NEW YORK — Renowned Rumanian aesthetician Cornelia Zicu is giving her career a makeover.

Zicu is leaving her position as head aesthetician at Manhattan’s Peninsula Spa in the Peninsula Hotel to create her own luxury beauty and retreat spa, aptly named Cornelia. The retreat, which is scheduled to open in midtown in spring 2004, will cater to both women and men.

To fulfill her customers’ needs prior to the spa opening, Zicu will be performing facials and the like at a temporary salon at the Helmsley Carlton at 680 Madison Avenue, also to be called Cornelia. The new spot opens Oct. 13 and is expected to treat some of Cornelia’s current clients, including Katie Couric and Meg Ryan.

Zicu has been working at the Peninsula spa for nine years, with previous aesthetical experience at Daniela Skin Care in New York and the Radhausberg Spa in Andorf, Austria. She served as a consultant to luxury spas throughout the U.S. and continues to travel to Hong Kong and London spas, introducing new product treatments and product lines and training aestheticians.

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