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Local Kentucky Med Spa Offers Rapid COVID-19 Testing with 15-Minute Results

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- A medical aesthetics practice in Northern Kentucky is branching out from its typical daily operations to offer a vital service amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. Candace Reusch, RN, BSN, and Jennifer Crane, RN, owners of Zero Gravity Med Spa, recently added COVID-19 testing to their business repertoire with the inclusion of the Oral Rapid(TM) SARs-Cov-2 Antigen Rapid Test.

Both women have firsthand knowledge of the pandemic, as they traveled together to the particularly hard-hit state of Florida in the early days of the outbreak to oversee numerous testing sites and establish mobile hospitals throughout the state.

Not only will the addition of the Oral Rapid test provide another avenue for people to get tested, it promises to deliver fast results in as little as 15 minutes.

"Rather than waiting up to two days like with other forms of testing, the Oral Rapid test can deliver results in just 15 minutes," Reusch said. "That's something that really sold us on providing this test at our practice."

Crane explained they're continuing to take all necessary precautions with the addition of this new service as anyone who opts for testing will remain in their vehicle while the test is administered.

"To keep our clients and staff safe, people who choose to get the Oral Rapid test can simply call us when they arrive for their appointment and we'll bring the test to them while they wait comfortably in their cars," Crane said. "Then we'll notify them of their results in just a few minutes."

Reusch and Crane went on to explain that testing hours at Zero Gravity will be by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends.

All tests will be available by appointment only and can be requested online for Monday through Friday testing at, but Saturday and Sunday appointments must be made by phone only at (859) 344-3250.

The Oral Rapid Antigen Test utilizes the same technology used in most doctor's offices for rapid strep testing. It identifies viruses in secretions inside the nose and throat. With a quick swab, the test can alert to the presence of the virus by detecting proteins from the virus's surface.

The test has been validated and manufactured by Natures Body Wellness(tm), a licensed & insured healthcare supply chain manufacturer and distributor with a background in pharmaceutical consulting. It has not been reviewed or cleared by the FDA currently.

The Oral Rapid test costs $130. In addition to other forms of payment, Health Savings Accounts will also be accepted. For more information, call at (859) 344-3250 or visit

Tyler Basler
Colloredo & Associates

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Med spa adds medically supervised weight loss to its list of services in Kentucky

CRESTWOOD, Ky. -- A medical aesthetics practice near Louisville, Kentucky is branching out beyond its usual cosmetic treatments to incorporate a new program geared toward weight loss and weight management. Vibrant Med Spa recently announced the addition of its new Wellness Through Weight Management Program to aid clients in reaching their weight loss goals.

Led by owner Erica Chowning, APRN, FNP-C, and Ashley Wilhoite, BSN, RN, the new program features private, individualized assessments and tailored plans to help people implement consistent, healthier habits into their daily lives.

Chowning and Wilhoite said the most important aspect of the program is the life-coaching element to help people stay on track.

"We don't just hand you the tools and send you on your way," Chowning said. "We essentially partner with you and offer a warm, nurturing environment in which you're bound to thrive."

Wilhoite, who was recently hired by Chowning to oversee the program, brings more than 15 years of nursing experience and both professional and personal knowledge of fitness and nutrition. She is also currently enrolled in a graduate program at Northern Kentucky University and will soon graduate as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Wilhoite said her knowledge of mental health will be a valuable tool in helping clients navigate themselves through the often overwhelming task of healthy weight loss.

"A lot of the nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices are mental," she said. "Every person, man or woman, likes to feel attractive. When people have the assistance of someone to keep them up to speed and to keep them accountable, just someone to be there with them and work as a team to get it done, I truly think it's a great benefit."

Emphasis will also be placed on diet, exercise, supplements, medications, and injections geared toward boosting the body's metabolic effect. All these elements, Chowning and Wilhoite say, will be specifically tailored to fit each client's individual needs. The whole process will begin with a 7-day detox program and include regular weigh-ins and coaching sessions.

"Getting people to understand and know that it's a process, it's a journey, it's a lifestyle change, and it's just not going to be this fast, quick fix is very important," Wilhoite said. "Because those usually end in disappointment. It really is about healthy eating and being active. And we're going to help them every step of the way."

For more information on the new program, call (502) 618-0995 or visit

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Kentucky Nurses Join COVID Relief Efforts in Hard-Hit Florida

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Owners of a medical aesthetics practice in Northern Kentucky used the temporary shutdown of their business as an opportunity to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. Candace Reusch, BSN, and Jennifer Crane, RN, owners of Zero Gravity Med Spa, are just getting back into the swing of things at their medical aesthetics practice, but their recent return from a welfare mission that sent them hundreds of miles away to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic left an indelible mark both women said they won't soon forget.

When their practice was no longer able to see patients due to governor's orders back in March amid the outbreak, the two veteran nurses said they couldn't deny the urge to help with relief efforts. Crane, who formerly worked as a travel nurse, reached out to the CEO of her previous company to inquire how she and Reusch could lend their combined 20 years of nursing experience to help. Only two days after that phone call, the pair were on their way to the particularly hard-hit state of Florida.

"We literally left Zero Gravity on a Wednesday and drove 16 hours to Florida that Friday," Crane said. "We thought we were going to be gone a week, but we were gone for nine weeks."

Both women were immediately put to work in overseeing testing sites and establishing mobile hospitals throughout Florida, including stints in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Fort Myers, Palm Springs, Tampa, and Jacksonville, among other cities.

Reusch admitted that, when they first arrived, she was surprised by the seriousness of the situation.

"To me, that was extremely scary walking in our very first day into this mobile hospital and you see all of these people in hazmat suits and you have no idea what's going on," she said. "It literally looks like you're walking into this crazy crisis situation."

The women also made rounds in testing residents and educating staff at nursing homes, which Reusch and Crane said were "flooded" with the virus.

"The very first long-term care facility site that we went to, the staff had taken nine deceased out in one day," Crane said. "So that was shocking for us. I admit I didn't really worry about contracting the virus so much personally, but it was 100% very worrisome for the elderly population."

Still, the ladies admitted that their own safety did creep into the back of their minds occasionally.

"Our nurses were getting it," Reusch said. "So nurses were having to be quarantined and stuck in their hotel rooms literally not allowed to leave. Everybody ended up recovering fine, and a lot of them didn't have symptoms. But there were a few that we were afraid we'd have to take them to the hospital. One nurse was really sick. She was young and had no prior health issues but still became very ill."

Luckily, that young nurse's health slowly began to improve, but Reusch and Crane said quite a few nurses were apprehensive amid the chaos of the situation.

"There were a lot of nurses who said, 'I didn't sign up for this. I'm not comfortable taking care of that patient,'" Reusch explained. "And Jenn and I just said, 'We'll do it. We have the proper PPE (personal protective equipment). We're here. We're not going to NOT take care of these patients.'"

With so much attention being focused on the acts of medical personnel, Crane and Reusch were quick to point out another group of people who are receiving a lot less recognition.

"You're with the National Guard, so the nurses worked very closely with the military," Crane said. "We both said the people not getting enough credit were the military. They protect the nurses. They're on every single mission we go on. They fed us. They tested right alongside of us, and you don't hear about them as much. They're just fantastic."

The nurses reopened Zero Gravity on June 1. But even in returning to some degree of normalcy, Reusch and Crane said it's hard to turn off their nursing instincts that compel them to keep helping.

"I have different waves of emotion about it," Reusch explained. "Obviously, our business is open and I want to be here. But, at the same time, there's still a big part of me that wants to keep doing my part to help."

Crane summed up the whole experience. "We both had our moments, but overall it was an awesome experience," she said. "This is why we became nurses, and this was our opportunity to give back. We would do it again, 100%."

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