Our Founder & Ceo

Barbara Close is a well-being expert, author, educator and founder of Naturopathica. A lifelong student of the healing arts, Barbara has a Master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds credentials in clinical esthetics, advanced massage and aromatherapy. She is a founding member of the Green Spa Network and a pioneering product formulator for over 20 years.
Drawing from travel and apprenticeships with the most respected thought leaders in holistic healing, Barbara Close founded her Healing Arts Center & Spa in 1995. There, Barbara began developing products and rituals that drew an immediate following of celebrities and Hamptons elite, establishing Naturopathica as a destination for overall well-being. Since then, Barbara has become a leader in the spa and wellness industry featured in the New York Times, Vogue and MORE Magazine. She is a cited expert in NewBeauty, AmericanSpa, Organic Spa and Skin, Inc.