The Mentors & Teachers

The Mentors & Teachers

Your instructors and the course creators of Spa Business Education are some of today’s foremost leaders in the global spa industry.

Here at Raison d’Etre—where we’ve helped to develop more than 170 spas in over 70 countries and created eight of the world’s most renowned spa brands—we know how to build an excellent team. And that’s exactly what we’ve done for Spa Business Education.

Your instructors, including the program mentors, have come together to offer you the most comprehensive, highest-caliber education in spa management available today.

Here’s who you’ll be learning from…   

Anna Bjurstam

Program Founder

Anna-Cari Gund

CIDESCO Examiner

Nikos Kouremenos

Education & Project Manager

Maria Nystedt

Project Manager

Michael Simonato

Project Manager

Josefin Roth

Brand & Product Manager

Hanne Standal La Roche

Course Administrator

Your personal mentor

One of the most crucial elements of your success in The Spa Management Programs - and one you won’t find in other spa management programs online - is your personal mentor. You’ll be introduced to yours at the beginning of the program.

The mentors are highly experienced spa management professionals who are here to answer any questions you might have throughout the program’s modules and to offer insight and guidance as you complete each assignment.

Nikos Kouremenos, Ph.D.

As education manager at Raison d’Etre and a Spa Business Education mentor, Nikos offers you invaluable insight that comes from helping to open and operate more than 50 health clubs and spas around the world. Students appreciate his wise, detailed feedback and how it deepens their understanding of the business topic at hand.

If Nikos is your mentor, be sure to ask him what planning the 2004 Athens Olympics and running a 7,500-square-meter spa had in common...and which was easier to manage. His experience is priceless!  

Michael Simonato

Michael has been with Raison d’Etre over 20 years. He loves being a mentor to Spa Business Education students because he gets to draw from his full spectrum of experience - from top spas on four different continents - as he guides you through your education in spa management.

For a story that transcends what you might imagine spa management to be, ask Michael how an ancient Incan discovery helped him and his team create an award-winning spa in the Peruvian high Andes.

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