Best of Long Beach

THE BALLOTS ARE IN and here are the results of our 22nd annual contest. This year the contest is again in two parts with this part devoted to medical and other professional services. Ballots for part two (dining, entertainment and retail) will appear in our July issues.  Winning businesses that missed our deadline for “thank you” ads still have time to do so in our next issues; call (562) 597-8000 for details.


Best Animal Hospital: (Gold) Gentle Care Pet Clinic, Long Beach Animal Hospital, VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital [20-time winner]

Best Dentist-Family: (Gold) Will Grella, DDS; (Silver) Dodds Dental

Best Dentist-Oral Surgery: (Gold) Dustin Rowe, DDS

Best Dentist-Orthodontics: (Gold) Heather Desh, DDS; (Silver) Mark Garlington, DDS

Best Dentist-Pediatric: (Gold) William Worden, DDS

Best Doctor-Cardiology: (Gold) E. Mike Vasilomanolakis, MD

Best Doctor-Dermatology: (Gold) Bryna Kane, MD [9-time winner]; (Silver) Heller Dermatology [9-time winner]

Best Doctor-Family: (Gold) Marvin Zamost, MD [14-time winner]

Best Doctor-Ophthalmology: (Gold) Eye Physicians of Long Beach

Best Doctor-Pediatrics: (Gold) Columbia Pediatrics

Best Doctor-Urology: (Gold) Jennifer Liu, MD

Best Home Care Agency: (Gold) Home Instead Senior Care [9-time winner]; (Silver) Keen Home Care, Senior Helpers

Best Hospital-Acute Care: (Gold) Long Beach Memorial Medical Center [20-time winner]; (Silver) St. Mary Medical Center

Best Medical Group: (Gold) MemorialCare Los Altos [6-time winner], Optum Care

Best Urgent Care Center: (Gold) MemorialCare Los Altos [12-time winner]; (Silver) Optum Urgent Care


Best Accountant-CPA: (Gold) Sawin & Kotani

Best Accountant-Tax Preparation: (Gold) Sawin & Kotani

Best Auto Repairs: (Gold) Ghassems Tire and Auto, Gretchen’s Automotive [9-time winner], Mike’s Auto

Best Bank-Independent: (Gold) Farmers & Merchants Bank [20-time winner]

Best Attorney-Business: (Gold) Wolf Wallenstein Best Attorney-Family (Gold) Jennifer N. Sawday

Best Attorney-Wills & Estates: (Gold) Jennifer N. Sawday [8-time winner]

Best Car Wash: (Gold) Los Altos Car Wash; (Silver) Coast

Best Carpet Cleaning: (Gold) Mystic Steam

Best College: (Gold) CSU Long Beach [8-time winner]

Best Computer Repair: (Gold) Core Group; (Silver) Stimulus Technologies 

Best Contractor-Electrician: (Gold) EW Electric

Best Contractor-HAC: (Gold) Thomson Air Conditioning

Best Contractor-Painting: (Gold) Hendrix Painting

Best Contractor–Pest Control: (Gold) Admiral Pest Control

Best Contractor-Plumbing: (Gold) J & D Plumbing [9-time winner]; (Silver) Pete’s Plumbing

Best Contractor-Roofing: (Gold) Safeway Roofing; (Silver) Killeen Roofing Company

Best Credit Union: (Gold) LBS Financial Credit Union [9-time winner]; (Silver) SchoolsFirst FCU

Best Dance School: (Gold) Los Altos Dance Center [11-time winner]

Best Day Spa: (Gold) Mr & Ms Day Spa Best Dry Cleaner (Gold) Continental Cleaners

Best Fitness-Athletic Club: (Gold) Belmont Athletic Club [12-time winner]; (Silver) 24-Hour Fitness Best Fitness-Weight Loss (Gold) Weight Watchers [8-time winner]

Best Fitness-Yoga: (Gold) Ja Yoga

Best Golf Course: (Gold) El Dorado Park Golf Course [17-time winner]; (Silver) Recreation Park [13-time winner]

Best Hairdresser-Women: (Gold) Supercuts; (Silver) George Oliveri Hair Design [8-time winner]

Best High School: (Gold) Millikan High School, Wilson High School Best Hotel (Gold) Marriott Long Beach [9-time winner]; (Silver) Hotel Current

Best Insurance Agent-Auto: (Gold) Automobile Club SoCal, Kelly Williams Insurance

Best Insurance Agent-General: (Gold) Kelly Williams Insurance

Best Insurance-Life: (Gold) New York Life Best Investment Counselor (Gold) Michael Shafer

Best Local Elected Official: (Gold) Councilman Daryl Supernaw

Best Massage: (Gold) Mr & Ms Day Spa

Best Mortuary: (Gold) Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary [9-time winner], McKenzie Mortuary; (Silver) All Souls Mortuary [9-time winner]

Best Nail Salon: (Gold) QT Nails [11-time winner]

Best Non-Profit Organization: (Gold) Pathways to Independence

Best Pet Groomer: (Gold) Wags to Whiskers [14-time winner]; (Silver) You Dirty Dog

Best Photographer: (Gold) Joseph Paguilo Photography

Best Pre-School: (Gold) Our Lady of Refuge School; (Silver) Bethany Lutheran School [9-time winner]

Best Real Estate Agent: (Gold) Michele Kreinheder; (Silver) Team Fasnacht

Best Real Estate Loans: (Gold) Jack Skovgard, United American Mortgage, Tom DiLeo Mutual of Omaha

Best Screen Repair: (Gold) Ace Hardware

Best Security Service: (Gold) Bay Alarm

Best Shipping Store: (Gold) UPS Store

Best Travel Agency: (Gold) AAA Travel Agency [11-time winner]

Best Wedding Venue: (Gold) The Grand [11-time winner] 


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