Who we are

The BANA Mission is to support research, information and education of natural mineral waters for their wellness and healthful, hygienic and therapeutic benefits, results and outcomes.

We are a community of people who share personal and professional interests and values that support the development, knowledge and understanding of Balneology in North America.

BANA Board of Directors

Janet_PR 008PRESIDENT, Janet Abbott, TLMT, studied, practiced and taught four decades with integrative health/wellness systems in FL, NY, IL, VT and TX. Geothermal Mineral Waters Research: FL, NY, TX, CA, NM and Mexico.  Contributor: Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment report for survey,overview and recommendations for geothermal direct use in Texas, SMU Research Lab. Presented for TREIA: Geothermal hot wells as renewables to revive bath/soaking facilities for community development; Moody Gardens World Health Expo: The History of Spas in Texas, bathing/soaking in geothermal mineral waters and the benefits of water chemistry for healing;  Speaker at the Oregon Institute of Technology/Direct Use Geothermal Lab Conference on current Geothermal Direct Use in Texas.

drcoplinBOARD DIRECTOR, Marcus Coplin, ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington. Research, Medical Hydrology and Balneology. Advanced training in Medical Hydrology, Balneology and Climatology. Editor and Contributing Author for The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook; History of Vitalism, The Biology of Consciousness, Student Perspectives on The Vis Medicatrix Naturae, and The State of Contemporary Balneology in Europe, The Balkans and the Near East. And, of course, avid thermal spring soaker.


IMG_3743VICE PRESIDENT, Prof. Jonathan Paul De Vierville, PHD, MSSW (University of Texas, Austin) wrote “A History of American Spas and Healing Waters.” Professor Emeritus of The Humanities, Alamo Colleges, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor/Jungian Psychotherapist. Speaker at World Congresses on Health Resort and Spa Therapies, International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology, Global Wellness Summit, International Spa Association, International Association for the Study of Dreams. Directs: “Spa Cultures, Dream Times & Conscious Cosmos” ( and The Alamo Plaza Spa in the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio (

bana pic for bioBOARD CHAIR, Chris Devlin FNP, EdS, is a family nurse practitioner who has worked in the Alaska Tribal Healthcare system for over 25 years, including serving for 10 years as Executive Director for Eastern Aleutian Tribes. A long time hot springs enthusiast, he is a founding member of Alameda’s Cooperative Hot Spring Retreat and Guesthouse, a 55 and older residential cooperative based on sustainability, healing, education and prosperity.


Mentor - David ErlichBOARD DIRECTOR, David Erlich, A 20 year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Erlich is passionate about health and wellness issues. Before landing at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Erlich was the executive director of spa and recreation services at the Caribbean luxury beach resort Viceroy Anguilla. He served as regional director of spa operations for Fairmont Hotels for the western U.S. and Hawaii, and as the executive director of spa and retail operations for Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, a geothermal spring spa in Sonoma, Calif. Mr. Erlich also spent time overseeing spa and retail operations as executive director for Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii. From 2000 to 2009, he served as a board member of the International Spa Association, and, is an avid triathlete, adventure racer and surfer.

Solloway_Head ShotSECRETARY, Michele Solloway, PhD, MPA, RPP is a Senior Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University. Her work focuses improving health care for vulnerable families, childhood trauma, and integrative medicine. Solloway has a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley, a Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She is certified as an advanced energy and polarity therapist with training in cranial sacral and trauma healing therapies.

Advisory Committee Members:
Mary Bemis, Founder & Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas LLC
Anne Bramham, Founder, The American Spa Therapy Education & Certification Council (ASTECC)
Kjell Mitchell, C.E.O. & President, Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado
Dr. Les Moore, ND, LAc., Medical Hydrologist, Center for Special Medicine and Moore Environmental Geology
Julie Register, Owner, and Co-Owner, SpaQuality LLC
Deborah Evans Parker, Director of Business Development, Lake Austin Wellness Partners