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An Interview With Spa MD Aesthetician Samantha Town

Spa MD licensed aesthetician Samantha Town has been working in skin care for nearly six years. She got her start at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis and has since worked with physicians, nurses and other estheticians to further her education. In doing this she has increased the number of services she provides, ultimately giving her clients the best possible outcome.

“I became interested in skin care because I struggled with significant acne growing up” she shared. “I feel a lot of compassion and empathy for people who struggle with their skin. When a client doesn’t feel comfortable with their appearance it can affect their self-esteem and the confidence it takes it look people in the eye. I think because I have struggled with these issues myself, I am able to connect well with clients.”

For the first three years of her career, Sam worked in a clinical setting under a physician. She said this first job, in combination with her Aveda Institute training, sparked a new depth of knowledge and sharpened her approach to skin care. She spent these years working on how to best establish client connection in order to understand and address their needs.

“If I can’t articulate exactly what their needs are and how we are going to get there, nothing else matters! This step is crucial to establishing a treatment plan that will give them their desired result.”

“Aveda does a great job educating students on how to give the best facial and these are the skills you need as a new esthetician. It’s an excellent starting point but it was really my first job that gave me a larger skill set: for example, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning” she said.

Motivated by her passion for helping people solve their skin care issues, she sought ways to take her career to a new level. That is when she met Spa MD owner Maury Danielson and Samantha took on the role of lead esthetician.

“I decided it was just time for me to move on and find a job where I had more responsibility. I was also interested in doing more with laser technology … Once Maury hired me I expanded my service offering with the InMode laser modalities as well as microneedling,” she explained.

Sam said she’s found a home at the St. Paul clinic. “I love working at Spa MD! We have a really good team. We get along well, which creates a nice atmosphere not only for employees but also for clients. I have a great relationship with Maury, and we’re always looking to add new services so we can give our clients the best results. Maury is always open to listening to the aestheticians and what we might be interested in adding or places where we feel like we can improve,” she said.

Sam counts a few procedures among her favorites that the clinic offers, including the popular Botox injection. Also topping her list are microneedling and dermaplaning.

“I really love the SkinPen (microneedling). I think it addresses a lot of skin concerns in one treatment, which is fabulous. The treatment doesn’t have a lot of downtime which makes a good option for people with busy schedules… and most people have busy schedules! The dermaplaning is also great. It’s an excellent exfoliation with no time that gives an immediate glow to the skin,” she said.

There are lots of things she loves about her work as an aesthetician; from the environment she is part of every day to the satisfaction of sharing her knowledge and passion, Samantha is at home with Spa MD.

“I love that I don’t have to work at a desk all day. I love that every day is a little bit different because I am interacting with different clients. I love how social I get to be! I talk to people all day long and make them feel more confident about themselves. What more could I ask for in a job?!” she said.

Next up for Spa MD is an event on Wednesday, May 2.

“This promotion includes a consultation where we utilize a special camera that shows sun damage and skin texture. We will be doing chemical peels that evening as well as providing promotional pricing on Obagi skin care,” she explained.

In the meantime, Sam and her colleagues have a plethora of other skincare treatments to help people achieve their best look.

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