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Simply skin clinic.

Owners: Dr. Jason Wiltshire and Marcy Lumpkins

Address: 1109A N. Reynolds Road, Bryant 72022

Phone: (501) 847-5273

Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; later hours by appointment

Startup: August 2005

Web site: www.simplyskinclinic.com

E-mail: www.simplyskinclinic@sbcglobal.net

For that beauty that is only skin deep, Dr. Jason Wiltshire and Marcy Lumpkins promise enhancement through the most recent advancements in industry technology.

Simply Skin Clinic offers laser hair removal, vein therapy, and sun-spot and age-spot removal.

But in addition to these services already offered by most competing clinics, Lumpkins said that their clinic is the only in the state with a Titan laser module, developed by Cutera of Brisbane, Calif. With the Titan, Simply Skin provides a painless skin-tightening treatment with results that he said are on par with plastic surgery--but without the invasiveness and complications of surgery.

The equipment alone for their startup business cost close to $200,000--equipment Wiltshire and Lumpkins are jointly leasing with personal guarantees. Wiltshire is continuing to practice general surgery in Benton. Lumpkins also continues to manage his clinic, which is near Saline Memorial Hospital, as she has for the past two years.

The daily management of Simply Skin is handled by Anita Wood, one of the clinic's two certified laser technicians. Wood and technician Patty Thompson perform treatments, and Lumpkins sometimes does too. Since all available treatments are nonsurgical, performing the procedures does not require a medical license.

The ultimate goal is for Simply Skin to be a full-service spa, possibly within two years. The reasoning behind this decision, according to Lumpkins, is to further distinguish Simply Skin from competitors by cultivating a less clinical, more relaxing environment in which patients can "not only focus on looking good but feeling good as well."

To this end, Lumpkins recently applied for and received her spa owner's license and hired a part-time employee who provides services such as facials, manicures, pedicures and relaxation massages. Within a year, Lumpkins expects to double her three-person staff and move to a larger location in the Bryant area.

For now, Lumpkins wants to maintain the clinic's steady growth, slowly adding services to see how patients respond.

"We have done very well for no longer than we have been open," Lumpkins said. By her estimates, Simply Skin is averaging 20 to 25 patients a week.
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Title Annotation:New Businesses: A Listing of Business Start-Ups in Arkansas
Author:Gordon, James
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Date:Dec 19, 2005
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