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Dr. Tabacchi

Mary Tabacchi

Professor Emerita, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration

Mary Tabacchi, PhD, RD is a Professor Emerita, at Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and Johnson School of Management. She was a long term employee teaching in Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences in 1972 and as a research associate in Post- Harvest studies in Plant Science until 1978.

Dr. Tabacchi entered academic spa work in the early 1980s, working with Deborah Szekely at the Golden Door & Rancho La Puerta and Jerry Cohen and Mel Zuckerman with Canyon Ranch as well as with Sheila Cluff at the Oaks at Ojai. At Cornell University she helped found the Cornell Institute of Healthy Futures.

Dr.. Tabacchi is a Founder and member of Board of Advisors for Global Wellness Summit, Founder and Member of the Board of New York Spa Alliance, Founder and former Board Member of ISPA, Member of the Board of Green Spa Network and Advisor to the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. She and her students have completed projects with Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree, Hilton, Four Seasons, Six Senses, Mirbeau, Red Door Spas, The Spa at Norwich Inn and Mohonk Mountain House.

Dr. Tabacchi taught the first academic spa development course in 1987 and also the first academic Corporate Wellness Course in 1988. As a nutrition educator, she taught biochemical nutrition in Cornell's Division of Nutritional Science and Healthful Cuisine at the Hotel School. She still mentors students and former students, world- wide.

Dr. Tabacchi is an ardent hiker, power yogini, world- wide adventure traveler having hiked in Tanzania, Grand Canyon, The Greek Isles, Provence in France, Israel and Jordan, Sailed and hiked in the Galapagos and mid- June will hike to 15,000 ft in the Andes and descend to Machu Picchu.

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Tabacchi can be contacted at +1 607-255-3458 or mht3@cornell.edu

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program. Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.