Friday Fabü

Often, I have to be coaxed out of Nob Hill and Downtown. When I received a tip about a great new West Side clinic, I knew what I had to do. I packed some beef jerky, my fab hiking boots (that I swore I’d use regularly but have only worn once) and a compass, and headed west. My destination: Beauty in Wellness (8631-D Golf Course NW, 505.792.1101,

About 17 minutes later (in lunchtime traffic, mind you), I was face-to-face with clinic founder Dr. J. Marcus Trujillo. Seriously, it was less than 20 minutes; sometimes it takes me that long just to get from Nob Hill Bar & Grill to Launchpad on a Friday night. This drive was totally painless: I-25 to Paseo to Golf Course … bam-bam-bam … donezo. I thereby solemnly swore to embrace West Side drives from that moment on. Piece of cake.

Eastern health principles meet Western aesthetics at Beauty in Wellness. It’s a full-scope acupuncture and herbal clinic specializing in cosmetic treatments, including facial rejuvenation, breast reduction/enlargement and body sculpting. Using needles, massage, moxa (heat), electrical stimulation and more, Trujillo’s treatments aren’t what many of us are accustomed to experiencing. Here’s the really cool thing about it, though: While you’re getting that breast enhancement treatment, for example, you’re also helping to detox your liver. How? I’ll let Dr. Trujillo — a very gifted and informative conversationalist, who I genuinely enjoyed chatting with — do the talking. He explains it much better than I ever could.

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Posted on November 18, 2011 and filed under Fabü.