By Van Mitchell
Tanja Pittman was having shoulder issues many years ago and sought relief from massage therapy, which introduced her to the spa setting in Arkansas.
Those experiences piqued her curiosity about possibly having her own spa and inspired her to visit different spas around the country while traveling to get ideas.
Last Nov. 1, she and her husband Rick opened The Aesthetics Place MedSpa located at 543 E. Highway 152, Suite 101 in Mustang.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon.
“I started to get massages and really liked the spa environment,” Pittman said. “That is what sparked my interest. It was both restful and therapeutic. As a healthcare professional, I thought I would like to have my own place someday and offer medical services in a spa-like setting. The medical spa concept was new at that time, but it has grown so much. After having many years of being an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse under my belt, I felt it was time.”
Pittman said you have to really enjoy what you are doing and believe that you can make a difference.
“I love building relationships and hope to offer what this community needs,” she said. “It is a good fit for me and allows me to encourage health and wellness and pursue my professional interests. I want local residents to receive aesthetic services right here in Mustang instead of driving into Oklahoma City or Edmond. We are very well trained and happy to be here!”
Pittman and her husband grew up together in the Oklahoma City area and attended the same church. After marrying in 1988, they were transferred to Conway, Arkansas with Rick’s employer where they resided for 18 years and raised their two sons, Luke (27) and Cole (24), and welcomed their daughter Madelyn (14), before returning home in 2014.
They have owned Pittman Property Management in Conway, Arkansas for the last 9 years. They now reside in Mustang.
While raising their boys in Arkansas, Pittman slowly worked on obtaining more medical education and gradually completed a BSN & MSN at the University of Central Arkansas, and then completed her Doctorate degree (DNP) in 2017 at Oklahoma City University after returning home.
She now has over 32 years of experience in the medical field with a combination of clinical, administrative and teaching experience. She is a member of the American Medical Spa Association (AMSPA) and an active member of the Mustang Chamber of Commerce.
Pittman said The Aesthetics Place Medspa services focus around skincare and health and wellness including anti-aging treatments such as collagen induction micro-needling, Botox and dermal fillers, platelet rich plasma specialty care for hair restoration, skin rejuvenation, female rejuvenation, permanent makeup, weight loss, health and wellness coaching, adult and teenage acne programs and more.
“I do a consultation with each client and go from there to see what they need,” she said. “All of the services offered here are going to be medically based or centered on beauty, health or wellness.”
Pittman said her hope is to offer a unique service in the near future through Emily Dustmann CMM, that caters to patients who have had breast reconstruction and desire to obtain a 3D nipple/areola tattoo to feel more normal.
“It just makes a breast cancer survivor feel more confident after undergoing so many treatments and surgeries,” she said. “They deserve the extra detail for sure and we want to be the ones to provide it for them.”
Pittman said she recently registered to be on the American Cancer Society Network of Providers and wants to offer this service free to recipients who don’t have the financial means to afford this last step.
Pittman said she is also working to engage and educate the community about health promotion and disease prevention topics of interest that are centered on her services.
“I am starting to do some educational luncheons,” she said. “I love to teach and want to educate the community. We will be having a Lunch & Learn with a different topic the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the medspa. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, provide education, and offer discounts on our services. We even have some guest speakers lined up”
For more information call (405) 256-6060 or visit www.tapmedspa.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.