Men About Town 7

Three Del Mar Dudes Sport Style and Substance

Brian Milligan, Chiropractor/Owner at Del Mar Chiro

Running the Bases: Cool-cat chiropractor Brian Milligan’s highest profile clients are star athletes, but pretty much every brand of local hits his practice.

VIP Vitals: When he’s not stocking up on kombucha, vitamins and healthy foods at Jimbo’s in Del Mar Highlands, look for him at Viewpoint Brewery ordering up a low-cal stout.

Plus, listen up breastfeeding mamas: the good doctor reports stout contains flavonoids that’ll stimulate milk production.

Weekday Lineup: During the week, you’ll find him alternating between seeing patients and parenting his 21-month-old son, Arlo. He shares both jobs with his wife and business partner, fellow chiropractor Atherton Sorrenti.

The Uniform: Though known for his handlebar mustache and bow ties, he’s not chasing hipster trends. “When I was growing up, my dad’s best friend had a handlebar mustache. I loved it, and I always wanted one.”


Brett Combs

Home Team: Born in Toronto, Brett Combs moved to Arizona then San Diego as a child, and has long called Del Mar home.

Key Stats: 17 years: That’s how long it’s been since Brett founded boutique real estate brokerage P.S. Platinum | Compass. $326 million: That’s the team’s home sales tally for 2017.

6, 6 and 8: Those are the ages of his sons.

VIP Vitals: Want to eat and drink like a star Del Mar real estate agent? Order up the bolognese at Prepkitchen, try the Thai chicken wrap at Pacifica Breeze Cafe and belly up to a mai tai at Jake’s. In the a.m., stake out a spot in L’Auberge’s lobby and enjoy a coffee. At lunch, tuck into “the best burger in town,” the Drugstore Hamburger at The Grill at Torrey Pines.

Game Schedule: If you’re looking for Brett, try the great outdoors. He’ll be skiing, mountain biking, hiking or camping with his boys.

Close Cause: Brett supports Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Miracle Babies and St. Jude, among other nonprofits.


Matthew Tilker

Home Team: A teaching job motivated a move to Del Mar—from New York—for soap star Matthew Tilker’s professor dad in 1973.

“Back then, Del Mar was filled with professors, teachers, psychologists and scientists—with a few beach-bum types thrown into the mix. It was a really great place to grow up.”

Today, Matthew helms luxe soap brand Mistral, whose hometown can arguably be found in the south of France. That’s where Matthew—during a fellowship studying alternative cancer therapies—caught the soap bug, after meeting a maker who crafted olive-oil soaps using a 300-year-old process.

Running the Bases: Back in Del Mar, Matthew started his business—first importing soaps, then upgrading to producing them. Today, Mistral enjoys steady stocking at national retailers, such as Anthropologie, and at myriad domestic and international boutiques. A recent overhaul of the men’s line features bar soaps spiked with manly materials including tobacco leaf, bourbon and teak.

Close Cause: Mistral donates to a wide swath of Del Mar-area nonprofits annually.

“I am also personally committed to alternative energy. After all, the brand is named after a wind.”

VIP Vitals: When he’s not playing soccer or tennis, you may find Matthew enjoying an Americano “pulled strong, nice and tight,” at Zumbar, or noshing on grilled fish tacos at Kotija Jr. with his wife and two daughters.