Readers' Poll BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023 49 shopping and services Best Doctor Dr. Peter E. Franklin Monterey Bay Doctors 550 Camino El Estero, Suite 204, Monterey (831) 375-5151, montereybaydoctors. com You won’t find a character like Doc from Cannery Row at Monterey Bay Doctors—different kind of doc—but you will find Peter E. Franklin, MD. He is the lead physician at this practice that’s been serving patients since 1989. As early as the age of 5, patients can come for routine check-ups and preventive scans, blood draws and medical advice including chronic health conditions and men’s and women’s health exams. For a small number of patients, an optional concierge program allows for extended booking windows, same- and next-day appointments and access via phone to Dr. Franklin 24/7. Best Family Practice Montage Medical Group Multiple locations in Monterey, Marina and Carmel Montage Health is the guardian angel of the Monterey Peninsula, having worked to save lives and keep people healthy since 1929—the same year John Steinbeck published his first book, Cup of Gold. Today, the nonprofit’s Montage Medical Group operates an array of clinics and practices across the area, serving more than 100,000 patients each year and staffed with world-class physicians specializing in all kinds of medical disciplines. That includes good, old-fashioned family practice doctors, whose expertise goes far beyond just telling you to eat an apple a day (though you still should). Best Plastic Surgeon Dr. Douglas Sunde 856 Munras Ave., Monterey (831) 372-0200, Fun fact: Dr. Douglas Sunde and John Steinbeck both attended Stanford University. But the comparisons to their educational histories stop there. While Steinbeck did not finish, Dr. Sunde continued to become a board-certified plastic surgeon and once again nabs the title of Best Plastic Surgeon in Monterey County. Sunde also wrote the book on eyelid surgeries, and developed the Sunde Blepharoplasty Grid—a steel surgical instrument used as a guide to help surgeons measure their progress and symmetry while working on that kinda important part of the body. Best Eye Doctor Blink Optometry 217 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel (831) 250-6999, Did any of Steinbeck’s characters sport glasses? We’re trying to remember. If not, it’s because Blink Optometry wasn’t around. With Dr. Telma Barseghian and Dr. Trevor Fogg, this place offers full-service vision care and patience and attention they pair with the level of augmentation you need. Plus, the team will help you choose glasses that are comfortable and stylish. Best Dental Practice Monterey Peninsula Dental Group 333 El Dorado St., Monterey (831) 373-3068, “Laughter comes later, like wisdom teeth,” Steinbeck wrote in East of Eden. Follow your wisdom and outshine everyone with a bright smile at Monterey Peninsula Dental Group. Dentists have been keeping smiles since 1972 and this is the seventh year they’ve snatched the readers’ choice for Best Dental Practice. They perform services that include dental implants and tooth extractions, bone regeneration and more. Best Orthodontist Dr. Matthew Ronconi 780 E. Romie Lane, Suite G, Salinas (831) 422-7424, Dr. Matthew Ronconi is well loved by his patients who give him and his staff high marks for making them feel welcomed and comfortable. He works to see that each patient gets just the right treatment, be it traditional braces, Invisalign, ceramic braces, retainers or other methods, then follows through to make sure they’re satisfied with the end result. Besides taking good care of patients, Dr. Ronconi is active in the community, having served as president of the Monterey Bay Dental Society in 2022 and working as a volunteer Best Toy Store | Thinker Toys