About Us

We value supporting Arizona’s spa and wellness professionals , providers and community by sharing important information, tools and resources that nurture healthy lifestyles and ignite personal and professional growth. Facilitating great relationships and building new bridges is our way of giving back to support the industries we love.

Our Association structure is organized through direct market leadership, with local area directors and a panel of exceptional experts who are working passionately in their field. We will be adding to our resource panel, ongoing. If you are interested in supporting a specific market segment and being a resource, we would love to hear from you! Feeling inspired? Contact us to learn more.


Mia Mackman

Founder and President

Mia Mackman founded the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association in 2012. After resolving an unexpected health crisis in 2010. She wanted to create a platform to foster information sharing between spas and wellness providers to support industry growth. Since 2012, the Association has evolved to serve the interests of Arizona’s industry professionals, vertical market relationships, wellness tourism aspects, and community health initiatives.

Mia started her career in the industry in 1994. Moving from operations to consulting in 2001, she has predicted some of the leading shifts in the growth and transition of the spa and wellness market since 2004. Known for her intuition, leadership and industry insight, she specializes in spa and wellness consulting, valuation and strategic planning as Principal and Founder of industry consultancy Mackman|ES. Mia works in partnership with HVS and provides the internal and external spa and wellness consulting, feasibility and valuation services for their domestic and global client network. She also works with Fortune 500 companies, private clients, industry groups and global networks.

Mia is an Official Visiting Judge for the World Spa and Wellness Awards for North and South America. She is a U.S.A. Ambassador for Global Wellness Day and a member of the Global Wellness Institute, Global Careership Initiative Committee. Mia can be reached at mia@azspawell.com

One of her favorite quotes: “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” ~ Bob Marley

 Paul Schmidt

Association Director of Sustainability and New Partnerships

Paul Schmidt has dedicated his career to supporting solutions for environmental and personal vitality. After study in Wesleyan University’s Science in Society Program he graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies. He has been recognized for his innovative leadership in the spa industry through his accomplishments in service management, operations and business development.

Schmidt has designed and operated 2 wellness centers, built curriculum for the Utah College of Massage and Eagle Gate College, provided thousands of spa services and directed acclaimed spas in North America and Bermuda. His environmental work has included positions as Director of Reporting for the International Academy of the Environment’s pilot program for Global Environmental Management in Geneva and Executive Director for the Green Spa Network, a non-profit trade association for sustainability in the spa industry. Through his passion for volunteering he has served on boards of directors for Healing Mountain Massage School, Eagle Gate College, the International Spa Association as well as with the Jackson Hole Destination Wellness Committee. Paul lives in the mountains of Wyoming and is currently supporting environmental regeneration efforts targeting climate change solutions through his consulting business Living Energy Design. Paul can be reached at paul@azspawell.com

 Kirk Gregor

Association Director Phoenix-Scottsdale

Kirk has been working with the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association since it was formed in 2012. He has been steadfast in his commitment to the Association’s evolution and growth. We are excited to have his leadership and constant support for Arizona’s spa and wellness market.

He began his career in the Spa industry as a Coordinator at the Spa at Camelback Inn in 1990 where he eventually became Operations Manager. In 1999 he began working for DMB Sports assisting with the opening of the Gainey Village Health Club and Spa. In 2001 he was named Spa Director.

He left the position in 2005 to form The Ambage with several other spa professionals. He managed the Spa at Rancho Manana on behalf of the Ambage for two years. In 2007 he joined the pre-opening team at the Joya Spa at the Montelucia Resort and Spa where he worked with Sabrina Cormack to develop that project for two years. In 2010 Kirk returned to the Gainey Village where he is currently Spa Director.

He has been on the advisory board for the Arizona State University Spa Certification Program and has taught various aspects of Spa Management at Pima Medical Institute, Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College, Cortiva Institute and Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Kirk can be reached at kirk@azspawell.com

 Robert Vance

Association Director Phoenix-Scottsdale

Robert Vance is the Managing Director of the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where he is responsible for the financial management, brand and program development and talent acquisition and development of the 44,000 sq. ft. facility which features 30 treatment rooms and a diverse menu of holistic experiences.

Prior to joining the Well & Being Spa in January of 2016, Mr. Vance was the Spa Director at Mii amo, an all-inclusive destination and resort spa at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. Before Mii amo, Mr. Vance was the Regional Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Operations for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, Spa & Fitness Director for the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, opened the Golden Door Spa at the Naples Grande as the Spa & Fitness Director, and started his resort-spa career at the Golden Door Spa at the Boulders.

In addition to his career in Spa Leadership and Operations, Mr. Vance is heavily involved in the spa & hospitality community serving on the Board of Directors for the International Spa Association and Chair for multiple Committees, serving as an active Member of the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association, the Washington Spa Alliance and the Advisory Board for Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management. Mr. Vance holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Pepperdine University.

 Angee Smithee

Association Director Phoenix-Scottsdale

Angee Smithee has been a distinguished leader in the spa and wellness industry with more than 20 years of spa management and development. She has gained recognition by establishing corporate financial strategies as a controller, driving guest service initiatives, conceptual development for unique spas, reflecting their surroundings, and enhancing existing properties by refining current operations.

She has worked at such notable properties as The Arizona Biltmore, Caesars Palace, Trump International Miami Beach Resort, The Spa and Fitness Club at South Coast Plaza and currently serves as the Senior Director of Spas for Hyatt Hotels and the Area Director of Spas for Hyatt Resorts in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, she has served as a consultant for design and development for both domestic and international spas.

Angee places an equal emphasis on leadership development, education and training, strategic marketing and profitability. Under her leadership, her spas and teams have earned accolades from both local and national media from coast to coast. Angee served two years on the advisory board for The Spa and Resort Expo and Conference, served as a panel expert for ISPA and a guest speaker for Ragatz Resort Real Estate Conference. She is often a featured authority in the spa industry on television, radio, print and with social influencers.

 Marissa Bernal

Association Director Tucson

Marissa has been supporting the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association since 2014. We are thrilled she has accepted this role for South Arizona. Her leadership and passion for Arizona’s spa and wellness make this an exciting development in Tucson!

In 1995 Marissa was working at a privately owned cosmetic company when a recruiter convinced her to accept an interview with a local day spa that was looking for a Director. It was a rainy and gloomy day when she walked into this gorgeous space with gentle music playing and softly lit candles scenting the air; she instantly felt at home.

She fell in love that day and began her spa journey, learning spa from the ground up. Marissa has spent 12 years in her current location where her focus is on creating an environment that is a sanctuary to her team and her guests. Marissa can be reached at marissa@azspawell.com

One of her favorite quotes: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl

Camille Hoheb

Wellness Tourism

Well-being is a life long passion for Camille Hoheb. She earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and holds wellness certifications from the National Institutes of Health.

She is the President of Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) and authored The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel, Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends, U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity, Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy in addition to being featured in many publications.

Camille founded Wellness Travel Academy – an online training portal and Wellness Travel Journal (WTJ). She has received 8 awards given for tourism marketing excellence. She serves as an Ambassador for Global Wellness Day U.S.A. and she is on the advisory board for the World Food Travel Association. Camille can be reached at camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com

 

One of her favorite quotes: “Be the reason someone smiles today.”

Steven Ross Ph.D.

Alternative Health and Research

Dr. Steven Ross, is the founder of the World Research Foundation (WRF). The World Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1984, WRF has established a unique, international, health information network. With the primary goal to help people become informed of all available treatments around the world, so that they could have the freedom to choose based on complete and in-depth information. 

Steve has been a researcher in the health field since 1970. In the last 45 years Steve has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Far East to identify and gather unique and effective health information directly from the source. He has been in the jungles of Bali as well as prestigious medical clinics and research centers.

Steve has made presentations to members of Parliament in England, The Chinese Academy of Medical Science in Beijing as well as The Scientific Center for Research in Latvia.

Since 1984 World Research Foundation has supplied information to nearly 500,000 people. Steve has appeared on hundreds of radio stations and made more than two hundred lectures on both scientific and spiritual topics. Steve has consulted for hospital associations, the insurance industry, governmental agencies and various philosophical groups. The WRF has offices in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Steve can be reached at sross@wrf.org