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Anitra Brown

Anitra Brown

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I've been a professional editor, journalist and writer, working at newspapers and magazines my entire career. I was managing editor at a wine and spirits magazine, wrote freelance articles for Gourmet, New York and other magazines, and contributed to The New York Times bestsellers “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” and “1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.”


My first spa assignment was to find six overnight 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. She has covered spas for About.com since 2004.

To understand spas more deeply, I went to school to become an esthetician two years later. I learned from one of the world’s finest spas when I trained at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York. And I learned a great deal as an esthetician at Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms. It completely changed my perspective. I understand spas from the inside out and know what you should look for -- and look out for -- in a spa.

I own Red Lotus Skin Care Studio, which specializes in natural skin care and was awarded "Best All-Natural Facial" from Hudson Valley Magazine.


Anitra Brown holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma. She completed 600 hours of study at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics in New York City before undergoing examination to become 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.

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