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Spa Finder Presents Visionary Award to Deepak Chopra, M.D.

NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2004) − Spa Finder Inc., the world's largest spa publishing, Internet, gift certificate and marketing company, has awarded its second Visionary Award to Deepak Chopra, M.D. Dr. Chopra, the co-founder and director of education at the Chopra Center for Well Being, was honored for his pioneering work in bridging the science of the West with the healing traditions of the East. Spa Finder President Susie Ellis presented the award to Dr. Chopra during a ceremony held at the Spa & Resort Expo & Conference in Miami, Florida. The Visionary Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the spa industry.

"As early as 1991, Dr. Chopra spoke to spa audiences about the importance of a body, mind and spirit approach to wellness, citing spas as an ideal setting for such programs," said Ellis. "His knowledge and vision of integrating traditional and non- traditional medicine has inspired the spa industry, and his outgoing, communicative style has enabled him to bring his healing message to millions. The current medical spa boom is a direct result of his pioneering work."

Dr. Chopra is a leading proponent of Ayurvedic medicine and is credited with its growing popularity in the West. He has successfully merged his knowledge of mind/ body medicine with his credentials as a practicing endocrinologist to help people achieve better overall health. In 2002, Dr. Chopra and co-founder/Medical Director Dr. David Simon launched The Chopra Center at the LaCosta Resort and Spa, creating an elegant environment offering the latest medical advancements in combination with Ayurvedic principles and luxurious spa treatments. According to spokesperson Max Simon, future plans include a network of Chopra Center Healing Arts Centers, where a community of like-minded people can come together to practice the Center’s lessons for healthy, balanced living.

A leading author, Dr. Chopra has written more than 35 books, which have been translated into all major languages, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. He regularly works with PBS television and is a popular international speaker. He has lectured before some of the world’s most revered health institutions, including the World Health Organization in Geneva, the United Nations, and London€'s Royal Society of Medicine. As a keynote speaker, Dr. Chopra attended the inauguration of the State of the World, hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev and has addressed several leading academic institutions, including Harvard Business School. He is a recipient of the Toastmasters International Top-Five Outstanding Speakers Award.

"Dr. Chopra'€™s work in bringing holistic medicine to the forefront in a spa setting is exposing people to treatments that can truly change their lives," added Ellis. "This award honors his seminal contributions and ongoing commitment to our industry."

About Spa Finder, Inc.:

As the spa industry's only integrated marketing solution, Spa Finder reaches millions of health conscious consumers via its award-winning website, The company publishes Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, the trusted authority on luxury spas and associated lifestyles, and The Spa Enthusiast, the leading publication for active spa goers. Spa Finder also operates the world's largest spa gift certificate and incentive programs, along with "Spas Direct," the online spa research and bookings model for consumers and travel agents.

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