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How to Hire the Perfect Medical Director for Your Medical Spa: The Four R's

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By: Tiffany Bowman | April 9, 2024

Choosing the right medical director for your medical spa is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a medical spa owner. In many states, it's a legal necessity to have a licensed physician involved in your operations. But hiring a medical director blindly can lead to disaster. Let's explore "The Four R's" you must consider to make an informed choice and ensure the success of your medical spa.

  1. Right to Hire in Your State: Before anything else, ensure you have the legal authority to hire a medical director. In many states, the corporate practice of medicine doctrine prohibits non-physicians from directing licensed physicians. Consult a healthcare attorney to understand the regulations in your state and whether you can hire or associate with a medical director legally.
  2. Requirement of Experience: Your medical director must possess specialized experience within the scope of services your spa offers. Whether it's Botox, fillers, or other procedures, they should have a track record in these areas. Look for someone who has dealt with adverse events and has established protocols for handling them. Verify their clinical qualifications, certifications, and past experiences to ensure they meet the necessary standards.
  3. Regulations Regarding Supervision: Supervision requirements vary by state, but your medical director must comply with local regulations. They should be familiar with your state's definition of supervision and be able to provide proper oversight. Ensure they are accessible in case of emergencies and can fulfill the supervisory duties outlined by your state's medical board.
  4. Responsiveness: A responsive medical director is essential for the smooth functioning of your spa. They should be available and accessible to provide guidance and support when needed. Gauge their responsiveness by observing their interaction with your staff and assessing their bedside manner. Look for someone who is genuinely passionate about aesthetic and wellness medicine, not just motivated by financial gain.

By considering these Four R's—Right to hire, Requirement of experience, Regulations regarding supervision, and Responsiveness—you'll be well-equipped to hire the perfect medical director for your medical spa. Take the time to do your due diligence, and you'll set your spa up for success. 

For more assistance hiring a medical director, contact We Treat today! ​​We work with an established network of physician practices with experience in aesthetics and wellness and perform supervision in all 50 states.

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