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 [email protected]
To follow Tina on social media, watch for the tag #nailtechtrainer.