109 W. Ashley St.

Compassionate, Perfectionist, Tenacious

After 13 years as a hospital social worker, Frances Vadner saw hundreds of patients go through medical issues as the result of their lifestyle. She decided she wanted a change. “I decided I wanted to be on the wellness side of health care instead of the illness side,” she says.

Frances started researching stress reduction and became certified as a licensed massage therapist, but she kept wanting do to more to help people maintain their health — that led her to open Riversong Spa and Salon, the first full-service day spa in Mid-Missouri, in May 1998.

“My intent was, and still is, to provide stress reduction and beauty treatments,” Frances says. “I believe in going above and beyond guests’ expectations and I believe that happy employees create happy guest experiences.”

Riversong has added new services and locations through the years; after opening a Columbia location in 2005, quick growth in that market prompted a move to a new location two years ago. Riversong’s menu of services includes massage, facials, waxing, pedicures, manicures, and a full-service hair salon.

By opening Riversong, Frances found a way to use all of her skills in a way she felt most productive, and it pays off for her guests. “This has been a continuation of heling people,” she says. “I love helping people feel better and improve their health.”