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Weight Loss & Wellness: Expert Tips for Speedy and Successful Practice Implementation

By: Hannah Celian | June 7th, 2024

Weight Loss & Wellness: Expert Tips for Speedy and Successful Practice Implementation Blog Feature

With any hot new treatment, speed is everything. Getting started is not easy, however, and requires strategic planning.

Judy Kozlicki, director of medical aesthetics at Skytale Group, rode a rocket ship of growth during her tenure with Lifetime Fitness leading the nationwide expansion into medical spas.

From this experience, Judy shares how to fit wellness into aesthetics and shares secrets from successful weight loss programs to help set your practice apart from competitors.

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Judy Kozlicki, Director of Medical Aesthetics for Skytale Group

As the Director of Medical Aesthetics for Skytale Group, Judy Kozlicki has a deep understanding of the medical aesthetics space. She gets to know each client's practice individually, identifies the opportunities for growth, adapts best practices, and works alongside owners to bring their vision to fruition. Judy has held executive-level positions in solo practices, small group practices, and large-scale national med spa operations for over 17 years. 

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Robin Ntoh, VP of Aesthetics

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Transcript

Announcer (00:06):
You are listening to the Aesthetically Speaking podcast presented by Nextech.

Robin Ntoh (00:12):
Hi everyone. Welcome back to the Aesthetically Speaking podcast. I'm Robin Ntoh and I am your host today. Recurring services like wellness, IV therapy and weight loss are really attractive to patients, but plastic surgery practices and many medical spas are operationalized around surgical journeys. To start up a recurring or subscription-based program can be a lot of extra work, but when there's a hot new treatment of any kind, speed is everything. Today we're here at AmSpa meeting in Las Vegas with Judy Kozlicki. For those of you who don't know who she is, tell us a little bit about who you are.

Judy Kozlicki (00:48):
Awesome. Thanks, Robin. Judy Kozlicki, yes, from Skytale Group. I head our aesthetics and plastic surgery practice, which is really the management consulting and we act as strategic advisors for clients that have aesthetic practices that want to grow and scale and potentially offer new service lines like wellness. I come from a background of med spas initially and did help scale a national meds spa multi chain site to 33 locations and then have since then worked with plastic surgeons to help grow and scale their practices.

Robin Ntoh (01:23):
It's amazing. You have definitely got some industry knowledge and probably some really great stories.

Judy Kozlicki (01:30):
I do have good stories.

Robin Ntoh (01:31):
Yes, the stories are always fun, but let's talk about wellness because it's such a hot topic at this show. There's just so many more vendors around here. There's a lot more sessions about it, and I think that specifically around weight loss, we're seeing so much of that. Where do you think that that fits into a practice, whether it's plastic surgery or med spa? Do you really see that as being a game changer or what is your perspective on it and how do you feel that practices should think about it?

Judy Kozlicki (02:02):
Yes, I'm a big believer. I think it is a game changer, and what's interesting though, Robin, is that I've seen wellness since 2010. So that was in the medi spa world, but some of you know wellness to be hormone optimization. 

So bioidentical hormones, that's kind of where things were beginning and to me that internal health along with external beauty is synergy. And so whether it's a plastic surgery practice or a med spa, if we're helping people feel better, they in turn generally want to also look better or vice versa. If they're coming in the door to look better, they want some laser or toxin treatments or things like that. 

Just natural aging process is we slow down, our brains slow down, and there are so many things that we can be doing to help treat to feel better internally. And I mean quite honestly, nutrition, all those things play a factor in your skincare and how your health and aging, but also in the healing process, postsurgery, so wellness is a big topic. How do people define it too? Right now it's a hot topic because of weight loss, but there are peptides, there is regenerative medicine, people trying to include better nutrition, again for internal and external reasons, but it's a big one.

Robin Ntoh (03:29):
How do you feel that med spas are looking at this? So there's med spas that might be just bringing in weight loss. Where do you think that fits in a med spa and do you find that there's any type of risk or concern around how they manage that patient journey? 

Think about it, they need prescriptions usually and they need labs. And do you find that they're bringing that into the practice and they're having the solutions in play and the training and they're operationalizing it? Do you think that that's really something they're doing well or there's just a big gap there?

Judy Kozlicki (04:06):
I think there is still a big gap there and understanding, I think from a business perspective, I'll speak to first versus then operationally and clinically. From a business perspective, everybody's jumping on this bandwagon, right?

Robin Ntoh (04:19):
Yeah.

Judy Kozlicki (04:19):
It's hot, everybody wants it and patients want it, so we should offer this. The time is now, but if a med spa approaches it and just says, I'm going to offer weight loss and they don't incorporate the kind of, again, synergy to aesthetic treatments and introduction to the rest of their practice, it's going to bring 'em some ancillary revenue, but it's not going to be a game changer in their practice. That's my opinion. That's some of what I've seen. 

So I think the practices that are doing well with weight loss are counseling their patient right from the start about here's what's going to happen. As you lose this weight, your skin will become more lax.

(05:05):
We do lose volume in our face quickest. You see it when people lose weight. It is like, oh, I noticed it in their face. So with that volume loss, with skin laxity and some of the other things, we have other treatments that can help you, and where I see the really successful practices incorporating it is that they incorporate that conversation right from the start. Interesting. Here's what to expect as side effects. As you lose weight, you're going to feel great. All these numbers of things, and yes, we're going to get you to your weight loss goals, but along the way there are some side effects and we want you to be aware of it so that we can start proactively treating those.

Robin Ntoh (05:47):
It's really interesting that you talk about how they really set the expectation, they set the stage well. Do you find that they're using any software tools? I'm starting to see more imaging tools and skin analysis tools that are out there. Do you find that they're incorporating those types of tools to help set expectations?

Judy Kozlicki (06:07):
I think they should. I am here at the MedSpa show and I am walking trying to learn about what's out there and I'm seeing some really cool stuff. It's like go back to the days of Visia, which obviously is still king for skincare photo skin analysis. It's a tool not only to help you see what can be, but also to track. And I think being able to show people not just photos or take measurements or actually look at those weight loss numbers when you have some of the 3D imaging I'm seeing.

Robin Ntoh (06:43):
It's pretty impressive, isn't it?

Judy Kozlicki (06:45):
Yeah.

Robin Ntoh (06:45):
It's pretty cool. Do you see many practices that actually that you've seen them incorporated or they still just?

Judy Kozlicki (06:51):
I haven't seen it yet, just personally. I'm not saying that it's not out there, but I haven't seen it yet.

Robin Ntoh (06:55):
Yeah, I think there's so much that's new still and they're still trying to put it together, but I think you bring up a good point. I think the other thing that you were saying that is very fascinating is so often in any type of aesthetic type of practice, if they're just treating the one problem and not giving that patient that full overview of what everything could be, this is what will happen and these are some other things that you should consider. 

I think it's interesting you bring that to light because I think it's great that you're talking about it from a weight loss perspective, because it's true. But I think it just is part of anything that you do in aesthetics. So even if you didn't bring weight loss into your practice, I think it's smart to really give that patient that full perspective, give 'em a plan, and more and more people, I think, are looking for that type of solution.

Judy Kozlicki (07:47):
Yes, a hundred thousand percent. All of the practices that I've managed and continue to work with as clients, we talk about that comprehensive consultation. When a new patient comes in, they don't know what is tyxlo, what is this, what is that? There's so many technologies out there, what do they really do? How about what are your concerns? What is it that you're saying that you would like to improve? 

And if we talk about it all, some clinics worry that it's overwhelming and too much, but why not provide the answers and then let's plan this out. It's a journey and it's going to take some time. We don't need to do it all at once. But yeah, I think it's a really important step for all of it, aesthetics and wellness.

Robin Ntoh (08:37):
Weight loss is popular right now. Do you think that this is going to stick around?

Judy Kozlicki (08:42):
I think it's here to stay.

Robin Ntoh (08:44):
Yeah?

Judy Kozlicki (08:44):
Yeah. Everything we see from the news reports in the big pharma as well as our compounding, the studies are showing there are so many more health benefits that are coming to light because of it. I know people personally who've improved their cholesterol, their liver enzymes, all of these things after going through this kind of weight loss journey, and a PCP told this patient, if you can stay on this for life, I would.

Robin Ntoh (09:15):
Really?

Judy Kozlicki (09:15):
Yeah.

Robin Ntoh (09:16):
Do you think this is going to bring a new type of patient to an aesthetic practice that may not have ever been there before?

Judy Kozlicki (09:22):
Very well could. It very well could. Yeah.

Robin Ntoh (09:25):
It makes sense.

Judy Kozlicki (09:26):
Yeah.

Robin Ntoh (09:27):
I think about the generational differences too, but is there that endocrinology type of practice that builds a relationship with an aesthetic practice that does wellness or wellness practice, that adds in aesthetics and then all of a sudden there's this new referral base because those diabetic patients or those patients that have got cardiovascular problems are now finding their way into these wellness centers. 

Maybe if they're labeled a med spa, that may not be the case, but I think if they've labeled it and there's a sense of understanding that it's wellness, do you think that that could actually even drive a new type of referral base into practices?

Judy Kozlicki (10:04):
A hundred percent. Yeah, a hundred percent. Again, internal, external, we're now treating the whole patient.

Robin Ntoh (10:12):
Yeah. I think that it goes back to that whole opportunity that you can bring to that patient that's only interested in weight loss. If the practice does a good job, like you said, of setting those expectations, it makes such a difference. It's very interesting. Have you worked with any early adopters of weight loss?

Judy Kozlicki (10:28):
Yes. Yep.

Robin Ntoh (10:29):
Tell me a little bit about what were some aha moments with them that were shouldn't have done this should have done it this way? Some learnings maybe?

Judy Kozlicki (10:37):
Yeah, in one case it became so popular and so big that just operationally became very challenging to manage that volume of patients.

Robin Ntoh (10:49):
Really?

Judy Kozlicki (10:49):
And the follow up. And what I've seen work well after the initial consultation and visit and all of those things is actual telemedicine, really virtual follow ups work perfectly fine, really just a check-in once the patient's kind of found their dose, found their groove, there may need to be an increase in dose or something like that, but why not do that virtually? 

And then the patient has the convenience of picking up their meds whenever there are other practices who want to see that patient in the practice. There's benefits, obviously if I have a touchpoint with you, I have another opportunity to talk about other things and do that. Again, I think you probably limit yourself on capacity by doing that.

Robin Ntoh (11:41):
Do you find that the physicians themselves are actually doing those initial exams or are they employing NPs or PAs or other personnel to do that, or what are you seeing?

Judy Kozlicki (11:53):
Yeah, I think many start that way. Certainly your average plastic surgeon doesn't want to take a lot of time consulting on that. So if we have a mid-level, NP or PA, that's perfect and can do that. I also am becoming highly aware of outsourced nurse practitioner clearance kind of companies that you can hire to do again through telemedicine.

Robin Ntoh (12:21):
That's fascinating. Yeah.

Judy Kozlicki (12:22):
Really, and I think it's going to surge hugely with this weight loss.

Robin Ntoh (12:28):
So you're saying they're not hiring or employing them, they're using a third party company to manage that?

Judy Kozlicki (12:35):
Who's licensed in the same state and market, and if you think about it from an overhead standpoint, it is much less expensive and space and convenient. I'm sorry, everybody's looking for convenience these days.

Robin Ntoh (12:50):
Oh yeah.

Judy Kozlicki (12:50):
Telemedicine is huge. I mean, pandemic brought it to us and it's also here to stay.

Robin Ntoh (12:57):
I still think there's a lot of physicians or practices that don't really embrace it. They did it because they had to, but I don't think they embrace it. And I go back to are they really understanding the power of it? And I think maybe this is another way that it comes back to them, but I'm interested a little bit more about these third parties. I had not heard about that. Are you seeing that there's just one source or there are multiple companies out there, or is this something that's.

Judy Kozlicki (13:24):
There's a few, but I mean it's a really solid business really and growing very rapidly.

Robin Ntoh (13:31):
It's fascinating because I've seen it. You'll see it with radiology and they'll have physicians or even nurses. I didn't even think about it for this space.

Judy Kozlicki (13:41):
Yeah, well think about it. Their business, the one I'm thinking of began as there are some states where you can't even treat without having that medical clearance. A nurse practitioner or somebody has to see the patient or an MD before they ever start treatment and you have to write their whole prescriptive, what are you cleared for? Generally that clearance lasts for a year, but we need to update and go from there. And so it kind of began in an aesthetic space and they can clear for toxins, fillers, whatever, aesthetically, but with this weight loss boom and the need, and I think even on the follow-up side, why not?

Robin Ntoh (14:22):
Yeah, it makes sense. It really does. And do you find that they're working with just one practice or are they working with multiple practices?

Judy Kozlicki (14:30):
Multiple.

Robin Ntoh (14:31):
Really? Wow. That's totally different way to think about how to operationalize it if you think about it.

Judy Kozlicki (14:37):
To me it's a fantastic idea.

Robin Ntoh (14:39):
Yeah, it's fantastic. What other really cool learnings or insights have you found similar to that?

Judy Kozlicki (14:46):
That's my best one right now, and it's an interesting thought because people like to build that relationship, and I preach it all the time. This is a relationship business, so your team and who you have onboard and we're building patient relationships so that we have a lifetime patient, but why not even build it with this outsourced telehealth nurse practitioner too? I want to go back to surgery because I think that's where it is an interesting link for a long time. There is a basic BMI that is too high to operate on and patients are turned away because of that, and that's kind of defeating, right? Maybe you're only 20 pounds overweight or whatever, but it's not safe. So now I'm a patient, I want to come have my plastic surgery, but if I'm overweight, if they offer weight loss and give me a solution, you are still seeing that patient. You're like, you know what, your BMI is just a little too high right now, but we can help you get there and then we'll plan your surgery for this. That to me is also brilliant.

Robin Ntoh (15:56):
I think it's brilliant because you're actually in a really soft way helping the patient still achieve what they're looking for, and you're then now building that relationship because like you said, that's a relationship that drives so much of it

Judy Kozlicki (16:11):
Right. Now, you've really increased your journey. Sometimes that's a big difference with surgery versus med spa or medical aesthetics because of the recurring nature of our med spa procedures and surgery is generally a one-time thing or you want more later in life, but we're always looking for ways to extend the patient, the lifetime relationship and value.

Robin Ntoh (16:39):
That's right. That's right. You had said something interesting that I wanted to talk about, which is recurring revenue recurring services. What do you find is a good way to manage those recurring services within a practice?

Judy Kozlicki (16:53):
I see it mostly done in monthly payments generally because the prescription is for a month, and so it works well, whether that's an automated pay, great. I do see that quite a bit and it works, or I also see it sold in packages, so maybe by three months upfront. So lots of creativity on the front side, but then once you get to a maintenance, you might as well just put it on a monthly auto pay.

Robin Ntoh (17:24):
Right. Do you find that practices are thinking of this as part of a membership where other services would be included or do you think practices are thinking like that yet?

Judy Kozlicki (17:34):
They're not quite getting there yet, but I think it kind of goes back to my original statement about being really adept at suggesting what may happen and what else we may need to do to really help you and feel your best in this weight loss journey.

Robin Ntoh (17:53):
Do you find those that are actually having that conversation, thinking of it from a total solution, are they engaging in just let's get the weight off and then we'll talk about these other things, or are they incorporating it as they go?

Judy Kozlicki (18:07):
I see both, and so some would say, let's get the weight off and at your three month visit, then we'll start introducing some things. Again, I am partial because I've seen success with talking about it earlier. Maybe if you don't want to overwhelm a patient, it's at least at that two week follow up or in the initial first month. Great, you're feeling good, you're losing weight, now let's talk about how we can also enhance your experience.

Robin Ntoh (18:41):
Makes sense. Do you find that practices that are thinking about this as a service, do they find that they need to add nutritionist or someone that they can add that additional type of expert into the business, whether they're part of the practice or a third party that works outside of the practice? Are you seeing that very often?

Judy Kozlicki (19:03):
I'm seeing that more and more. Also, everything's new and growing, right? I do think it's a really valuable thing to add in, particularly if you are very heavy wellness focused in the practice. This isn't just another service opportunity, but if you're thinking about it, because quite honestly, everybody knows the studies say once you stop taking the medication, you're going to gain the weight back unless you make life-changing habits. So having a nutritionist or a counselor work with you on making those lifestyle changes, you will be on the drug for life.

Robin Ntoh (19:40):
No, that makes sense. It just goes back to what are the things that you feel like from a business perspective you have to put in place? So if you had to sit down with a practice that was brand new and you said, okay, these are the 10 things that you need to do, or five things that you need to do to really just kick this off, what would probably be your top five things?

Judy Kozlicki (20:00):
You need a champion, a champion in your organization that really believes in it and is not just in it for the money and the revenue that's happening right now. By a champion too, so this will be two, it should be someone, like I do think a nurse practitioner or a PA is perfect for this because many of them went to school to be family nurse practitioner. They understand the whole wellness body and that. So having someone that really understands and maybe can bridge the gap of nutrition and counseling and supplement whatever is also helpful. You need to have a really good understanding amongst your entire staff of what this program and procedure entails. There's a zillion questions that come, right, and if your front desk doesn't know how to field them, you're going to look like, oh, maybe I don't want to go there. A lot of opportunities right down the street where I can go. So I think making sure that everybody's really well versed and as things change because it's changing frequently that we continue to update and educate the team.

Robin Ntoh (21:18):
Is that something, as one of the services that you provide, do you help do some of that staff training and coaching?

Judy Kozlicki (21:23):
Yeah, we do.

Robin Ntoh (21:24):
That's excellent. I appreciate the fact that you think about the entire staff and their understanding of it because so often you'll interact with a practice and there'll be, again, that one person that maybe is the champion that knows it really well, but that never transitioned to the front desk. So the person's answering the phone and they don't know how to answer it, and they fumble it, and then like you said, and then they're gone. They're gone, and that key gatekeeper just doesn't know how to manage it, and so it just doesn't get over the goal line and then that patient's gone or that lead's gone. Do you find that the website is of any help at all to these practices or is it just like they become the information's, the information? Is there any key things about that that would help grow a practice and actually launch it?

Judy Kozlicki (22:12):
I think that's a great question. To me when I'm going back to the launching a bioidentical hormones for one, and I think large weight loss is also life-changing, and there's so much nuance to it that having a personal story or a patient story or a patient testimonial is extremely beneficial, more so than here's this page on our website that says we do this.

Robin Ntoh (22:43):
It makes sense.

Judy Kozlicki (22:43):
Find a way to have a podcast or a testimonial tell the story.

Robin Ntoh (22:50):
Yeah, it sounds authentic. It sounds real.

Judy Kozlicki (22:54):
Well, and it's relatable. There's just more to say. It's not an easily marketable, let's put it on a page or an email blast.

Robin Ntoh (23:02):
Yeah. I mean, everybody shows before and after pictures, and while they're powerful, I think it's the story that evokes the emotion and again, brings forth that authenticity that, I mean, we're starting to see that that's the expectation in that younger generation, they want to see authentic and they don't want to see something that sounds faker, just it's like everybody else. So I find that, I think that's a really solid point to think about. Your website has to have the uniqueness of it, and I think it goes back to what you originally had said about really setting that expectation, because if the journey is more than just the weight loss, then you're showing a total solution and your website's a great place to do it. Do you find that beyond the website practices are using other forms of social media to get that out there?

Judy Kozlicki (23:52):
That's the answer. Social media for sure.

Robin Ntoh (23:54):
For sure.

Judy Kozlicki (23:54):
Yeah. I mean, we have the advantage now of live reels, et cetera, and so much information can be portrayed in these little snippets and you learn a lot, and I appreciate people practices that use social media for education because that's how these younger generations, that's how they're getting their information, right?

Robin Ntoh (24:21):
Right. Not so much me, but yes, I can appreciate it. Hard for me to do that, but I do see where that's been powerful, and I was doing some research on it, and it was one of the things that was resonating was how powerful that has been for those that have put it out there. But what I was seeing that it was more from the actual patient that had been going through that they were providing their story and their outcome and what they were doing and their journey, less of the practice was actually using that or emphasizing it, which I thought was interesting because you would think the practices would want to harness the power of that message. Yeah, I mean, it makes sense.

Judy Kozlicki (24:59):
I mean, it goes back to why do we ask for reviews?

Robin Ntoh (25:02):
Right?

Judy Kozlicki (25:03):
It's our version now of word of mouth advertising. I had this amazing experience, I want to share it. I'm sharing my journey. That's powerful for a clinic to share.

Robin Ntoh (25:14):
I think that makes sense. It goes back into as part of you launching this for a practice where that's going to be one of those key points on how you generate the leads and really kind of grow that and cultivate it so it makes sense. I think of Botox, and you can only talk about Botox so many ways on your website. How do you differentiate yourself? And so as a practice that again is getting into wellness and or adding on just weight loss. 

You think about how am I going to be different amongst everybody else out there that's doing this? And I think that you hit it. You've got to be authentic. You've got to tell the story, and everybody's going to have a unique story, and that makes all the difference. When you think about the way that your practices have really added this service on, do you find that they're adding more wellness services as well, or are they just really focused on just weight loss?

Judy Kozlicki (26:07):
It's growing.

Robin Ntoh (26:08):
Really.

Judy Kozlicki (26:09):
Yeah, it's growing. I think there's such a interest in additional peptides, additional therapies. Like I said, regenerative medicine is coming on very, very strong. And so I think it's just opened the door for a whole lot more, which is so fascinating. I just keep going back to it's like, wait, I was doing this in 2010.

Robin Ntoh (26:32):
I know.

Judy Kozlicki (26:32):
So it just feels like why now we had other weight loss methods, then the good old HCG program, which was impossible manage because it was the low calorie, right? It's terrible, and people were starving all the time. So semaglutide is a gift. All of those medications in the GLP ones because they're not hungry, patients are not hungry, so anyway.

Robin Ntoh (26:59):
It's important though. It's true. I mean, you're right. It's not new. It's just now we've got a new drug and the new drug is so successful and it's almost too easy. I mean, it's just easy. I mean, you're not hungry and it's starving and you're losing weight.

Judy Kozlicki (27:19):
And from a business perspective, the fact that it became so popular and that we got the weight loss clearance on the FDA side for those medications, and then it skyrocketed and the demand was so huge that it wasn't available. Now, it opened the door for our compounding pharmacies and so many more practices to get involved.

Robin Ntoh (27:43):
Yeah. No, I cannot believe the growth and the change. So thinking about how popular weight loss is, do you think that there are other wellness services, like we're hearing about IV therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Do you think that those types of services will grow in popularity because of this new type of patient that's coming into the practice? 

I mean, I'm going back to thinking about now we've got a type of patient that would probably never come to a med spa before, but they're coming because, or even plastic surgery, they're coming in because now they want to go through a weight loss program and they're being introduced to things like Botox and other wellness services. Do you think that that now patient that's focused on wellness will start to gravitate towards these other wellness services?

Judy Kozlicki (28:30):
The wellness industry as a whole is growing enormously. There's a McKinsey study out there, I think I sent it to you, that shows the demand and how it's growing. So yes, is my answer. It's funny because I've thought about it holistically for so long. So maybe it's that this particular niche of weight loss, which has been generationally impossible to treat without bariatric surgery or to have a medication now to help us, diabetics in particular, really lose the weight has opened this door. So we're reaching a broader audience with more alternative therapies, is how I am seeing it.

Robin Ntoh (29:22):
Yeah, I think that the new type of patient that's going to come into these practices is initially going to be opportunity and also a little bit of a struggle for some of these practices are very used to that aesthetic patient. They know their demands, they know their needs, they know what their is, and now you're going to have a different type of profile that's entering these practices. I think we're going to see a shift a little bit, and then probably go through some levels of a different type of training that we have to do in coaching with our staff members because just like dealing with those practices that have always done aesthetics, always know what to expect, and now they've got this different type of patient that they're now treating.

Judy Kozlicki (30:06):
Trust me, the female hormone patient is one of the worst.

Robin Ntoh (30:09):
There you go. So yeah.

Judy Kozlicki (30:11):
Lots of ups and downs in the journey. I imagine there's lots of ups and downs for people emotionally and weight loss as well. But yeah, you start opening the door to trying to feel better and improve these things. And in particular, if we're dealing with hormones, there's a lot of side effects and moods, and that doesn't always portray well when they're coming back to you unhappy, wait, what happened or that. So there's a lot more patient counseling is my point really. And again, why you need a champion who really cares about that patient as a whole that will walk them through the journey and be available for some of those questions.

Robin Ntoh (30:57):
A lot of times I think about the plastic surgery practice, especially those that do breast reconstruction, because it's a long journey for those patients, and they're used to doing more of that handholding and coaching and counseling them and listening to them having a listening. So they've cultivated a type of champion in the practice or patient coordinator to really manage that because they're used to that long journey. But now as I think about it in talking to you, I don't know that med spas are going to be as equipped to do that simply because they're so used to that quick fix, quick resolution.

Judy Kozlicki (31:31):
Immediate gratification.

Robin Ntoh (31:31):
Exactly. And those patients, they're happy immediately. They're not necessarily going through the changes of, it's the emotional changes. And then a lot of times the meds spas tend to have a younger staff, and they're not as in tune to managing that. So I think there's some challenges that we're going to start to see in the meds spa industry with staffing if they bring this type of patient into their practice, and I think it's going to evoke a whole different level of education, especially for consultants.

Judy Kozlicki (31:59):
Yeah, I have clients that won't bring it on really because of that very reason.

Robin Ntoh (32:04):
Now, that's insightful. That's very insightful that they would recognize.

Judy Kozlicki (32:07):
They understand that, oh my goodness, this is just a level of patient care I'm not prepared to give.

Robin Ntoh (32:14):
Wow, that's interesting. I had not thought about it from that sense, but now that you think about it and you say it, it's important that a practice would recognize that that's something that they're going to have to take on. And like I said, when we started this conversation, people are rushing into it. They're not setting the stage, they're not understanding what they're going to have to do to manage his patient, and I think that they're going to have some fails for sure. So this has been great to talk to you about it. I love that you came onto the podcast. I appreciate it. Any last parting words for our audience?

Judy Kozlicki (32:52):
Thank you for having me, Robin. I would just say that wellness as a whole, again, like we said, the industry is growing. It's a huge opportunity for our entire industry to be treating people internally and externally. I think it's a great opportunity because we're all about longevity and the whole reason we do aesthetic treatments is to look younger longer, but we want to feel good too. So I think it's a really important growth and super exciting. But yeah, definitely be thoughtful about bringing it on and make sure that you have the resources and the team to pull it off.

Robin Ntoh (33:32):
It'll be fun to talk to you in a year, to sit down again in a year from now at this show and look at what has happened in this market and to see the transition and change. So stay tuned.

Judy Kozlicki (33:43):
Stay tuned.

Robin Ntoh (33:43):
Thank you very much.

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