Photography by Kathy Tran.
In 2016, Laura Harbison was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. She started researching how she could treat it naturally and take a more holistic approach to health.
At that point, she had built a career in the medical sales industry, working for large pharmaceutical companies. And when she turned 46, she decided to make a change.
“I really had just been working for someone else for 23 years and just really thought it was time to spread my wings,” she says.
Given her experience and wellness-focused lifestyle, Harbison opened a spa, The Ozone Bar. She knew she needed to pick a shopping center with substantial foot traffic, so she set up shop in Inwood Village. The doors opened in February 2020, just weeks before the lockdowns. They stayed open throughout the pandemic because they were considered an essential business.
The Ozone Bar is the only spa in Dallas that has a HOCATT sauna, which uses transdermal ozone, CO2/carbonic acid, infrared, pure oxygen, red light/color therapy and microcurrents to improve the immune system, build oxygen levels and burn hundreds of calories. This machine is one of the more expensive offerings, but Harbison says neighbors, who often report feeling pain relief, aren’t deterred by the price.
All of the machines she selected are top-of-the-line models, including the infrared sauna that delivers far-, mid- and near-infrared to release toxins, and the ozone sauna, which detoxifies the body, increases circulation and stimulates blood cells.
“I get approached every day by people trying to get me to offer other services, but we’ve been so successful with the four that we have,” she says.
Harbison’s business also offers physician-grade supplements and the Dermashape, which uses cupping and heat to enhance the lymphatic system, break up fascia and lactic acid and reduce water retention and cellulite.
“We are here to make people feel good for 30 minutes,” she says. “They’re trying to escape their life for 30 minutes and enjoy and do something healthy for themselves.”
The Ozone Bar, 5360 W. Lovers Lane, 214.964.0760