June 17, 2008

7X7 Magazine Names the Epi Center MedSpa San Francisco’s Greenest Spa

San Francisco's premier lifestyle magazine, 7X7, released its coveted Best Of Issue this month. In this issue the magazine's editors pick the best the city has to offer and shares its picks with the readers, including the best places to "get groomed and feel pampered." In this category, the magazine named the Epi Center MedSpa the "Greenest Spa," noting its role as a vanguard in the movement to "green" beauty.

According to its editors, "Beauty is the new green frontier, and Epi Center MedSpa is in the vanguard, with its organic line of skin-care products and makeup, nontoxic light-based photofacials and more-traditional cleansing treatments that use DermaSweep, a type of particle-free microdermabrasion that's less invasive (as well as better for the practitioners) than its conventional counterpart. This spring, the decade-old spa also moved into its newly expanded eco-chic digs near Union Square--complete with calming blues, earthy browns and the sounds of trickling waterfalls--and became LEED certified to boot."

The Epi Center MedSpa is the nation's original medical spa, and became the nation's first eco medspa when it opened its doors in April to commemorate both its 10th anniversary and Earth Day. A trendsetter in the skin rejuvenation industry, the office is led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Mosser and now combines its beauty enhancing medical procedures with the most effective organic treatments and healthy environment to create a naturally vibrant and youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

The Epi Center MedSpa worked with leaders in eco architecture and design to create an elegant and luxurious LEED certified eco medical office and spa. Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicArchitect and author of Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies, ensured the Epi Center MedSpa conforms to the strict standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Justin Martinkovic, principal in the San Francisco commercial and residential architecture firm MartinkovicMilford, served as the lead architect on the project. Eco Fabulous founder and style guru Zem Joaquin served as the "green style police" for the project, ensuring that its design adhered to architect and designer William McDonough's strict "Cradle to Cradle" standards. Cradle to Cradle means as many aspects of the medspa as possible are designed to follow natural systems to create a building that allows nature and commerce to co-exist in a way that supports the health of the planet.

Joaquin says laser hair removal, which is one of several light-based treatments offered by the eco medspa, is one of her favorite eco-friendly treatments on the menu. "I like the laser hair removal because for me, I know I'm saving a ton of water and I no longer have to waste all those razors and razor blades."

The Epi Center MedSpa offices are light, elegant and inviting, cultivating San Francisco chic meets eastern simplicity in its design. It is constructed using eco materials, from recycled and FSC-certified wood, marble flooring and countertops, to the eco paints and recycled fabrics in a color palette that reflects those found in San Francisco's natural environment. The eco medspa's treatment rooms are named after our local natural treasures, from the Farallon Islands to rare and endangered animals. It is also energy efficient and conserves resources through its lighting, recycling, electronic medical charting, digital photography and water filters that eliminate the need for bottled water.

To learn more about the new Epi Center MedSpa, please go to http://www.skinrejuv.com.

About the Epi Center MedSpa

The Epi Center MedSpa was co-founded in San Francisco in 1998 by Margaret Mitchell and world-renown dermatologist and PhotoFacial developer Dr. Patrick Bitter Sr., MD. It is the first medical spa of its kind to open in the United States, and continues to uphold its reputation as a skin rejuvenation industry leader and top provider of state of the art aesthetic skincare and laser hair removal. With a commitment to customer service and safe, effective care, the Epi Center MedSpa develops customized treatment programs that target each individual's needs. The board certified physician-led facility is located in the prestigious 450 Sutter Building, Suite 800 in downtown San Francisco. For more information, please go to www.skinrejuv.com.

About Epi Center MedSpa Physicians

Dr. Scott Mosser is a nationally recognized Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and is published in plastic surgery literature. Known for achieving a natural result, Dr. Mosser has dedicated his life to the art of facial and whole body cosmetic surgery. Among his many distinctions, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador and participated in a yearlong aesthetic surgery fellowship, studying under an internationally recognized plastic surgeon. He previously founded the cosmetic surgery center for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and is now the Medical Director for the Epi Center MedSpa.

World renown Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr., now the Epi Center MedSpa's advisory physician, has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 40 years. He developed the PhotoFacialSM Elite skin rejuvenation procedure, which is now performed around the world. He also performed FDA clinical trials for hair removal, collagen, and several laser procedures and has helped to develop medical grade skin care products.

Jennifer Fick, RN, BSN, is the Director of Clinical Operations at the Epi Center MedSpa. She worked closely with Dr. Bitter as he developed the PhotoFacialSM Elite procedure and has been performing Intense Pulsed Light treatments since 1998. Jennifer has presented at physician workshops and teaches other physicians the art and science of performing IPL, laser and cosmetic procedures. She is recognized for her expertise not only with laser and IPL, but is considered one of the top nurse experts in BOTOX(R) Cosmetic and Restylane(R) injections.