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Success Story: Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson is responsible for the development and execution of FRHI Hotels and Resorts' spa strategy, including defining and implementing spa standards globally across all of FRHI’s leading hotel and spa brands. He has over 25 years of international hospitality experience in the fields of spa, wellness and leisure.

Success Story: Kirk Gregor

Kirk Gregor has been Spa Director at DMB Sports since 2010. He has been a board member for the Arizona State University Spa Certification Program and taught Spa Management at Pima Medical Institute, Cortiva Institute and Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

Success Story: Marcello Mulato

Marcello Mulato has been the Fitness Manager at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort in Sicily since 2015. He has been passionate about sports and fitness since he can remember. Marcello extensively studied Sports Science, and he is on the verge of receiving his diploma to be a chiropractor. Throughout his lifetime he has trained and competed in a number of sporting disciplines, including kickboxing, kayaking, swimming, high jump and volley ball.

Success Story: Christine Fessler

Christine Fessier is Spa Manager at Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy. Born in Salzburg, Christine has more than 18 years experience in the spa industry, with a particular focus in the luxury spa segment. She started her career in the spa industry at the Hotel Salzburgerhof. After seven years there, she did a “Black Belt-Exchange programme for Starwood Hotels” to improve her language skills in Rome for 3 months.

Success Story: Dorianna Lolli

Born in the USA, Doriana’s family originates from Abruzzo in Italy. Doriana is a medical doctor with two key specializations: gastroenterology and hydrology (the science of mineral water). Doriana has worked in a number of hotels and thermal centers in a range of roles, such as Medical Director, Spa Manager, Spa Medical Manager and Medical Coordinator. In 2017, she joined Rocco Forte’ s Verdura Resort in Sicily as the Medical Spa Manager.

Success Story: Christelle Stockdale

Christelle is a trained yoga teacher, naturopath and wellness consultant and has worked all around the world in various capacities, the last 7 years of which in Wellness and Spa. Today she looks after the day to day running of The Balmoral Spa. Christelle is passionate about holistic health and wellbeing and loves her work in Spa where the de-stressing effects of treatments can be seen immediately afterwards on the relaxed faces of the guests.

Success Story: Amy Goller Keller

Amy Goller Keller is President of Wellness & Beauty Consulting. Amy gained experience as a manager and as a consultant to Adler Spa Resorts, Thermae Meran, Lefay Resort & Spa, Borgobrufa Spa Resort and Rocco Forte Hotels. She participates as a rapporteur at various conferences (Comoprof, IDM, ILSS) and earned a master’s degree in management at the University of Zalzburg.

Success Story: Gia Robinson

Godgia Robinson was born on March 14, 1999 in The Bahamas. She grew up in Turks and Caicos on the island of Providenciales and was raised by two very loving and supportive parents. They helped foster her love for people and their wellbeing. She also has 3 younger siblings who have always been her favourite clients.

Success Story: Irene Forte

Irene Forte joined Rocco Forte Hotels in 2013 as quality standards executive. Today, whilst still leading learning and development, Irene oversees the wellness proposition across the group, having launched Rocco Forte Spas in January 2016. Irene was also awarded government funding in 2015 to create a careers and training app for the hospitality industry. Map My Future launched at Rocco Forte Hotels in August 2016 and is now being pushed out to market.

Success Story: Johanna Schneider

Johanna Schneider has been working at The Charles Spa in Munich since 2010. After her education as a certified beautician, make-up artist and podiatrist, she enrolled at The Charles Hotel as a trainee. Very quickly she worked her way up the ranks, becoming the hotel’s Spa Manager.

Success Story: Ruta Tavoraite-Johns

Ruta moved to England from Lithuania 14 years ago. She started her training at West Thames College. After passing with high grades, she joined the Steiner Academy. She then traveled onboard P&O Australia cruise liners. Two years later, she moved back to London to further her career in the wellness industry, working her way up from therapist to a Senior Therapist role at ESPA life at Corinthia. She then joined Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel as Head Therapist in 2015 and is now the proud and passionate Spa Manager of The Spa at Brown’s Hotel, London.

Success Story: Sherrie Tennessee

Sherrie Tennessee has 15 years of experience in the spa industry including the role of a massage therapist, nail tech, spa owner, speaker, professor, educator and author. In addition, to receiving multiple awards throughout her career, Sherrie’s writings have been published in some highly respected industry outlets, and she has been asked to speak to many public forums.

Success Story: Kate Sornson

Kate Sornson has worked in diverse roles within the health and wellness arena. Her roles have included agent, supervisor and manager in a variety of operations that could be classified as start up to luxury resort spa settings.

Success Story: Whitney Lowe

Whitney Lowe has been a massage professional for 28 years. Professionals and schools use Lowe’s texts, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique. He is a contributing author to several books and his articles appear regularly in professional journals and magazines.

Success Story: Jan Schwartz

Jan Schwartz is co-founder of Education and Training Solutions, a web-based e-learning company that produces online courses for those in the health and wellness fields. She has worked in education since 1988.

Success Story: Georgia Massage School

We recently caught up with Laurie Craig and Rick Garbowski, founders of Georgia Massage School in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. We were interested in the story of how they founded their massage therapy school. Here is what they told us.

Success Story: Mia Mackman

Mia Mackman specializes in spa and wellness, strategic planning, coaching and business consulting. Based in Sedona, Arizona she is a 20+ year spa, wellness and beauty industry veteran.

Success Story: Joe Bob Smith

Starting out as a massage therapist, Joe Bob Smith took the leap into massage education by purchasing the massage school he attended. Joe Bob served on the Board of the California Massage Therapy Council for almost 5 years before heading up its new school approval process, which oversees the approval of 130+ massage schools.

Success Story: Stephanie Rest

Stephanie Rest is currently based in Washington D.C working as a consultant, and collaborating wellness and educational projects in the U.S.A. and Caribbean countries. Stephanie’s experience in the hospitality industry has been vast in these regions, as she has led opening teams for resorts and spas.

Success Story: CG Funk

As a national leader and industry driver, CG Funk helped shape the massage therapy industry in the United States for over 20 years. CG holds a deep belief in the healing power of therapeutic touch and is a passionate mentor and supporter of massage therapist and esthetics careers.

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