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Breast cancer survivors enjoy a day of pampering at The Spa at Pinehurst

Monday was bittersweet for Rhonda Howell.

It was her second year in a row participating in Pink in Pinehurst Day, an annual celebration of breast cancer survivors held at The Spa at Pinehurst.

Breast Cancer Day 2016 Rhonda Howell

Rhonda Howell

The day of pampering at the end of each October gives women the chance to relax and rejuvenate with either a complimentary massage or facial. This year, 85 women enjoyed the treat.

Last year, Rhonda shared the day with her friend, Abby Cameron, a fellow breast cancer survivor she met through a mutual friend.

The two connected immediately when they met in 2015, shortly after Rhonda received news her cancer was back. This time, she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer.

“Statistics gave me 2 to 3 years to live and I had a son who was 3, he’s now 4,” Rhonda said. “It was obviously devastating to me.”

But Rhonda’s devastation turned into hope when she met Abby, who had been battling the disease on and off for nearly 15 years.

“I was just in awe of her,” she said. “She was an awesome person.”

The friends got a reprieve from their worries during last year’s Pink in Pinehurst Day, indulging in a well-deserved day of self-care complete with spa treatments, lunch and a little shopping.

“We had so much fun,” Rhoda said. “Unfortunately, Abby passed away about a month ago, but up until she died we talked about how much we enjoyed the event and how we couldn’t wait to go back to Pinehurst.

“It’s one of my favorite memories of us together.”

When Rhonda was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 34, she had a double mastectomy, underwent four rounds of IV chemotherapy and received 35 radiation treatments. This go-round, she’s been able to take an oral chemo that has fewer side effects.

“Most people don’t even know I have cancer,” Rhonda said. “They are coming out with some really amazing stuff.”

Last week, after 15 months on the oral chemo, Rhonda’s scan came back stable – a welcome piece of good news.

An unwavering friendship

Diane Authement, Christine Hughes, Meg Lindenberger, Carol Collins and Sally Bold Frick took in the crisp fall temperatures Monday from a table located on The Spa veranda. After being pampered, they ordered lunch and gathered round to share stories and laughs.

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Sally Bold Frick, Christine Hughes, Carol Collins, Meg Lindenberger and Diane Authement, pose for a photo after their spa treatments.

Their friendship continues to thrive even though their cancer is long gone.

“We all had breast cancer around the same time and we’ve all helped each other along,” Meg said.

Life gets in the way of getting together often, so they look forward to their annual reunion.

“This is once a year and it’s very special,” Meg said.

“It’s a celebration for us each year,” Diane added.

For Christine, this day was even more meaningful than most – it was the first time she’d ever talked to another breast cancer survivor about her scars.

“I had a double mastectomy in August 2014 and I’ve always thought of myself as flat and fabulous,” she said. “Getting to share our scars and talk to them about it was amazing. Where else can that happen?”

A meaningful work day

Beverly McLaughlin is one of the first faces that greets guests when they enter The Spa at Pinehurst. Her warmth and enthusiasm comes across to each person who walks through the day.

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Missy Travis, Danielle Daugherty and Beverly McLaughlin pose for a photo in between greeting guests Monday at The Spa at Pinehurst.

She looks forward to Pink in Pinehurst Day as it means more to her than many know. Beverly’s mother died at the age of 43 after battling breast cancer, so she can relate to the challenges the women face.

“I really enjoy hearing their stories,” Beverly said. “They are all so appreciative and excited about this day.”

For Beverly, breast cancer awareness is a constant goal. She wears a pin bearing a pink ribbon with wings every day and had a special patch added to her riding vest for when she goes out on her motorcycle.

Work continues

For Kerry Snyder Husted, Monday was a way to give back.

A former oncology administrator, she’s opening a unique shop in Southern Pines soon. Knickers, at 165 E. New Hampshire Ave., will feature an array of intimate apparel, including breast care forms and breast care bras for women who have been through mastectomies.

On Monday, she had a table set up with information and samples of her products. Kerry will offer free fittings as well as private appointments.

“It’s all about getting the right fit and offering the right product,” she said. “This is my passion; I’m excited to fill a need in our community.”

The Spa at Pinehurst is donating 10 percent of proceeds from local appointments held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during October to FirstHealth’s Cancer Care Fund.

“I wanted to take it one step further, so our breast cancer awareness day has evolved into a month,” said Branden Fein, Director of The Spa at Pinehurst. “We wanted to find another way to give back to our community and support patients with all types of cancer.”

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Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Facial this fall

Say goodbye to a dull and dry complexion with our five-course Pumpkin Spice Facial.

A creamy green tea and coconut milk wash cleans and hydrates your skin and a clarifying mineral mud exfoliator smooths away dead skin. Next, you’ll be painted with an organic pumpkin puree nutrient mud mask that tingles as it purifies and shrinks the look of pores.

This is followed by a botanical milk blend with peptides that work to plump deep wrinkles. You’ll finish with a clinically tested serum that eliminates crow’s feet.

Treat yourself to the Pumpkin Spice Facial for a limited time by calling 855-878-5077.

About the products:

Green Tea Milk Wash: This creamy, gentle daily cleanser removes makeup and dirt while leaving skin moisturized and soft. Made with nourishing coconut milk and Green Tea Extract, this wash is loaded with polyphenols and anti-inflammatory properties for delicate skin tissue.

Sand Your Ground Clarifying Mud Exfoliation Mask: Dull, lackluster skin gets a micro buff and flawless makeover with this dual-action clarifying mud exfoliation mask.

Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin Puree: Splendid Dirt is a natural, nutrient-rich pot of Illite and Bentonite clays, fresh enzyme-full pumpkin puree, and active yogurt cultures that instantly boosts overall radiance by deep cleansing pores, temporarily shrinking their look, and improving the look of broken capillaries and uneven skin tones.

Three Milk Ageless Moisturizer: This intensely hydrating daily moisturizer combines the richness of botanical milks with a clinical peptide to help erase the appearance of lines as it deeply moisturizes skin. It feels instantly firming, and within weeks our advanced peptide visibly reduces the appearance of deep wrinkle surface area.

Crow Catcher Eye Transforming Serum: This potent serum uses dermatologist-developed peptides and complex nutrient algae to visibly improve the entire eye area, reducing the look of wrinkle depth.

NOTE: Stop by The Spa at Pinehurst to sample and purchase a variety of FarmHouse Fresh products.


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Treat yourself to a “Flavors of Fall” massage

The flavors of fall are the inspiration for our latest seasonal massage.

During this treatment, our massage therapists use a decadent shea butter, an autumn spiced oil and a honey heel glaze to pamper you.

This unforgettable massage will bring you into the harvest season and leave you feeling warm, comfortable and refreshed.

Treat yourself to the “Flavors of Fall” massage for a limited time by calling 855-878-5077 and asking for the seasonal massage.

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Lead Esthetician Completes Prestigious BABOR Training Program

Heather Paxton started her Pinehurst career as a front desk receptionist at The Spa at Pinehurst, but she always had her eye on the work behind the scenes.

Heather PaxtonAfter completing her training at Sandhills Community College, she joined The Spa’s team of estheticians. Now, a mere 8 years later, she’s the lead esthetician and one of just six spa professionals in North America chosen to participate in the BABOR Academy of Professional Esthetics Certification Program.

“During her time at The Spa at Pinehurst, Heather has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and a dedication to success,” said Spa Director Branden Fein. “Her efforts have produced high quality results time and time again.

“I congratulate Heather on this momentous achievement and am honored she is a part of the Spa at Pinehurst’s world-class team.”

Paxton has been chipping away at the program since February, taking online courses and participating in webinars. She recently traveled to BABOR Academy in Delray Beach, Florida to complete the final stage of her training.

During the three-day hands-on training, Paxton was evaluated on a wide range of techniques including everything from proper draping to product application. After receiving her certification, she’s now a Master BABOR Trainer. She’ll take the skills she learned and share them with her fellow estheticians.

“My goal is to get everyone on the same page to make sure we’re providing consistently great service,” she said.

Paxton’s peers already sought her out for advice and support, but Fein said her completion of the BABOR Academy has made her an even more confident, effective leader.

“She is an asset beyond measure to The Spa and the Resort as a whole,” said Spa Supervisor Christopher Gregg. “Her recent accomplishments are a testament to how hard of a worker she is and how far she has come.”

Paxton said she’s honored to have been chosen to participate in such a prestigious program.

“I’m happy to work for such an exclusive resort that they chose me for this opportunity,” she said. “I’m very proud to represent Pinehurst and now BABOR.”

“I love what I do, I get up every day happy to go to work.”



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Treat yourself to a Seasons of Love Massage

Pamper yourself with one of our specialty massages.

Our latest seasonal massage is inspired by the warm feelings and comfy scents of Valentine’s Day. 

During this 50 minute service, our therapist will blend FarmHouse Fresh’s Whoopie! Cream Shea Butter with a cinnamon-spiced massage oil  to create a luxurious Swedish massage.

The treatment ends with a touch of ultra-hydrating Honey Heel Glaze to pamper the feet.

Treat yourself to the Seasons of Love Massage for a limited time by calling 855-878-5077 and asking for the seasonal massage.


Whoopie! Cream Shea ButterThis shea butter whip is sprinkled with natural vanilla and citrus oils. The supple butters and Vitamin E-packed Jojoba and Soybean oils calm even the severest of dry skin.

Red Hot Body Oil: This vitamin-rich bath and body oil brings an instantly silky, soothing feel to skin, with a sultry-sweet red hot cinnamon fragrance. It imparts wonderful benefits to skin as Grapeseed and Olive Fruit oils have powerful antioxidants which diminish the damaging effects of sun, enhance the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin and improve skin’s texture.

Honey Heel Glaze:  This honey-based serum seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet. Fragranced with velvety cinnamon notes, sweet cloves and actual honey, it’s been called the Instant Pedicure.

NOTE: Stop by The Spa at Pinehurst to sample and purchase a variety of FarmHouse Fresh products.

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