GOODHUE — What to put in an empty commercial space that she and her husband own in Goodhue was bugging Lana Huemann.

The Huemanns’ building houses their gym called Workout 24/7 on one side, but the other half was unfinished.

Lana Huemann, who is a Realtor, started asking people about a year and a half ago what they thought should fill that spot.

She was surprised when someone suggested a lice treatment center. Then three more people said the same thing.

After some research, Huemann discovered there are many such facilities in the Twin Cities, where southeastern Minnesota families drive to get treatment for lice.

“I thought, ‘There must be a need,’” she said.

On Monday, she opened the doors of the Professional Lice Center at 207 N. Second St.

“Our goal is to offer treatment, education and prevention for lice outbreaks, so people don’t have to go to the Cities,” said Huemann. “We’re just a short drive from Rochester.”

Lice are parasitic insects that live on human scalps and lay eggs or nits on hair strands. Infestations often spread through schools, and parents have been left to themselves to find treatment or over-the-counter pesticides.

Instead of the common harsh products, Huemann and her team use chemical-free treatments in conjunction with a specific nit-picking methodology.

She and a friend traveled to Florida to be trained in the Shepherd Method of strand-by-strand nit removal.

The Professional Lice Center has four on staff and has three treatment stations. Depending on demand, the space has room to add three more treatment stations, she said.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.comor via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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