Spa Finder Presents Visionary Award to Bruce E. Katz, M.D.
NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2004) − Spa Finder Inc., the world's largest spa Internet, publishing, gift certificate and marketing company, has awarded its first Visionary Award to Bruce E. Katz, M.D. Dr. Katz was honored for his pioneering work in developing the concept of medical spas and for leading the spa industry to meet consumer demand for medical spa services. Spa Finder President Susie Ellis presented the award to Dr. Katz during a ceremony held this evening at the Spa & Resort Expo & Conference in New York City. The Visionary Award is presented to individuals who make outstanding contributions to the development of the spa industry.
"Dr. Katz recognized that when medical treatments are combined with therapeutic spa services patients achieve better results and have a more enjoyable experience," said Ellis. "His vision has inspired the spa industry to innovate and grow, making the therapeutic and aesthetic benefits of the medical spa available to people worldwide." Ellis added that Dr. Katz is known for training physicians and supporting the spa industry by generously sharing his vision and experience.
Dr. Katz is the Director of the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the founder of New York-based JUVA Skin & Laser Center MediSpa™, the nation's first full-service center for both therapeutic and aesthetic skin care needs. Dr. Katz introduced the term MediSpa™, when at JUVA, he created an elegant environment offering the latest technical advancements in dermatology combined with luxurious spa treatments that had medical value, as well as long-lasting aesthetic benefits. He has since trademarked the popular term.
A frequent television guest on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, Dr. Katz is a leading innovator of advanced laser technology and skin rejuvenation techniques. He has published extensively in leading medical and scientific journals and lectures regularly at major medical symposia.
According to Spa Finder, the number of medical spas has more than doubled in the last two years and medical spas are the fastest growing type of spa in the world. To make information about the benefits of medical spas easily accessible to consumers, Spa Finder recently launched the only medical spa portal at http://www.spafinder.com. Information about Dr. Katz's JUVA Skin & Laser Center can be found at the new portal.
"Dr. Katz's work in bringing medical spas to the forefront is helping people obtain beneficial treatments that can truly change their lives", added Ellis. " This award honors his years of research and commitment to the industry. We are proud to recognize his contributions."
About Spa Finder Inc.:
As the spa industry's only integrated marketing solution, Spa Finder reaches millions of health conscious consumers via its award winning website, www.spafinder.com, Spa Finder Magazine, the trusted authority on luxury spas and associated lifestyles, and the Spa Enthusiast, the leading publication for active spa goers. Spa Finder also operates the world's largest spa gift certificate and incentive program along with "Spas Direct", the online spa research and booking model for consumers and travel agents.
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