Our Founder & CEO

“I want to define well-being as a realistic approach to living a healthy, balanced, vibrant life. That’s why I’ve dedicated the last twenty years to providing the inspiration, tools and education for achieving well-being.” – Barbara Close

Barbara Close has been our Founder and CEO since opening the Naturopathica East Hampton Healing Arts Center & Spa in 1995. She is also the inspiration behind Naturopathica Chelsea, our newest Healing Arts Center & Spa in New York City. Naturopathica Chelsea brings a new dimension to 21st Century Wellness with holistic, customized experiences to inspire personal transformation. Combining traditional healing practices with modern science, Naturopathica Chelsea provides a multitude of entry points for self-discovery: a Vitality Bar of signature tonics, teas and elixirs, a Sensory and Meditation Lounge with breathtaking nature-inspired cinematography, a Remedy Bar and herbal dispensary of loose-leaf teas, herbs and essential oils, and signature treatments with world-class therapists and estheticians. Naturopathica Chelsea is our home for innovation where we push the boundaries of wellness and develop new tools for our partners.

Barbara is a wellness innovator, author and educator. A lifelong practitioner of the healing arts, she has a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds credentials in esthetics, advanced massage and aromatherapy. Barbara has been a pioneering product architect for more than 20 years, creating skin care, body care, herbal remedies and holistic health treatments that inspire individuals on their path to well-being.

Barbara has authored two books, Pure Skin and Well Being, and has been an expert resource for media outlets including The New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Financial Times, NewBeauty and American Spa.

Most importantly, Barbara lives a lifestyle of health and wellness, from growing herbal remedies in her backyard to testing treatments at her spas. Fueled by her passion for self-care, Barbara continues to travel the globe, discovering the virtues of traditional healing practices and adapting them for 21st Century Wellness. Barbara shares her wellness practices with the Naturopathica community in the form of Well-Being Rituals: simple rituals to inspire creativity and enhance everyday lives.