The authors, owners and faculty of the Medinail Learning Center courses are respected educators and professionals who care about the nail industry and its technicians.
Dr. Robert Spalding, DPM, a podiatrist, and Janet McCormick, MS, licensed nail technician and esthetician, have supported nail professionals through their training, writing and working in the industry for many years.
Dr. Spalding is a board certified podiatry practitioner (DPM) with a busy practice in Chattanooga, TN. He is a Certified Forensic Podiatrist and the author of several books, among them Death by Pedicure (for consumers) and The Science of Pedicures (for nail technicians). The cases in which he was a forensic specialist against salons usually were based on infections that were caused by improper infection control during nail services. But rather than becoming negative about the industry, he began a campaign toward educating nail professionals in safe practices that prevent harm to their clients. His proactive support of nail technicians is shown in his activities as a member of the board of International Pedicure Association and the Infection Control Committee for Cenage Publishing.
These courses are a result of his passion against fungal infection being transferred to clients in nail salons, his hope that clients will be able to purchase safe services, and his desire to see nail technicians enjoy enhanced success directly through the upgrading of their safety techniques and skills. For more information concerning Dr. Spalding’s background, see drspalding.com.
Janet McCormick is a former dental hygienist and teacher, has been a nail technician since 1980 and esthetician since 1993. She holds a masters of science in allied health management and has achieved the CIDESCO Diploma, an award respected world wide in the esthetic community. She is a respected educator in both industries and has written over 300 articles for industry trade magazines, three books, and contributed chapters to textbooks for the two specialties. Her passion is to provide a higher level of information for professionals in the spa industry, enabling their success through enhanced expertise. She is a sought-after speaker for major industry trade shows, and in doing so, demonstrates her love of the industry. With experience as a former salon owner and spa director, she has aided others through consulting in developing their businesses and has acted as a career mentor for countless beauty professionals. She is a major facilitator of a new trend for podiatry practices, the foot spa, and consults for practices in developing a cohesive expansion of this concept in their offices or a new location. Upon entering the nail industry, McCormick was appalled at the low compliance to infection control and began her writing career in 1987 writing the first article ever published in an industry magazine on prevention protocols. Since, she has written many more on this issue and addressed a multitude of other industry topics through her writing skills and as a speaker at every major industry convention. She has written for DaySpa Magazine, Skin Inc., NailPro, Professional Only, Aesthetic Trends and Technologies, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, Today’s Image, Skin Deep, Stylist, Dermascope, Nails, Podiatry Management, Podiatry Today, and other publications. For more information concerning Janet McCormick’s background, see www.janetmccormick.com