SpaFinder presented its Sixth Annual Visionary Award to Deborah Szekely, owner and founder of the Golden Door (Escondido, CA) and Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico) spa resorts. Szekely was honored for her nearly seven decades of contributions to the spa and wellness industry. 'It's impossible to even conceive of the modern spa experience without the contributions of Deborah Szekely, or to begin to summarize how profound and prophetic her ideas have been,' says Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder. ''Green' and 'wellness' may be two of the most powerful ideas in our culture today, but Deborah was preaching the importance of total wellness, and a green lifestyle decades before people even had names for them.'
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