WELLNESS ARCHITECTS

CONSTRUCTING A NEW KIND OF EXECUTIVE

LEADER IN WELLNESS = WELLNESS FOR LEADERS

Aim higher than the view from the top. Discover how Canyon Ranch provides the foundation to take any big idea to the next level with Canyon Ranch Wellness Architects™, a team that takes health personally. Explore how Canyon Ranch philosophies take on a powerful impact at work and in life. Gain insight into managing stress. These are renewal testaments that transform – a change of pace that could change your business.

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RICHARD CARMONA

No stranger to high-stress roles and adverse conditions, Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, has a career that spans military service, private and public health, globally recognized thought leadership in optimal health and wellness, and now: Chief of Health Innovation for Canyon Ranch.

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Q&A with Richard Carmona

How do you build Canyon Ranch philosophies into your daily activities?

I prioritize physical health. When I was Surgeon General, if I had not set a limit then I would have been scheduled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But I used to tell my staff, “There are 24 hours in a day. You guys own me for 23 hours. I get an hour a day.”

Why would you recommend people in high-stress jobs do the same?

The best thing we do at Canyon Ranch is show our guests how to incorporate a holistic philosophy into their own lifestyle. When my children and grandchildren were growing up, we walked and swam together and I taught them about a balanced approach to their own wellbeing and happiness.

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What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect, and how does that inspire you to frame the lives of others?

On a daily basis, I try to balance my life as it relates to physical activity, healthy eating, reducing stress and being productive in all I do.

What do people need to know about Canyon Ranch and building a foundation of wellness?

Many of our guests are people in very important positions. They are usually very busy and responsible for big organizations and lots of employees. They often come here to try to decompress, but they find something more. Guests leave with a toolbox that allows them to improve their lives. And, it’s not one size fits all – at Canyon Ranch, we meet our guests where they are, and then we assist them in their journey to optimized health and wellness. There’s no place else in the world that has the depth, the breadth, the expertise and the compassion that we have here.

In our personal and professional lives, we have to set the example. The people who work with us and for us see us. That’s part of leadership – you set examples. There’s no place else in the world that has the depth, the breadth, the expertise and the compassion that we have here.

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Amy Henderson

Newly-appointed as Lead Aesthetics Registered Nurse, and charged with directing the daily practice of Canyon Ranch Aesthetics in Tucson, Amy Henderson brings over a decade of aesthetics and dermatology experience to her role. Including cardiology, a large dermatology group, and her own boutique practice.

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However, I have learned the importance of needing to shut that off at a certain time in order to remain productive. The leadership here sets that example through balance. The work will be there; it's part of the philosophy of work smarter, not harder.

How do you think executives could take their own time to step away?

Executives are going to perform their best when they're able to take care of themselves – and they need to give themselves permission to pay attention to self-care. The full staff is heavily invested in making a personalized plan for that guest. It’s hard for most executives to step back. They are allowed to do that, here.

Why do think people in high-stress careers need to know about Canyon Ranch, and building that foundation of wellness?

Canyon Ranch helps provide the tools. The goal is not perfection.

Q&A with Amy Henderson

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect?

An architect approaches each design thoughtfully and individually, and that is what I do each day at Canyon Ranch Aesthetics. We create a blue print for preventative skin care and healthy aging for guests, which complements the work they do here to keep their physical and spiritual state at an optimum performance level. They can look as good as they feel.

What do you think is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar, or philosophy, in your own life?

The mind and spirit component is the most important to me. It speaks to something very important in my life – gratitude. I start my day thinking about the things that I'm grateful for. It re-wires your brain, and you come at things from a different perspective. You are more productive. You provide better service. You're a better co-worker. You feel more fulfilled.

How do you take time for yourself, and why do think it's important?

I love my work, and I could work all the time.

It's what's workable, and what's doable for people on an individual basis. The focus here is getting to know the guest, and building that rapport and that relationship – where they're open, and you're making realistic suggestions. It's a privilege for me as a provider, to develop that with somebody.

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TOM KLEIN

Tom Klein, President of Canyon Ranch, brings decades of globe-spanning experience to the brand. Since joining the team in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, Klein has – in the words of CEO Susan Docherty – “been instrumental in the seamless transition from a closely held family business to the thriving future of Canyon Ranch.”

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It didn’t take long for that to resonate with me. To take that foundation and carry it into the future – that’s why I’m a Wellness Architect.

How do you take time for yourself, and why do you think it’s important?

Unplugging from work is never easy, but I find taking frequent short breaks throughout my work day really helps me stay present and efficient. On days off, I have adopted a disciplined approach: only checking my phone and laptop in the morning and again in the evening, then focusing on my time with family and friends. My wife encourages me to take breaks, get away and get out, whether that’s going for a walk or logging off email to talk. FaceTiming with our kids and grandkids also really grounds me. If you want to be there for your partner and your family, you need to set this time apart for yourself. Only you can do that for you.

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How do you handle stress in your own life? Why do people in high-stress careers need to know about Canyon Ranch and building a foundation of wellness?

My trick is to take deep breaths and step out for a quick walk. Then tackle the tough, complex portions first to mitigate the strain of procrastination. In a high-stress career, it’s important to prioritize your health so that anxiety doesn’t control your emotions and decisions. Canyon Ranch can help establish a blueprint for living well – one that is personalized and designed to fit your real life – that allows you to handle pressures effectively.

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect?

This is a place where we change lives for people in a deep, genuine, precise and personal way. We use our five pillars – Health + Healing, Fitness + Movement, Spa + Beauty, Spirituality, Food + Nutrition – to build an integrative approach that is customized for each individual; one that stays relevant today and tomorrow.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for you?

You can’t take one element of wellness in isolation – in fact, our holistic approach is the key to making it manageable on a daily basis. Start with small accomplishments, and they will build.

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Lisa L. Powell

Self-proclaimed lover of food, Lisa Powell, MS, RDN, has served as Director of Nutrition for Canyon Ranch in Tucson, for over two decades. A researcher and faculty member of The University of Arizona, Lisa leads the Canyon Ranch team responsible for development and implementation of cutting-edge integrative nutrition services.

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How do you infuse balance into your life and how would you recommend others do the same?

Every change involves a non-judgmental evaluation. Do your behaviors match your goals? What could serve you better, if you made use of the tools available? Identify these things and then frame a part of your day to include them. I have never considered myself an athlete, and as part of my own honest evaluation, I realized that I was trying to exercise in a way that I hated. This informed the process for me, I switched my routine and shifted my mindset about exercise, and now I can easily make the commitment of time. Make small incremental steps, so that it’s a journey. Just start – that can be the biggest hurdle to clear!

Q & A WITH Lisa Powell

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect and how does that inspire you to frame the lives of others?

Over my tenure, I have had the opportunity to see all the research and development that goes into our personalized approach to nutrition. That philosophy really shapes a guest’s experience whether they have come with a nutritional intention or not - everyone eats so through our culinary offerings, they are seeing our philosophy in action. It’s empowering to guide guests through the discovery of what works best for them. My goal is to help guests ultimately arrive at a place of nourishing themselves that’s inside-out. It’s not telling them how to eat, but rather helping facilitate the self-discovery of what works best for them.

Why do people in high-stress careers need to know about Canyon Ranch, and building a foundation of wellness?

The body has limits – that’s what burnout is. It gives you lots of messages, but often we ignore those. You can always put it off, and there’s always something else that seems important to do, but at some point that won’t be an option. We can catch people before that point and give them skills and practices that help manage stress. That’s unique about Canyon Ranch. We effectively and seamlessly address the emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical in any arena because of the depth and breadth of our staff and programming. There is truly something for anybody, here.

What’s the most important pillar, or philosophy, for you in your own life?

We used to talk about a three-legged stool – mind, body and spirit. Take one away, and the stool falls over. Though I might be tempted to say nutrition, my answer would have to be balance. Learning balance and finding the balance that’s right for you.

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Stephen Brewer

Stephen Brewer, MD, ABFM, knows that balancing a busy professional life along with personal wellness is all about finding a plan that works with your lifestyle. A specialist in family medicine, integrative medicine, preventative medicine and men’s health, Dr. Brewer leads by example as Medical Director – Canyon Ranch® Tucson.

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How does Canyon Ranch frame your life?

As a physician, one of the most important things I can do is to be a healthy role model for my patients. I start every day by getting up in the morning and immediately putting on my workout outfit (I leave one on the floor beside my bed). It gives me no time to think twice about exercising. I then walk out my door and run or go for a bike ride for 30 to 60 minutes. When I return home, I have a healthy breakfast before I’m and ready for my day.

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What is the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for you in your busy life, and how do you build it into your daily activities?

One of the most important philosophies I have learned from Canyon Ranch is that I don’t need to go to extreme measures to be healthy, both physically and emotionally. I don’t spend hours in the gym and I don’t have an overly restricted diet. My exercises and diet are healthy but it doesn’t get in the way of my busy life. It is simply a part of my day.

At Canyon Ranch, we value self-care and help to create a blueprint for individuals to live their best lives. How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

I like to write. In my spare time, I love to go to coffee houses and work on writing my books. While there, I often meet interesting people that I can have great conversations with, which is also something I enjoy.

Why is it important to have a foundation of wellness in a high-stress career?

I want my mind and body to be running as efficiently as possible so I can take on the struggles of the day. Living a healthy lifestyle means I don’t have the added burden of health issues on my mind.

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CYNTHIA GEYER

Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, Cynthia Geyer, MD, understands the importance of finding time to unplug and recharge – and inspires others to do the same in their own lives. Specializing in women’s health issues and dedicated to personal and prioritized service, Dr. Geyer helps to ensure that the Canyon Ranch experience embodies balance, health and restoration.

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How do you maintain a foundation of wellness in a high-stress career?

For people in high-stress careers, the demands of our dedication to work can come at the expense of exercise, sleep, nutrition and play. We may have learned to ignore (or medicate) the subtle clues that our bodies and minds are out of balance and that stress is having a negative impact: the nagging headache, irritability, heartburn, insomnia and fatigue. If we recognize these symptoms as reminders to check in with a friend, take a walk outside, or even close our eyes and take a few deep breaths, we come back to our work more refreshed and focused. In my own life, one of the quickest antidotes for stress is to look out the window or walk outside and open my senses to the sights, sounds and smells of nature. From a proactive standpoint, making time for a walk or hike outside at least three times a week keeps me grounded, happy and more stress resilient.

At Canyon Ranch, we value self-care and help to create a blueprint for individuals to live their best lives. How do you take time for yourself?

Hiking is a passion – doing it for a good cause adds to the joy. For five years, I

Q & A WITH CYNTHIA GEYER

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect™?

An architect brings her training and experience to her work, incorporating that into meeting the needs and goals of her client (or patient). For me, that means creating an environment in which people feel recognized, respected and cared for; truly listening to their hopes and concerns and creating a relationship in which I might be a partner, guide and support for them on their wellness journey. The beautiful, immersive environment at Canyon Ranch coupled with the time devoted to consultation makes these meaningful connections and the personalized, prioritized recommendations possible.

Which Canyon Ranch pillar is important for you to incorporate in your life?

As much as I love movement outdoors, the most important Canyon Ranch pillar for me is sleep. From night calls during medical school and residency, to having twins and then to having undiagnosed sleep apnea, I realized that without adequate rest, it was harder to have the energy and motivation to engage in exercise and eating well. Disconnecting from electronics in the evening, creating a dark quiet sanctuary for sleep and allowing myself enough time in bed helps me recharge, come to work excited and energized, and be present for my patients, friends and family.

have participated in the Xtreme Hike to raise funds and awareness for those living with cystic fibrosis, traversing 30 miles in one day in the beautiful Berkshires. In addition to time spent in the woods, my weekly djembe drumming class has become a great way to unplug. Learning and playing traditional African rhythms with a diverse group of people challenges my right brain and is just plain fun. It’s hard to hold onto stress or worry when you are creating music with your friends!

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Nicola Finley

Board-certified in internal medicine, Nicola Finley, MD, a physician at Canyon Ranch Tucson, understands the importance of taking care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. In her work as an integrative medicine physician, she focuses on the details of each guest and brings up topics that are often not discussed, such as spirituality and sexuality in addition to traditional medicine.

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A simple way for me to de-stress is talking to my husband while walking our dogs. In addition, I appreciate the joy of vacationing with family and friends, especially if it involves water. We have a daughter and enjoy exposing her to new experiences through travel. Since my husband and I are scuba divers, we look forward to getting our daughter into scuba diving so we can do that all together.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar/philosophy for you in your busy life?

Even though health is a cornerstone of wellness, the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for me is Mind and Spirit. Specifically, I embrace optimism. I practice positive thinking in my life, which allows me to have a greater sense of happiness.

Q & A with Nicola Finley

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”?

As an integrative medicine physician, I focus on the details that are important to the health of the Canyon Ranch guests – with the goal of not omitting items that are big or small. Everyone has a story to tell. The Canyon Ranch approach of moving daily resonates with me. To that end, I offer a weekly walking lecture where I discuss a health-related topic as we walk around the property. It’s equally beneficial to both the guests and me as we are exercising together outdoors in a beautiful setting. In addition, I incorporate a healthy lifestyle into my social life with my family and friends. Instead of meeting up for a meal with them, we’ll go for a hike or walk dogs together. My personal routine is to get in some form of a cardio workout after work or on my days off – even if it’s just for 20 minutes.

How do you handle stress in your own life?

My community of friends and family offer me a supportive foundation. When I’m feeling stress, I turn to them.

Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought. I practice positive thinking in my life, which allows me to have a greater sense of happiness. Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought. Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

My favorite way to unplug from work is through dancing; it’s a fun, active way to express myself while engaging with others. I take dance classes at Canyon Ranch and in the Tucson community, and I even go on a Zumba cruise every year with my sister. It is 5 days of non-stop dancing without our husbands and daughters! Another way that I recharge is by hiking with a group of girlfriends at a trail by our houses. We share stories, give advice and laugh a lot while hiking. Our friendship, being outdoors and movement all work together to make a significant difference in relieving stress.

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Stephanie Ludwig

Inspired by the human longing and journey to become whole in body, mind, heart and spirit, Stephanie Ludwig, Director of Spiritual Wellness at Canyon Ranch Tucson, uses the world's ancient wisdom traditions, grounded in sound contemporary research, to ensure guests receive exceptional spiritual care and guidance through innovative program offerings and experiences.

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Keeping purpose at the center of my life helps me practice taking a “hawk’s-eye view” or “mountain top view” of situations that could evoke stress. That means internally seeing what I am facing from a higher vantage point and situating it in its proper place, rather than reacting habitually to a perceived threat. When work and life get really difficult, being able to make meaning from those messy circumstances, seeing the opportunities for learning and growth, is also a powerful skill.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for you in your busy life?

Connection is at the heart of Canyon Ranch, in the sense that all of our pillars ultimately point toward creating and strengthening connections with self, others, nature and spirit through an abundance of transformational experiences. Each day I seek to practice connection in each of these areas, and I encourage others to find ways to connect that are genuine and fulfilling for them. It’s what we long for as human beings, and we can gift it to ourselves with ease.

Q & A WITH STEPHANIE LUDWIG

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect™?

Leading our Spiritual Wellness department necessitates that I “walk the talk” of spiritual self-care. The whole-person focus of Canyon Ranch keeps physical, mental and emotional self-care at the forefront of my awareness, along with spiritual self-care. The daily time it takes to eat well and exercise reaps benefits that far exceed the time sacrifice.

My mornings begin at 5 am with a cup of hot black tea with cream, and a journal. I reflect upon my dreams daily to gain self-awareness and spiritual insight. Then I complete a writing practice that may include responding to inspirational reading. Breakfast is followed by a trail run or brisk walk in the canyon near my home. Starting the day with things that feed my soul prepares me for a full day of responding to the unexpected! My mornings have a definite rhythm that both grounds and inspires me.

Why is it important to have a foundation of wellness in a high-stress career?

Building a career on the whole-person foundation of wellness – body, mind, heart and spirit – is necessary for ensuring that we stay anchored in a strong sense of who and what we are as a human being (not just a job title), and what matters most to us, as we navigate the inevitable uncertainties of life.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

Immersing in nature, reading and writing, solitude and spending time with loved ones are the daily ways I replenish my energy.

Long walks are my favorite way to take a self-care “deep dive” and I regularly schedule time for hiking and backpacking. Over the years, I have backpacked the Tahoe Rim Trail, walked the Camino de Santiago, sections of the Appalachian Trail, into and out of the Grand Canyon multiple times, around the Tetons, through the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, and other places of wild beauty. When I turned 45 this year I committed to completing the 800-mile Arizona Trail in sections. That is the ultimate self-care blueprint for me!

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Mike Siemens

As Corporate Director of Exercise Physiology at Canyon Ranch, Mike Siemens has dedicated his life to exercise science, specializing in strength and aerobic conditioning, metabolic exercise testing data and custom exercise program design. After almost 30 years with Canyon Ranch, Mike says he still goes home every evening feeling excited and fulfilled by the work he does.

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Q&A with Mike Siemens

and exercise versus how crummy I feel when I am not doing these things - my dedication and energy to make the time comes easily. We all have the time in our day to eat right and exercise – it is simply a matter of prioritizing. Some tips I would share include:

Having a specific plan for most of your exercise workouts. Example: do not just plan to do “cardio” – specifically plan to do either intervals or a steady state or long steady cardio type workout. Second, plan to work out with a buddy at least twice a month – most of us find it easier to let ourselves down than someone else. Finally, when grocery shopping, do NOT bring low nutrient density food into your home. This sounds so simple – but if the stuff is not around to tempt you, it is much more difficult to eat it.

Why is it important to have a foundation of wellness?

Wellness provides us with the buffer of resilience. We need to train our bodies and minds and be ready for the “storms of life”. I see this phenomenon all too frequently – people have allowed themselves to age in a sedentary way with no real exercise plan.

Q&A with Mike Siemens

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”?

I remember being 22 years old, training seriously for triathlons and feeling as fit and vibrant as a human can feel. I was visiting my 90-year-old grandmother who had just had a debilitating stroke in a nursing home and feeling a deep calling to help people do everything they can to avoid the problems of sedentary aging. At that moment, I dedicated my life to learning all I could about exercise science. Much like an architect plans how a building’s structure can be designed to endure the stresses and forces of gravity, I design exercise-testing experiences for Canyon Ranch guests to identify key aspects of physiology such as, body fat percentage, amount of lean muscle mass, cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility, that will determine how the human body ages. Architects also provide specific instructions on construction techniques and practices – this is mirrored in my one on one work with guests in which each exercise program is built and demonstrated uniquely for them.

How do you find time to eat healthy and exercise?

When I compare how great I feel when I eat healthy

Their aerobic capacity and muscle strength deteriorate to a level where they can still do daily tasks of living but they have very little to no reserve. When that time comes and they have either an injury, illness or surgery that requires bedrest – which causes a dramatic and significant loss in muscle strength – they lose that ability to walk or even rise from a chair without significant effort. Do not let this happen to you – build up your foundation of wellness so you can weather the storms of life.

How do you handle stress in your own life?

For me exercising is a huge recharger. The single-minded focus and escape exercise provides from the flurry of thoughts and tasks is very restorative for me. When I am exercising, I find my mind escapes to the simple beauty of focusing on my breathing, my foot placement, my execution of the exercise AND NOTHING ELSE. We create stress in our lives by worrying about the future or regretting the past. While working out I find I automatically focus on the present moment and that in itself is a huge stress buster.

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Laura Hittleman

Laura Hittleman, Corporate Director of Beauty and Retail at Canyon Ranch, knows the beauty industry can be very confusing and overwhelming at times. As a 29-year veteran of the integrative wellness brand, Laura strives to educate guests through her “less is more” philosophy and keen sense of product and service selection.

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Q&A with Laura Hittleman

but it is also the fabric for my amazing husband Jude who has been with Canyon Ranch for 29 years as well, along with our 21-year-old twins (our son works here now too). Canyon Ranch becomes a lifestyle, second family and a way of life. It inspires me as a professional, a mom and all aspects of our daily life.

How do you handle stress in your own life?

“It’s not the situation; it’s how you handle the situation.” This is what I tell myself and advise to others when the stress starts to build. Stress will always be there but I try to step back and take care of others, and myself, which always seems to help. I also love to bake which is also a great stress reliever.

Q&A with Laura Hittleman

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”?

I strive to provide a message of health and wellness through our beauty departments, using education and selection of products and services to deliver pure and effective results. The beauty industry can be very confusing and overwhelming; we do our homework with the collections we offer so our guests will look to us as an authority on current and sustainable trends.

How does Canyon Ranch frame your life?

I am more than proud to say that I have been lucky to work at Canyon Ranch for 29 years and it has framed who I am today. It is not only the fabric of who I have grown into,

What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar/philosophy for you in your busy life?

Food + Nutrition is the most important pillar in my life. Without healthy nutrition and routines, all else will start to become imbalanced. My sleep, weight, skin, hair, demeanor, overall health and more will start to slip.

How would you recommend other busy people in high-stress jobs adopt this philosophy?

Be sure that you start with a physical from your doctor, know your numbers (cholesterol, BP etc.), keep routines simple and fun, and eat what you like but keep it healthy. It is just as easy to choose a healthy meal as it is to choose an unhealthy one.

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Doris Lopez

With more than 20 years of experience leading healthcare facilities, Doris Lopez serves as Canyon Ranch’s first Vice President of Health and Healing. In her role, Doris leads a team of renowned professionals who serve as the heart of the Canyon Ranch philosophy, providing the best evidence-based, integrative approach for guests’ well-being.

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Canyon Ranch is a constant reminder of my desire to be the best I can be.

Why is it important to have a foundation of wellness in a high-stress career?

I’m a native New Yorker and am accustomed to living a tremendously fast passed lifestyle. In addition, I have worked in the executive health care administration for many years. I learned years ago, if I want to function successfully in the world I need to find balance. I try to make time for myself daily. I walk, take a Pilates class or just sit in quiet; whatever will make me feel good for that day.

How do you handle stress in your own life?

I de-stress by spending time

Q&A with Doris Lopez

What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect?

An architect is someone who designs, plans and creates. As a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect, it is my role to provide the best evidence-based, integrative approach for our guests’ well-being. I try daily to keep balance in my own life as well, through diet, sleep, exercise and daily meditation. I feel I am at my best when I prioritize self-care.

How does Canyon Ranch frame your life?

Canyon Ranch aligns with my personal goals – eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, move daily, meditate and practice deep breathing. I have been active my entire life. I am a former runner and currently love Pilates and yoga. Being part of

with my family and friends; visiting my new granddaughter – she makes everything right in the world! When I follow my routine of exercising 3-4 times a week, eating clean healthy foods, getting a good night’s rest and meditating daily, my stress levels decrease drastically.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar/philosophy for you in your busy life?

I cannot pick just one pillar/philosophy; it is an integrative approach and so all the components are equally important. I recommend taking baby steps and integrating new practices slowly so that they become part of your daily routine.

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Amy Hawthorne

Amy Hawthorne, Life Management Director at Canyon Ranch Tucson, believes the only true path to long-lasting, meaningful change is through the cultivation of self-compassion and gaining personal insight and awareness. With experience in addressing issues ranging from trauma to many forms of addictions, Amy helps guests develop new strategies and practices to bring greater health, vitality and happiness into their lives.

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Q&A with Amy Hawthorne

structure and support to do what I am meant to do. What a blessing to know I am right where I’m supposed to be, working every day in line with what I know and hold to be true while simultaneously learning, growing and honing my craft among the most incredible and supportive peers I have ever known.

Why is it important to have a foundation of wellness in a high-stress career and how do you handle stress in your own life?

It is important to have a foundation of wellness period, regardless of what your career is because no matter what line of work you are in, at some point things will get difficult. It is imperative that we are capable of confronting discomfort and stress and moving through it instead of becoming stuck. I handle stress in a number of ways including regular daily exercise, talking to people I trust and showing up for myself with a compassionate inner dialogue. There is no one we spend more time with than ourselves,

Q&A with Amy Hawthorne

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”? How does Canyon Ranch frame your life?

When I think of an architect, I think of someone who is piecing the puzzle together, and that’s precisely how I view my role as a therapist here at Canyon Ranch. I’m honored to serve as the co-architect, even if for only 50 minutes, of people’s lives. I help people identify deeply meaningful, often forgotten or minimized life experiences that make them who they are today. I work with people who are caught in the middle of their own personal construction projects and I get to help them figure out what is keeping them stuck and why. The greatest reward is watching someone walk away from my office, or Canyon Ranch in general, with insight and awareness they didn’t have before, returning to their life with a new blueprint from which they can create something different.

How does Canyon Ranch frame your life?

Canyon Ranch frames my life in the sense that it provides me with the

and I strive to make myself a decent person to be with.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

For me, there is nothing more important than my connection with my family. It might sound cliché or trite, but my connection to people I love is paramount and being with them helps me recharge and remember the true purpose of life. I know when I’m stressed because my thinking becomes narrow and I feel backed into a corner; this along with fear-based thinking and disruptive sleep, are my clear signs that I need to attend to something deeper. I unplug by purposely broadening the context through which I see life and intentionally focusing on things that I know to be important to and for me. I respect my own boundaries, say no when I need to, speak to myself realistically and compassionately, actively disconnect from my day when I leave work and use my PTO for long weekends throughout the year.

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DAVID VARLEY

With almost two decades of experience in restaurants across the United States, David Varley uses innovative techniques and a modern approach to make food fun, exciting and delicious. Spearheaded by David, our food philosophy at Canyon Ranch is simple and consistent: when you eat better, you feel better. We proudly feature thoughtful, vibrant and consciously sourced cuisine that nourishes body, mind and soul.

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purpose of providing me with a solid foundation to succeed throughout my day. I always like to start with a superfood smoothie that varies depending on what is in season, but is always packed with nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. I also typically add 25-30g of vegan protein, 5g of Coconut MCT, Ashwagandha, and any other addition that fits the profile of the day’s smoothie. I also spend 20 minutes centering myself through meditation and quiet time, which allows me to focus and prioritize properly.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar/philosophy for you in your busy life? How do you build it into your daily activities?

I find that the pillar of Fitness + Movement contributes the most to my daily wellbeing. Setting aside time on a busy day

Q&A with David Varley

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”?

The core work of an architect is planning, designing and reviewing projects. My focus in Food and Beverage is to add exciting new layers to the Canyon Ranch story by shepherding the next round of planning and design as we grow. Our goal is to bring more of what makes Canyon Ranch special and transformative to as many people as possible and one of the best ways to do that is through a medium that everyone understands, food. The immediate tangible results of eating food you love that loves you back are undeniably powerful and is one of the simplest and most effective means of introducing individuals to Canyon Ranch.

Do you have a morning routine?

My morning routine has evolved over the years but at its core serves the

to get moving is a necessary indulgence, and while it has been the hardest discipline to maintain, it yields the greatest positive results in my life. When I’m home or on the road in places where I can hop into an Orangetheory Fitness class, I’ll do that. If not, I prefer to get outside and hit the trails on the bike or take a trot with my dog.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work? How do you recharge? Do you feel a difference when you take time away from stress?

I’m passionate about being outdoors and combine my love for fly fishing and photography by visiting beautiful places around the world whenever possible. Both are extremely technique driven and your discipline drives the results. I’m from the school of work hard, play harder.

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Deirdre Strunk

Named Nevada’s Woman of the Year in both 2014 and 2018, Deirdre Strunk was recently appointed to Vice President – Spa, Fitness and Beauty after serving four years as Executive Director of Canyon Ranch spa + fitness at The Venetian® Resort in Las Vegas. In her new role, Deirdre will oversee consistent experience, product and service levels in the Canyon Ranch spa, fitness, beauty and aesthetics operations, while continuing to maintain oversight of the Las Vegas location.

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these disciples in my daily life – always being mindful of how I treat my body, mind and spirit. It is my responsibility to ensure that what I learn, I also impart onto our team members, pioneer new ideas for Canyon Ranch to explore, enhance the experiences for our guests and lead by example.

Do you have a morning routine?

I wake up at 5 a.m., set my intentions, and attend a boot camp class Monday through Friday. On Sundays, I love going to hot yoga with my 28- 25- and 13-year-old children.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for you in your busy life?

Personally, I connect most with the Canyon Ranch holistic

What makes you a Canyon Ranch “Wellness Architect”?

As a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect, I wake up every morning, not just incorporating healthy habits into my day, but actively setting my intention to lead a wellness-focused life. I wasn’t always this thoughtful in my lifestyle choices, but I have experienced the benefits wellness can provide for not only myself but also my family and friends. Being in the business for 20+ years, I have been fortunate to have access to the most experienced wellness professionals, learning and growing from them. Along the way I’ve been trained in massage, aesthetics and yoga; and as a provider, I practice the principles I’ve learned through

approach to healthy living. Every day, I promote balance, inspiration, health and acceptance. Throw in innovation as well, as I thrive on thinking originally, openly and boldly. I’m kind with my thoughts, I’m conscious about what I fuel my body with and I move my body daily, whether it’s yoga or my favorite boot camp class. I also follow a strict beauty routine morning and night.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

Yoga outdoors, hiking and playing with my three dogs are my favorite ways to unplug and de-stress. I definitely feel a difference in my overall wellbeing when I get back to nature and take time for myself.

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Maria DelliVeneri

Maria DelliVeneri, MS, has been a Certified Athletic Trainer with Canyon Ranch since 2014. She specializes in the education of prevention strategies, as the easiest injury to treat is the one that does not occur. Through DelliVeneri’s care, prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries, guests are able to thrive and continue enjoying the quality of their years.

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If something starts to hurt, tension develops or stress levels rise – I step back and observe my breath. Calming the body through breathing and attention to breath regulates the nervous system, and relieves tension and stress. Once we start paying attention to these signals and honoring the resilience of this great machine we call our body, that’s when the real magic happens. We can start to optimize our health and overall lives, not merely avoid the presence of disease.

How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?

I hit the trails on my mountain bike. It’s an opportunity to combine nature with movement, and beauty with breath. It’s also a quick reminder to live in the moment. Tucson is a haven for riding enthusiasts; however, the terrain is not one you want to encounter if you come out of the saddle. The fear of meeting a cactus or a sliding rock is enough to keep your attention focused on the ride at hand. No time to focus on meetings, deadlines and projects. The effects of a ride physically – heart racing, blood pumping, muscles

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What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect?

An architect is one who designs, builds and creates – taking a vision and crafting the plan, a combination of art with science. Growing up I was strong in math and science, but the appeal of working in an office crunching numbers wasn’t there. I found my calling as a Certified Athletic Trainer, where I work with a continuous moving, living physics problem: the human body and its biomechanics. If one piece of the foundation is off, much like its effects on a building structure, the human body is impacted. Maybe it’s a pain in the foot that’s affecting the back, or a learned pattern that changes the pulley system of the muscles, affecting our movements. My role is to see the big picture of human movement and function, and facilitate a solution.

What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar for you? How do build it into your daily activities?

Health and Healing. The relationship you have with your body is the single most important one you will have in your lifetime – not to mention the longest. Understanding the signals your body is telling you, and how they affect every thought, emotion, action and process within us is essential.

burning – via this moving meditation is the best stress reliever I have found since relocating to Tucson.

Do you have a morning routine?

I spend time in nature each morning. The openness of the desert and its expansive views out to the mountains inspire calm, peace and wholeness, which is a wonderful way to start the day. It’s my time to enjoy the action of putting one foot in front of the other and taking in my surroundings through my senses, while also offering gratitude.

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