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May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05

The Medical Spa Association Elects First Board of Directors

By Editorial Staff

The Medical Spa Association (MSA) has announced the formation of its first board of directors. Elections took place on February 5, 2003, creating a multidisciplinary board comprised of medical doctors; alternative medicine practitioners; skin-care experts; and experts in medical-spa design, operations and marketing.

Each board member will serve a one-year, unpaid term. "Our Board of Directors is composed of outstanding leaders dedicated to helping health care practitioners and spa owners alike meet the needs of the thousands of American consumers who visit medical spas annually," said MSA Executive Director Hannelore R. Leavy, who founded the association in 2002. [Editor's note: See "Inside the Medical Spa Association: An Interview With Executive Director Hannelore R. Leavy" in the February 2003 issue:]

The members of the 2003 MSA board of directors are:

  • Eric Light, president;
  • Catherine Atzen, vice-president;
  • Allan Share, treasurer;
  • Judith Stanton, vice-president, marketing;
  • Michelle Turcotte, vice-president, membership and benefits;
  • Karen Crawford, director of public relations;
  • Janice Gronvold, vice-president, education and licensure; and
  • John Buckingham, vice-president, corporate affairs.

"The Medical Spa Association is committed to a program of education, innovation and cooperation between all segments of the medical spa industry," added Eric Light, president of the Strawberry Hill Group in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the new president of the MSA board. "Our first concern will always be the health and safety of our guests and patients. With that in mind, the association has created a strict but practical code of ethics for our members."

Current MSA membership includes naturopaths; osteopaths; dentists; internists; dermatologists; massage therapists; spa owners and consultants; and product manufacturers and suppliers. The association is committed to promoting a positive image through the development and implementation of programs designed to enhance the medical spa community.

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