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Debra Locker is an award-winning communications professional as well as an expert on living a beautiful, well-rounded life. For 17 years, she has successfully held positions in public relations & journalism while following her passions of visiting spas worldwide and creating an amazing collection of beauty products!

In 2008, Debra created Locker Public Relations . Based in Kentucky, this award-winning, boutique firm focuses on luxury lifestyles including skin care, spas and eco products. Named the 2010 Small Business Champion of the Year for Kentucky & the Southeast by the Small Business Administration, Debra leads placements in notable media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, FOX, Good Housekeeping, and RachaelRay.com. Debra also speaks internationally on public relations and is a published expert on communications.

In her 20’s, Debra worked as a television reporter & producer throughout the southeast at stations in Lexington & Louisville, Ky.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Charlotte. Debra continues to use her broadcast skills in voice-over work for television and radio.

An avid community volunteer, Debra is very active in the Junior League of Lexington; is a Board Member of the Lexington Children’s Theatre; an Advisor to the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority; and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Leading Destination Spa Group Puts Focus On Wellness For Summer

Schools across the country will wrap up in a few weeks, which means madness is certain to ensue. Does your summer schedule sound something like this: shuttling kids to baseball and soccer, sunburns from yard work, and struggling to find a vacation spot that everyone can agree on? Take a deep breath and pause for five minutes to see what’s awaiting you at the top Destination Spas.


Photo Credit: The Heartland Spa

Found in stunning locales from Canadian mountains to Southwestern deserts, all Destination Spa Group® members offer a complementary balance of fitness, healthy cuisine, life-enhancing programs and relaxing spa services. “Even in the summer, which is supposed to be a slower time of the year, we can all feel overwhelmed by life’s curve balls and commitments,” says natural health & well-being expert Debra Koerner, executive director of the Destination Spa Group. “When I’m feeling stressed, I incorporate lessons from Destination Spas including blending up a green smoothie, taking a long walk and practicing yoga”, she said.

Experience Wellness:

Raelene Honeycutt, Fitness Manager and Program Coordinator, The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort advises, “any activity worth doing should include an element of education. Summer is a fantastic time to learn about bugs, flowers and how our bodies work. Visit your local farmers’ market, not just for the food, but for the experience. Learn when you go. Take pictures. Enjoy every moment,” Honeycutt says.

Lake Austin Spa Resort’s Sharon Rekieta advises families to enjoy life’s simple pleasures instead of “over-planning” or scheduling complicated vacations, “have a picnic in the backyard on clear evenings and learn about the star constellations or pretend you’re a visitor in your city and take a walking tour of popular areas and attractions.”

Photo Credit: Lake Austin Spa

Photo Credit: Lake Austin Spa

Echo Valley Ranch in British Columbia says bring the whole family for a summer of wellness! The Family Ranch Vacation package at Echo Valley provides something for everyone, while encouraging quality family time. Kids and teens can experience fun and stimulating learning activities, from catching trout to roasting s’mores around a fire, while mom and dad have spa treatments and a leisurely dinner.

Koerner wraps things up by inviting you to chill, “this one is hard, especially for Type-As, but it is vital for our overall well-being that we take time out and chill!  I have set a timer on my phone to go off twice during the day with a reminder to take a few moments off and relax.”

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