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In Memoriam: DAYSPA Remembers Vivant Skin Care Co-Founder James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

 Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr.

Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr.

The world of clinical skin care lost an innovator and a true pioneer when Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr. died last week. He was 73. Surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Vivant Skin Care President Sara M. Fulton, daughter and CEO Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son James Edwin Fulton, III and son George Jacob Fulton, Fulton succumbed to colon cancer at Mercy Hospital in Miami.

"Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care," offers Sara Fulton. "He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have been the hope and confidence he instilled in his acne patients."

"We are devastated by the loss of our company founder and my father, but are determined to carry on his legacy," says Fulton-Kendrick.

Born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Alice Hermann Fulton and James Sr. (a one-time CEO of Cracker Jack), Dr. Fulton's interest in dermatology stemmed from the acne struggles he endured as a pre-teen and throughout adulthood. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1965, and while there his academic achievements led to his induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. While in residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fulton met his close friend and mentor Dr. Albert Kligman; together they co-developed Retin-A®, a topical form of vitamin A. At the request of Dr. Phillip Frost, he relocated to South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry under the noted dermatologist Harvey Blank, M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the early 1970's. Dr. Fulton and Dr. Blank developed benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®) and topical erythromycin (E-Gel®).

In the early 1970's with his wife Sara, Dr. Fulton launched a successful chain of 12 acne clinics called Acne Healthcare Centers, opened the Acne Research Institute and developed and manufactured a line of patented skin care products under the AHC and Face Up brands in their FDA-approved manufacturing facilities. Here he invented a high-speed diamond fraise for dermabrasion and was the first to use aestheticians in the medical office developing a paramedical aesthetician training program.

In 1990, Dr. Fulton opened JEF Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery and dermatology practice where he pioneered fat transfer and laser surgery and was the first to use hyperbaric oxygen chambers for post-surgical recovery. In addition, Dr. Fulton and Sara co-founded Vivant Skin Care in 1990, a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton's patented vitamin A therapies.

Dr. Fulton served as mentor and role model for countless leaders in dermatology and aesthetics across the nation. Most recently he was volunteer faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology and part of the internship program at St. Thomas University. A popular international speaker and teacher, he authored the definitive book Acne Rx and published more than 300 medical articles, the most recent ones being released earlier this year in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and presented at the Skin of Color Seminar Series in New York City and the Orlando Dermatology & Aesthetic & Clinical Conference.

Dr. Fulton volunteered his dermatology services to His House Children's Home, a private, non-profit, faith-based foster children organization, to which he provided no-charge medical treatment to the children and hosted a yearly Thanksgiving luncheon. He actively split time between Flores Dermatology in Coral Gables where he continued to see patients weekly and his research lab at the Vivant Skin Care headquarters in Miami Lakes until taking ill in mid-June.

He was most proud of his beloved wife Sara who helped him with his Ph.D., and worked with him in research and in the medical office. She always attended medical meetings with him and helped with his teaching projects. Dr. Fulton always told her he couldn't have done what he did without her. Among his noteworthy achievements were creating more than 50 original skin care formulations, stabilizing Benzoyl Peroxide in gel form, qualifying as a Full Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, membership in the American Society of Lipo Suction Surgery and election to the Dermatology Foundation's Leader Society.

He is survived by wife Sara Fulton, brother Andy Fulton, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son-in-law Richard Arregui, son James E. Fulton, III, daughter-in-law Isabelle Baranda-Fulton, daughter Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, son-in-law John J. Kendrick, III, son George J. Fulton, daughter-in-law Alexandra Hodges-Fulton, nine grandchildren and the 1000s of acne patients in whose lives he made a clear difference.

In lieu of flowers, the Fulton family is asking for donations to be made to the Dr. Robert Hsia Memorial Fund, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1600 NW 10th Ave., Suite 2023-A, Miami, FL 33136. An open memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the St. Stephens Church, 2750 McFarland Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Those who wish to share their thoughts about Dr. Fulton are encouraged to do so as a comment on the obituary blog post located HERE.

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Aveda Launches Full Circle Recycling Program

Beginning the week of July 15th, Aveda will introduce its new Full Circle recycling program in the US. Aligned with the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy that focuses on the principles of a “no waste” society, Aveda’s goal is to eliminate waste and create something to make a positive difference in the world.

Partnering with g2 revolution, a leading recycling innovations company, Aveda will provide guests the chance to return Aveda packaging not accepted by some municipal curbside recycling programs to all 107 Aveda Experience Center retail locations in the US. The Aveda packaging collected will be sorted to be recycled into reusable material, with the goal of making it into new Aveda packaging or accessories, thus helping to prevent Aveda packaging from going to landfill.

“At Aveda, we find inspiration in nature and believe that it should be emulated as a model of sustainability. Aveda is committed to developing products that can be responsibly sourced, manufactured, used and then returned to the natural world. We also develop packaging with high levels of post-consumer recycled content that can be continuously cycled in the industrial world,” says Dave Rapaport, Vice President Earth & Community Care, Aveda. “The reality is that municipal programs vary in the types of materials they are able to recycle. Aveda is committed to a no waste philosophy. We know this program can make a difference. The success of our pilot program in Colorado in 2011-2012 reported that 98% of the materials received were recycled into reusable material.” In an effort to continue to bring sustainability full circle, g2 revolution launched the “Feed the Future” program in January 2013 in cooperation with the West Ohio Food Bank. For every Full Circle recycling bin processed for recycling, g2 revolution will donate funds that will allow the West Ohio Food Bank to purchase 2 ½ pounds of food. The Full Circle recycling program is the latest step in the brand’s environmental commitment, seeking to take responsibility for all Aveda packaging in the U.S.

1. Check with your local recycler to determine what types of materials are accepted via curbside service. Municipal recycling programs vary on the types of items accepted in community programs.
2. Any Aveda packaging not accepted curbside, such as caps, makeup brushes, and various bottles, jars, tubes and pumps, can be brought into any Aveda Experience Center retail store in the United States and placed in the Full Circle recycling bin. Visit Aveda com/locator to find the Aveda Experience Center retail location nearest you.
3. Once full, the Full Circle recycling collection bin will be sent to Aveda’s recycling partner g2 revolution in Findlay, OH where items will be sorted by material category. And, g2 revolution ships all packages under UPS’ Carbon Neutral Program. Based upon the total volume of packages shipped, g2 revolution pays UPS to purchase certified vintage carbon offsets to balance out the emissions produced by the transportation of the shipments.
4. All materials will be recycled, reused or burned for energy recovery—with the intention of utilizing collected material to create new Aveda packaging or accessories.

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Noel Asmar Uniforms To Dress New Salamander Resort & Spa

Noel Asmar Uniforms To Dress New Salamander Resort & Spa

Noel Asmar designed equestrian-inspired uniforms for the new Salamander Resort & Spa.

Noel Asmar Uniforms has been enlisted to dress the soon-to-open, luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, with a uniform program designed specifically for the elegant Virginia countryside property. The equestrian-inspired uniforms include those from the brand’s internationally known spa line, as well as positions including bellmen, valet, doormen, concierges, hostesses, cocktail servers, bartenders, restaurant servers, housekeepers, as well as fitness, poolside and front desk attendants.

“We are honored to work with the Salamander team and develop a very special experience,” says founder Noel Asmar, "The designs are truly in line with our company as we are passionate about designing uniforms that celebrate those wearing them, and we are passionate about the equestrian lifestyle.”

Terri-Lee Dean, business development director at Noel Asmar, worked closely with Salamander’s executive team to facilitate the development and project management of the new program. The style reflects the uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence for which Johnson and the Salamander brand stand.

Borrowing from its ‘Asmar Equestrian’ line, the fashion design team--led by founder Noel Asmar and senior designer Mena Lucas--combined clever uniform designs with equestrian elements. Using her extensive knowledge of a hotel property’s needs, Noel Asmar’s Brigitte Rhu was able to create a program of custom and ready-to-wear uniforms that perfectly suited Salamander’s needs.

Opening on August 29, Salamander Resort & Spa is a 168-room luxury resort set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards. Amenities include a luxurious spa with private courtyard and infinity pool, fine dining, a cooking studio, wine bar, and numerous conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a restored, century-old stallion barn.

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ONE Concept to Hold Second Annual School Rally at Earthlite Headquarters

Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Director of Massage and Spa for Biofreeze, and CG Funk, Vice President of Industry Relations & Product Development for Massage Envy

The ONE Concept Group announced the second annual West Coast School Rally on July 23rd at Earthlite Headquarters in San Diego County. As organizers of the American Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Spa Conference in San Diego and Atlanta, ONE Concept is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to wellness. “Students are the future,” says Scott Dartnall, President of ONE Concept Group. “Bringing the massage schools, acupuncture schools, chiropractic schools and cosmetology schools together, furthers ONE Concept’s mission to unite a growing community of holistic practitioners. Our goal is to achieve ONE voice in the field of progressive health care.”

“Just like the ONE Concept Conferences, the focus of the School Rally is not one particular discipline,” says Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Vice President of ONE Concept. “It is about uniting the professions—the excitement of understanding each other’s disciplines and providing the opportunity to experience the benefits of each modality. Encouraging information, sharing and an interdisciplinary approach benefits the schools, the students and the planet!”

Approximately 25 schools focusing on massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and spa are expected to participate in the School Rally. Each attendee will receive a gift bag loaded with product from sponsors, including Biofreeze®, Biotone®, Bonvital, American3b Scientific and many more. One lucky school will receive the $1,000 Helping Hands Gifts for Growth™ grant from Biofreeze and Biotone. “In collaboration with BIOTONE, we have partnered with One Concept to award grants at the school rally and student program in San Diego,” stated Marshall Dahneke, President and CEO, Performance Health—parent company of Biofreeze. “We believe that the future of our industry is dependent upon the success of students, and we actively look for ways to support them.”

The full day event features “heavy-hitters” in the world of spa, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and holistic health—attendees will take away trends and tips to capitalize on the 1.9 trillion global market for wellness services. The stellar speaker line-up includes spa entrepreneur Angela Cortright, CEO of Spa Gregories; Cindy Williams, Western Liaison for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals; CG Funk, Vice President of Industry Relations & Product Development for Massage Envy; Mark Dixon, Chair of the California Massage Therapy Council; Marilyn Allen with the American Acupuncture Council and Editor of Acupuncture Today; and Dr. Eric Plasker, Doctor of Chiropractic and founder of the 100 Year Lifestyle program.

Also included in the program is a networking lunch and tour of Earthlite’s state of the art green facility. “As ONE Concept’s 2012 award recipient for Environmental Leadership, Earthlite is acclaimed for achieving a 100% carbon neutral footprint through various sustainable business practices,” says Earthlite CEO Jim Chenevey. “We depend solely upon renewable wood sources from managed forests, recycle 100% of our scrap wood, minimize waste, and use biodegradable upholstery and CFC-free foam. Environmental responsibility is, quite simply, part of our DNA.”

School Rally attendees also receive a complimentary three day pass to ONE Concept’s American Massage, Chiropractic Acupuncture and Spa Conference September 13-15 in San Diego, including access to the tradeshow floor and all one hour classes. All students receive complimentary access on Friday “Student Day.” The ONE Concept Conference is ideal for massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and holistic practitioners wanting integrative, hands on education to develop a holistic approach to wellness.

Spa News: Training Manager Jeannette Cunniff Joins Universal Companies

Jeannette Cunniff

Universal Companies recently hired Jeannette Cunniff as Training Manager in Sales and Education. A 25 year industry professional, Jeannette founded and directed Lake Tahoe Massage School, a CA State licensed and nationally certified vocational school, from 1995 to 2006. In 2005, she was recognized by the AMMA (American Medical Massage Association) for providing excellence in training and education. In 2007, Jeannette developed Global Touch Educational Seminars, (NCBTMB #40015-06), Nationally Certified Continuing Education Programs for the Massage Therapist and Healthcare Practitioner. She has worked with the resort spa industry and the California Community College sector creating, implementing, and instructing training programs. Jeannette has researched and developed more than 500 hours of core based curriculum and 200 hours of specific training programs approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) in Craniosacral, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Chronic Pain, Spa Therapies, Sports Injuries, Business, and Ethics. For the past 7 years she has taught seminars nationally and internationally in Costa Rica, Egypt, Thailand, and the British Virgin Islands.

As Training Manager, Jeannette is responsible for training field instructors, as well as for scheduling and conducting training programs for Universal Companies customers. She assists in developing and implementing new training models, curriculums, and protocols. She works closely with the Universal Companies team of instructors and the National Account Managers of resorts and vocational schools.

“I am eager to offer new models of interactive training,” Jeannette says. “Universal Companies will continue to support the service provider, schools, and spas by providing excellence in education. Our educational partnerships offer trainings to our resort industry customers in order for them to enhance their guests’ spa experiences, while our vocational school programs offer comprehensive and marketable trainings for their students.” She adds, “I am excited to be working with a well respected and growth oriented company.”

Jeannette holds dual license in esthetics and massage therapy and has been a spa trainer, esthetician, and massage practitioner for several luxury spas in Hawaii, Florida, and the British Virgin Islands.She is approved by the NCBTMB and offers continuing education which can be used for massage re-licensing in 40 states.

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