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"Take Care of Clients, Each Other, Yourself"

By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Along with her responsibilities at the spa, Darragh works with the American Cancer Society’s “I Can Cope” program—a commitment she honored even before she was diagnosed. She also has created a seminar called “Inner Peace, Inner Power” that teaches resilience through a four-step plan. Breath work, meditation, affirmations and intentions are emphasized, while psychologist Christine Beardman, PhD, inspires participants and individually works with attendees on specific difficulties.

Throughout the years, Darragh’s hard work and dedication have paid off. The spa has established a presence in the community—winning the Best of Philly Award in 2003 from Philadelphia Magazine—and has developed a loyal clientele. “We seem to attract those who need nurturing, yet still want the best skin care,” she notes. “I think women need a lot of encouragement. They’re caring for everyone else—their kids, their parents, taking care of everyone in the home. They need to step back and take care of themselves.”

Focusing on the overall client continues to be Darragh’s main goal, as well as fostering a nurturing atmosphere that benefits team and clientele alike. “We try to take care of every aspect our clients need,” she says. “We’re a small spa, but spiritually we’re big.”