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.
CleanSpa provides two different seating accommodations for pedicures. There are sleek Italian air massage wet pedicure chairs, which are cleaned internally and externally after every service. Zero-gravity reclining chairs also provide wonderful seating for individuals who may find it challenging to access a traditional pedicure chair, as well as expectant mothers — they are truly a luxurious experience for anyone who wishes to have the ultimate in pedicures. Improper cleaning of wet areas and floors is a reason people may pick up an infection, and CleanSpa goes above and beyond to make sure all seating is safe between each and every service.
The use of an autoclave to sterilize all implements between each service is key. If an implement isn’t able to be sterilized, it is a one-time use implement and disposed of after each client. Clients can watch as the sterilized implement packets are opened for each service. Latex-free gloves are worn at all times.
CleanSpa manicure stations are constructed to not retain any nail dust, debris, or fumes. Dr. Horwitz created a proprietary ventilation system that has an exterior filter that is changed after every service and runs continuously through every table and the facility.
Another huge factor that can contribute to the transference of bacteria and fungus is linens. Services can sometimes use up to six towels per treatment, so at CleanSpa linens are not taken lightly. There is a linen service, which picks up all linens to be steam cleaned and sterilized. The staff does not have to worry about the handling of linens and there is peace of mind that all linens are exceptionally clean for each and every use. This level of overall care protects not only the clients but the health of the nail technician as well.
When a new nail technician joins the team, she is immediately enrolled to become a certified Advanced Nail Technician/Medical Nail Technician. This certification enables technicians to assist a podiatrist in areas of podiatric care. For example, she can recognize conditions that require a medical referral during a client’s initial evaluation and assist with laser treatments for the care of fungal nail infections.
To empower the technicians with the knowledge and ability to do more to assist their clients in both medical and cosmetic foot care is of tremendous value to the techs and podiatrist, and it inherently increases both the client base and revenue for all parties involved. For the tech, the foot spa setting fosters an increased level of tipping on average and a definite boost in commissions per spa service. The advent of the ANT/MNT helps free up the podiatrist in areas of topical foot care that previously would have bogged down his schedule with lower income services that can now be performed by the ANT/MNT and enables the podiatrist to focus on the more invasive and involved areas of foot care.
Meet the team: Standing (left to right) are Olga, Kenyana, Shayla, Cyndi, Kathy, and Alla. Denise is seated.
At CleanSpa, clients are not rushed through and the technicians are able to provide quality relaxation and health-oriented care. The service is an experience and not a task. “CleanSpa is an amazing model for podiatrists and nail technicians and we are encouraged by the high interest from both,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Foot spas can bring about an incredibly positive improvement for these industries, possibly bringing them into a partnership in protecting clients while providing clients luxury and conscientious foot care. Truly, a pedicure may be a life or death circumstance for clients with healing issues. Stepping up to performing expert and safe pedicures for these clients can become a life-altering opportunity for nail technicians.”
With 31 years’ experience as technician, salon manager, and salon owner, Denise Baich writes articles for two industries, focusing these efforts on education and regulation of professionals on issues important to their success. She is currently spa director at CleanSpa (www.cleanspa.com). For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.