Our Editors and Experts

Our Editors

Jackie Burns Brisman

Senior Editor of Spafinder Wellness 365 and born-and-bred Jersey Girl, Jackie would almost always rather be at the beach. For her, the best days are good hair days and the best nights are filled with good music, great food, and greater friends. She loves trying new healthy recipes, traveling whenever she can, and all things beauty. Prior to joining Spafinder, Jackie spent time at Women's Health, BRIDES, and MTV News.

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.

Our Experts

Anne Parker, M.A.

Wellness Counselor, Miraval Resort & Spa

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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Brenda Brock

Farmaesthetics’ Founder, Formulator and CEO

A noted trailblazer in green cosmetic manufacturing, with roots tracing back for generations to her family’s Texas farm, Brenda Brock founded Farmaesthetics in 1999 at an organic farm stand in rural Rhode Island. With an enduring commitment to sustainability and traditional herbal formulation, all Farmaesthetics products are 100% natural utilizing organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains.

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Celeste Hilling

Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority

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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Debra K.

Host of The Journey into Wellbeing

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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Dr. Coral Arvon

Director of Behavioral Health & Wellness, Pritikin

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

Director of Mindfulness Programs at Mohonk Mountain House

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

America's Relationship Expert

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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Kara Thomas

Fitness & Health Manager, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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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Lana M. Kontos, N.D.

Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner

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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Linden Schaffer

Wellness Travel Expert and Founder of Pravassa

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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Lindsay Martin, M.S., R.D

Registered Dietitian, Hilton Head Health

Lindsay is Hilton Head Health's Registered Dietitian. She is responsible for menu development, as well as facilitating nutrition lectures and providing private meal planning and nutrition consultations. Lindsay earned both her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and her Master's degree in Dietetics from Ball State University. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

President & Co-Owner Green Mountain at Fox Run

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

Chief Brand Officer, Spafinder Wellness, Inc.

Mia leads Spafinder’s worldwide branding, product, marketing, and communication efforts. She is considered a global spa, wellness, and hospitality expert with 20+ years experience. Career highlights include creating six international spa brands for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, founding Kyricos & Associates, and traveling to over 40 countries. She is also a board member of The Global Spa & Wellness Summit.

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Shel Pink

Founder, SpaRitual

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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Will Clower, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO of Mediterranean Wellness

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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