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Who can own a medical spa?

Any practitioner of the healing arts who is licensed in

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Can a nurse, esthetician, Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) own a med spa by employing a medical director?

There may be limitations regarding a nurse, esthetician, or physician assistant’s ability to own a medical spa in Kentucky. Given that

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Can a nurse, esthetician, PA or NP take a commission for administering laser treatments or injectables like Botox?

In Kentucky, a physician is prohibited from

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Does a physician have to examine every new patient before the patient is treated?

While the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure requires that a physician direct the course of the patient’s treatment, there is no

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What about Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners – can they see new patients or must it always be a physician?

In order for a physician assistant to see a new patient that authority must be

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Can physicians delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians?

A physician may delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians as long as

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Does a physician have to be present at the med spa at all times?

Generally, a physician does

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Who can perform laser treatments?

Laser treatment involves structurally altering human tissue, which, in Kentucky, constitutes the practice of medicine and must be performed by

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Can Estheticians Perform Laser Treatments?

Generally, an esthetician is prohibited from performing laser treatments, as well as Botox injections. However, an esthetician may

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Botox and other Injectable Fillers: Who can inject?

An injection is considered to be a practice of medicine, and thus, should only be performed by

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Can a dentist own a medical spa?

Kentucky permits anyone who obtains the proper type of

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Can a dentist serve as a medical director at a medical spa?

In Kentucky, non-physicians are

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Can dentists inject Botox?

A dentist licensed in Kentucky may administer Botox or other injectables to limited

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Can dentists perform laser treatments?

Dermatological laser treatments and care as distinguished from oral laser procedures are considered

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The information and answers contained in these frequently asked questions provide a general guide to certain laws that apply to "medical spas” in this particular state. The information contained on this site is for general reference only. This information is not intended to provide legal advice, and it should not be relied upon as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers: You should not act upon this information without seeking knowledgeable legal counsel that takes the laws of your jurisdiction into account. All uses of the content of this site, other than personal uses, are prohibited.

Summary updated June 2014

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