Meet Mark. Spa Director at Ascent Spa, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
For over 15 years in various capacities: massage & cosmetology; product representative; consultant; operations management.
My hair was down past my shoulders after I came back from overseas and my father insisted that I get a haircut in order to get a "real job". I was in a day spa waiting for my appointment and I eavesdropped on the owner speaking to a product rep about the business. Knowing that I could have a role in creating amazing experiences is what led me into this wonderful world of spa.
I have been very fortunate to have lived and worked in beautiful places where most others save all year just to vacation for a couple of days. The Outer Banks of N.C. for it's beaches and Taos N.M. for year round outdoor fun and adventure are at the top of my list.
Teaching....it has always been an integral part of the scope of my position and something that I enjoy.
I'm a big fan of foot treatments (who isn't?) and a great scalp massage!
Developing the people that I have had the good fortune to have worked side by side. When I reach out to the spa directors, managers and supervisors that I have had a role in their professional growth and success, it makes me proud and keeps me motivated.
That I could have that intuitive touch that some therapists have when performing services. I am well versed on the mechanics, however I do not have that special ability to have my hands guided...that's why I am in management, not in operations :)
I do not have any children but I do have two nieces and four nephews that I love to spoil.
#1. Studied martial arts for a part of my life and actually had the opportunity to fight in tournaments in Japan. #2. Having been raised in Philadelphia, I crave cheese-steaks regularly (but only indulge when I'm home visiting family).
Have fun in what you do as well as respect others and treat everyone as you would want to be treated in all situations.
My memories that I have from all the beautiful, special places I've been along with the friends I have made along the way.