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Meet Our Team

Shanon Hoffman, Publisher & Owner

From a career start doing radio promotions for Clear Channel in Boulder, to hob-nobbing it with Department of Defense bigwigs as Associate Publisher of an IT/simulation publication in DC, Shanon finally found her true calling and passion when she began her work for Healing Lifestyles & Spas magazine in August of 2002. She combined her PR, marketing, sales and publishing skills gained through her previous life in radio and the DOD and brought it all together to eventually become Publisher of Healing Lifestyles & Spas. The 7 + years of working for the magazine has led Shanon down a road of rediscovery, transformation, healing, mindfulness and all things inspiring. Intertwined with working very hard, her career path has afforded some spectacular adventures and experiences. When not at her desk, you can find Shanon jumping off sail boats on the Aegean with Shiva Rea, on a luscious spa tour through British Columbia, or rafting down rivers in Costa Rica sleeping with the monkeys at eco-lodges along the way. The spa life is never far away—while at her desk, you can find her slathered with her daily homemade face mask, or caked in a hair mask concoction of coconut and sesame oil... that is if she's not practicing transdermal marma meditation learned through her Ayurvedic studies. Shanon's purpose put simply: to live inspired and to share the HL&S mantra: Live Mindfully, Eat Joyfully, Travel Consciously.

Melissa Williams, Editorial Director

Melissa began her interest in health and wellness (and writing) at a young age, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Minor in Exercise & Health Science from the University of California–Santa Barbara. (She also met her husband at UCSB, studying Spanish, although she can’t speak a lick of the beautiful language.) Melissa joined Healing Lifestyles & Spas in 2000, and has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the last 8. Being the editor of a spa publication affords some amazing experiences including a Tahitian spa wedding with her husband, a cruise for crocodiles in Australia, and a blissful mountain getaway in Southern Colorado. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to a variety of wellness publications, including Yoga Journal, Cooking Light, Shape, Natural Solutions, and Delicious Living. When she’s not frequenting spas (or writing about them), she can be found teaching yoga to pregnant women and new mamas, or writing about motherhood for Melissa resides just outside Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Steven, daughter Sena, and two dogs.

Jason Bazilian, DAOM, MTOM, L. Ac., Complementary and Alternative Medicine Advisor

Jason Bazilian is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – the first to earn a doctoral degree in this field in the United States from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in association with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Prior to his doctoral degree, he received his Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM), summa cum laude, from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, and attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree.

Dr. Bazilian is state licensed in CA, NY, and CT, and is a nationally certified diplomate (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and also Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. He is a certified specialist in Traditional Chinese Medical women’s health (OB/Gyn), having completed a 2-year post-graduate course of intensive study in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Bazilian completed two months of post-graduate training/internship at the foremost integrated Chinese/Western medical hospital in Changsha (Hunnan Province of China). He spent another two months in China completing advanced doctoral training at the W.H.O. international training facility in Nanjing, where he focused on the integrative medical treatment approaches for pain conditions degree.

Dr. Bazilian works with athletes, women and men, and children treating a broad spectrum of conditions at their private practice, Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego, alongside his partner and wife, Wendy Bazilian, who has her doctorate in public health and nutrition. Individually and along with his wife, Dr. Bazilian regularly offers specialty workshops, lectures and writes on a variety of health topics in the field of complementary and integrative medicine and public health. He has been associated with the spa industry for over a decade and was the consulting acupuncturist at Golden Door fitness resort and spa since 2002 providing patient-focused-care and treatment to guests.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, Nutrition Editor

As a writer, researcher, educator, and food enthusiast Dr. Wendy Bazilian brings experience in nutrition science, public health and counseling to her work. Dr. Wendy received her doctoral degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Loma Linda University and received the highest university academic honor, the Chancellor’s Award. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She received her Master’s degree summa cum laude at the University of California, San Diego in Latin American Studies focusing on public health and nutrition in Brazil.

Dr. Wendy, as she is referred to affectionately by her many clients in her private practice, is a Registered Dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine-certified Health and Fitness Specialist. She is co-owner and Chief Wellness Officer of Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego with her husband and partner, Dr. Jason Bazilian. Dr. Wendy is a nutrition consultant to the spa industry, and led the nutrition program at the renowned Golden Door spa and fitness resort in Escondido, California for more than a decade. As a leader in the fields of nutrition and fitness, she is currently involved in a variety of practical, writing, lecturing, and research endeavors focusing on weight management, sports nutrition, women’s health, healthy aging/longevity, nutrition and skin health, and exercise nutrition. She serves on several clinical and professional committees that help evaluate and apply sound nutrition science to public health.

Dr. Bazilian has written for and been featured in numerous magazines like Martha Stewart Living, Allure, Town & Country, Fitness, Natural Health, and of course, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, as well as television programs including NBC’s Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael (and Regis and Kelly), ABC’s Good Morning America Health, Fox Business’ Money for Breakfast, NBC’s Telemundo, Univision and a variety of others. As a professional writer on nutrition, public health, and exercise, she has published 200 articles for corporate and other media. She is the Nutrition Editor for Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine and the author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Rodale).

Debra Bokur, Travel & Wellness Editor

Debra Bokur has spent over two decades traveling the world as a writer, filmmaker, and journalist, exploring the roots of healing traditions in cultures from Iceland and the South Pacific, to Europe and the Middle East. She’s particularly fascinated with how centuries-old cultural practices have found their way into modern spa settings, and with how populations from diverse areas and backgrounds approach the concept of balance, health, and wellbeing. Bokur contributes regularly to a variety of media outlets, including Global Traveler Magazine and Wine Country Network’s national radio program. She’s also a contributing author to Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001). Based in the Rocky Mountains, she spends her spare time experimenting in the kitchen, and hiking with her husband and two dogs.

Jolene Hart, Beauty Editor

Jolene Hart is a natural beauty expert and Beauty & Health Coach, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She coaches women on beauty issues ranging from adult acne to weight gain and anti-aging nutrition, and educates consumers about nontoxic beauty products through her company, Beauty Is Wellness. As a former beauty writer for InStyle magazine, Jolene has covered every aspect of the beauty industry from product breakthroughs to red carpet beauty to backstage trends at Fashion Week. She now writes about natural beauty and health for publications like Natural Solutions, Boho, The Huffington Post, Allure, Coco Eco and Healthy Hollywood from her home in Philadelphia.

Shannon Kaiser, Designer, Writer

Shannon Kaiser brings her passion for living life to the fullest to everything she does. As a die-hard adventure guru, world traveler, designer, art director, travel writer, and author she shares her experiences with the world and motivates people to play and make the most out of their own life. She has 10 years experience in the advertising agency creative world, working on skin, beauty, healthcare, fitness, travel, and tourism products in San Francisco, Australia, New Zealand, Atlanta, Chicago, and Portland Oregon. She has won numerous design industry awards. When Shannon’s not writing, designing or traveling she is usually training for an endurance event. Her most recent competition was the Hawaii 70.3 Ironman triathlon. Shannon shares her athletic and travel adventures on her blog and a handful of her motivational stories have been published in “Chicken Soup for The Soul” and the “Worlds Most Amazing Travel Stories.”

Laurel House, Fit Living Expert

Have you slipped in your Quickie today?... I have.

My name is Laurel House and I’m a 33-year Fit Living Expert, 3x published author, nationally recognized magazine writer (Men’s Journal, Elegant Bride, Fit, Playboy, etc) , regular contributor to Yahoo! Shine, Discovery’s PlanetGreen, and the “Fit Life” Expert and Facebook “voice” for ExerciseTV, and Your Shape for Xbox Kinect… and your Quickie Chick… well, that’s thanks to my book "Quickie Chick: Live the Fab Life on 30 Grand” (St. Martin’s Spring 2012) based on my website

So what’s a Quickie? Originally, it was a workout — workouts that you can do in your car, while watching TV, while standing in line at the grocery store, even mile high (on a plane). But it has evolved into much more. Now there are Quickie tips on everything… including: upping your metabolism or your sex drive, easing a bad mood or a hangover, feeling better after heartbreak or a hard workout, even faking a perfect body before a big date or faking confidence before a big meeting… pretty much every facet of life. There are Quickies in the Kitchen (fast, easy, healthy recipes), Daily 100s (100 seconds or 100 reps of an exercise, any exercise to help up your metabolism, burn calories, and put you in a fit mindset), Quickie Workouts, Bites with Benefits (shopping lists of body & life-benefiting foods — slim, uplift, depuff, energize, de-stress), and Living Quickie (everything else — beauty boosting to stress reducing). …because there’s always time for a Quickie. Oh! Almost forgot — I’m kind of obsessed with red velvet cupcakes. Life is about balance and the simple pleasures isn’t it?

Heather Vuchinich, Lifestyle Writer

Heather Vuchinich is a writer and intuitive consultant. Co-author of the book "Simply Sacred: Everyday Relationship Magic", she has also has been published by Organic Spa Magazine, Mountain Astrologer, Yahoo Shine and the Good Spa Guide UK. She works with clients locally in Marin County, California and internationally through her private practice. Her blog Spaliciously provides reviews and news about green beauty products and eco-conscious resorts and spas.

Bess O'Connor, Beauty & Wellness Contributor

Bess O'Connor is a Certified Holistic Health and Ayurvedic Practitioner with over a decade of experience. She is a devoted wife and Mother to 4 magical children. She plans on reaching samadhi and ascending into a higher plane of existence during this lifetime and the next.

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