Spa News Stories

Unlicensed Beverly Hills Doctor in Federal Prison for Injecting Smuggled Silicone

An Argentine doctor who used the homes of wealthy Beverly Hills residents to deliver non FDA-approved injectibles, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. The clients of Dr. Daniel Tomas Fuerte Serrano included the wives of Lionel Richie and CNN talk-show host Larry King. Prosecutors say he gave the illegal injections at various places, including parties, where up to 30 wealthy clients sipped cocktails and were injected with silicone smuggled into the U.S. Serrano wasn't licensed to practice in the United States, prosecutors said, and he charged thousands of dollars for injections of substances consistent with industrial grade silicone...

2007 IECSC New York Raises the Bar for Spa Industry Education

The inaugural IECSC New York (formerly American Spa Expo) will host two outstanding educational conferences at the Javits Center March 11-13, 2007. As the education consultant for IECSC New York, SpaTrade's Nancy Griffin has brought together sixty of the spa industry's top managers and marketers who will present a wealth of inside information. Here's a preview of the Medical Spa Conference and the Spa Business Conference. Medical Spa Conference The country's most prestigious educators and medical spa operators will convene March 11-12 to share their successful business strategies. The first day's Medical Spa Development track will focus on planning, design,...

Ob-Gyns Switching to Medical Spa Services

Many ob-gyns are leaving their specialties to practice open medical spas, the New York Times reports. Ob-gyn's have a ready-made female audience, and cosmetic medicine is attractive because the treatments are not covered by insurance. Doctors can also set their own hours and avoid emergency calls. Some doctors have criticized the practice, saying cosmetic treatments cannot be safely preformed by physicians without special training in dermatology or plastic surgery, according to the Times. Some doctors from other fields entering cosmetic medicine say the cosmetic procedures are less complicated than caesarean sections or other procedures. In addition, they say they can...

California Wellbeing Institute Opens at Four Seasons Westlake Village

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California opened this month. The lavish hotel is different than the usual Four Seasons in that it is also a lifestyle center designed to promote good health. The project, which broke ground in 2004, is the mission of David Murdock, the Dole Foods chairman who is interested in health and longevity. The hotel has a 40,000-square-foot-spa with 28 treatment rooms and a wide variety of options for wellness treatments such as aromatherapy and massage. There is also a 12,000-square-foot fitness room with cardio stations, weight training equipment, an indoor pool and Pilates, yoga,...

ISPA Scores Another Hit with 2007 Conference

ISPA's annual conference always bring out the 'who's who' of the spa industry, and this year was no exception. The 2007 ISPA conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas November 6-9 featured industry visionaries, inspirational keynotes, and the release of new industry statistics. Immaculee Ilibagiza, closing keynote The opening session presented trends research and the Visionary Award was presented to Sylvia Sepielli. Dan Burris presented a fascinating peek at what lies in the future (and spas should be a key player in wellness). In the second general session, the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award was presented to Dr. Michael Jacobson for...

Spas Enhance Profits with Breakthrough Nutraceutical and Weight Management Programs

Spas/Medspas Enhance Profits And Services With Nutraceuticals And Breakthrough Weight Management Programs With Metabolic Testing And Online Meal Planning Traditional avenues for healthier lifestyle solutions are failing in America. The typical American maintains a sedentary lifestyle including a diet lacking essential nutrients and riddled with unhealthy choices that has obesity rates soaring. However, reports show that over 87% of the American population wants to make a change and Spas/Medspas are becoming a haven for consumers seeking broader solutions for healthier living. To meet this demand, a unique Atlanta-based company, elementals TM , has earned significant credibility in the industry by...

Developer Plans $240M Family Spa

Bridgeland Development LLC is planning to build a $240-million family spa on 155 acres at the former Belchertown State School. The project, dubbed Quabbin Resort Spa, will transform the former mental institution into a full-service complex with a 350-room hotel, restaurant, conference center and spa treatment rooms. Elizabeth Taras, with Bridgeland Development, tells GlobeSt.com the Chicago-based development company will begin remediation work to remove asbestos and led paint early next year prior to beginning construction in late 2007 or early 2008. The 1.2-million-sf project just south of the Quabbin Reservoir is set to be completed by 2009. The spa will...

Industry news

Mii amo Receives Top Honors Mii amo , a destination spa at Enchantment (Sedona, AZ), was named the number one destination spa in North America and third best destination spa in the world in a recent poll in Travel + Leisure magazine. In the same World's Best Spas survey in the October issue, readers ranked Mii amo among the top 25 hotel spas in the continental U.S. and Canada. Mii amo (its entrance pictured here) is nestled in the slope of red rock mountains. Tweezerman Recognized by Allure Tweezerman was again named a winner in Allure magazine's 2006 Editor's Choice...

Red Door Opens First Lifestyle Spa at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure

Red Door Spa Holdings announces the opening of its first destination spa, Red Door Lifestyle Spa, Elizabeth Arden. Located in Weston, FL at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure, this 48,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the company's portfolio, which consists of more than 70 spas and salons. "The destination spa provides programming over a period of three, five or seven days, while a day spa primarily provides a balancing, relaxing experience through a variety of spa services and treatments within one day. The Red Door Lifestyle Spa is designed as a place where people can...

Qua Baths & Spa Opens at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace Las Vegas is proud to announce the opening of Qua Baths & Spa, a fresh and enticing new spa experience. Situated in the Augustus Tower at the legendary hotel and casino, Qua unfolds as a resplendent oasis for relaxation and renewal guided by the healing and calming powers of water, dynamic service standards, and "Social Spa-ing," a new concept in the industry. The stylish spa features 51 treatment studios including three deluxe Couple's Studios, two personalized hydrotherapy tubs, three Vichy showers, seven facial studios, 35 massage studios and a Crystal Body Art Room. The immersive atmosphere also includes...

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