Our Editors and Experts

Our Editors

Alison Lewis

Alison Lewis is a travel and food journalist, who has worked with Travel & Leisure, Coastal Living, Islands Magazine, and USA Today. She is also an author of three cookbooks and is a professional recipe developer based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Allison Tray

Allison Tray is founder of Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa, a multi-award winning , 224 sq. ft. powerhouse since 2004. Her Brooklyn spa has been named "Best Spa and Facials, NYC" and "Best Of The Borough: Brooklyn.” Tray's beauty expertise has been published in SpaFinder Wellness, Refinery29, HB Fit, DuJour, Charlotte's Book, StyleCaster, Beauty News NYC, and countless others. When she's not being a beauty go-to she's standing up for women and anim...

Amanda Hopcraft

Amanda Hopcraft is the owner of Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist, a luxury, on-location traveling beauty team. Her work has been featured all over the globe in print, blogs, television, commercial, runway and of course on the faces of countless brides. www.amandahopcraft.com

Amber Gibson

Amber Gibson writes about food, wine, travel, spas and beauty for Hemispheres, American Way, Four Seasons Magazine, Artful Living, Departures and Saveur. Follow her adventures on Instagram @amberyv or at ambergibson.com.

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Amina AlTai

After earning degrees in marketing and economics from NYU, Amina worked for such prestigious companies as Cartier, Vera Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, and Polo Ralph Lauren. In 2007 she co-founded the brand development agency, Imagemme, which she left in 2012 to pursue her passion for making health and wellness accessible to everyone, everywhere. Amina is an NCCPT certified personal trainer, health coach, and Spinning® instructor.

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Andria Mitsakos

Influenced by a lifetime of global travel and 20 years of marketing in the hospitality industry, Andria has worked with some of the world’s leading hotel, beauty and wellness brands, which led her to found Wanderlista, a lifestyle brand defined by the art of travel through culture and style. She lives between Athens, Miami, Mexico and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @wanderlista.

Anne Dimon

Founder and CEO of the 10-year-old Travel to Wellness Inc., Anne Dimon is a world traveler, a 20-year professional travel writer and industry journalist, a speaker on wellness travel, consultant and editor-in-chief of Travel to Wellness magazine. Anne lives the life and walks the talk and, when not traveling, divides her time between Canada, Mexico and California.

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Anne Parker, M.A.

Anne has been a professional therapist for more than 30 years, completing degrees in music therapy, counseling psychology, and health services administration as well as post-graduate studies in integrative arts therapies. She combines executive administrative experience with therapeutic skills and spiritual practice to bring a unique outlook and practical understanding to creating and enhancing wellness.

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Celeste Hilling

With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries; Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Carried in top spas and high-end retailers, Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing.

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Chami Jotisalikorn

Chami Jotisalikorn is a journalist and author covering Asian wellness, interiors, and luxury travel, with best-selling titles The Thai Spa Book and Thailand’s Luxury Spas, sold in 6 languages. She is based in Bangkok, and contributes to CNN Travel, Conde Nast, Travel+Leisure, newspapers, travel and spa guides.

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Dean Sheremet

Chef Dean Sheremet graduated from the French Culinary Institute and has worked in the kitchens of Nobu 57 and the 3-Michelin starred Jean Georges. He recently left Jean Georges and appears regularly on such shows as Access Hollywood, CBS The Talk, Fox’s Good Day LA; he also contributes to Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, and The Daily Meal. Dean is a Chef Partner and healthy living advocate for Wellness in The Schools, part of Chefs Move to Schools.

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Debra K.

In The Journey into Wellbeing on PBS, Debra K. uncovers the secrets to living a high-energy, vibrant life. A former Fortune 250 exec. who turned her passion for natural health and wellness into her life's mission, Debra K. is co-founder of imassage, Inc. and author of “Success from the Start”. Known as the natural health explorer, she is a regular writer, blogger, and national speaker.

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Didi Gluck

Didi Gluck was most recently the Deputy Editor, beauty, of More where she oversaw the award-winning publication’s beauty content. Prior to joining More, she was the beauty director of Real Simple, the Deputy Beauty Director of Shape, and the Beauty Director at Marie Claire, Redbook, and Mode.

Dr. Coral Arvon

Dr Coral Arvon, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT. is a certified sex therapist, marriage/family therapist, and life-enhancement coach. She is the Director/Owner of Arvon & Associates in Counseling specializing in Psychotherapy and Coaching. She is a national speaker and author who has appeared in Women's Day, Glamour, Men’s Health, Huffington Post, and many more. Dr. Arvon has a passion for helping people to become more successful and confident.

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Dr. Nina Smiley

Co-author of The Three Minute Meditator and the CD, Mini-Meditations That Will Enhance Your Life, Nina's work has been seen in O, The Oprah Magazine, Shape, Real Simple, and Marie Claire. In her work at Mohonk Mountain House, Nina leads group programs and private classes that teach and share simple techniques related to mindfulness, wellness, and stress reduction that can be used any time and any place—one moment at a time.

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Dr. Wendy Walsh

She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting, and other human behaviors.

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Elaine D'Farley

Elaine D’Farley has been on the hunt for hip, happening, and buzzy trends in wellness, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle for as long as she can remember. Being open to new adventures led her to sunny Miami after decades running around New York City as a magazine editor at Glamour, Elle, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Cosmopolitan, and SELF.

Graciela Flores

Marketing Manager at Spafinder Wellness 365, Graciela is a Peruvian transplant with a passion for running, Paleo and all things spa. Her wellness journey started with a mind and body transformation during pregnancy. Most afternoons she can be found practicing yoga at Bayfront Park or running in Brickell Key.

Inessa Freylekhman

Inessa Freylekhman is a Feng Shui Expert, speaker, Spiritual Counselor and lover of green smoothies. She is the Feng Shui Consultant on the highly acclaimed Medical team at the Carillon Hotel & Spa (formerly Canyon Ranch) where she teaches two weekly lectures. Inessa also trains and certifies students in the Feng Shui from the Heart style of Feng Shui. Her website is: http://www.fengshuifromtheheart.com/

Jennifer Findlay

Curator of wellness and spa brand concepts and spiritually nutritious retreats at Core Essence, Jennifer is grateful to have worked with some of the world’s leading hospitality organizations including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide. She holds an honors degree in Kinesiology & Health Psychology and is a Certified Yoga Instructor & Personal Trainer.

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Jesse Silkoff

Jesse Silkoff is an avid runner and tennis player. He currently resides in Austin, TX where he works as the President and Co-Founder of FitnessTrainer, the leading online marketplace to find a local personal trainer that can help you achieve your health and wellness goals."

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Jill Healey

Jill Healey is a business development and marketing consultant as well as the Marketing Director for resouLuna Advanced Aesthetic Therapy in Orlando, Florida. She helps businesses plan, evaluate and implement marketing and operational strategies. Visit www.resoluna.com for fresh innovative skin and bodycare.

Judy Chapman

Over the last twenty years Judy has traveled to all corners of the globe, curating natural beauty brands, unique treatments and concepts for luxury hotels and spas. Judy is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spa Asia magazine and author of 4 books including ‘Ultimate Spa’ (Periplus) and ‘Bathing – recipes for your home’ (Harper Collins). She currently divides her time between the big apple and the Asia-Pacific region.

Kara Thomas

A former TV fitness personality and writer for "First Stretch" for Fox and CBS in the Midwest, Kara has created such programs as Pilates for Life Core Fitness, the Happy Heart Recipes for Wellness, the 50-Minute Fitness Retreat DVD, and a new Weight Management Retreat. Kara is a nationally certified Pilates instructor, certified fitness nutrition coach, certified personal trainer, and group fitness instructor.

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Kate Phillips

Spafinder Wellness 365 Editor and self-proclaimed Starbucks fanatic, Kate is an avid enthusiast of writing, all-things-travel, and fashion magazines. Before SFW365 she was a freelance contributor to Time Out New York and the online editor for Chemical Week magazine, where she penned articles on chemicals found in beauty products. She spends her downtime testing out spa and beauty products on her mom and sisters, including her identical twin.

Kate Turnbull

Creative Manager for Spafinder Wellness 365 UK, Kate is a country girl brought up on the North Yorkshire Moors trying to live a simply lovely London life. If she is not chanting in Kundalini yoga class, find her visiting heritage sites with a sketchbook and watercolours in tow or whipping up her own natural beauty products. Her favourite place in the world is snuggled under a knitted throw (handmade of course!) with a healthy cacao hot chocol...

Kathleen LeSage

Kathleen LeSage is the President and co-owner of New Life Hiking Spa in Mendon, Vermont. Kathleen is a Certified Health Coach and the owner of the trademark “The Natural Wrapper Diet”; which is her signature workshop focusing on getting “back to nature” for food and exercise. She has appeared on A&E Television’s “It’s a Living” and Good Morning America. Prior to joining New Life in 2003, she held a career in PR and marketin...

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Kiera Nachman

Kiera Nachman is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and healer based in New York City, where she has a holistic private practice specializing in natural skincare, aromatherapy, herbs, holistic nutrition, energy medicine, and detox. Kiera founded and created Sundara Holistic, an Ayurvedic skincare and wellness brand, with a commitment to spreading the wisdom of the ancient holistic science of Ayurveda.

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Lana M. Kontos, N.D.

As Founder and President Inspired by Wellness, L.L.C. Dr. Lana educates individuals and organizations (with science based information) how to achieve optimal health through simple steps and through this work she helps individuals save out of pocket medical expenses and assists corporations in lowering health care costs.

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Liana Lozada

Liana Lozada is an editor at Spafinder Wellness 365 with a profound commitment to wanderlust, food, and fitness. As a South Florida-bred lifestyle and travel writer, she’s been published in USA Today Travel, SELF Magazine, Refinery29, and The Guardian. Her online media savvy earned her social media work with top hospitality clients like 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. When she’s not in a digital daze, you’ll likely find her in a yoga class...

Linden Schaffer

As a certified Wellness Expert, Linden's presence on-site during Pravassa vacations enables clients to reach their full wellness potential by facilitating relaxation, stress reduction, and life-balancing education. When not on the road, she holds seminars, attends speaking engagements, and writes a column for the Huffington Post. You may have seen her discussing wellness travel on Bloomberg TV or in her just-launched series for Livestrong.com

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Lindsey Lopez

Lindsay Lopez leads FORM Pilates Union Square: a boutique studio with a unique cooperative structure which focuses on trainers more than clientele. As a positive coach and gutsy mentor, Lindsay Lopez is changing the Pilates business for the better.

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Lisette Cifaldi

As the Director of Beahvioral Health at Hilton Head Health, Lisette provides individual and group counseling on the mind-body connection, covering topics ranging from stress management to body image. She has earned her degrees in Psychology and Social Work from the University of South Carolina while also receiving training in Mind/Body medicine from Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute.

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Lori Marrie

Lori is a vegan home cook and food writer passionate about mindful, plant-based eating and living a cruelty-free healthy lifestyle. She lives in Orange County, NY where abundant organic and naturally grown farms and markets provide her inspiration to create recipes for Dirt, a healthy living magazine. Eating locally and sustainably without animal products is not only possible, it’s delicious.

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Since 1986, Marsha’s mission has been to help others learn to enjoy food and eating while successfully managing their weight and health. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions, and weight. Marsha currently serves on the boards of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and The Center for Mindful Eating.

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Mia Kyricos

Mia is a global spa, wellness and hospitality expert with over two decades of experience. Career highlights include creating six international spa bands for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, working for Canyon Ranch Health Resorts & Exhale Mind Body Spas, and traveling to over 60 countries. She sits on the board of the Global Wellness Summit and chairs the Wellness Communities Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute.

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Michelle Lamelza

Michelle developed an appreciation for fitness from a young age: team sports at seven, mopping the floors and doing the laundry at a boxing club in Philly at 12, martial arts and kickboxing in Florida during high school, and powerlifting in college. Today, her mission is to prove to her students that they are stronger than they ever imagined. She pushes the limits of their comfort zones, leaving them exhausted but hungry for the next session.

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Pamela Wasabi

Pamela Wasabi is an industry-leading plant-based chef, a certified health coach, a psychology of eating counselor, and a Mother. It's her mission to help people heal their bodies and souls by eating in a way that's in harmony with nature and their lifestyles.

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Sara Quiriconi

When Sara Quiriconi isn’t leading weekly yoga classes at Spafinder’s Miami headquarters, she’s dedicating herself to making the Live Free Warrior mindset attainable to the masses. The “Live Free” revolution is a practice to liberate your inner voice, make empowered life choices, and give space for creative self-expression. As a 12-year cancer survivor, Sara fell in love with yoga for its self-healing properties and has been practicing y...

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Shannon Miller

The most decorated American gymnast in history and is the only female athlete inducted into the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame - twice! Shannon is now a highly sought-after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. As an Olympian, wife, mother, and cancer survivor, Shannon is dedicated to helping women make their health a priority.

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Shel Pink

Lifestyle visionary Shel Pink captured the attention of the spa industry when she founded and launched SpaRitual in 2004, a holistic beauty company that creates eco-friendly products. Shel sees the green movement transitioning toward a discussion of slow ideals in direct response to a lifestyle that has become too fast and through her brand, hopes to define and educate others about “Slow Beauty™.”

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Suzanne Andrews Chavez

Suzanne has grown The Spa at Loretto’s reputation as more than a hotel spa, but of a place of wellness and healing within the Santa Fe community. She has had a life-long interest in spiritual studies and esoteric thought. This has led her on the path of healing and wellness, studying with master healers, naturopaths, astrologers, counselors, and medicine people.

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Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Well & Being

Internationally renowned expert in integrative medicine and holistic health, Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Panel, and is the author of Healthy at Home and Life is Your Best Medicine. She's appeared on E!, CNN, 20/20, the Dr. Oz show, and more.

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Tournesol

Tournesol Wellness is an integrative health center dedicated to the design and delivery of high impact holistic interventions empowering people to realize their full potential. Based in NYC, Tournesol provides the finest integrative care through its 40 vetted specialists and more than 30 modalities. For further information email Tournesol Founder, Carey Davidson at info@tournesolwellness.com.

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Veronica Bosgraaf

A wife, mom of 3 amazing kids, and a Midwestern foodie, Veronica recently launched Pure Food, a plant based cookbook with 120 seasonal recipes. She loves to cook and help others learn to make cooking fun and simple. She knows that cooking healthy can be intimidating and living eco-friendly can be confusing! Veronica is all about simple ways to make great healthy meals and small steps to living more eco-friendly.

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Victoria Tsai

After a decade of working for large corporations, Victoria Tsai yearned for simplicity and authenticity in her life. An encounter with a modern-day geisha in Kyoto, a city of craftsmanship and heritage, would inspire her to create Tatcha to share the treasures she finds on her journeys. Today, she travels between San Francisco and Kyoto, working with world-class chemists to bring the geisha’s beauty secrets to life.

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Vladimir Turovskiy

Vladimir Turovskiy has been licensed as an Acupuncture Physician in Florida for over 15 years. In addition to Acupuncture he holds license in Massage Therapy. He received certifications in Medical Exercise, Weight Management and Personal Training and also was Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Wendy Altschuler

Wendy Altschuler is a writer, editor and adventurer with over a decade of publishing lifestyle, travel, dining and spa articles for MSN, Sun-Times Media, Tribune Brand Publishing, Modern Luxury, Make it Better, Red Tricycle, The Daily Meal, Chicago Parent, Yoga Magazine and others. Visit her website, www.wendyaltschuler.com, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @WendyAltschuler.

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Will Clower, Ph.D.

Dr. Clower applies his neuroscience doctorate to explain how the Mediterranean culture can enjoy a rich diet and still be healthy. After earning his Ph.D., he traveled to France to do research on the brain. The cultural habits of these thin, healthy people intrigued him to write the highly praised cultural comparison, The Fat Fallacy followed by The French Don't Diet Plan. His work has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, New York Times, and more.

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