Anitra Brown, Guide to Spas for About.com, is a freelance journalist and the only major spa writer who has also worked as a spa therapist. She understands spas from the inside out and knows what you should look for -- and look out for -- in a spa.
Anitra Brown has written for Gourmet, Robb Report, American Spa, New York Magazine, Hudson Valley, Westchester and other magazines. She is a major contributor to The New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die (Workman, 2007) and the revision of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die (Workman, 2011).
Prior to her freelance career, Anitra was executive editor of Marketing and Media Decisions, which covered media planning, and managing editor of Market Watch, a magazine on wine and spirits, so she understands marketing and the business of spas.
As an esthetician, Anitra trained at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York, considered the finest luxury spa in New York City. She also worked at Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix and The Emerson Resort and Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York.
Anitra Brown holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She completed 600 hours of study at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics in New York City and earned a New York state esthetician license. She is certified for Reiki Level 2 and has done post-graduate training at Atelier Esthetique Institute and The Dermal Institute in New York City.
By Anitra Brown:
"I started getting facials as soon as I landed my first journalism job in New York City and have loved spas and spa treatments ever since. I wrote about food and wine for many years, including reviewing restaurants, but eventually my system rebelled against the rich food.
"My first spa assignment was to find six destination spas within two hours of Westchester. I was thrilled by the experience, and realized that healthy living and spa culture was what I wanted to write about.
To understand spas more deeply, I went to school as an esthetician and am became the only major spa writer who has also worked as a therapist. I can evaluate spas from the point of view of a true insider.