Anitra Brown is a longtime freelance writer who specializes in spas, travel and beauty. A New York State licensed esthetician, Anitra is one of the few spa writers to have actually worked in a spa.
About.com's Spas Expert for twelve years, Anitra has visited Canyon Ranch Lenox, Canyon Ranch Tucson, Miraval, Golden Door, Rancho La Puerta, Lake Austin, Red Mountain, and many other great spas.
Anitra contributed to bestselling travel books 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. She is currently contributing editor to Hudson Valley Magazine and has written for many national and regional magazines.
Anitra is one of 26 spa and wellness experts who serves on the nominating panel for SpaFinder's Wellness Travel Awards, given to global properties that help travelers get and stay healthy.
"I've been writing food, travel and general assignment articles for many years. My first spa assignment was to find six overnight spas within two hours of Westchester County. I was thrilled by the experience, and realized that I wanted to dive more deeply into spas and wellness.
"After years of getting great spa treatments, I wanted to learn what it meant to be on the other side of the treatment table. So I went back to school, became an esthetician and worked at some of the world's best spas, including The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York and Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms.
Anitra Brown holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma. She completed 600 hours of study at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics in New York City before undergoing examination to become a New York state esthetician license. She is certified for Reiki Level 2 and has done post-graduate training at Atelier Esthetique Institute and The Dermal Institute in New York City.