Deb has been involved in the spa and hospitality industry for 22 years as a massage therapist, consultant, educator, and business owner. What began as an interest in keeping her family healthy with a massage license went on to become a passion for creating spas that are built sustainably and have a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Deb started her professional career in the non-profit arena after earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. She held administrative positions with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Girls Club of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Resource Center, and the Winema Girl Scout Council. These ten years of experience gave Deb skills as an operations manager, volunteer trainer, program organizer, and marketing specialist.
The moment she stepped into her first spa to apply for a position as massage therapist, Deb was captivated by the spa environment. She has been a therapist and trainer for spas and a consultant. She was also hired by the local massage and esthetics schools to teach massage and spa treatments.
Deb realized her own vision by opening Waterstone Spa. Her vision included using organic products, providing authentic treatments, and hiring highly skilled practitioners. Waterstone Spa was included in the book Green Spas and Salons: How to Make Your Business Truly Sustainable. Waterstone Spa was acquired by the Neuman Hotel Group, owner of four hotels and two restaurants. The spa was then expanded into a second location. As manager of these two spas, Deb had the responsibility of operations management, finance, marketing, customer service, and human resource management.