About Us

We are dedicated to making spas more sustainable.

Spas are meant to be a place of health and wellness. We hope to make the spa experience healthier for the planet and people, one spa at a time.

An international certification program, the Vios Certified Sustainable Spas program gives spas recognition for their green efforts while providing consumers a trusted source to locate spas that align with their values.

Who We Are

The Vios team has extensive experience in spa management, education, green building and organic certification. But more than that, we have a lifelong passion and commitment to wellness: for people and the planet.

Shelley Lotz, Founder

The program was developed by spa veteran, Shelley Lotz, Principal of Vios Spa Group, a consulting and education company (viosspagroup.com). Shelley Lotz has over 30 years of experience in the spa, wellness & beauty industry as an owner, educator, and esthetician. Her newest book is Green Spas and Salons: How to Make Your Business Truly Sustainable. She is a major contributing author of Milady’s Standard Esthetics Fundamentals, a textbook for esthetician students. Shelley founded an institute of aesthetics and is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. She served as a Green Spa Network board member. You will find her writing or out exploring the world.

Kari Brayman, Director of Operations

Kari Brayman has dedicated her career to sustainability. For over 20 years, she’s worked as a communicator of the importance of good food, experiences, and ethical products. She developed the very first “Find a Farmer” tool on the web in 1999 for California Certified Organic Farmers and a North American farmstay directory. She’s managed boutique inns and spas for over a decade and served as the Digital Marketing Manager for Gaia Herbs, now the nation’s herbal supplement leader. Her specialty is branding and design.