Michael Villanueva- Spa Director San Francisco

Name: Michael Villanueva

Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry:

Three years in the industry as a Spa Supervisor and Manager.

Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice):

My most memorable tip was in the way of a complement. I was always considered a leader. Which was surprising as a group so shy. The fact that I have come full circle from a very shy person to someone who stands in front of hundreds of people to speak. I feel like that is the greatest.

How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry?

I chose a career in the beauty him on this industry because it is unique. It is the right equation of helping people and not being mainstream. It was just so different to me.

Greatest reward of doing the work?

The greatest reported doing this work is when people literally put you aside on a busy Saturday to tell you that you make a difference in their day. Making people feel better.

Things you wish or would like to change in the industry?

One thing I would change better industry is expanding the perspective on what employees can do to help themselves.  To encourage a work/wellness balance is important. Positive and regular reminders to take care of themselves so that they can take care of their clients.

Who is your Mentor and why?

My mentor is actually group of my friends from college. We formed very close friendships years ago.  We continue to influence each other to become the best people we can be - from humor to positivity to being well spoken. We've all influenced and shaped each other.

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