Each year Utah Business Magazine selects it’s 30 most influential female business leaders and identifies them as Utah’s “30 Women to Watch”. These women span job titles, industries and expertise, but whether offering compassion in health care or innovation in technology, each has a zeal that takes her work to a new level. The stories behind these business leaders inspire creativity, excitement, and devotion in life and work.

This year, the co-founders of Elase Spas, Emily Thompson and Carrie Brinton, are honored to be recognized among 2007’s “30 Women to Watch” award recipients.

Partners Carrie Brinton and Emily Thompson celebrated the opening of their first laser and anti-aging services spa in 2004. The company now has three clinics in Utah and plans to continue expanding. “In just over two years, we have become the largest medical spa in Utah, with our doctors and staff providing more anti-aging and hair removal services than almost any other provider,” Brinton says.

Brinton, a former adjunct professor at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, oversees clinic operations and franchise development for Elase. A licensed master esthetician, Thompson directs the clinical aspects of the business and researches new products and procedures. “Elase Medical Spas was launched from two sisters having a casual conversation over Sunday dinner,” says Brinton. “We had the idea, committed to each other that we were really going to do it, and just never let the skepticism get to us. We never entertained the idea that we could fail.”

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