SpaFinder's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards

Visionary Awards

2009 Visionary Award Recipient:

Dr. Andrew Weil

Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Arizona

Even before attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Andrew Weil had an interest in unconventional approaches to treatment. During and after school, it grew. "My medical training…gave me no information about preventing illness and maintaining health," he says. Since then, he has become a pioneer in integrative medicine, combining mainstream treatment modalities with complementary and alternative therapies. For his tireless efforts to bridge the worlds of medicine and spa, and his prediction years ahead of the curve that the hospital of the future would look more like a spa, we award him this year's Visionary Award.

The founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Dr. Weil is also the director of integrative health and healing at Miraval Arizona. First published in 1972, he has authored 11 books on integrative medicine and other topics; his newest is Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future, released in September 2009. He currently acts as editorial director of Drweil.com and is the founder of the integrative medicine product and service company Weil Lifestyle, LLC, the proceeds of which go to the Weil Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to advance the field of integrative medicine.