A 30-year veteran of the spa and hospitality industries, Amy McDonald is widely recognized and sought after as an innovator in preventive health and wellness programming and an expert in merging the best of resort hospitality and urban healthcare into integrated, profitable business models. After years of managing several award-winning properties, including the renowned Miraval destination spa in Tucson, Arizona, Amy followed her passion to create her own company, Under a Tree Consulting. Over the past 9 years, Amy has lead her team through concept development and execution bringing a greater focus on wellness and bottom line results to global brands such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Capital Group, Cirque du Soleil and US brands such ZaZa and Enchantment Group. Amy works with medical facilities to bring integrative functional design, product development Amy and specialized programming to executive health clinics, including INLIV, Peking Union Lawke Functional Medicine, Well & Being, and the California Health and Longevity Institute.
Amy and her team also oversee the day-to-day business of spas that are underperforming fiscally and turn them around. Examples of this are Houston and Dallas ZaZa (urban hotel spas), Nusta Day Spa in DC, WITHIN, a day spa in Calgary and Nalu Spa at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. Their team also perform confidential audits of existing spas and make recommendations to ownership that often include; leadership change, remodel and 5 year financial projections with new operational and marketing strategies.
Amy identifies the goals of the business and designs the facility, products and/or programs to ensure their relevancy for the health and wellness needs of the target client, the fiscal goals of ownership, and meet the requirements, standards and regulations of each location.
Clients range geographically from Switzerland, China, Mexico, Canada and United States, and are typically privately held companies with a strong commitment to preventive health and optimal aging.
Her accomplishments have received acclaim in such publications as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, while her personal expertise has been cited in O, The Oprah Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and Real Simple among others. She is also a frequent guest speaker on health and wellness trends, sustainability and merging healthcare with hospitality.