April 2014, lakesfootankle.com

Commerce Podiatrist Office Opens Renovated Spa

Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates of Commerce first introduced their Sole Serenity Spa in August 2012. The single room spa began offering only pedicure treatments, but today has grown to a facility nearly twice its original size and now offers a full range of spa treatments.

The spa opened its doors at a nearly 1,000 square foot facility above the Lakes Foot and Ankle earlier this month. Jewelry Store, Salon, spa and resort designer Leslie McGwire ASID, Allied of Leslie McGwire & Associates Interior Design Company in Bloomfield, MI designed the spa which has an “intimate” feel.

Services will include manicures, pedicures, facials, chemical peels, laser treatments and more, all rendered by licensed cosmetologists and estheticians. The facility will also include three private rooms and a group room with three treatment chairs and manicure table.

In addition to a full range of spa treatments, the Sole Serenity Spa ensures the utmost cleanliness with the use of sterile utensils.

“The biggest thing is sterility. The instruments are sterilized in an autoclave just like what we use in our bone and joint surgeries,” Dr. Daniel Shanahan, founding partner of Lakes Foot and Ankle said. “The instruments will be sterilized and opened in a pack in front of you so you know that they’re sterile.”

Disposable tub liners, pumice stones and nail files are perfect for diabetic clients who are at an increased risk for a number of complications. Tools used to perform pedicures are treated with a multi-step surgical sterilization process, ensuring the utmost cleanliness. “It makes it clean. Nobody is getting fungus or warts like you hear all the time. That won’t be happening,” Lakes Foot and Ankle associate Dr. Aimee Popofski said.

After a foot soak and massage, clients can finish off their treatment with a coat of polish that is safer for nails. Dr.’s Remedy, a nail polish line developed by podiatrists, are free of toxins such as formaldehyde and toluene which are often found in other nail polish brands.

Clients will have the opportunity to mix and match treatments, which include a pain free skin rejuvenation laser treatment, facials, manicures, and pedicures.

“Women and men will be able to pick and choose what suits them best per the guidance of the estheticians,” Dr. Shanahan said. “We call them master pedicurists. They are trained at the science of pedicures and manicures, but are also trained by us to recognize other pathologies or be able to talk about foot, skin and nail pathologies.”

According to Shanahan, master pedicurists are trained to recognize pathologies such as warts. If a pathology is found, doctors (time permitting) can then consult with the client on a treatment plan.

Creating the Spa

The Sole Serenity Spa was the brainchild of Dr. Shanahan, Dr. Popofski and Rebecca Bond, spa manager.

“When I was in med school I had always thought it would be wonderful to one day open a pedicure spa where my patients who have diabetes could go and get a pedicure. It was always on my mind,” Dr. Popofski said. “The three of us had a conversation one day and then we started planning.”

Opening in a small treatment room in August 2012, the spa quickly took off. Popular pedicure treatments such as the Sweet Feet Treat, which allows diabetic patients to “cheat” by enjoying warm vanilla skin treatments and candy coated nails, and the Male Nail, for the guy on the go, instantly became a hit with clients.

“People were waiting months to get an appointment,” Dr. Shanahan said. “You’ve got to keep offering better things and we became limited by the space and the availability.”

Scheduling a Visit

Schedule your visit with a master pedicurist at the Sole Serenity Spa by visiting http://www.lakesfootankle.com/sole-serenity-spa.html.

Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sunday.

For more information call 248-630-6515 or email soleserenityspa@gmail.com.