Dermatology Clinic opening on Woodland Avenue

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"So what's that building going up on Woodland Avenue near all the apartments?" That's a question we've been hearing quite a bit recently and today we have an answer for you.


Those seeking the advice of a qualified dermatology provider or those simply in need of a little skin care will have a whole new option come Spring when Twin Ports Dermatology officially opens their doors on Woodland Avenue in Duluth.

Heather and Anthony Smith of Rosemount, Minnesota are behind what will be the first independent dermatology clinic within the city of Duluth. Before Twin Ports Dermatology if someone was in need of skin care or the knowledge of a trained dermatologist their only option really was to visit Essentia Health or St. Luke's or head down to the cities. In fact, the amount of people heading down to the Twin Cities for dermatological care is what caused Heather to think something odd was going on.

While there clearly was nothing wrong with the advice of a doctor in a hospital setting what was wrong was the six to NINE month wait it took in order to see that doctor. Finding that out is when Heather decided it was time for a change.

The story behind how Heather found out about the demand for a dermatology clinic is truly inspiring.

Construction of Twin Ports Dermatology takes shape on Woodland Avenue. (Image provided by Twin Ports Dermatology)

Heather, a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Sciences in Health and Wellness along with a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa Des Moines, is no stranger to the dermatological industry. Most recently she has been working for a dermatologist clinic in the Twin Cities area. That was when she heard that her husband Anthony's mother was having a hard time getting into a hospital in Duluth to have a worrisome mole looked at. 

Heather obviously working in the industry decided to look at it herself only to discover that it was Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. If Anthony's mother had waited much longer, the outcome could have been much worse. That moment is when Heather and Anthony decided things needed to change.

The idea for Twin Ports Dermatology is to offer accessible, quality dermatological care, which will in turn reduce the mortality and morbidity of skin cancer in the Northland. "We aren’t going to fix the problem, but we definitely can improve it" Heather explained to us. The goal of the clinic is to fill a void and help the community along with provide quality care for the swelling demand for skin care within the Northland.

Construction of Twin Ports Dermatology takes shape on Woodland Avenue. (Image provided by Twin Ports Dermatology)

Twin Ports Dermatology will offer a wide variety of services such as treatment for eczema, dry skin, sun damage, acne, hair loss, rashes, rosacea, warts and more along with surgical services for things such as biopsies, atypical mole removal, benign skin lesion removals, and skin cancer excisions.

But wait, there's more. In addition to all these quality services that will be offered at Twin Ports Dermatology there also will be cosmetic enhancement services available too including BOTOX, facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, skin tightening, waxing, and more. Literally it's going to be a one stop skincare shop.

Heather and Anthony hope to open the doors to Twin Ports Dermatology this spring and when they do one thing will be for sure... Duluth will be receiving a quality dermatology clinic that will help this city address a serious problem at hand.

From us here at CDINDULUTH, good luck Twin Ports Dermatology as you prepare in the coming months for your opening! We have no doubt you'll have great success!


The Project

Developed by Edmunds Smith Partnership, the project itself was designed Brian Morse of TKDA. The 6,600 square foot structure features two 3,300 square foot floors. The first floor will be the medical dermatology clinic featuring six exam rooms while the second floor will house medical space geared towards cosmetic enhancements and surgeries along with additional office space.

Working with TKDA for the exterior clearly shows through in the design as we think it's beautiful. Heather and Anthony have also been working with an interior designer in order to make sure that the exterior and interior designs flow together was one. Overall the project has a "clean cut, modern edge to its design scheme" Heather explained to us. It'll definitely be visually appealing but not too modern. 

Twin Ports Dermatology hopes to officially open their doors this April. For more information regarding the business you can visit their website here or like their Facebook page here.


Jobs

If you're interested in working at Twin Ports Dermatology there's good news for you as they are looking to hire Dermatologists, Dermatology NPs and PAs, RNs, LPNs, CMAs, Estheticians, and laser technicians. Now come on, you've got to fit into atleast one of those positions! If you're interested send your resume to Christie at christie@twinportsderm.com 


 
 




 




Massage Envy Spa plans Duluth location

Who doesn't like to be pampered? Well Duluthians, you'll soon have the ultimate place to do so and in an ever so convenient location. Yesterday plans were officially solidified for Massage Envy to open their 27th Minnesota location right here in Duluth on Maple Grove Road in Duluth Heights. It'll be the company's first foray into Northern Minnesota, a seemingly untapped market for affordable massage therapy. 

What exactly is Massage Envy? They're a "pioneer and national leader of affordable massage and spa services" according to their website. The company was launched in the early 2000's but opened their first Massage Envy Spa location only in 2003. Since then due to their shear success the company has expanded to over 1,000 locations within the United States alone. Talk about growth.

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Massage Envy Spa's goal from the start was to "promote a healthy lifestyle through affordable massages" and the company soon found out that that was of great interest to the general public. From massages to facials, Massage Envy seems to do it all and for both and women in a setting like none other for FAR less than it's competitors. 

We talked with Scot Ziessman, the franchise owner of a Massage Envy location in St. Cloud and also the proud owner of the Massage Envy location set to open in Duluth next month. When asked about what sets Massage Envy Spa apart he said it's the fact that it's "upscale, very nice, professional and still very affordable." An affordable massage is something that basically is unheard of in the Duluth area and something we here at CDINDULUTH believe will be welcomed with open arms and aching backs. 

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Massage Envy Spa to date has given over three million facials and seventy-five million massages. Needless to say, people really enjoy the concept. Their mission to "provide a pathway to wellness through professional, convenient, and affordable massage therapy and space services" clearly has found great success within the United States. The St. Cloud location alone completes at least 65 massages a day and currently has over 1700 members. Part of the Massage Envy's success is also the ages in which they do massages including seniors and even children as young as eight years old. 

Memberships are available at $59.99 a month and have a wide variety of options. There's the ability to have a family member add-on, split massage times from an hour down to half an hour in order to have more visits and also the option to share massages with a friend or family member for just an additional $10. There's an additional bonus for you too if you refer a friend and they become a member. If that happens then you've struck gold as you yourself will receive a FREE one hour massage. Talk about a good deal! "With Massage Envy the first time you come into our clinic it's just $39" Scot explained. By having such a low cost for a first visit you're really able to experience all that Massage Envy has to offer and ultimately decide if a membership is right for you.

Various pricing options regarding massage packages

Various pricing options regarding massage packages

The Duluth location will be opening on Maple Grove Road in Maple Square, a retail building owned by Platinum Properties. Massage Envy will take 3,800 square feet of space on the second level and feature 14 massage rooms and 2 couples rooms with the ability for both massages and facials. The two couples rooms will be unique to the Duluth location in the fact that there are two of these rooms available and also that couples have the option to have a massage and facial, or both within the same room.

The Duluth location will also be one of the larger Massage Envy Spa locations in the state and will be the first to debut a new prototype design. Stevie Paulson who is one of the owners of the building told us "the build out will be unbelievable and customers will think they are in Las Vegas." It'll ultimately be one of the nicest day salon spas in the area, if not the entire city.

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Above: Renderings of the new Massage Envy location in Duluth.

Above: Renderings of the new Massage Envy location in Duluth.

The Duluth location will employee 20-25 employees when it opens including 15 massage therapists. The location is also looking to fill sales associate and esthetician positions. If you're at all interested in applying make sure to contact Tammy at 320-420-7800.

Massage Envy will be open Monday through Friday from 8am to 10pm, Saturdays from 8am-8pm and Sundays from 10am - 6pm meaning they will be open for 90 hours a week ensuring you can basically get a massage at any point during your day. There will be no need to work around those 8-5 business hours like other massage therapy locations that are ever so conveniently scheduled during your own personal workday.

Massage Envy will begin construction immediately and plans to open by mid November.