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The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
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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