendleton,” Crowley said. “But we started pulling patients from the other end of the base. We decided to open up a satellite clinic.”
The clinic, said Medical Director Dr. Laura Todoroff, offers a number of alternatives to traditional pain management techniques, including, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic and a physiatrist care.
Crowley said the business is looking to take on more patients locally. The company prides itself on low turnover and offering a variety of different therapy options. “Most have never tried all of these different things together,” Crowley said. “We’re kind of like a one-stop shop.”
L Design Downtown Flowers, 111 Avenida Del Mar, Suite 1C, 949,492.7062,
Lisa Holle Brandriff said it wasn’t necessarily looking to open up her own business when she took over the former Downtown Flowers this past September 13, her birthday. She’d worked at several different businesses on Avenida Del Mar and knew and appreciated the opportunity to own a business there.
“It was something in my mind that I wanted to do on my own, and the opportunity came up and I was ready for it,” Brandriff said.
Brandriff said the business, now known as L Design Downtown Flowers, focuses on providing both cut flowers as well as interior plant arrangements.
“It’s about a 50-50 split. During the holidays, we did a lot of tabletops for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Brandiff said she sees the business as a smaller version of Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar, by providing all necessary floral services, such as installation and maintenance.
Dreamy Sweets Pastries, 111 Avenida Palizada, 949.444.2532, www.dreamysweetspastries.com
Shannon Powers of Dreamy Sweets Pastries never imagined that she’d own and operate a bakery.
“When I grew up, I had no desire to bake,” Powers said. “Then I had kids. And they have birthdays, and you make cookies. When (husband) Steve got me a stand mixer, I became a baking maniac.”
Powers said she started baking for church functions and birthday parties, and she gradually came into higher demand.
“My sister made me a website (www.dreamysweetspastries.com) and just forced me to do it. And I had a lot of people say they thought I should open a bakery. After years of hearing that, I decided I should take it seriously.”
Powers said the owner of the Old Town Plaza had allowed her to use a kitchen on the premises for some of her larger baking projects, and when a vacancy came open, it made things easy. Dreamy Sweets opened December 3.
Powers said she’s still feeling out what the most popular items are. “People seem to like the cookies, cupcakes and pies, and the macaroons.”
Pet Treasures, 653 Camino De Los Mares, 949.493.7297, www.theyellowbone.com
Pet Treasures, is celebrating its grand re-opening under the new ownership of Valerie Amber and Daniel Giles on Saturday, January 19, from noon to 4 p.m.
The couple said they had been looking for an opportunity to open a business. Giles said he’d been looking to open his own retail store for many years. Amber said she wanted something that provided an outlet for her passion for animals.
The store is offering 15 percent off of any purchase as a part of the celebration, as well as hosting raffles with prizes, music and a food truck. A number of local animal organizations, such as Camp Bow Wow and the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will also be there.
South Coast Chiropractic Clinic, 214 Avenida Del Mar, Suite A, 949.498.3262
Dr. Richard Roth of South Coast Chiropractic Clinic is celebrating his 30th year owning the business. Roth bought the practice, located at 214 Avenida Del Mar, from another doctor, who’d been at the location five years when Roth arrived in town. At the time, he said, there wasn’t as much need as you might expect to win over his predecessor’s clients.
“There are quite a few (families) where I’m now treating the third or fourth generation. That’s very fulfilling,” Roth said. “There may have been some skepticism in the beginning (from some in the medical community). That’s changed dramatically, and part of that’s developing relationships.”
Roth said he’s still very happy to practice what he calls a “healing art.” What he primarily sees, however, has changed.
“Most of the things we see now are more stress related,” Roth said. “When I started, it was definitely more lower back focused, but now there are more problems with the neck and upper back, primarily because we’re hunched over constantly.”
The La Mott Group of Surterre Properties, 33522 Niguel Rd #100, Dana Point, 949.472.9191, www.thelamottgroup.com
Highlighting a tremendous career built on sincerity, honesty, understanding and leadership, Jerry La Mott, team leader of The La Mott Group of Surterre Properties in Monarch Beach, has reached a milestone in luxury real estate: He has sold more than $1 billion over the course of his career.
Headquartered at the Monarch Beach offices of Surterre Properties, The La Mott Group serves the greater South County area, including Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Nellie Gail Ranch, Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.
“It is with great honor that I recognize, thank and congratulate my team,” La Mott said. “I am fortunate enough to work alongside agents Judy Minor, Linda Clow, Michelle Stevens and Rhonda Russell, and client services director Michelle La Mott, marketing director Nicole La Mott, team consultant Diana Myers, and office assistant Emilie Simard.”