CleanSpa is a partnership of a podiatrist and nail technicians in a new spa setting — the foot spa. Here, nail technicians have the opportunity to perform pedicures for people who not only need their services, but appreciate their special expertise.
When clients enter, they note white floors, minimalist decor, soft relaxing music, and scents infused in the air.
The need to make a clean break from the old, sometimes less-than-sanitary, pedicure cycle for clients, technicians, patients, and podiatrists alike inspired the creation of CleanSpa Pure Pedicure in St. Louis. Podiatrist Michael Horwitz and his wife, Angela Horwitz, own CleanSpa as well as the Feet For Life Podiatry Centers and Mid County Surgery Center. “Quite often we have individuals tell us, ‘I am so embarrassed to show you my feet,’ and we are proud to tell them that they are the reason we are here. We can help,” says Dr. Horwitz.
WHERE MEDI MEETS PEDI
For many years, Dr. Horwitz assisted patients who came to him with issues that were caused by bad pedicure experiences, or patients who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, who believe they aren’t able to ever have a pedicure due to the possible danger of infection. He also wanted to assist patients’ family and friends who just wished to have a pedicure provided safely. With the opening of CleanSpa last year, he and his staff are able to provide an amazing spa experience with the beauty expertise of the nail technicians and the medical support of a podiatric office.
There are many factors in salons that can lend to the infection “perfect storm.” Incorrect floor plan placement, poor cleaning and service protocol, undereducated and uninformed technicians, the push to rush through services, improper and poor quality equipment and technology, and the lack of ongoing training and support are just a few. Quite often in the interest of conserving space, the floor plan of a salon will place manicure tables close to the pedicure tubs. The debris that is created by filing the nails can contain germs and/or fungal spores that can settle on foreign surfaces and when combined with the wet surface of a pedicure tub, make a nasty mix that can be detrimental to an individual whose immunity is compromised or has just the right set of wrong circumstances in place that can lead to an infection.
These beautiful Italian Air Massage Pedicure Chairs are not only wonderful to look at, they are also comfortable and clean. The chairs are cleaned inside and out after every single client.
CleanSpa has gone two steps beyond to ensure this risk is minimized. The CleanSpa manicure tables are located away and separate from the wet pedicure tubs. Also, Dr. Horwitz has created a custom-built nail care ventilation system that prevents any nail debris from leaving the area of the manicure service. All table surfaces are cleaned completely after every treatment and there is a filtration system that is replaced after each individual client. CleanSpa decor is minimal, so there are few items stored at each table to assist in not retaining dust.