Best of Long Beach Winners


THE BALLOTS ARE IN and here are the results of our 20th 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 August issues. Readers whose names are drawn to receive prizes from contest sponsors are listed in a separate story. Special thanks to the sponsors for making this contest possible. 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) VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital [18-time winner], Affordable Animal Hospital, Primary Care Animal Hospital

Best Dentist-Family: (Gold) Emery & Emery, DDS [8-time winner]; (Silver) Will Grella, DDS

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

Best Dentist-Orthodontics: (Gold) Mark Garlington, DDS; (Silver) Russell Chang, DDS [6-time winner], Heather Desh, DDS

Best Dentist-Pediatric: (Gold) William Worden, DDS; (Silver) Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Best Doctor-Acupuncture: (Gold) Ping Chao Acupuncture

Best Doctor-Chiropractic: (Gold) Newton Chiropractic [16-time winner]

Best Doctor-Dermatology: (Gold) Heller Dermatology [7-time winner], Bryna Kane, MD [7-time winner]

Best Doctor-Dermatology: (Silver) Jill Javahery, MD

Best Doctor-Family: (Gold) Marvin Zamost, MD [12-time winner]

Best Doctor-General Practice: (Gold) Laurie Mortara, MD

Best Doctor-OB/Gyn: (Gold) Essam Taymour, MD

Best Doctor-Ophthalmology: (Gold) Leif Hertzog, MD [5-time winner]

Best Doctor-Optometrist: (Gold) Luelinda Tomlin, OD, Pat Lauro, OD, Duane Pettite, OD, Avani Patel, OD

Best Doctor-Pediatrics: (Gold) Columbia Pediatrics, Lawrence Hodor, DPM

Best Doctor-Podiatry: (Gold) Marjorie Miller-Khawam, DPM

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

Best Home Care Agency: (Gold) Caring Senior Services, Home Instead Senior Care [7-time winner], Keen Home Care

Best Hospital-Acute Care: (Gold) Long Beach Memorial Medical Center [18-time winner]; (Silver) St Mary Medical Center

Best Medical Group: (Gold) MemorialCare [4-time winner], Optum Care [12-time winner]

Best Urgent Care Center: (Gold) MemorialCare Los Altos [10-time winner]; (Silver) Optum Urgent Care



Best Accountant-Bookkeeping: (Gold) Wendy O’Neil [5-time winner]

Best Accountant-CPA: (Gold) Sawin & Kotani

Best Accountant-Tax Preparation: (Gold) Richard E Fagan, CPA, Sawin & Kotani

Best Attorney-Business: (Gold) John Anderson

Best Attorney-Criminal: (Gold) Richard L. Poland [5-time winner]

Best Attorney-Wills & Estates: (Gold) Jennifer N. Sawday [6-time winner]

Best Auto Repairs: (Gold) Gretchen’s Automotive [7-time winner]; (Silver) Ghassem’s Tire and Auto

Best Bank-Independent: (Gold) Farmers & Merchants Bank [18-time winner]

Best Car Wash: (Gold) Bixby Knolls Car Wash, Los Altos Car Wash

Best Carpet Cleaning: (Gold) Aero-Clean Landreth

Best College: (Gold) CSU Long Beach [7-time winner]

Best Computer Repair: (Gold) Core Group

Best Contractor-Electrician: (Gold) EW Electric

Best Contractor-General: (Gold) Zieba Builders

Best Contractor-HAC: (Gold) Thomson Air Conditioning; (Silver) ALPS Heating & Air

Best Contractor-Painter: (Gold) Teiplett Painting, Martin All Coat Painting

Best Contractor-Plumbing: (Gold) Bigos Plumbing, J & D Plumbing [7-time winner]

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

Best Dance School: (Gold) Los Altos Dance Center [9-time winner]

Best Day Spa: (Gold) Mr & Ms Day Spa

Best Dry Cleaner: (Gold) Continental Cleaners

Best Fitness-Athletic Club: (Gold) Belmont Athletic Club [10-time winner], 24-Hour Fitness

Best Fitness-Weight Loss: (Gold) Weight Watchers [6-time winner]

Best Fitness-Yoga: (Gold) Ja Yoga

Best Golf Course: (Gold) Recreation Park [11-time winner]; (Silver) El Dorado Park Golf Course [15-time winner]

Best Hairdresser-Women: (Gold) George Oliveri Hair Design [6-time winner]; (Silver) Great Clips

Best Hotel: (Gold) Marriott Long Beach [7-time winner]; (Silver) Hotel Current

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

Best Insurance Agent-General: (Gold) Rob Casares

Best Interior Designer: (Gold) Luongo Design Group

Best Limousine Service: (Gold) All Occasions Limousine

Best Local Elected Official: (Gold) Councilman Daryl Supernaw; (Silver) Councilwoman Stacy Mungo

Best Massage: (Gold) Mr & Ms Day Spa

Best Mortuary: (Gold) McKenzie Mortuary, Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary [7-time winner]; (Silver) All Souls Mortuary [7-time winner]

Best Nail Salon: (Gold) QT Nails [9-time winner]

Best Non-Profit Organization: (Gold) YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Alpert J.C.C.

Best Pest Control: (Gold) Admiral Pest Control

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

Best Pet Sitter: (Gold) Au Pair for Pets

Best Pre-School: (Gold) Bethany Lutheran School [7-time winner], Our Lady of Refuge School

Best Real Estate Agent: (Gold) Michele Kreinheder, Richard Daskam [16-time winner]

Best School: (Gold) Millikan High School; (Silver) Wilson High School

Best Screen Repair: (Gold) Rapid Screen Co, Ace Hardware

Best Security Service: (Gold) Bay Alarm

Best Shipping Store: (Gold) UPS Store

Best Travel Agency: (Gold) Automobile Club SoCal

Best Tree Service: (Gold) Duckett Tree Service

Best Videographer: (Gold) Ezra Gentle

Best Wedding Venue: (Gold) The Grand [9-time winner]


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