The authors, owners and faculty of the Medinail Learning Center courses are respected educators and professionals who care about the nail industry and its technicians.


Dr.Spalding, is the president and original founder of Medinail Learning Center (MLC) in 2006 as well as author of the Medical Nail Technician Program and a board certified podiatry practitioner (DPM) with a busy practice in Chattanooga, TN. He is a Certified Forensic Podiatrist and the author of several books, among them Death by Pedicure ©2006 (for consumers) and The Science of Pedicures (for nail technicians). These books provide the foundation for MLC and the Medical Nail Technician Certification (MNT) and the Medinail Advanced Nail Technologist Course (M-ANT) certification.

The cases in which he was a forensic specialist against salon infections usually were based on preventable injuries caused by improper infection control during nail services. But rather than becoming negative about the industry, he began a campaign toward educating nail professionals in safe practices that prevent harm to their clients. His proactive support of nail technicians is shown in his activities as a previous member of the board of International Pedicure Association and the Infection Control Committee for Cenage Publishing. Dr Spalding is also the creator of, co-creator of and has contributed numerous articles to podiatric and salon based magazines.

He is a member of the APMA, the ACFAOM and the ABPMS. He lectures yearly at multiple nail professional venues and podiatry conferences. As a result of Dr Spalding’s efforts, MLC’s Medical Nail Technicians course is now is the only nail technician course that has been recognized by the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine or

The MLC M-ANT and MNT courses* are a result of his passion against fungal infections being transferred to clients in nail salons, his hope that clients will be able to purchase safe services, and his desire to see nail technicians enjoy enhanced success directly through the upgrading of their safety techniques and skills. For more information concerning Dr. Spalding’s background, see and

Athena Elliot

  • 35 Years of experience as a nail tech
  • One of the first nail techs in the US to use an autoclave in a salon
  • Nails Magazine Nail Tech of the Year 1999
  • First Registered Medical Nail Technician and ACFAOM CCPMA in the US
  • CEO of Nail Talk Radio
  • Co Creator of Best Little Nail Show in Texas
  • CEO of Athena Rock Nails ,Exotic Nail Art Embellishments
  • Co-Creator of Safe Salon Rating Phone App & Salon Certification
  • VP of MediNail Learning Center
  • Lead National Trainer- LCN Barefoot

*The M-ANT, MNT and CCPMA courses are not licensed by any states to allow for advanced procedures not authorized by the states in which nail technicians hold their licenses but merely represent academic exposure to safe practices that enhance the safety of clients who visit nail salons. MNT and CCPMA certification only gives additional medical information to make it easier for nail techs to transition to work under the direct supervision of podiatrists and other physician’s licenses. MLC training generally exceeds the basic infection standards taught in cosmetology books and exceeds the standards of most basic state board requirements to operate a salon.