Number-one priority right now: our health.
The Bay Area has always been wellness-minded, but now, in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves more conscious than ever of how we treat our bodies, from the food and vitamins we put in, to how frequently we exercise, to whatever the plan might be should we need a Covid-19 screening. We’ve revamped our annual wellness guide to highlight new telehealth and virtual wellness options, and have also added new sections for coronavirus testing as well as at-home self-care to make up for those massages, acupuncture, and more that you can’t currently get IRL.
Here you’ll find online doctor appointments for everything including primary care, women’s health, and even vets; virtual workouts; healthy food delivery options; supplements; home massage tools; even remote reiki!
Remember to wear your mask during essential errands out in public—we’ve rounded up masks by Bay Area designers so you can support local makers while also keeping safe. Plus, bookmark our special guide to sheltering in place for ways you can help the community and more resources for staying informed and entertained.
Stay home, stay safe, and be well.
Bay Area Telehealth: Women’s Care, Energy Healing, Integrative Medicine + More
While you can still get special dentist, doctor, or chiropractic care while shelter-in-place is in effect, your routine and voluntary appointments are going to look a little different. In a bid to flatten the curve by reducing in-person interaction between healthcare providers and patients, the CDC is urging medical professionals to postpone elective procedures, replace all non-essential appointments with telehealth options—think video visits, real-time messaging with doctors, hotlines, and interactive surveys—and limit physical appointments and procedures to medical emergencies. Rest assured that if you need assistance, doctors around the Bay Area are working tirelessly to provide patients with the quality of care they’re used to—from the safety of their homes, or in person if necessary.
Although a Zoom chiropractic session isn’t entirely possible, SF Custom Chiropractic‘s virtual ergonomic assessments ($80) and consultations ($60) are based on your health history and musculoskeletal condition and include customized exercises, stretches and workstation adjustments to help keep you pain-free while you work from home. // With in-office appointments only for essential services, doctors at Azzolino Chiropractic Neurology & Integrative Wellness are providing remote spinal care programs plus telehealth consultations for immune and respiratory health support, tincture customization, lab reviews, and recommendations. You can also grab immune-boosting supplements and vitamins for curbside pickup; appointments can be made online.
In accordance with the American Dental Association’s recommendation, most Bay Area dentist offices have postponed all elective procedures and appointments—including routine cleanings. San Francisco offices including Dr. Daniel D. Barry, III and UCSF Dental Center clinics, plus Berkeley’s Transcendentist—known as the “very first green dentist in the country” for its holistic practices and sustainable, nontoxic materials—are still seeing patients with urgent and emergency dental needs.
While in-person cosmetic services are on hold at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, you can still check in with Dr. Kathleen Welsh and her fellow providers via virtual consultations scheduled through the website.
During her one-hour Distance Healing Activation Session ($122), reiki and crystal therapy specialist Tanya Corona will lead you through a chakra-aligning guided meditation. Takeaway exercises and meditations will help you continue to activate your life purpose post-session. // Shaman and Vibrant Reiki founder Anna Dorian will help you heal physically, mentally, and emotionally and navigate challenges in your life with an hour-long distant reiki session ($99) or two-hour Shaman’s Choice phone call ($250). If you’re hoping to learn more about the history and techniques of reiki—and have some extra time on your hands—Vibrant Reiki’s two-day training classes are available online for now.
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine blends conventional and complementary approaches from around the world to provide patients with treatments including massage therapy, Chinese medicine, and biofeedback sessions, plus educational opportunities. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, all visits are being conducted via video or phone, and public classes are canceled for now. // Functional medicine clinic Parsley Health gets cred for its cutting-edge style of data-driven preventative medicine. Parsley offers a 90-minute initial intake appointment plus regular check-ups with an on-staff health coach. Member services include precision testing, stress management, 24/7 access to medical records, and even online COVID-19 screenings. Online messaging and virtual doctor and health coach visits are always available—a Complete Care plan ($150/month) includes five appointments per year. Want to try before you buy? Schedule a 30-minute checkup with a doc for $95. // Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz, founder of Anatara Medicine in Pacific Heights, is an expert if treating late-stage Lyme disease and cancer with various IV therapies, multi-pass ozone, and low-dose chemotherapy, as well as naturopathic, regenerative, and genomic medicines. Currently, he is providing COVID-19 facts and recommendations for limiting exposure through articles and YouTube videos.
Whether you’re dealing with lingering shoulder pain, insomnia, or have a kid with a rash, you shouldn’t need to put off a doctor’s appointment because of social distancing or fear of contracting COVID-19. That’s where One Medical‘s new remote visits come in. Like regular office visits, these scheduled appointments allow you to meet with a provider over video from the comfort and safety of your own home. Remote visits start at a pre-scheduled time, so you know exactly when the appointment will start, and are billed to insurance just like in-person appointments.
Thank you to our partners at One Medical.
Don’t let your birth control lapse because you’re sheltered in place. Pandia Health offers free delivery on birth control pills at a $0 copay with most insurances or as low as $15 per pack for patients without insurance. Transfer an active prescription or get a new one after a doctor reviews your health history. // Women in midlife can also get menopause care the modern way with The Cusp. Care begins with a 30- to 45-minute video visit with a menopause specialist or OB-GYN (from UCSF, Kaiser, Harvard, and more), followed by a customized treatment plan that might include natural supplements, lifestyle recommendations, and prescriptions. You can track your symptoms daily, and text with your health care team via the mobile app between visits. // In 2019, Marin-based artist and breast cancer survivor Keira Kotler launched Everviolet, a line of beautiful lingerie designed specifically for women in various stages of treatment. During the coronavirus pandemic, Everviolet is shifting gears to provide much-needed inspiring content and resources for women, including curated meditation apps, advice for self-care and connection, online fitness classes, and more. Follow Everviolet on Instagram or sign up for their newsletter to get uplifting blog content right in your inbox.
Dr. Araba Oglesby of Blue Sparrow Holistic Veterinary House Calls emphasizes a blend of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary practices—and you don’t even have to take your quivering pup to the vet. During shelter in place, Dr. Oglesby is still offering preventative and wellness care through acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition, and taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of clients and vets. // San Francisco Healthy Pets Veterinary Hospital provides both Western-style and holistic care, plus massage therapy to keep Fido in tip-top shape. Limited services including technician appointments for essential treatments, urgent care, and medication are still available.
Hospitals and COVID-19 Screenings in the Bay Area
People experiencing severe symptoms, including shortness of breath, should take precautionary measures and may need to go to the hospital or see a doctor in person, but if you’re experiencing non-life threatening symptoms, you can check your symptoms and get COVID-19 screenings online while sheltering in place. The CDC’s self-checker helps guide you through symptoms, risk factors, and next steps should you get ill. // San Francisco–based HeyDoctor is providing free, online COVID-19 screenings; additionally, their online services include doctor visits and prescriptions for UTIs, birth control, smoking cessation, pre-diabetes testing, and more.
UCSF is working to simultaneously respond to the COVID-19 crisis and provide care for regular patients. While elective procedures have not been canceled, non-urgent procedures may be rescheduled and in-person appointments may be converted to video visits. Those visiting the hospital for visits can rest assured that UCSF’s infection prevention practices and symptom screenings will ensure patient and employee safety. If you have symptoms or questions about COVID-19, consult UCSF’s Coronavirus resources and FAQ, call the UCSF Coronavirus information line (415-514-7328), or contact your health care provider directly. // Within two hours of completing an e-visit, Kaiser Permanente will provide members with possible COVID-19 symptoms with online advice and next steps or advice by phone (866-454-8855). Emergency services are still open 24/7 and in-person care is available, but to support social distancing, Kaiser is encouraging members to reschedule routine appointments, or book phone or video appointments instead. // Sutter Health patients with non-urgent concerns can book same day video visits with a clinician between 8am and 8pm. Additionally, those seeking coronavirus recommendations or information can call their COVID-19 Advice Line (866-961-2889).
Self-Care: Supplements, Soaps, CBD, Home Massage + More
Home Massage Tools
Sitting on your butt making your muscles ache? Up your at-home massage game with a pain-soothing, circulation-boosting percussive therapy treatment by investing in a Theragun (starting at $199 on sale). Looking to justify your purchase? Theragun is partnering with Feeding America to donate 100 meals to people in your area with every purchase. // In addition to handcrafted silk kimonos, SF based Kim + Ono also sells facial rollers and large and small Gua Sha tools, perfect for increasing facial blood circulation and reducing puffiness and redness. // A cheaper, at-home, and needle-free alternative to acupuncture, ProSourceFit‘s acupressure mat and pillow set will help you reduce stress and relieve neck and back pain and headaches by stimulating more than 7,000 acupressure points.
Skin & Body Care
Keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and clear while you shelter in place with SF-based clean beauty label Cocokind‘s brand new Texture Smoothing Cream, made with celery superseed complex and tsubaki seed oil. // Add a tablespoon of Earth Tu Face‘s Grounding Bath and Body Oil to your bath, or massage it on directly. Key ingredients including blue chamomile, sandalwood, and frankincense will help hydrate, nurture, and prevent skin inflammation. // Bring the outdoors inside with Juniper Ridge‘s Redwood mist essential oil, made from ethically harvested native plants. // Japantown-based aesthetician Lori Anderson shares her advice for maintaining a simple skin care routine at home.
Vitamins and Supplements
Roll on True Botanicals‘ Immune Boost, made with ravintsara and bay laurel, whenever you’re feeling under the weather. // California-based LiveWell‘s hormone-free collagen peptides, sourced from Grade A bovine, contain 20 amino acids and will help strengthen your bones, hair, and skin; improve your gut and immune functions; and more. // Thanks to Hum Nutrition, you can get your vitamins and supplements delivered straight to your door. After filling out a quiz, you’ll be matched with a personal nutritionist who will provide you with a nutrition report, nutrient and vitamin recommendations, and answers to your burning questions. // Steep The Chaga Company‘s antioxidant filled Mushroom Elixir Blend on its own or sprinkle it on your food for some extra iron, potassium, zinc, and calcium.
Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics‘ CBD, melatonin, and lavender-filled natural CBD sleep cream will help you reduce nighttime anxiety and sleep soundly. // Treat yourself to Vertly‘s made in NorCal Relief lotion with CBD, arnica flower, and magnesium to reduce inflammation and tension, and boost hydration and joint flexibility. Your stressed muscles will thank you! // Undefined Beauty‘s Glow Detox CBD soak, made with 1,000 milligrams of full-spectrum restorative CBD—plus magnesium and arnica—is available in four different formulas depending on your goal for your soak—think Unwind to help with sleep or Unplug to recover after a sweat sesh. // Care by Design‘s CBD-rich soft gels are a must in your shelter-in-place supplements regimen (available at Caliva). // Sava is our SF-based go-to for quality cannabis goods (they deliver Bay Area–wide), but we also love their blog for creative recipes and wellness tips.
Hand Sanitizer and Soap
If you’re in need of some coveted hand sanitizer (because who isn’t?), Drifter Organics‘ non-GMO, organic Safety Shield hand sanitizer is still in stock. // Like many California breweries and distilleries, Hanson of Sonoma is currently manufacturing its own six, four, and two-ounce 70 percent alcohol hand sanitizers. // While they’re all out of hand sanitizer, EO Products is working to stock and ship out their all-natural hand soaps made in a zero-waste factory.
Find some calm at home with Anchor Meditation‘s two-week meditation boost for just $20. Participate in live classes—via Zoom of course—at 10am and 6pm daily. // Marin-based Everviolet has a terrific roundup of free and subscription-based meditation apps.
Online Yoga, Pilates, Boxing, HIIT Classes & More
While Yoga Garden‘s endless in-person classes may be on hiatus, we can still get our workouts in with the studio’s live stream offerings, including yoga sculpt, vinyasa, and prenatal/postnatal ($15/single class; memberships available; class schedule on yogagardensf.com). Since you’ve probably got some extra time on your hands, you can also consider delving into their 200-hour online teacher training. // Turn up your heater and breathe to the beat during Ritual Hot Yoga‘s real-time 50-minute signature or yin practice. Or, fire up your core between conference calls with a 20-minute hot abs class (included with membership, or $10/drop ins; book on ritualhotyoga.com). // CorePower Yoga‘s 250 online classes ($20/month; classes on corepoweryogaondemand.com), including intense hot-power fusion and weighted yoga sculpt, will keep you moving while the studios are closed. With single and mixed level classes, pose break downs, and classes ranging from a minute to an hour long, there’s something for every yogi. // Live stream more than 60 free vinyasa, hatha, yin, and power classes—the list goes on and on—per day with your favorite Yoga Tree teachers—plus teachers from 60-plus studios around the country—via YogaWorks (first two weeks free, myyogaworks.com). If you want access to even more options, purchase a MyYogaWorks subscription for more than 1,300 on-demand classes. // Transport yourself to Love Story Yoga‘s vinyasa, core flow, and restorative classes in real-time via Zoom ($15-$19 per class; see class schedule and package specials on lovestoryyoga.com). You can also score a special package rate to use when the Valencia Street studio eventually reopens. // In addition to multiple live stream vinyasa and mat Pilates classes daily, you’ll find prenatal, restorative, and even intention-setting workshops on The Pad Studios‘ online schedule (package and membership rates apply; class schedule on thepadstudios.com).
If you’re missing Core 40‘s strength-building Megaformer classes, give the studio’s at-home, machine-free workouts a try (classes are free; details on instagram.com). Turn paper plates or a towel into makeshift sliders and dig out some hand weights before tuning in to Lagree classes on Instagram or Facebook live. Timing doesn’t work for you? The free workout vids are also available on Youtube. // Get moving mid-workday with a sweaty 50-minute Pilates meets HIIT bootcamp class, mat Pilates, or barre courtesy of MNTStudio ($10 per class; see the schedule on mntstudio.co). Join in real time or whenever works best for you—Zoom classes are accessible for up to two days post-class. // Take unlimited live stream classes for five days or purchase a 30-day digital pass for access to more 20 meditation, mat Pilates, yoga, and even barre—your kitchen counter has another function—offerings with the East Bay’s Move with Studio ($80/30-day digital pass proceeds support teaching staff; $50/five day unlimited pass; details on movewith.studio). // Burn Pilates‘ video catalog featuring 100-plus on-demand workouts makes for endless quarantine entertainment. Choose from total body, mat pilates, resistance, and weighted workouts, plus pre- and post-natal options and even workout demos, all taught by Burn founder Lisa Corsello (first week is free, $20/month; register at burnpilates.com). // While Body Chemistry‘s reformer classes are on pause, the Mission Pilates studio is offering virtual fundamental, intermediate, and advanced mat Pilates, plus stretch and strengthen classes (virtual class packages are available; sign up and find details on bodychemistrystudio.com). Members can also access the classes on-demand via YouTube.
HIIT, Boxing, Bootcamp + More
Pretend you’re hustling in the Red Room by live-streaming a free 20-minute Barry’s Bootcamp class on Instagram (you’ll also find the schedule there). Expect planks, squats, lunges, and usually prop-free total body workouts taught by different instructors daily. // While we wish rowing in Dryft‘s mobile studio by the Bay satisfied the six-foot rule, we can still sweat it out with Dryft Work From Home Mode, which offers multiple live 30-minute workouts a day for just $5 (schedule on dryftlive.com). Sign up with your friends and cheer each other on via Zoom while you tackle classes like Arms & Abs, Total Body HIIT, and Booty Builder. // Catch a new boxing-HIIT or runner training 30 to 45-minute workout on Rumble‘s Instagram. Take advantage of the chance to take live daily classes with trainers who aren’t from SF, pretend you’re surrounded by Rumble Training’s high-tech displays, and get ready to throw some punches. Want to support your favorite local Rumble trainers? DM them to book Zoom private training sessions. (Schedule and classes are on Instagram) // A mid-WFH day live stream class is about as close as you’ll get to a day of workouts—and real work—at The Assembly (Classes are one credit or $10; see the schedule on theassembly.com). Get your sweat on with Stronger, the Assembly’s signature HIIT class, fire up your abs and glutes with CoreBurn from home, or clear your mind for a few minutes with restorative yoga or healing breathwork. // Tune in to barre meets boxing studio Salt‘s daily 11am Zoom class for a one-hour cardio workout that will leave you nice and sore (purchase a membership or drop-in class at saltisthecure.com). // If you’ve got a bike at home, challenge yourself to a live online Cycle 50 class with Russian Hill and San Rafael cycle studio Pelo. No bike? Lunge, squat, and plank your way through a bodyweight-only Strong 50 class (first week is free; sign up and see the schedule on pelofitness.com).
With a membership to Jet Sweat Fitness (first month is free), you can get your sweat on from your living room and still support your favorite local studios including Bodyrok, MNT, and Salt (plus others around the country). Download the app, connect your device to a TV, and voila—endless boutique workouts whenever you’re in the mood to get your endorphins going. // For $20 a month, Workout Daily will send you a daily seven-minute video sweat sesh taught by trainers from SF outdoor workout studio Public Recreation. Choose from monthly challenges—think abs or total body—hold your friends accountable on the app, and chat with the trainers. // Like a magical gym where you can take class at any time from all of your fitness faves, Alo Moves features classes in various forms of yoga, Pilates, barre, and more taught by superstar instructors (including the Bay Area’s own Janet Stone), which can be purchased as downloads, in training bundles, or accessed with a $20 per month ongoing subscription. // Bay Area–based Handstand is an on-demand personal training app for finding a thoroughly vetted (and affordable) trainer or coach who can help you strength train or fine-tune your yoga technique on your own schedule. // The app for exploring new studios and buying classes at a discount, ZenRez has a large inventory of classes offered by an impressive roster of partner yoga studios. // Friends have gone from couch to 10K using Aaptiv, an audio app that specializes in running and yoga for any level of fitness, and provides goal-based challenges and coaching along the way.
Healthy Meal Delivery in the Bay Area
Groceries and Meal Kits
Good Eggs has our hearts when it comes to the freshest, most artisanal online grocery delivery. The Bay Area–based service also offers dinner meal kits to make cooking a snap, but plan in advance—the impact of COVID-19 means increased demand and delayed delivery windows. // At The Cupboard SF, chef and nutritionist Rachael Gorjestani cooks up healthy meals from her kitchen to deliver to anyone and everyone who wants a plant-focused, homemade healthy lunch or dinner—in packages or two or three family meals. // Luke’s Local‘s Cole Valley market and butcher offers same-day delivery of its pre-packed and sustainable chef-prepared meals as well as groceries and freshly baked pastries. // Big name celebs (ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Chrissy Teigen) are hooked on the Sakara Life‘s delicious plant-based and organic meals, nutrition programs, and beauty-boosting supplements and wellness products. // Gluten- and dairy-free meals, as well as keto and paleo options, at Methodology are customized to suit your body type, personal preferences, health goals, and allergies. // Thistle delivers GF and DF meals with a global bent—think Yucatan root salad and miso ramen noodle bowls—as well as cold-pressed juices. // Once a week, Purple Carrot ships everything you need to prepare quick-and-easy vegetarian meals in 40 minutes or less. // Green Tiffin takes meal delivery to another level with plant-based sustainable food served in reusable double-decker “tiffins” that come in a burlap sack that keeps food cold and creates zero waste. Bike delivery is available in San Francisco’s easternmost neighborhoods, including the Mission, FiDi, SoMa, Potrero Hill, and the Embarcadero. // Those seeking vegetarian meals will be thrilled to discover Veestro. Their plant-based, organic, and chef-prepared entrees and juices are available a la carte, in meal packs, and there’s even a gluten-free feast and weight loss menu plan. // Model Meals offers an array of options including grain-free, Whole 30-compatible, local, and organic meals delivered two days a week. Get $25 off your first order.
Restaurants With Nutritional Focus
The OG location of San Francisco’s Little Gem (400 Grove St, Hayes Valley) is offering its sophisticated take on gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free food for takeout and delivery through Caviar and DoorDash. We recommend the bibimbap with California brown rice and seasonal veggies, kale and cauliflower pasta, and Vahlrona chocolate pudding. // You can still get your mitts on hots cup of turmeric spice, chai, and matcha teas, tasty mochi, toasts, and nourishing bowls of jook from Samovar‘s three SF locations by ordering for curbside pickup online and via various delivery services. The brand now also offers healthy meal subscription plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. // Downtown’s popular daytime spot Native Co. (168 Sutter St., and 163 Second St.) is serving its signature items—including the Asian chicken salad, red lentil soup, and sunshake—for daily takeout and delivery via Caviar. // Start your day on a soul-satisfying note with breakfast sandwiches, GF pastries, and chia pudding parfaits for pickup at Jane on Larkin (925 Larkin St.), which is also offering delivery via Caviar. Jane the Bakery (1881 Geary Blvd.) is also open for takeout and delivery of its breads, pastries, packaged salads, cheeses, and pre-made sandwiches. // Order a 100-percent organic and plant-based feast of hearty brekkie bowls, quinoa waffles, and frittata sandwiches for curbside pickup from Nourish Cafe‘s two locations in Nob Hill (1030 Hyde St., 415-580-7463) and the Inner Richmond (189 Sixth Ave., 415-571-8780); delivery is also available via various apps.
The North Oakland community loves the wholesome vibes at The Well (5443 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), whose all gluten-free kitchen is offering takeout and delivery of its smoothies, juices, avocado toasts, tacos, power bowls, and yummy coffee and chai drinks. // For traditional Creole flavors, order up seitan po’boys, fried okra, and gumbo over grits from Souley Vegan (301 Broadway, Oakland), available for pickup and delivery via Caviar. // Sating your essential donut needs, Donut Farm (6037 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) is offering a selection of its fried, filled, and glazed vegan treats, plus coffee, for pickup and delivery via Postmates and GrubHub. // Eternal Vegan (247 Fourth St., Oakland) is also open for business, with mini “chikin” sandos, hummus plates and wraps, and salads available for pickup and delivery through Caviar. // Get your fancy coffee drinks, plus instant coffee and pastries, to go at the ever-popular Timeless Coffee Roasters and Bakery (4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland; and 2965 College Ave., Berkeley); order in advance online. // The Butcher’s Son (1954 University Ave., Berkeley) has an ever-changing menu with a variety of house-made “meats” and “cheeses” that will make you rethink what it means to be vegan. Their plant-based takes on deli classics and delectable pastries include meatball grinders, fried chicken, pulled pork and bacon patty melts. Order online for in-store pickup. // Millennium (5912 College Ave, Oakland) is hands down one of the Bay Area’s most iconic vegetarian eateries thanks to its rep for thoughtful, locally sourced, and globally inspired fare. As of press time, the restaurant had ceased offering takeout during the COVID-19 crisis to keep its team safe; you can donate to their GoFundMe to ensure they’ll still be around to serve you when all is said and done.
Cafe Del Soul (Mill Valley, 415-388-1852; San Rafael, 415-457-5400) offers takeout and no-contact delivery of its organic so-called wonderful soups, gorgeous wraps, unbelievable nachos, beautiful salads, and more. // Marin County’s first gluten-free bakery, Flour Craft Bakery (129 Miller Ave., 415-384-8244) has pre-made meals—including veggie lasagna and a Sunday family brunch—as well as grain-free sandwich bread, vegan walnut sourdough, and flourless mudslide cookies available for same-day pickup Tuesday through Sunday.
Urban Remedy has about a zillion locations all over NorCal, including spots in Napa and Sonoma, Burlingame, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Petaluma, Los Altos, and San Francisco (to name but a few). The purveyor of creative plant-based foods is loved for its wide variety of salads and bowls, juices and cleanses, delicious homemade protein bars, and refined-sugar-free desserts. Look for delivery via Caviar in your area, or subscribe online for their meal plans, designed to boost metabolism and lower inflammation, which are available for shipping nationwide. // More into meat? Belcampo‘s bone broths and grass-fed cuts can be ordered for takeout and delivery from its restaurants Bay Area–wide and also purchased for shipping nationwide. // For gluten-free recipes to DIY at home, click over to GFF Magazine for recipes from top chefs, tutorials, and stunning photography. // We also love Instagram’s KaleJunkie for her paleo recipes that still feel like a treat.