Doral spa shut down by city
DORAL CITY HALL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida spa owner embroiled in controversy is going face to face with city officials about the business she runs.
Code inspectors have cited Viviana Ayala for allegedly giving tattoo makeup and massages at the same business without a license.
Ayala tried ignoring questions from reporters at a Doral City Hall Tuesday, but she cannot ignore this: Her business, Viviana's Beauty Secret Spa is indefinitely closed by the City of Doral after an inspector and even an employee testified during a hearing.
Massages and permanent makeup were performed at the spa without the proper license. The discovery was made after Ayala's arrest last Thursday on several felony charges including practicing medicine without a license and battery.
Forty-nine-year-old Isabel Gonzalez said she went to Ayala in June for vitamin injections that left her with a life-threatening infection. Through a translator, Gonzalez said, "It was a very thick substance; they had to use a larger syringe to extract it from the bottle."
Gonzalez spent about a month in the hospital and is slowly recovering. Ayala has hired an attorney and claims she only gave Gonzalez a facial. "We'll be entering a plea of not guilty," said Ayala's lawyer, "and demand discovery and a jury trial, and then that process begins."
Ayala's lawyer still maintains that no injections were given at the Doral spa, but that is something Isabel Gonzalez said is false. She blames Ayala for changing her life and face forever. Gonzalez said, "She needs to take responsibility for what she has done, so that justice can be served."
Ayala would be allowed to reopen her business if she receives the proper licenses. As for the criminal charges she faces, she is due back in court later on this month.
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