Tennessee Commercial Appeal laser article


On November 7, 2002, gomemphis.com (the online version of the Commercial Appeal) printed an article that almost reads like an ad for Mona Sappenfield’s Mona Spa and the laser she uses, the Altus CoolGlide.

“Kissably Smooth” by fashion editor Barbara Bradley contains nothing but great things to say:

[URL=http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/health_and_fitness/article/0,1426,MCA_522_1529208,00.html]http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/health_and_fitness/article/0,1426,MCA_522_1529208,00.html[/ URL]

The quotes below are mostly for my own use. Check out the article for more info.

</font><blockquote><font size=“1” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>quote:</font><hr /><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”> Sappenfield was certified in the use of the laser by Altus Medical, trained in laser safety by the Laser Institute of America in Orlando, has worked with EpiLight, intense pulse light, for several years and is a licensed electrologist.

Laws on who may use a laser vary from state to state. In Tennessee, a licensed electrologist may use an FDA-approved laser designated for permanent hair removal, according to Bob Kraemer, assistant general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>

[ November 08, 2002, 02:52 PM: Message edited by: Andrea ]


This message states electrologists are allowed to use lasers for hair removal that have been approved for PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL by FDA. There are NO LASERS APPROVED FOR THIS USE, consequently, all who use them are “illegely practicing medicine without a license” and also risk causing patients to develop “melanomas” and DIE.

Doesn’t anyone care in this state?


I spoke with,Bob Kraemer, the counsul for the Health department of Tenn., about this on Tues., June3, 2003. The laws of the state and the electrology board are published on the web. The law specifically says (to paraphrase it) anything approved by FDA for PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL by trained and licensed people can do it. I pointed out to him FDA specifically states it is NOT permanent and there is NO accredited training program anywhere in the USA except in hospitals and they do NOT accept non-physicians for training.

This is an example of lawyers that work for the state for a weekly salary as opposed to lawyers that are independant and are willing to earn their money on the basis of their talent as lawyers. You draw your own conclusion.