ManiCare: A sick­ness to

Metro USA (New York) - - News -

Kate Arian isn’t just a woman who does nails.

Her com­pany, ManiCare, does give man­i­cures and pedi­cures to the hos­pi­tal­ized and home­bound, but the New Jersey na­tive and for­mer mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive for L’Oreal found a cir­cuitous route to nail-care en­trepreneuri­al­ism.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia in 2011, her cys­tic fi­bro­sis (CF) re­quired her to have a dou­ble lung trans­plant, with a long re­cov­ery af­ter­ward. While hos­pi­tal­ized, she found that care for women beyond the med­i­cal — feel­ing beau­ti­ful, tend­ing to one’s daily reg­i­men — went out the win­dow. With that need in mind, she started ManiCare in 2015 and never looked back. Based in Man­hat­tan, the trav­el­ing sa­lon now of­fers its ser­vices in Philly, Bos­ton, along the East Coast and in Cleve­land and Chicago.

Q:

How long af­ter your surg­eries did you stew be­fore start­ing ManiCare?

A:

I had the idea for ManiCare while re­cov­er­ing from surgery, but I did ac­tu­ally go on to hold two cor­po­rate jobs be­fore be­com­ing the full-time founder and CEO. I had the ManiCare web­site up, though, within a month of re­turn­ing home in post-trans­plant mode in 2011.

Q:

Are you used to pam­per­ing your­self, and what did not hav­ing those ameni­ties in the hospi­tal do to your spirit?

A.D. AMOROSI @MetroPhilly

A:

[Laughs] I have a “fancy dis­po­si­tion,” my mom says. I have al­ways rel­ished a nice out­fit, jew­elry and beauty

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Clients en­joy­ing ManiCare ser­vices.

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