2010 Visionary Recipient:
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Although primarily a heart surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz realized early on in his career that his patients were going to need more than just a new heart to survive--they needed a new outlook on life. SpaFinderselected Dr. Oz as recipient of the 2010 Visionary Award for his emphasis on preventing illness through diet and lifestyle and encouraging people to accept responsibility for their own health and well-being--just what today's spas strive to do--and he does it all in a good-natured, engaging, and supportive way. As the Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz has clearly tapped into a need. Making health-care information accessible and easy to understand is something everyone who has ever left a doctor's office feeling frustrated and neglected can truly appreciate. In addition, as a champion of proven complementary and alternative modalities, Dr. Oz models the ideal medical doctor of the future by encouraging prevention and embracing integrative medicine. Dr. Oz received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He has authored six New York Times best-sellers including You: The Owner's Manual, You: The Smart Patient, You: On a Diet, You: Staying Young, You: Being Beautiful, the award-winning Healing From the Heart, and his newest, You: Having a Baby.