By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Change may come to mind when one thinks of a butterfly.
It’s why Monarch Medical Esthetics has the word “monarch” in its name. And it’s also how the business got its start in September 2020.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for the medical spa or medi spa, at 738 E. CR 200N, Warsaw. It was also an open house for the business, with COVID-19 having pushed back the celebration of its opening by a year.
Owner Linda Moore noted change started the business.
“Well, actually COVID occurred and our team here, we all worked at another medi spa. And it closed,” she said. “So I thought, you know what, why don’t we just open a new one? Maybe not the smartest thing to do in the middle of a pandemic, really, we thought that, but we thought, at this point with everything so volatile, what do we have to lose? Let’s go for it.”
Change also describes the focus of Monarch Medical Esthetics.
“Beautiful change is our slogan, and I think this time in life, socially, economically and physically, you know just all the way around, beautiful change is a good thing to think about,” said Moore.
“The butterfly is our logo, the monarch … and our slogan being beautiful change because everybody can be a change to other people that’s beautiful and then we can help people experience beautiful change as well,” she continued.
As a medi spa, the business offers procedures like Botox and fillers along with those like facials. Its services include IV nutrition therapy, hair regrowth therapy, permanent cosmetics and laser treatments, including hair removal.
“Our favorite thing is right now, we utilize stem cells for anti-aging,” said Moore. “We take your blood and we (remove your) stem cells and then we can inject them back into your face. If you have scars or hair loss or just aging, those stem cells then rejuvenate and cause that healing effect, which produces collagen, so that’s really great to be able to use your body to anti-age yourself.”
She noted that treatment and other similar ones where a person’s own body helps “heal and anti-age itself,” known as biostimulation, have become popular in the beauty field.
She said the services are for everyone.
“People think that the medi spa is for 50 years and older women, but the truth is, when we do see men, they outspend women per treatments and the millennials because of awareness about skin health, because of increase in cancer, because of being more conscientious about sun damage pollution, millennials really are a target for medical esthetics and also Kardashians and Instagram and all those types of things, so there’s a lot more awareness about skin health,” she said.
Moore also said the business provides services for teenagers. They don’t encourage teens to get procedures like Botox but do work with them and their parents to help with acne.
Another part of their clientele is those who’ve had cancer.
“When people have chemotherapy, two things can happen: they lose the facial hair, their eyebrows, their eyelashes. They also lose a lot of hair on their head,” she said. “COVID patients … a few months after people have COVID, they lose hair, so helping them grow that back and stimulate growth, so what’s great is whether you have some scarring on the eyebrows or you’ve lost all the eyebrows to cancer, this is for men and women, we do what’s called micro-blading and we actually design hair-like strokes to make eyebrows, so they look real. And also people going through chemo and cancers, obviously the IV nutrition therapy helps boost their immune systems too.”
Monarch’s staff includes Oversight Physician Dr. Lori Zimmerman, Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Amy Stitt, Patient Concierge Jennifer Elder and Moore, who does advanced permanent cosmetics. The business is currently seeking an esthetician.
Meeting the needs of its female staff plays into the business’ hours. They are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays by appointment.
“We do that because we believe in families and … we like (staff) to have that Monday,” said Moore. “We’d rather work 9-10 hours four days ’cause moms are busy. We have to have that Monday to do our chores and take care of our children and clean our houses.”
The business has focused on women’s needs through its Botox for Boobies breast cancer fundraiser.
It’s also done work with United Way, and Moore said she hopes to have the business be more involved with charity groups in the future.
To learn more about Monarch’s pricing and services or to set up an appointment, people should visit its website mybeautifulchange.com. The business offers free consultations.
“Unfortunately right now, there’s a lot of negativity and depression, and so by coming to a consultation, we encourage positivity and everybody’s beautiful, and we just want to enhance their own natural beauty,” Moore said.