Guests of Lake Austin Spa Resort will experience a diverse and highly-trained staff of professionals, from the experts who run our resort or hand pick what to plant in our Organic Garden, to our professional fitness instructors and chefs. Our intimate size allows for a high degree of personal attention and our nurturing staff is available 7 days a week to answer questions and address personal needs. We invite you to get to know them before you arrive.
Deborah Evans Parker , Director of Wellness
A wellness expert who is a recognized leader in planning, programming and successful management of hotel and spa operations.
Drawing from her work as a licensed massage and spa therapist and author, Deborah has developed a unique expertise in massage and spa therapies, fitness and outdoor recreational programs and holistic health. For Lake Austin Spa Resort, she provides her knowledge through a range of consulting services to the spa, wellness and hospitality. She has years of proven spa and hospitality experience and expertise to assist existing spas operate more profitably, efficiently and provide consistent world-class luxury service.
Stephane Beaucamp, Executive Chef
By way of Normandy, Paris and Los Angeles, Stephane Beaucamp knew he wanted to live a simple, eco-friendly, organic lifestyle in Texas. And as Executive Chef, he brings together clean, fresh, sensible and flavorful foods for Lake Austin Spa Resort guests.
Born in Argenteuil, just outside Paris, Chef Beaucamp was convinced that he wanted to cook professionally after spending a summer helping out at his uncle’s bistro in Arromanches, Normandy as a young boy. He attended the Belliard Culinary School in Paris, apprenticed in the traditionally run kitchens at the city’s elegant Hôtel Plaza-Anténée, then cooked at the celebrated Grand Café des Capucines and two other Parisian landmark restaurants. He had his first experience of health-conscious cookery at the famous spa of Enghien-les-Bains and the Hôtel le Trianon in Versailles. While cooking eclectic contemporary food at the trendy Parisian restaurant and club, Barfly, he worked his way up to executive chef, which led him to the Buddha Bar under the direction of Kazuto Matsusaka, and the Bouchon Bistro Lyonnais on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Chef Beaucamp has also cooked for many celebrities, including Elton John, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Tim Curry, Adrian Brody and Nicole Kidman (who asked him to cater her birthday party one year).
Trisha Shirey, Director of Flora & Fauna
Trisha Shirey's 28-year association with Lake Austin Spa Resort has resulted in organic herb and vegetable gardens, an organic orchard and a wealth of flowers to enhance the grounds and brighten the delicious low-fat dishes served in the dining room. Plantings are designed to be Texas tough, but beautiful. Despite the foraging deer, flowers are in evidence year round. Many of the gardens are designed to delight butterflies and hummingbirds, which are seen in abundance.
Crafts are another of Trisha’s interests and she teaches classes such as pressed flower designs, potpourri, painting pots and herbal swags to the guests at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She has participated in the writing, editing and testing of two cookbooks for the resort and teaches cooking classes as well.
Brent Wolf, Director of Guest Services
As Director of Guest Services at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Brent Wolf and his team strive to make every guest's stay a memorable one. Originally from the Seattle area, Brent Wolf graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor Degree in Communications in 1997. Brent then worked in the field of television broadcasting for 2 years as a Weekend Sports Anchor and News Reporter for the NBC affiliates in Yakima and Kennewick, Washington.
Prior to joining the Lake Austin Spa Resort team in October of 2006, Brent spent six years working for the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel. He worked in many areas of the rooms division, serving as Guest Services Manager, Assistant Front Office Manager, Assistant Executive Housekeeper and Director of Housekeeping. As Director of Housekeeping at Hyatt Regency Austin, Brent led his team of staff in assisting with a multimillion-dollar guest room renovation.
Robbie Hudson, Director of Programming
Robbie Hudson began her career with Lake Austin Spa Resort in 1989 and has been the Director of Programming for over 15 years.
She attended Texas Tech University, received a Bachelor of Science in Education and holds a Texas Teaching Certificate. Electing not to pursue the conventional classroom, her love for movement and specifically dance, led her to begin teaching aerobic dance classes when it was a brand new idea back in the early 1980's. In the mid-eighties she taught franchised classes for Body Business, Inc. in the Lake Travis area. She became certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in its early days and went on to receive certifications with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Aquatics Exercise Association (AEA), Physical Mind Institute Pilates, and also became a Nia Blue Belt Instructor.
For the first several years at Lake Austin Spa Resort she taught many different types of exercise classes for our guests. In recent years Nia Dance is the modality of movement she enjoys most because of the strong mind/body connection with music and the freedom and release that it offers. She enjoys interacting with people and is motivated to help them find ways to have a fun and active lifestyle. She is an avid reader, gardener, walker, Spurs fan and can play a pretty mean game of Texas Hold'em poker.
She loves to plan and organize and devotes most her attention now to the behind the scenes orchestration of special classes and events.
She has been instrumental in the creation and development of guest programs such as the annual Gathering of Wise Women health series and For the Love of Books author's series. She is also the coordinator of our monthly program, The Culinary Experience at Lake Austin Spa Resort, as well as other specialty programs including Nia, Yoga for Everybody, Gotta Dance, Mother/Daughter, Poker, In Love with Lavender and Celebrating Paws, Exploring World Flavors and Quench!.
Robbie is always on the lookout for new ideas and programs that our guests would enjoy, and you will still catch her enthusiastically teaching dance classes whenever she can!
Monica Gutierrez, Water Fitness Instructor
Monica Gutierrez, Water Fitness Instructor
Monica offers private water aerobics instruction, aqua stretch (assisted stretching and myofascial release), and aquatic personal training. Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Monica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from Tecnologico de Monterrey. Monica is certified by AEA as an Aquatic Exercise and Aqua Stretch Instructor, by AFAA and ACE as a Fitness Instructor, and by the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research as a Dietary Guide. Monica’s personal wellness philosophy is: "To keep your body moving with more gain and less pain, enjoy investing a little time every day for a lifetime of wellbeing." Her hobbies include water-related activities such as kayaking and swimming.
Becky Behling, Fitness Professional
Becky Behling is a Part-time Fitness Professional at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She offers Feldenkrais "Awareness Through Movement®” Matwork and Water Exercise Instruction, as well as Traditional Fitness Training. Originally from Tulsa, OK, Becky also grew up in Lubbock, TX and Columbia, SC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Secondary Education from DePauw University, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from the University of Arizona, and has completed 42 hours toward a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. Becky is a Feldenkrais practitioner in training, authorized by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America as a student teacher. Becky is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Post-Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist and a Professional Fitness Instructor. Her personal wellness philosophy is "Exercise is medicine" and "Muscles don't know age; they know use and disuse." Her hobbies include cooking, research, biking around her neighborhood, and keeping up with her family.
Annie Morley, Activities Instructor
Annie Morley is a Part-time Activities Instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She offers traditional fitness training and water exercise training. Annie is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and lived in Houston before moving to Austin. She is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Annie is certified in AFAA Weight Training, Personal Training, and Fitness Instructor, Bosu Training, Keiser Group Cycling, and ACE Sport Conditioning. Her personal wellness philosophy is: “Improve your quality of life. Be strong…. Be balanced!” Her hobbies include: photography, sailing, and waterskiing.
Anne Irving is a yoga instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort, specializing in Thai Yoga, meditation, flexibility, and stability ball instruction. Her signature workout session is the Phoenix Rising Yoga which combines classical yoga and contemporary mind-body psychology.
Donna Minshew is a T'ai Chi instructor with decades of experience who has earned numerous gold medals from national and international tournaments.
Terry Shaw, M.A., R.D.
Terry Shaw is a Nutrition Consultant at Lake Austin Spa Resort and teaches several group workshops, as well as being available for one-on-one counseling.
Paul K. Smith, M.Ed. & E-RYT
Paul’s signature session is Functional Movement Screening. He also offers traditional fitness training; yoga & meditation instruction; mobility and stability assessment; TRX suspension training; foam roller training; swim lessons; Pilates matwork & reformer training; resting metabolic rate testing; and Tarot readings.
Julie Wylie is a NIA Instructor at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she studied Fine Arts and Business at the University of New Mexico. Julie is a certified Black Belt NIA and NIA 5 Stages Instructor, and a certified Green Belt Next Generation NIA Trainer. She offers private classes in NIA Technique, including NIA 5 Stages and Aqua-NIA.