After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006, Kate Wind had plans to return to school to earn her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and open up her own practice. However, during the break after graduation and before graduate school, her parents encouraged Wind to stay in some sort of schooling, so she decided to enroll in the Nevada School of Massage Therapy. She thought incorporating massage into her future practice could be a way to encourage her patients to relax and open up. However, while at massage school, Wind was offered a position as assistant spa manager of the Oleksandra Spa & Salon at Treasure Island in Las Vegas in 2006, and loved the industry so much she never turned back.
Wind received her massage license in 2007 and, in 2008, she left Oleksandra Spa & Salon and accepted a position as spa director at the Platinum Hotel’s Well Spa in Las Vegas. In 2009, she became manager at Spa Mio at The M Resort in Las Vegas, where she has stayed since. In between spa management positions, Wind also worked in retail management at Bath & Body Works.
As the spa manager, Wind hires and coaches team members, creates the spa menu, orders supplies for the spa, and chooses which product lines they use. Currently, Spa Mio uses glo¯therapeutics, Janssen Cosmetics and Obagi. The spa’s team is a combination of 53 estheticians, hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists and reception attendants. According to Wind, managing that large of a team involves a lot of passion, as well as the ability to wear many different hats. “It helps that I have a perspective of being in the treatment room, so I can see things from both sides; I don’t just make decisions strictly based as a manager. I take into consideration what the team member is going through,” she explains.