Papilio Spa and Wellness Center donates proceeds to help victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Our Community

Visiting a premier medical spa for aesthetic services can be an act of altruism. Clients of Papilio Spa and Wellness Center in Wauseon can rest assured they are making a major difference in the lives of others every time they invest in a service or treatment.

Papilio Spa and Wellness Center is unique in that it not only provides innovative, state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments in a tranquil environment, but also commits 100 percent of its profits to local non-profit agencies that serve women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking. These include House of Ruth, which provides shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence, as well as the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which provides medical examinations (performed by specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) to sexual assault victims.

The Papilio team consists of dermatologist and Mohs surgeon David Kouba, MD, PhD, FAACS, of Toledo Clinic Facial Plastics & Dermatology; family nurse practitioner Jennifer Rittenhouse, APRN-CNP; licensed medical aesthetician Michelle McDonald; licensed massage therapist Karan Gottwald; and receptionists Jillene Mayer-McMichael and Tatum Smith. The team is dedicated to helping women achieve safer, sounder, better lives, and their mission is guided by four words: Endurance, Hope, Change, and Life.

“People can receive aesthetic services at other spas, but our mission is to give back to the community. Our hope is that area residents use our services to enrich their lives while also enriching the lives of others. We direct our support to women’s charities since women constitute approximately 95 percent of our clientele,” Dr. Kouba explains.

The name “Papilio,” which is Latin for “butterfly,” was chosen because it symbolizes metamorphosis. Clients experience a positive external and internal transformation that allows them to put forward the best possible versions of themselves, which in turn allows women who have been victimized to begin reclaiming their own sense of value and beauty.

Various laser treatments, facials, injectables such as Botox and Juvederm, TruSculpt fat reduction, radiofrequency microneedling, sclerotherapy for leg veins, and massage therapy are just a few examples of the many services available to Papilio clients. Papilio also has one of Northwest Ohio’s only non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation technologies.

In addition to providing financial donations to agencies that support defenseless women, Papilio directly assists victims of human trafficking to help them improve their confidence and self-esteem as they strive to regain a sense of normalcy. For example, traffickers commonly mark their victims with certain tattoos—such as the trafficker’s name or initials or a symbol such as a dollar sign—to indicate ownership of the individual. Dr. Kouba is happy to remove these tattoos from victims at no cost. “Few people are aware of this degrading practice, which essentially brands women as property,” he says. “It’s extremely gratifying to remove these markings from women who have managed to escape that environment, and they can start to heal and feel better about themselves.”

Papilio also holds frequent drives to collect used clothing, kids’ items, hygiene and grooming products, kitchen items, and additional items that families may need to start a new life. These items are then donated to House of Ruth for the clients they serve.

Papilio Spa and Wellness Center is located at 1070 N. Shoop Avenue in Wauseon, Ohio. For more information or to book an appointment, please call 419-330-5388. Papilio is also online at, on Instagram at @papiliospa, and on Facebook at ❦