What We Do

Through directives of research, information and education, BANA’s mission is to inspire cooperation and collaboration between various private and public groups, communities and institutions that serve and benefit from the responsible use of natural mineral waters for wellness and healing.




BANA conducts research to help water stewards and members of the water industry deepen their understanding of the health and wellness potential for their waters. BANA also provides best practices for sustaining and promoting wellness benefits. Educational material for water stewards, soakers, investors and scientists is disseminated through various channels, including blog posts, periodicals, presentations and national community calls.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

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.

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, DiscoverSpas.com and Co-Owner, SpaQuality LLC
  • Deborah Evans Parker, Director of Business Development, Lake Austin Wellness Partners

Our History

BANA was founded in 2006 by a core group of active Balneologists, invited by Cynthia Josayma, with the hope of reawakening the knowledge and practices of mineral waters for health and wellness in North America similar to sentient practices in most countries. Interests piqued about different kinds of waters, as well as the care of those waters—sorely lacking in the United States, a country so rich in natural mineral waters.

The founding group formed a not-for-profit 501c3 to begin an association of research, information and education reaching out to mineral water stewards, scientists and soakers reclaiming the benefits of health in earth’s mineral waters.