NA MNT 3rd Ed. Program Update Released

Nailcare Academy Co-Founders Janet McCormick and Karen Hodges believe in keeping it relevant, so they regularly add to and revise their online training programs.

Fort Myers, FL, November 14, 2019.  Today the 3rd Edition of Nailcare Academy’s Medical Nail Tech – MNTTM Certification Program went live. “All ten modules of the program have been revised and refreshed for new, relevant information,” shares original author, Janet McCormick. “We’ve updated the program to add new topics, new protocols and new career tracks.”  Some of the new topics include

  • The use of CBD in foot care
  • Using AHP as a disinfectant
  • Incorporating new technology like Neurogenx® 

“We care deeply about our students and want their success,” says McCormick. “My partner, Karen Hodges and I spend a lot of time helping students work through the programs as well as implementing the things they’ve learned into their salons or spas.”  Hodges states, “I tend to handle the queries made through social media messages, and Janet tends to take the phone calls.  We both monitor the company email and handle all inquiries promptly.”

“I’d just like to say how wonderful it was to have Janet and Karen be so responsive…”

Customer service is a key in what sets Nailcare Academy apart from other online trainers. Recent ANT/MNT graduate Faith Taylor, Florissant, MO enthuses “I’d just like to say how wonder it was to have Janet and Karen be so responsive to me when I called for anything.”  The Nailcare Academy Website shows many positive reviews and testimonials from their grads.

Students also like their ability view the website and the modules on any device. “Our webmaster and I test our programs on several browsers and on different types of devices,” says Hodges.  “We check Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Explorer to be sure everything looks right.  We have a fully responsive website that works on desktops, laptops, tablets, pads and both Android and iOS smart phones.”

A unique feature of the website is the ability for students to easily login and look up something in the searchable modules. This gives them the ability to work with their clients with confidence. Their access is never restricted, once they’ve purchased a program. Students automatically have access to all updates. This keeps them excited, as well as their clients. “The course taught me so much and has given me so many different business ideas. I’ve been telling my clients all about the program and they are so excited. Also, I’ve been able to detect problems in my clients and are better able to refer them to a physician,” shares Taylor.

“When our graduates do the things we tell them to do – meaning, they implement all the business-building activities we recommend – they are successful. Some even make six figures,” shares McCormick. “In fact, several have shared their inspiring stories with me. I will be giving talks on How to Become a Six-Figure Nail Technician at several upcoming events in 2020.” Be sure to look for Nailcare Academy educational events by visiting the website.

Foot Care as a Wellness Service

More salons and spas are incorporating “wellness” into their culture. ANTs can easily slip into this role.        


Nail services have evolved over the years–the original “nail salons” were focused mostly on artificial nail enhancements, but today’s nail departments now encompass a wide variety of nail services. Not only are artificial nails a part of the service menu, but there are now slots for natural nails, pedicures, “spa” treatments such as hand facials and reconstructed toe nails. As an ANT, you can add soakless, safe “routine foot care” and become a resource for the elderly and those with special health needs.

As a part of wellness, you can be the first party in the team to observe and recommend additional treatments if needed: medical providers, orthotic specialists, physical therapists and so on. You have the luxury of spending more time with your clients than many other professionals, and you can get to know them and they become comfortable with discussing their little aches and pains–when they might not “bother the doctor.” As their confidant and advocate, you can steer them in a direction for relief and wellness.


Take steps to develop this ethos in your work – create special brochures that discuss the wellness aspect of foot care. Did you know that the toes and toe nails are highly indicative of many health conditions in the body? You are in a position to demonstrate your caring by being educated and taking the time to explain why nail trimming must be done correctly on a timely basis, for example.

You can reach out to your target group of potential clients – specifically focus your marketing activities on wellness and foot health. Volunteer to speak at community events, have a table at a health fair or offer lectures in senior facilities.

Don’t forget to ask your current clientele if they know anyone who has a chronic illness…ANTs are specifically trained to help those who need them the most.


When is the last time you looked at your client list, and thought…hmmm…I haven’t seen this person in a while? Why not take a few minutes and run through your contacts to see who’s missing? They might love to hear from you! Surprise them with a pretty post card with a hand written note.

A wellness attitude is rewarded by great response and loyalty, but you must extend some effort and commit to taking actions which enhance this aspect of your business.



Tina Porter Named as SSC Instructor

Congratulations to Tina Porter of Riverside, CA, who has become one of Nailcare Academy’s new Certified Safe Salon Instructors.

“We are so thrilled to have an educator of Tina’s caliber join our ranks,” shares Janet McCormick, co-founder of Nailcare Academy. “We have been seeking out excellence and Tina embodies the passion and drive necessary for success in our industry.”

Porter has more than 34 years behind the table and six years as an educator for her local beauty schools. In her years as a nail technology instructor, she embraced a philosophy of “safety and sanitation first.” Her background lead naturally to this emphasis as she is also a Certified Medical Assistant and an Emergency Medical Technician. These roles have prepared her for her next career in the salon: she is also a recent graduate of NA’s Footcare Nail Technology.  This advanced training program provides a broader understanding of the health and condition of the feet and nails for those with chronic illnesses.

Porter is taking her new training on the road — she will be performing on-site routine foot care and cosmetic pedicures for diabetics and others who have chronic health conditions. Her training and background are ideal to support safe, healthful foot care for clients who truly need her services. An example would be someone who is home-bound or in an assisted living facility. Her promise of aseptic practices will assure clients they will be well taken care of.

Not only will she be providing this high-level care for clients in her community, she is an educator and trainer who knows how to pass along her knowledge.  As a Certified Safe Salon Instructor, she will be teaching nail technicians how to work with clients for whom “ordinary” pedicures are not possible.

For example, clients with Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD may not receive massage during foot care appointments. Diabetics may be at risk for a foot soak, due to neuropathy, and the danger of waterborne pathogens with their inability to heal normally. The elderly require specific training for their foot care, as the skin is friable and easily damaged, bruising is a real issue with the common use of blood thinning agents, their joints may be susceptible to injury by someone pulling on them, and so forth.

This niche of foot care clients is growing – approximately 1/4th of the US population has been identified as baby-boomers and many have passed retirement age, with more soon to be doing so. In 2000, the CDC estimated that approximately 12.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes existed in the U.S. In 2014, that number had nearly doubled at 22 million.(1)  More persons needing foot care provided by trained and aware nail technicians is a growing need, and Tina Porter is ready to step up for her community.

For information about receiving safe foot care in your location, contact Tina Porter, FNT, at (951) 282-0740.

For nail technicians wanting “more” for their clients and their careers, email Tina at

To follow Tina on social media, watch for the tag #nailtechtrainer.