Washington DC spas team with doctors

Forever young
By Jen Haberkorn

David’s Hair and Med Spa opened its doors in Bethesda four months ago. In addition to traditional spa treatments, the business offers some of the most popular medical treatments: Botox, Thermage and laser-hair treatments, all of which must be completed by a medical practitioner, said co-owner Massimo Quartararo.

A doctor visits the spa once a week to do the procedures. In a month, he does about 10 Botox treatments, five laser-hair removals and four Diolite treatments for veins. Although the medical treatments are done only once a week, they account for an estimated 10 percent of the spa’s sales, Mr. Quartararo said.

A dermatologist approached the District’s Celadon Spa looking to rent a room to complete weekly Thermage, Botox, laser-hair removal and Diolite treatments. Owner Judith Kortisas took him up on the offer.

“We wanted to be able to offer that side of the treatment,” Ms. Kortisas said. “There is so much more one can do with these small treatments now [on the medical side], we wanted to be able to offer them in addition to the cosmetic services we are able to offer them [in the traditional spa].”