Best of 2010 61-80

61 Gourmet S’more That childhood summer fave, the S’more, has grown up at BeachFire Bar & Grill. A 4-by-4-inch homemade graham cracker is topped with a wedge of housemade marshmallow torched golden, drizzled with melted bittersweet Belgian chocolate, and crowned with a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. $7. 204 Avenida Del Mar #D, San Clemente, 949-366-3232; 25682 Crown Valley Parkway, Building I, Ladera Ranch, 949-542-7700,

Best of 2010 81-101

81 Vintage Shop Like “Mad Men” set decorator Amy Wells, we’re big fans of Fullerton’s Out of Vogue, where you’ll quickly discover the difference between this place and second-hand shops. From rotary telephones to Dansk kitchenware, every item in this treasure-trove has a vintage pedigree. 109 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-879-6647, outofvogue.com.

Murder, Love & Redemption

Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save.

Doctors by Specialty: F–J

Facial Plastic Surgery/Otolaryngology Norman N. Ge Facial plastic surgery; ear, nose, and throat 16300 Sand Canyon Ave., #201, Irvine, 949-727-1818 Family Practice Afdal Allam HPTN, DM, ortho, urgent care 8970 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, 714-848-7757 Jonathan P. Anderson St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, 272

Doctors by Specialty: A–E

Allergy and Immunology William E. Berger 27800 Medical Center Road #244, Mission Viejo, 949-364-2900 Mark Howard Ellis Asthma 725 W. La Veta Ave. #100, Orange, 714-633-6363 Sherwin A. Gillman Food and other allergies, insect stings, asthma, sinusitis 725 W. La Veta Ave. #100, Orange, 714-633-6363 Anesthesiology

Criteria

To be selected for the 2010 Physicians of Excellence honor, applicants were required to meet the following baseline criteria: • Be certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties board member • Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California • Maintain his/her primary practice in Orange County for the last five years • Be in practice within his/her specialty for the last five years Applicant nominees also were requ

Introduction

Health care is the focus of public debate now more than any time since 1945, when President Truman proposed an initiative that, 20 years later, was enacted as the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Then and now, at the center of that roiling debate are the doctors, the men and women whose training, instincts, and compassion for their patients and their community remains the most vital sign of the county’s overall health. Each year, the Orange County Medical Association c

Doctors by Specialty: Q–Z

Radiology Stephen A. Feig Breast imaging UCI Medical Center-Radiology, 101 The City Drive S., Orange, 714-456-6905 June M. Herman Radiology-mammography and nuclear medicine UCI Medical Center-Radiology, 101 The City Drive S., Orange, 714-456-6595   Rheumatology Michael Fabricant Rheumatoid arthritis St. Jude Her

Chronic Back Pain

It was Christmas Eve, intense back pain had landed me in the hospital, and I’d never felt lower in my life.

The Difficult Choice of Getting an Elective Double Mastectomy

In late September 2001—it was already a bad month—my sister Mary, who had just turned 33, learned she had breast cancer. Her doctor suggested the rest of us get tested for the BRCA2 gene, which increases the risk of breast cancer. One in every 800 women carry that gene, and my doctor told me that if I had it, I’d have about an 85 percent chance of developing cancer, given my family history.