Dana Stallings


"Spending time surrounded by nature always helps relieve stress, but specifically anything on or around the water is the best – I am always down for the beach! I love long walks, swimming and fishing.”
“I can remember being very intrigued by everything. I thrived in an environment where I was working with incredibly talented colleagues whose only goal was to help people feel better through the power of touch."

To call Dana Stallings’ career in spa impressive would be an understatement. She is the director of La Valencia Hotel’s Spa La V, a 3,500-square foot sensory experience spa and garden. A perfect place to unwind and reflect while listening to the nearby crashing waves, swaying palm trees and local wildlife really make Spa La V special. Dana is also a co-founder of IConnection, Southern California’s premier spa industry association that spearheads education, community action and special events.

“I geek out on nutrition, self-development books and cooking. Spending time surrounded by nature always helps relieve stress, but specifically anything on or around the water is the best – I am always down for the beach! I love long walks, swimming and fishing.”

A true beach bum at heart, Dana was born in Philadelphia but raised on the California coastal town of Encinitas. Unable to separate herself from the salty air and sandy hair, Dana still lives on the coast in Solana Beach, California.

Passion is a strong quality for Dana, as she is actively involved with volunteer work in her community: “I work closely with a variety of orphanages throughout Baja Mexico (currently Door of Faith) and help provide whatever their current resource needs are. Additionally, my fiancé and I are working to develop play and nutritional programs with the children in the orphanages.”

Dana’s curious nature is lived out mostly by watching documentaries while laying in bed with “gummy anything.” Quick to admit her own clumsiness, Dana said that “ever since I was a little girl, I’ve gotten locked IN to places quite often. Home Depot, the dentist’s office, bathrooms and more. Doors get jammed, locks break, or staff don’t know I am there and lock me in!”

Dana has enjoyed a well-earned 30 years in the spa industry, and perhaps even got a head start as she began when she was five years old! Her professional career, however, started accidentally.

“In the 90’s, I was studying International Business with an emphasis in Marketing at San Diego State University. To get myself through college I worked part-time as a Spa Coordinator at La Costa Resort & Spa. Back then, the landscape of the spa industry was not as easily-accessible as it is today, nor was it accepted as an essential part of overall wellness. Spas were geared toward celebrities and other wealthy people who could afford to enjoy them.

“I can remember being very intrigued by everything. I thrived in an environment where I was working with incredibly talented colleagues whose only goal was to help people feel better through the power of touch. I had found my tribe and wanted to learn more. All my free time was devoted to learning every aspect of the business. My hard work paid off, as I was promoted to several management positions throughout my time at La Costa. Eventually, this translated to working as a Spa Director in a myriad of spa settings (resort, day, club, health) throughout the top spas in San Diego. Despite my success as a Spa Director, I am proudest of opening my own day spa in downtown San Diego, Spa Velia, which was open for 14 years.”


"Spending time surrounded by nature always helps relieve stress, but specifically anything on or around the water is the best – I am always down for the beach! I love long walks, swimming and fishing.”