One on One With Linda Nelson of M’lis

mlis-Linda-NelsonLinda Nelson, PhD, RND, Founder and Chairman of M’lis


Personal mantra: Do what you love and love what you do.

Pet peeve: Poor customer service

Favorite song: ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ by Tim McGraw

Guilty pleasure: ‘The Amazing Race.’ I wish I was young enough to do it!

Favorite place to travel: Hong Kong

Last good book you read: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris—heartbreaking!

Can’t leave the house without: My Mary Poppins bag that holds everything I—or anyone else—might happen to need.

What’s the most exciting change you’ve seen in our industry? The best for me has been watching beauty and spa businesses embrace nutrition and wellness, and seeing them grow as they present an entire body and beauty experience to their clients.

What advice would you give your younger, just-starting-out self? I would like to have realized early on that this industry is ever-changing—and rapidly. At the beginning of M’lis’ 40-year history, I was resistant to move quickly from my vision; I’ve learned that new information comes out every day and change is necessary.

How do you unwind? I love to read, especially on a beach. I also love beautiful, amazing music of all types, with the exception of rap and heavy metal.

What’s in the pipeline for the company? M’lis CEO Wallace Nelson, CNHP, has developed an amazing guide to reset the body’s nutritional needs—it’s life changing! M’lis is now incorporating this guide into all of our nutritional programs with stunning results.

What’s one simple but effective thing we can all do to improve our health? The goal is to realize that ‘health’ includes your mind, body and spirit. You need to address it all with nutrition, supplementation, stress relief and activities that feed your soul.

What are your hobbies? I love to travel and explore the history and health programs in other countries. I have three places left to visit: New Zealand, Maldives and Newfoundland.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you. I had a horse named Charlie Horse all through my youth, and I belonged to a riding group that did square dancing on horses in parades and rodeos. I still love horses!

What’s your favorite family activity? I now have 80 people in my immediate family. I love it when we can all gather for meals, games and fun. Plus, we love traveling together. Every Thanksgiving we rent a beach house in Oceanside, California, and one time someone asked one of my grandchildren if we were a tour group. The answer was, ‘No—we’re all family!’

If you could cross one thing off your to-do list, what would it be? I love everything I do.

This story first appeared in the August issue of DAYSPA Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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