“The coolest thing I’ve done in Asia so far was seeing baby sharks swimming in the waters of the Maldives."
“I enjoy helping people find ways to live more fulfilling, productive, and healthier lives"
Those characteristics led her to open her own dance school when she was just 19 years old.
"My favorite thing about my role... is the limitless opportunities to create a truly unique and indigenous experience for our guests."
Leslie A. Young
In her free time, Leslie is a scuba diving instructor and a cowgirl.
Darrah Belle Le Montre
"I’ve always loved the spa and hospitality industry."
Jennifer Di Francesco
“I was based on loving the core of the work and how it affected who I am."
She has visited 133 countries on all seven continents and has yet to turn 30.
Alejandro is a globetrotter, having traveled to six different continents, Antarctica being the odd one out.
"Sometimes life gives you a chance to shake up your snow globe and see what comes of it."
John was a pioneering figure for the International SPA Association’s development, and has helped lead the Association to where it stands today, especially when it comes to education.
"Soon, I learned of a group of people wanting to form an association of spas. I jumped in!"
“If it were not for some life events that transpired... I never would have humbly experienced the blessings of being in this field."
“In the lovely words of Gertrude Stein, ‘America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.’"
She is known as cupid for her track record of successfully matching seven married couples. "I just love love."
“I have yet to have anything picked up by a big publisher or big artist, but this has become the goal."
“The ability to have consistent quiet time is a practice and if it's not cultivated, life shows up and takes it away."
“Often when on the road, I add a day or two of vacation so I get to experience the destination as a ‘real guest.’"
“Children are our future and we need to invest into them."
“I have always been an inquisitive and artistic soul."
The Peaks Resort and Spa
The Spa at the Peaks is the largest spa in Colorado and sits at the base of the Telluride ski resort.
When I lost my mother I found that inside of spas I could take time for myself both physically and mentally.
I have watched the spa industry being formed, and grow from just "pampering" to offering natural and effective alternatives.
During college, I got a part-time job at a day spa. It was there that I found instant love.
During the retreat, the horses became our healers. They can remove energy blocks, make you laugh and cry and aware we are all connected.
When I was younger, I wanted to be like Dolly Parton when I grew up. She always had this glowing skin, big hair, makeup, and high heels.
I love being able to make a difference in people's lives through fitness, so I continued to learn and teach more.
I want my fellow estheticians to be confident in investing in themselves - they are worth it.
You can't be bored if you are doing something that sets your soul on fire.
I have found my calling and I'm staying in the spa.
If I can offer anything in this life it would be to invite people to slow down and give back to themselves.
Dr. Brent Bauer
I have found ISPA to be a leader in helping reclaim the voice of spa as an integral part of wellness.
I was overwhelmed with pure exhilaration when I reached the top of the South Rim!
Wisconsin has always been home...like all Wisconsinites, we love family, the outdoors, and of course the Green Bay Packers.
I love working in an industry that is all about taking care of people.
My experience in healthy living has also encouraged me to give back to others.
I travel nearly 15-20 days out of the month globally...everywhere I have been has something interesting about it.
A successful hire to me boils down to genuine passion - passion for the craft and passion for the company and its vision.
I was asked to help out in the spa because the Spa Director went on leave. That was 15 years ago. I love the spa business.
I play Mrs. Claus on ice every year, and we’ve raised thousands of dollars for Christmas gifts for foster kids. I’m fully booked next season.
So far it has been an incredible experience – Hong Kong is still an intoxicating mixture of passion and chaos.
I was interested in both the reconstructive and the aesthetic side. I got into medical school in Germany.
I have been very fortunate in my career and have worked for big companies, and I now work with a small independent company. All have been a blessing.
I get to be a part of the spa industry, but I also get to do that as a part of my profession, which is running associations.
I remodeled it, created a journey and experience for clients, updated technologically, and built a solid team with a dynamic spa director who shared my vision.
I gained invaluable experience in dealing with multi-cultural customers, which would have been impossible without leaving home. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
People come into our world from all kinds of backgrounds, but it’s probably fair to guess that most People of ISPA stories won’t start off in banking.
Just from seeing all the new spas that were popping up I knew it was a business to get into. I helped place lots of newly-qualified massage therapist's with resorts.
I learned a lot about leading people in the Army, a lot about mentoring people as a teacher, then a lot about motivating people as a personal trainer.
I always knew that I wanted to work here. I was spending time at the spa as a guest and it was there that my journey of self-awareness really began.