Boca resident Melanie Jeanteur was hit with a family tragedy when her parents were both diagnosed with cancer at the same time. Instead of focusing on the negative, she found a way to help them, and in turn, help other cancer patients as well.

Earlier this year, Jeanteur opened the Oncology Spa Care Center at 124 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

Jeanteur says when her parents looked for a specialized spa, with a certified oncology esthetician, they couldn’t find one. So the family decided to open one.

The spa offers traditional spa services, including waxing, facials and organic spray tanning. But it also features treatments to help with side effects many experience when they’re going throughchemotherapy or radiation. One example, the local spa is the only distributor in the U.S., she says, for a nail polish made in Paris, France. It helps people who are going through chemotherapy keep their nails, which might otherwise fall off or turn black. The spa also offers permanent makeup services, for the eyebrows or, in the case of breast cancer patients, the areola.

While the Oncology Spa Care Center caters to the special needs of cancer patients, Jeanteur says she welcomes anyone who seeks quality services with holistic and organic products.

Prices range from $30 for a manicure, to $100 for a facial and neck treatment and $250 to $300 for permanent makeup services.

While insurance doesn’t cover treatments at the spa, Jeanteur says she has arrangements with some insurers to give patients 15 percent off spa services. So make sure to inquire about the offer if you're heading over there.

Jeanteur says the local spa is only the beginning.

“We created the concept, and we want to franchise our oncology spa because we felt that we are on a mission to help people,” she says.

When I asked her what aspect of the business gives her the greatest satisfaction, Jeanteur say it's clients’ faces when they get out of the treatment rooms because they seem so peaceful and relaxed.

“I love it," she says.

Jeanteur says she is planning to open another Oncology Spa Care Center in Fort Lauderdale in less than three months. For more information, visit spacarecenter.com or call 561/465 5070.

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