NEW YORK – Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. (NRi), a leader in the international luxury resort spa, club and wellness industries, announces the launching of an International Medical & Wellness Division.

Kelly Costa and Karen Erickson bring more than 35 years of combined experience in the operation and development of spas and medical spas. They will work closely with Kimberley Matheson Shedrick, NRi President, to further the division’s growth and business development.

“We are pleased to have Kelly and Karen join the NRi team,” said Ms. Matheson Shedrick. “Although the medical spa concept has always been appealing, we did not tap into this industry until we were confident that we could provide exceptional service and responsible care to our clients. We are certain Kelly and Karen’s proven track records within in the medical spa community will position our International Medical & Wellness Division at the top of this category.”

“Corporations and hospitals are recognizing the risks and costliness associated with unhealthy lifestyles,” said Ms. Costa. “Employers and health practitioners are seeking wellness and spa services that will help improve lives while preventing diseases. NRi’s new International Medical & Wellness Division will set the standards for medical spas and wellness centers that offer top quality healthcare and resort luxury.”

 Ms. Costa brings more than 20 years of experience in the spa industry to NRi.  A pioneer in the luxury medical spa industry, she was the first in the industry to develop programs in spas to support those living with disease. Ms. Costa helped develop prestigious spas, such as Shade MedSpa, Replenish MedSpa, The California Institute of Skin and Beauty, Glow MD Skincare, Grant Street Medical Spa and the Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center.  In addition, she served as Spa Director for The SK Sanctuary La Jolla, The Coronado Island Marriott Resort, and Le Meridien Coronado Clarins Institute.

Ms. Erickson’s expertise encompasses all stages of spa development for new and existing properties. A certified Image Designer, Trainer and Makeup Artist, Ms. Erickson’s spa career began in 1993, when she appointed Director of the flagship Spa Nordstrom in San Francisco. Career advancement came quickly during the next few years as she was named Nordstrom’s national Corporate Spa Buyer and Trainer. She spent the last decade opening and managing top tier spas, such as The Ritz Carlton Resort Spa in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Spa Medica medical spa at PRO Sports Club, located in Bellevue, Wash., and the award-winning Spa Agio in Redmond, Wash.

Ms. Costa and Ms. Erickson’s responsibilities will include strengthening operational capabilities globally, and establishing strategies, programs and practices that bring medical professionals and responsible, results oriented treatments into a luxurious spa environment.



Founded in 1993, Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. (NRi) is a recognized leader in the international spa consulting field. Its mission is to provide expert analysis and direction in all aspects of spa facility including initial concept and construction, product and service development, marketing, staffing and retail merchandising. NRi is dedicated to enhancing the overall client experience by offering custom-tailored services, extensive market knowledge and superior quality assurance.  NRi has consulted for a broad range of spas, including five star resorts, independent day spas, medical spas and large fitness and wellness centers, throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean.  For more information, please visit