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By: Abby Penning
Posted: October 26, 2009, from the November 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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“I gained an amazing clientele there,” she says of her time at Glow Skin Spa. However, after about four years of honing her skills and learning about new and more advanced offerings, Albert decided it was time to branch out on her own. “Looking back, I’m pretty surprised that I actually did it, because it’s not the kind of thing I would usually do just out of fear,” she explains. “But I think that just goes to show how much passion I have for skin care.”
Scouting out a location, Albert discovered the suites were roomy enough at The New Yorker Hotel to create spacious treatment areas in, and she appreciated the convenient location. Renting a suite, she opened Fusion Spa there in July 2004. “I wanted to create a serene, relaxing space in chaotic New York,” she says. To design her ideal skin care facility, she worked to meld her health and skin care training with the tranquil environment she felt people needed to feel well. “It’s how I came up with the name ‘Fusion,’ ” she says. “I wanted the spa to be a combination of clinical and pampering, creating a mix of treatments that were results-oriented, but still allowed clients to leave feeling really relaxed.”
Now offering services such as facials, microdermbrasion, reflexology, waxing, chemical peels and body treatments, Fusion Spa has become the space Albert envisioned. “I love the freedom and the solitude and the exchange of energies I get with my clients,” she says. “Building that trust and rapport with them, knowing that they are confident in my expertise and knowledge about the best ways to improve their skin, energy and health is really rewarding.”
Albert ensures that she offers her clients some of the latest and best treatments by consistently pursuing additional education. “I just finished an intensive five-day national certification course for the use of lasers in the industry, and I aced the exam,” she notes, saying she likes to stay up-to-date on more business-oriented classes, too.
Continued growth is a goal Albert always keeps in mind. “The industry is always changing and growing, with more advanced ingredients, and cosmetic chemistry and technology. It’s important to keep learning and to keep moving. Esthetics is more than just piling creams on the face; it’s about really affecting the skin on a cellular level, as well as using your heart and hands to reach out and help others,” she says. Albert is even researching the possibility of offering skin care services in conjunction with a plastic surgeon or other physician in the area.