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5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
Inside the Medical Spa Association: An Interview With Executive DirectorHannelore R. Leavy
By Editorial Staff
The Day Spa Association (DSA) recently announced the creation of a sister organization, the Medical Spa Association (MSA). Spa Today interviewed Hannelore R. Leavy, executive director of both associations, to learn more about the future of the MSA and its role in the burgeoning spa industry.
Spa Today (ST): How would you define "Medical Spa," as opposed to simply "Spa," and what does the Medical Spa Association hope to accomplish specifically in merging the two concepts?
Hannelore R.Leavy (HRL): The two concepts are separate, but nevertheless related. Many treatments applied in a medical spa are also done in a day spa, and do not require the presence of a physician/healthcare provider. Business concerns are similar as well, although a medical spa will require a different marketing approach and networking venue. These and many other components of a medical spa do not apply to a regular day spa; as such, the formation of the MSA was essential to provide the medical spa industry with an official body that addresses those needs, and a voice to represent that segment of the industry.
The Medical Spa Association defines a medical spa as a facility whose medical program is run under the strict supervision of a licensed health care professional. Services are provided that integrate both traditional and nontraditional medicine and spa treatments.
The Medical Spa Association and its founding members have identified four very different types of medical spas:
Beauty/Skin: a facility owned by an individual or corporate entity with an office/treatment area of a licensed health care professional located on the premises. Included in the services are medically based consultations and treatments provided by the licensed health care professional or a medically trained aesthetician and therapists.
Therapeutic: a facility owned by an individual or corporate entity with an office/treatment area of a licensed health care professional located on the premises. The offered services include therapeutic modalities that focus on specific medical issues, such as cardiovascular disease and bariatrics.
Medical Centers/Hospital-Based: facilities that offer an advanced level of diagnostic services, employing conventional and complementary therapies delivered in a specially designed healing environment. Services include both Eastern and Western techniques of evaluation and treatment, integrated with a variety of spa services.
Wellness Centers: owned by physicians or entrepreneurs - and encompassing many of the same services as the medical/hospital facilities if physician-owned. If privately owned, facilities will have a licensed health care professional as the medical director.
ST: How did this project get started? What was the "birthing point," i.e., why the need for a Medical Spa Association in affiliation with the Day Spa Association? And why the need to distinguish/qualify "medical spa" from "spa"?
HRL: The original concept of a day spa was intended as an extension of a destination spa, i.e., with emphasis on health, rejuvenation, relaxation and lifestyle changes - in other words, continuing the healthy lifestyle one started on while at a spa vacation, combined with serious skin care. However, in the past six or seven years, the day spa concept has become that of an extended full-service salon and/or skin-care salon, with the emphasis more on beauty and pampering than on therapy, prevention, health, etc.
Adapting to this trend, more serious spas that do want to get away from this "pampering" image are now partnering with the medical community. I realized that there is a need for a separate body to help them in this quest. That is one of the reasons the Day Spa Association, as early as 1994, set guidelines, Essences of a Day Spa, to educate people on the different types of day spas available to them. We did implement an accreditation program according to these guidelines, and we are planning something similar within the medical spa industry. The spa industry also has to realize that the medical community (particularly plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, chiropractors, and homeopathic and CAM practitioners) are starting to get quite interested in the spa concept, although many physicians are merely interested in tapping into this lucrative market: non-HMO-related treatments patients/clients are willing to pay cash for, require little paperwork and produce satisfied consumers. (Dealing with the healthy, vibrant and "forever" young-staying public is also a much more pleasant prospect, rather than dealing with the "sick.") The medical spas are part of this trend. Marketing trends that started with the Baby Boomers, including the evolution of the day spas and anti-aging treatments, have crossed over to the medical community. The DSA certification program administered by the Academy of Anti-Aging Research is a perfect example. The academy, run by Drs. Maria Sulindro and Michael Lam, has opened enrollment to nonmedical spa professionals, with certification courses now available through the DSA.
ST: Your advisory board is quite a distinguished panel, as is your medical advisory board. Comment on the selection process.
HRL: To be eligible for either board, members must be committed to helping us shape these organizations, and be willing to apply and share their expertise within the medical or spa industry to help us achieve this. We are holding weekly teleconferences to establish the guidelines, code of ethics, benefits, programs, and more. Members must agree to be guided by our strict code of ethics:
We are in the process of forming committees to address many different areas the MSA is planning to concentrate on, including helping to educate the esthetic industry on how to detect melanoma, in conjunction with the Melanoma Research Foundation, which will be available to members and nonmembers alike.
ST: What would you say is the ultimate "goal" of the Medical Spa Association?
HRL: To bring the spa industry to the medical profession, i.e., the education of health care providers to include spa modalities in the treatment of their patients. And to help spa professionals understand how to work with the medical community.
ST: Who do you plan on networking with in the future? (other spa associations, medical associations, medical facilities/hospitals/institutions, etc.?)
HRL: You are absolutely right - we need to widen the horizon of the spa industry to reach out to other associations, institutional organizations and other business entities and professions to introduce the spa and medical spa concept. This includes assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, pain clinics, the fitness industry and others. This is one way to grow the spa industry beyond where it is now, along with the education of the consumer, which is dear to me, and both the DSA and the MSA can play a role. It is sad that the spa industry has not yet been able to unite to come up with concepts to make more consumers aware of and introduce/educate them to the benefits of spa treatments (for example, an awareness campaign such as the one carried out by the American Dairy Association). Consumers need to be made aware of how important it is to check the training and licenses of spa therapists, the same as they would check the licensure and certification of their doctors. Complicated licensing requirements, which, as in the massage industry, vary from state to state, and county to county, make this a near-impossible task. We do get quite a number of complaints (and many compliments) about spas, which mainly come in via our questionnaire on our Web site (www.spaassociation.com). These comments are passed on to spas, members and nonmembers alike. I'd like to be able to carry this concept over to the MSA. Protection of the consumer is an important part of a trade organization, and there needs to be a national body that monitors the industry and acts as a sounding board and clearinghouse. This is the primary mission of the MSA.
ST: At this point, is the Medical Spa Association considered a separate entity from the Day Spa Association (in terms of funding, scope of operations, etc.) working with DSA, or is the former an offshoot of the latter?
HRL: The MSA is a separately funded organization. Because of the aforementioned reasons (see my responses to questions 1 and 2), the close relationship between day spas and a medical spas, and because I founded and run both organizations, it is appropriate to use the word "in affiliation with." Many of our day spa members, as well as our allied members (companies who supply the industry with products and services - including your publication), are choosing to upgrade their DSA memberships to become members of the MSA. The Day Spa Directory 2003 will incorporate the Medical Spa Directory, but I am certain that as the MSA grows in membership and obtains sponsors, these directories will be separated.
For more information on the Day Spa Association or the Medical Spa Association, go to www.dayspaassociation.com or call 201-865-2065.
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