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Deborah Szekely

Founder, Golden Door & Rancho La Puerta

Szekely, now 95, has been called “the godmother of the wellness movement” and is best known locally for founding the Golden Door spa in Escondido. In 1940 she and her then-husband opened Rancho La Puerta, a wellness camp in Mexico that was part commune, part spa. Today, Rancho La Puerta is a 3,000 acre resort and favorite of celebrities and wellness gurus. The Golden Door attracts fiercely loyal regulars, including Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.