Soclé Medical Spa is in the business of making customers look and feel better, so it decided to give itself a makeover as well.
Soclé recently moved to a new facility at 847 Turner St., just off US-129 between Foothills Mall Drive and Lamar Alexander Parkway.
“We moved from Smithview Drive because we needed more space,” said Scott Gray, who co-owns the spa with Dr. Kurt Datz. “Our business is growing. We wanted to offer better service, more availability to our clients and easier access.”
Soclé is an anti-aging medical spa, so while it specializes in liposuction, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser hair removal, IPL treatments and laser collagen stimulation, it doesn’t offer plastic surgery. Soclé has its own vitamin line, called Soclé Supplements, and also carries medical-grade skin products.
Datz, who has been practicing medicine for about 20 years, is the driving force behind Soclé Medical Spa.
“I like the science that’s behind the things we’re doing,” said Datz.
He strives to implement the best and most innovative techniques. For liposuction, Datz uses Lipotherme, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to liquefy and remove unwanted fat.
Laser-assisted liposuction, also called laser lipo or lunchtime lipo, has virtually no downtime.
“It’s cutting edge; it’s new technology,” said Datz. “It’s the same procedure but a better way of doing it.
“I like change. I like bringing new things into the practice. It makes medicine exciting. There’s always something new on the horizon. The way we’re practicing today is not the same that we’re going to be practicing 10 years from now.”
Soclé Supplements are another outgrowth of Datz’s interest in cutting-edge medicine. Early in his career, Datz found patients always asked about what vitamins they should take.
“I would look at the research that was available, and what I found out was that some of the stuff was effective, but some of it wasn’t,” he said. “I found out that some of it was not safe for the patients to be taking.”
Datz looked at the vitamins offered in retail stores and decided he wasn’t comfortable recommending them to his patients.
“That’s when I said, ‘I could do a better job with this,’ and that’s when I started doing the Soclé Supplements,” he explained.
Not only do Datz’s patients take advantage of his research, but several university athletic departments do as well.
“Dr. Datz has researched supplements for the last 15 years, and we have a great product,” said Gray. “We do all the supplementation nutrition for the University of Tennessee Athletic Department. We do the University of Florida Gators. We do the University of South Carolina, and we do Auburn University.
“We work with these universities. We deal with the team doctors and the team nutritionists, and Soclé Supplements are what they take. These guys know what they’re doing.”
Datz provides complimentary vitamin consultations to help customers learn what’s best for them. He has them bring in both their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
“I want to see what they’re taking and why they’re taking it,” he said. “There could be interactions with prescription medicines.
“I don’t get offended if you don’t buy my vitamins or think that what you’re on is better even after I’ve told you my perspective. But I’m going to tell you my perspective as a physician who practices Western, modern-day medicine.”
Datz and Gray grew up in Pittsburgh and have been friends since second grade. After graduating from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., Datz did his medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York.
Wanting a break from urban life, he practiced medicine in Montana for a couple of years before hanging his shingle in Bismarck, N.D.
In addition to serving patients at his offices there and in Minot, N.D., and at the original Soclé spa in Bismarck, Datz is a hospitalist with St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. The married father of three flies to Tennessee monthly to do procedures at Soclé in Maryville.
After graduating from Florida State University, where he majored in business administration, Gray went to work for Walmart at the home office in Bentonville, Ark. He worked as a buyer at first, then switched to the international division, helping to expand Walmart and Sam’s Club into South America.
He came back to the States and became a district manager with Sam’s Clubs, overseeing 13 stores from his base in Maryville. When the company insisted that he move to Charlotte, N.C., Gray resigned, not wanting to uproot his wife, Nicole, an officer with the Alcoa Police Department, and their two young daughters. After taking a year off, he went into business with his old friend Datz.
The Soclé Medical Spa staff also includes aestheticians Tamara Phillips and Tara Vanosdale. The spa is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For an appointment, call 865-273-2010.