Doreen Young


"I started off as a massage therapist but quickly knew that I wanted to learn everything within the industry and become a Spa Director."
“It wasn’t just my leadership that made Mii amo #1 – it was the years of experience held by the therapists, in addition to their exceptional talent and skill.”

Doreen Young is a living example of someone who has progressed beyond what is normally expected and allowed in their career. Born in Colorado Springs, Doreen spent much of her young life in Belgium and New Mexico. This curious and caring woman pursued psychology in college, leading her down a path of human wellness that has developed into 24 years in spa. In the past year, Doreen moved back to her home state of Colorado and away from Flagstaff, Arizona, where she worked as Spa Director at the award-winning Mii amo destination spa.

“Mii amo was voted #1 Destination Spa in the U.S. in March of 2018. I attribute this honor to the amazing canyon where Mii amo is placed, affording quite incredible beauty and energy. The staff (especially the therapists) are incredible. It wasn’t just my leadership that made Mii amo #1 – it was the years of experience held by the therapists, in addition to their exceptional talent and skill.”

Doreen was not always Spa Director of the #1 destination spa in the U.S. As a testament to her hard work and ambition, she began as a massage therapist and defied the assumed confines of the role to become head of the spa.

“I started off as a massage therapist but quickly knew that I wanted to learn everything within the industry and become a Spa Director. The transition was difficult, mainly because the opportunity to prove what you can do isn’t easily given. I had to work very hard to show that I was more than a massage therapist. Upper management doesn’t readily believe that therapists have the financial skills or aptitude that it takes to move a spa forward. If advising any young massage therapists who want to do more, I would encourage them to work hard, persevere and gain sound financial judgement any way you can.”

On top of working hard to elevate Mii amo and provide a once-in-a-lifetime spa experience, Doreen gave back by volunteering at a domestic abuse hotline. This humbling and impactful experience greatly impacted her view of helping others.

“Volunteering for a domestic violence hotline was incredibly difficult. It was heart-aching to know what women accept in situations like that. The most challenging thing was not being able to tell them to leave. The training we did was very specific in making sure you offered them help but let them make their decision. Most women stay in the situation, for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, not feeling like they have the power to make it out, also fear and thinking that loving a person means standing by them. It was a great lesson for me though to learn how to listen and not judge and not think that I knew what was best for that person. It really helped me to be able to hold space for someone. Incredible experience.”

Doreen loves hiking, getting facials, playing tennis, and piano – in fact, she says she’s been listening to the song Alaska by Maggie Rogers “non-stop” for weeks now! Doreen’s belief that a happy life can be derived from within each of us, as well as her inspiring story of success, are both worthy of recognition and application in the lives of so many others.


"I started off as a massage therapist but quickly knew that I wanted to learn everything within the industry and become a Spa Director."