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Introducing QP

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

qp first issue

By Alex R. Thiersch, JD, CEO of the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa)

When we first started AmSpa in 2013, we knew that, ultimately, we would start a magazine. It was a natural evolution and was always in our plans; however, we always wanted it to be different. We didn’t want to simply put out another trade publication or industry magazine. Don’t get me wrong—there is a place for those publications in the world, and they bring great value to the industry.

But, as we looked at the landscape of aesthetics, there was nothing that truly spoke to medical spas. The medical spa industry is like nothing else in aesthetics. It’s its own unique industry, with its own characteristics and unique traits. These aren’t dermatology practices and they’re not surgery centers. They are definitely not traditional spas, either.

When we thought about how to capture the medical spa industry in print, we immediately discarded the traditional characterizations. We didn’t want doctors in lab coats or slick suits, and we didn’t want stock images of syringes or cookie-cutter offices, either. We also didn’t want extensive treatises on treatments or tactics. We wanted to capture the true essence of the industry—the spirit and underlying vibe that makes the industry go.

At its core, this industry is about people. Medical spas help people feel empowered. They help people recognize their true beauty. They inspire confidence, pride and hope. They make people look better, to be sure, but they also restore people from within. And they do this while making money and having fun. There is a sexiness and glamour to this industry that you won’t find anywhere else, and there is community and strength in the industry, as well.

It is our goal to capture this essence in a publication while ensuring that we stick to our core values of compliance and safety. After all, none of the allure and glamour is possible if we don’t provide impeccable patient care and adhere to strict medical standards. As I’ve often said in talks throughout the country, there is only one thing that can stop this industry from continuing its incredible growth trajectory—us. It’s us tolerating bad outcomes, receiving negative press and failing to follow the rules of the road. So long as we are compliant, professional and safe, the sky is the limit for this industry.

With that said, it is with great pleasure that I present the premier issue of AmSpa’s new quarterly publication, QP. It is an exploration—and a celebration—of the industry through the eyes of the people who have built it: you. In its pages you’ll find color, insight, advice and perspective that you may not have considered before. You’ll get to go inside the top medical spas in the country, read about the entrepreneurs who built the industry and share in their experiences.

In our first issue, we present the top med spas in the country. Inside you’ll find exclusive photos and insight from some of the most successful medical spas owners in the world. What are their secrets? What drives them? And to what do they attribute their success? In future issues, we'll highlight influencers, innovators, technology, data, and, of course, regulation (it is AmSpa, after all). But through it all, we will focus on people.

And of course, we invite you to let us know what you think and what you want to see. This publication is for you, and it’s important to us that you’re proud of what you see. This has been a long time coming, and we hope to be around for many years to come.

AmSpa members should receive the premier issue of QP in late June.

(Please note that if you became an AmSpa Member prior to May 31, you'll receive the first issue in the mail. If you have become a Member since May 31, the second issue will be your first. If you want to receive QP—among many other benefits—become an AmSpa Member today.)

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AmSpa Year In Review 2018: Podcasts, Webinars and Blog Posts

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 27, 2018

There were a lot of great things AmSpa put out in 2018! Here are a few blog posts, podcasts and webinars you may have missed:

Some of our Favorite Blog Posts
3 Tips for Opening a Medical Spa

In our first blog of the year, AmSpa CEO Alex Thiersch went over three tips for opening a medical spa.

There’s more to how to open a medical spa than just being an excellent medical aesthetic practitioner. Of course that is important, but there are basic business and legal compliance steps you also need to take to make sure you are successful in the long term. 

Read more here.

Med Spa Law Terms You Need to Know

In this popular #medspalaw blog post, ByrdAdatto lawyer Renee Coover, JD, defines the med spa law terms you NEED to know.

In order to protect yourself and your business from exposure to problems such as these, you should familiarize yourself with the nature of the industry and some issues that are commonly faced by medical spa owners and operators. The specific rules and regulations that govern medical spas may be a bit difficult to pin down, but ignorance is never an acceptable excuse.

Read more here.

Medical Spa Bad Press: Coming to Terms with Compliance

In this more recent blog post, Alex goes over compliance and bad press, and how to make sure your med spa is on the right side of the law.

The days of the medical spa industry being the “wild west” are likely coming to an end. So if your practice is not entirely compliant with your state’s medical statutes, it is certainly in your best interest to identify the ways in which it falls short and address them as soon as possible.

Read more here.

Popular Podcasts
Episode 12: What Does the FDA Alert Regarding Feminine Rejuvenation Mean for Medical Spas?

In this podcast episode, Alex sits down with ByrdAdatto partner, Jay Reyero, JD, to discuss the FDA alert regarding vaginal rejuvenation.

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to several major device manufacturers about the marketing of vaginal rejuvenation devices. The notice clarified that the scope of FDA clearance on the machines only covered certain procedures, not including vaginal rejuvenation. 

Jay Reyero, JD, partner at the law firm of ByrdAdatto weighs in on what this notice might mean for medical spa practices, and the steps owners and practitioners should take in light of the warning. 

Listen here.

Episode 15: Making Money Solely On Injectables: The Smith & Popov Blueprint

In this episode, Alex interviews Danielle Smith, co-founder of Smith & Popov, to learn how she created her successful practice with only injectables.

One chair, one injector, and a successful medical spa practice. Danielle Smith of Miami's Smith & Popov talks through how she built her business model, the most important metrics she tracks, and how she stays lean, efficient, and profitable to break the myth that you can't make money on injectables. 

Listen here

Webinars You May Have Missed
Basics of a Medical Director Contract
Need to write a contract for your new medical director and don't know where to start? Michael Byrd, JD, Partner at ByrdAdatto has you covered. 

Watch it here.

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace
  • What is pregnancy discrimination and who is protected?
  • How do federal and state laws intersect to protect pregnant workers?
  • Best practices for employers to protect against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace- from hiring to firing
Renee Coover, JD, ByrdAdatto goes over what pregnancy discrimination is and how to avoid it in this webinar.

Watch it here


Thanks for making 2018 so great, and we can't wait to see what 2019 brings for AmSpa and our members!

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AmSpa Year In Review 2018: Events

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 was an amazing year for AmSpa, and we're so glad to have had you all with us. 

The Medical Spa Show 2018

Turns out, first time is the charm! Our first annual Medical Spa Show, held at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was a rousing success. With over 400 attendees and 50 exhibitors, the premier conference and trade show for non-invasive aesthetics proved the need for a show for med spas, by med spas. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve made even better for MSS 2019, February 8-10, 2019, see you there!

Next! Level 2018

Held in sunny Maui, Hawaii, the 2018 Next! Level Leadership event offered education for successful medical spa and medical aesthetic professionals who need help getting to the next level in their business and careers. Topics covered included managing assets and profits; franchising; how to develop partnerships and investments; expanding your medical spa’s footprint; developing an exit strategy and so much more. Watch your inboxes for more information!

2018 Boot Camps

Wow! As fast as the medical spa industry is growing, so did our boot camps! Held in seven cities across the country, AmSpa LOVED meeting med spa professionals like you from all over the United States! This year, AmSpa Boot Camps offered two days of education on med spa law, consultations, marketing your med spa, financing, and more! Interested in attending a 2019 Boot Camp? Click here to see if we’re visiting a city near you!

And check back tomorrow, when we go over the best webinars, blogs and podcasts you may have missed!

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