Meet the Founder
Found & Chief Visionary Officer
Hello! I’m so glad you are here! My name is Maria but I go by “Mary”. I founded Spa Royale Day Spa in October of 2002 with a mission to provide Gainesville with the very best spa experience in town.
It all began with a side job during my college days at the University of Florida. I got licensed as a nail specialist and worked at various salons until one day I landed a position at a day spa and absolutely fell in love with everything spa. It literally chose me!
This is the girl that was on track to apply to vet school; the girl that was gonna do big insurance and big business; the girl that did UF full time and Insurance school on the weekends; the girl that was doing all the things I thought I was “supposed” to do, and I hated it. It wasn’t my calling. I mean, how could this be? I was known as the “animal whisperer” and animals are totally my thing, but not like this. I switched my major from Animal Science and dual majored in Business & Sociology.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in December of 2004, one year after I opened Spa Royale Day Spa. I worked full time & I was in school full time. I guess you can say that I believe in hard work and earning your own way. I am a proud graduate from the University of Florida and a Gator for life!
Fast forward 20 years and I am still lucky enough to be doing what I love. Not only do I own this little slice of heaven, but I am also a licensed massage therapist, licensed aesthetician, and licensed nail specialist in the state of Florida. I pride myself on being able to provide any treatment we offer here at the spa.
I’m not on the floor like I used to be as duty calls, somebody has to pay bills and do the marketing right?! But I leap at any chance I get to get into a treatment room and provide ultimate relaxation to my guests.
Providing our community with a safe space to relax & recharge is my dream come true. Wellness is so important for all of us and providing a place in my community for guests to destress means everything to me. I believe that self-care is essential to being the best version of yourself. My commitment to my team, my guests, and my community is a true passion of mine.
After 20 years in this business, I’m still just as excited and passionate as I was on day one. Spa Royale has allowed me to give back BIG in our community and we are always working to make a positive impact in our town.
When I’m not at work I enjoy traveling the world and working on my farm in Williston. Spa girl by day, farm girl by night! That’s me. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit. I invite you to come relax with us and feel the warmth and love only found at Spa Royale Day Spa. I can’t wait to meet you!