Viviana Ayala, a Doral, Florida spa owner, was arrested Thursday after she was accused of injecting a patient’s face with substances that caused inflammation and infection, news sources indicate. The victim was later hospitalized as a result of the treatment. Ayala was taken into police custody on charges of practicing medicine without a license, practicing health care profession resulting in injury, unlicensed practice of massage therapy, and aggravated battery. It is unclear if a bail bond was set. It is also not yet known whether Ayala has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
Reports say Ayala is the owner of Viviana’s Body Secrets Spa in Doral, Florida, which offers patients a number of facial and body treatments. It is unclear if the business, located along Northwest 25th Street, has received complaints in the past. Sources claim that Ayala is not a license medical physician, which legally binds her from injecting patients with medical substances. She does not have a massage therapist certification either, reports indicate, though she may have other beauty certifications. Following this recent incident, detectives have closed the spa down, sources say.
In June, the 48-year-old victim visited Ayala’s spa to undergo an advertised facial treatment, reports say. During her visit, Ayala allegedly injected the victim’s face with what she said were vitamins. The treatment cost the victim a reported $890. Afterwards, the victim’s face became inflamed, sources say. She also experienced infections near the injection sites. On August 17, she admitted herself into a hospital for treatment.
Upon hearing of the alleged maltreatment and conducting an investigation, detectives arrested Ayala and annulled her tenure certificate at her plaza spa in Doral. The owner of a neighboring business was stricken by the news and claimed she had used the spa before without incident.
This latest story shares some resemblance to a case reported out of Broward County a couple months earlier. In that incident, Oneal Morris of Broward County, Florida was arrested when one of her patients died following an injection treatment, news sources reported. Morris, 32, was later booked into a Broward County jail on charges of manslaughter. Reports say Morris went by the street name Toxic Tush and reportedly offered patients black market injections. The injections, sources say, purportedly lifted, toned, or enlarged areas of the breasts, buttocks, hips, and thighs. Investigators later learned the injections consisted of harmful chemicals, including super glue, “fix-a-flat,” caulk, and cement.
Morris reportedly offered these injections to patients between the years of 2007 and 2011, which she administered from such places as hotels or his patients’ home, sources say. A number of her patients later fell ill, reports claim. Morris also apparently injected herself, although she does not appear to have suffered any major complications.
One patient, identified as a 31-year-old woman, compensated Morris to inject her breasts, hips, and buttocks on more than one occasion. Following the injections, Morris would close up her injection sites with cotton swabs and super glue, report say. At a later point, the victim feeling sick, and infections began to spring up around her injection sites, sources say. She died sometime later, but not before she mailed a letter to a Tallahassee Department of Health. The letter allegedly detailed Morris’s injections and led to her arrest in July.