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. Robert Spalding


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

AthenA Elliott is VP of the Medinail Learning Center & Co-creator of Safe Salon Rating phone app. An industry veteran with over 39 years of experience, best known for leading the nail industry in top-level infection control since 1996. Industry consultant, undercover specialist for "abc 20/20" and expert witness for nail salon infections lawsuits. All roads lead to nails for Elliott. Creator of Nail Talk Radio, dedicated to the nail profession since 2010, VP of MediNail Learning Center, and co-creator of the consumer-driven “Safe Salon Rating” website as seen on The Dr. Oz Show. Elliott brings both her industry experience and intense passion for everything industry related. LCN’s lead National Barefoot Trainer for cosmetic toenail restoration, award-winning, cover tech, and creator of a nails-only trade shows Best Nail Shows in Texas and Vegas, Elliott is a respected leader in the industry.

Currently named one of "35 Nail Techs Who Changed The Industry", 98' "Nail Tech of the Year" and "Top 50 Most Influential Nail Techs" in The Nail Industry by Nails Magazine.

*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.