Founder Julie Raistrick Tao has over 15 years experience managing spa & wellness businesses. For nine years, Julie was Spa Director at the highly acclaimed Spa Montage Laguna Beach — a luxury resort spa of Montage Hotels & Resorts. Under her management, she helped the spa garner & maintain 5 Star recognition through Mobil & Forbes Travel Guide since 2005. Through her tenure with Montage Hotels & Resorts she played an active role in the openings of both Spa Montage Beverly Hills & Deer Valley, consulting on several development projects along with launching and leading their internal Associate focused wellness program.
Her passion for education and mentoring led her to work with University of California at Irvine’s Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program as both an instructor and Advisory Board member. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC) and has been an active member of the International Spa Association serving on several task forces. In 2012, Julie completed Dr. Sear’s L.E.A.N. Wellness Institute training and became a certified Health Coach allowing her to offer knowledge & learning to expecting moms and families focusing on setting a solid foundation in lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition.
In 2012, following the birth of her daughter, Julie felt a desire to give back to her family and industry. Having held a prosperous and successful career in the wellness industry, she saw a need in offering solutions to colleagues as well as consumers looking to expand their knowledge on wellness, business performance, and balanced living.