santa cruz health and fitness guide

Dental Care

Children’s Dentistry
7545 Soquel Dr, Aptos
We provide comprehensive dentistry in a caring environment for children of all ages. We are preventive-dentistry oriented and very thorough in our evaluations and consultations. We have a pediatric anesthesiologist on our premises and are able to treat special, challenging children safely and comfortably under a general anesthesia. We have a 24-hour emergency service available for all of our patients.

Dientes Community Dental Care
Main: 1830 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz
Beach Flats: 302 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
Watsonville:  1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite C, Watsonville

Nannette Benedict DDS & Associates
5015 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Pajaro Valley Children’s Dental Group
230 Green Valley Rd, Freedom


health providers

Dignity Health Medical Group
Visit us at
Capitola (Santa Cruz) Pediatrics:
(831) 476-3000
Aptos Pediatrics: (831) 612-6264


Angela Massage Therapist
Located in Downtown Felton
Behind Tomboy Outpost
(714) 348-3907
Blissful body work by Angela licensed massage therapist.

Nitless Noggins
4200 Scotts Valley Drive Suite D Scotts Valley Ca 95066
[email protected]
Nitless Noggins Head Lice Treatment Center has been helping the community since 2010. Many families struggle for weeks even months with over-the-counter treatments that do not work because lice have become resistant to them. We provide a safe “Done In One” treatment that is Chemical Free and 100% Guaranteed!

Live Oak Acupuncture & Healing Arts
Marcia Connelly 
6892B Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 818-7051
[email protected]

Mindful & Well
Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness for Youth & Adults
[email protected]
(831) 471-7314

Pediatric Therapy
Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy • Speech Pathology
1940 Bonita Drive, Aptos
(831) 684-1804

Plaza Lane Optometry
Jennifer Buell, OD
Brittany Heyano, OD
1537 Pacific Ave, Suite 100, Santa Cruz 
(831) 429-2020
The importance of eye health and care begins at birth and lasts a lifetime. Comprehensive eye exams are more than just about clear vision – they are about your health, as your annual check may detect health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma, macular degeneration, autoimmune disorders, cancer and tumors, often before symptoms even begin. So if you are one of the many individuals who thought that as long as you see “well” you don’t need an eye exam, get yourself an appointment to ensure your best health and vision for a lifetime.

Ultraderm | California Skin Institute
3311 Mission Dr., Santa Cruz 95065
Practice good skin protection. Remember to apply/reapply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more on cloudy and sunny days. If there is any concerns about the health of your family’s skin, such as signs of sun damage which include skin discoloration (brown spots, red spots), wrinkles, rough skin, and unusual or atypical looking moles. California Skin Institute recommends you see one of their board-certified dermatologists for a full-body skin check at any age. Learn more at


Dignity Health Dominican Hospital    
1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065


Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
We provide parents and professionals with information, education, and advocacy for safe, empowering, joyful birth. Visit for an extensive listing of pregnancy, birth and postpartum related service providers. Learn about the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and become a more informed healthcare consumer. Find registration information on our Upcoming Events webpage for Meet the Doulas and other virtual events. Due to COVID19 recommendations, events such as Bellies, Birth & Babies will be delayed until in-person events are safe. Keep in touch with our local birth and parenting community with Birth Network Santa Cruz on Facebook and Instagram. 

Mothers’ Milk Bank
Valley Medical Center, San Jose

Nursing Mothers Counsel
(831) 688-3954


Adventure Sports Unlimited
303 Potrero Street, #15, Santa Cruz
ASU’s premier swim school teaches infants through adults the joys of water and adventure. Our ocean programs introduce families to our magnificent marine environments through the Big Sur Camping Trip, Kelp Pickling Class and Open Water Scuba courses. It all starts in our custom-built aquatics facility with our tropically heated pool.

Boulder Creek Recreation & Park District
15685 Forest Hill Drive

Cougar Swim School
7105 Hwy 9, Felton Ca. (location of pool)
208 Prospect Hts. Santa Cruz 95065
Kurt Edwards and Cougar Swim School represents swimming excellence with over 25 years of teaching and management experience, Kurt Edwards, and the staff of Cougar Swim School offer quality swim lesson for all ages and abilities, Water Polo, Junior Lifeguarding, and Aqua Day Camp. Our summer program is made up of 4 to 5 sessions that are 2 weeks in length with eight, twenty-five-minute classes. Classes are held on Monday thru Thursday for both weeks. Cougar Swim School also offers Lifeguard training classes for anyone 15 year and up, who want to work as a lifeguard.  

FIT4MOM Santa Cruz
[email protected]

Jim Booth Swim School
Santa Cruz at Harvey West Pool and Watsonville at Duncan Holbert Pool and Fitness Evolution

Junebug’s Gym
3910 Portola Drive, Suite 2, Santa Cruz
831.464.BUGS (2847)

Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
104 Bronson St. Suite 12, Santa Cruz
We strive to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. Our services include yoga classes, youth programs, a weight room, cardio equipment, and of course indoor climbing. Climbing is a sport that appeals to so many and in our opinion, should be tried at least once. We have a saying; “The best climber is the one having the most fun.” So, climbing, wellness, and fun go hand in hand at Pacific Edge! Our well-trained friendly staff is here to serve our great community. We provide extensive climbing instruction for all experience levels.  Stop by and give us a try.


Felton Presbyterian Church
6090 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-6900


Hospice of Santa Cruz County
940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley
Our mission is to provide exemplary end-of-life care and grief support to our community. This includes robust grief support services for youth as the death of a loved one can be especially difficult for children and teens who may not have the language to express their grief. We are here to provide support and resources to parents and guardians as well as to grieving youth through parent/guardian consultations, individual counseling sessions and our annual grief support camp for youth called Camp Erin. All youth grief support services are free of charge and support is available to anyone in our community.

Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831- 426-3062

GUiSC is not responsible for any errors or omissions, nor does inclusion in this listing constitute our endorsement of a program. Listings were written by each organization and GUiSC has not confirmed the accuracy of the information provided. Please call the individual business to confirm details.