In other words, unless you are a doctor, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, or physician assistant (in limited situations), you cannot own a medical spa. Equally important, medical practices can only be owned by physicians, with the only exceptions being podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, and sometimes physician assistants. In Texas, nurse practitioners, estheticians, and other non-medical individuals are not allowed to own a medical spa. However, they can still participate in the day-to-day operations of a medical spa through a Management Services Organization (MSO).In accordance with the Occupations Code, Section 1602.251 (c), cosmetologists are only authorized to perform cosmetology services at a TDLR-authorized facility as a cosmetology establishment.
This means that doctor's offices can only be owned by doctors. The only exceptions are podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, and sometimes physician assistants. Therefore, nurse practitioners or people without a license cannot form a “partnership with doctors to own a medical spa”.The recent news of law enforcement against two medical spas (“MedSpas”), including the arrest of a popular injector nurse and the clinic's supervising medical director, has created panic within the medspa community. The sobering reality of Botox arrest is this: orange jumpsuits are not reserved just for non-compliant MedSpas who mutilate or kill a patient.In conclusion, it is important to note that in Texas, only doctors, chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists and sometimes physician assistants are allowed to own a medical spa.
Non-medical individuals such as nurse practitioners and estheticians cannot own one but can still participate in its day-to-day operations through an MSO.