Mental Wellness Initiative Members
Quality Development Director, Lapinha SPA, Brazil
Margareth Brepohl has been Lapinha Spa’s co-owner since 1978. Margareth has implemented quality control in the last 20 years, contributing towards Lapinha’s benchmark position in Brazil and in Latin America. A clinical psychologist and family therapist, she also teaches university-level courses and leads wellbeing workshops for couples and families facing challenges and difficulties in different life stages. Her current focus is coordinating Lapinha’s infrastructure and globalization projects.
Dr. Lawrence Choy
Co-Founder and Medical Director, Elite Focus Clinic, United States
Lawrence Choy M.D. is a Stanford-trained psychiatrist and diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, who has more than 10 years of clinical experience treating diverse patient populations. He is the co-founder and medical director of Elite Focus Clinic, a specialty clinic treating Adult ADHD and cognitive performance in Silicon Valley. Dr. Choy particularly specializes in clinical neuroscience and neuroenhancement in helping his patients improve their overall well-being.
President and CEO, Dr. Brandt Skincare, United States
Stephane Colleu, CEO and President of Cosmetic Dermatology, Inc. (CDI), has been a member of the dr. brandt® skincare management team from its inception. The late Dr. Fredric Brandt, a visionary in the world of cosmetic dermatology, was Colleu’s beloved mentor. After becoming President and CEO in 2012, Colleu developed The Brandt Method, merging Dr. Brandt’s medical practice expertise, the University of Miami research department, and the dr. brandt® skincare product development team. As owner of CDI, Colleu created The Dr. Brandt Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in partnership with The Miami Foundation. It is dedicated to the life and memory of the company’s trailblazing founder, Dr. Fredric Brandt. Its mission is to raise awareness and encourage a national dialogue about mental health concerns. To ensure his vision lives on, Colleu underwrote a first-ever professorship at the University of Miami. His generous funding will supplement the annual compensation of the dermatological scholars who have attained national recognition in their field while honoring Dr. Brandt’s name.
Co-Founder, Well+Good, United States
Melisse is the Co-Founder of Well+Good, an award-winning digital media company reaching 12+ million monthly, and the SVP of Brand of Leaf Group’s Fitness & Wellness Division. At Well+Good, Melisse has led the content, design, and video teams. She recently published The Well+Good Cookbook (Clarkson Potter), which features the recipes of wellness luminaries. In 2018, Melisse was named one of the 9 Most Creative Entrepreneurs by Inc Magazine. Melisse has an MA from the University of Toronto and completed six years of psychoanalytic training (NPAP). Previously, she was the editor of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, beauty director at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s. Through Well+Good, Melisse is familiar with how the mental health conversation is entering the American wellness scene, as well as social media, and she has spoken about it at such conferences as TalkSpace.
Bryan Hoare is an award-winning wellness specialist. A double-masters graduate, he has held leadership roles in the hospitality and health-care industries across the globe for over 25 years. A desire to improve the lives of others leads his work today. Bryan was recently the a key advisor and multidisciplinary team member in a groundbreaking sanctuary for wellness and the treatment of behavioral disorders in Qatar. He has recently joined Rosewood Hong Kong as the Director of Wellness, in their new wellness brand, Asaya, set to open later in 2018.
Director & Editor-in-Chief, SpaChina Magazine, China
Fifi was born in Shanghai and joined SinoMedia in 1999 after studying psychology and graphic design in Tokyo. She rose from designer to become Editor-in-Chief of SpaChina Magazine, which this year celebrates its 14th anniversary. As the opinion leader of China’s spa industry, she hosts the annual SpaChina Summit and Awards and publishes industry reports. She has established WellBridge Academy as a training and recruitment platform for the China spa industry. In 2009, Fifi won the Most Creative Woman Director award from China Sorority. In her spare time, she practices Tai Chi and studies Traditional Chinese Medicine. She won silver medals at the Hong Kong International Wushu Festival in 2008 and 2009. Fifi is an international nutrition consultant with IARI (International Accreditation and Registration Institute) and is fluent in English and Japanese. In 2005, she wrote and illustrated a children’s book, and now she is a mother of two children.
Dr. Kishan Kariippanon
MD MPH PhD, Director of the Global Health Program, University of Wollongong, Australia
Dr Kishan Kariippanon is a medical doctor and researcher in the healthy ageing field, combining public health, design and innovation. He was born in Malaysia and worked as a refugee health doctor with the Red Cross in Timor Leste in 2006. He continued to Monash University, Australia, to do a master’s in public health, with a focus on global public health, before pursuing doctoral studies in public health. He is a co-author in the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia for Global Public Health chapters on Traditional Medicine: Indigenous health in Indigenous hands, and Wellbeing & Mental Wellness. In 2019, Kishan was involved with his colleagues in Australia in the Desert Rose Dementia-Friendly House at the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018; taking the first prize in interior design and innovation. His poster presentation on the use of collective reflexivity in working with people living with dementia, their carers and designers was awarded first prize in the International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Traditional and Complementary Medicine held in Kuala Lumpur in 2019. Kishan is Director of the Global Health Program at the University of Wollongong, Australia and advisor to a health technology medical startup to improve at-home care for the elderly and increase effectiveness of exercise and other wellness modalities. During 2020, Kishan’s study leave at Harvard, MIT and Oxford University is postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic. He continues to work on a book on Healthy Aging in Asia.
President, Spa Profits Consulting Inc., Canada
A European-trained therapist and spa development consultant, Vivienne creates and weaves wellness concepts into a congruent tapestry of structure for spa development and turnaround projects, ensuring all systems align with the original vision. She excels at creating authentic guest experience within a sustainable, successful framework of quality operations. Active professionally in the spa industry from 1986, Vivienne shares her experience through consulting, published work and speaking engagements.
Founder & CEO, Hooky Wellness, United States
Erayna is the founder of Hooky Wellness, a mental wellness brand focused on transforming the burnout experience. She is a mission-driven leader and entrepreneur with over 15 years of innovation and consumer branding experience. Erayna has built consumer brands at top food and tech companies like Nestle and Intuit. Her personal experience with burnout was the catalyst for entrepreneurship where she marries her passion for wellness experiences with deep consumer empathy. Erayna has an MBA from Indiana University and has developed mental wellness programming for companies like P&G, Accenture and Teach for America.
Co-Founder, Fivelements, Italy
Chicco brings over 20 years of high level executive productions with international companies, specifically in photography advertising and major fashion, beauty and luxury brand events. Chicco was one of the first to introduce Bali villa rentals with personalised experiences to the European market, promoting private exclusive villas as an alternative to hotel/resort accommodations. Chicco co-created (with his wife Lahra) Fivelements, Bali in 2007 and Fivelements Hong Kong in 2017. A new genre of eco-conscious wellness destinations bridging the wisdom of traditional healing cultures with innovative wellness concepts.
Co-Founder & CIO, Fivelements, Italy
As Chief Innovation Officer, Lahra is the wellness strategist and vision director for Fivelements, one of Asia’s foremost integrative wellness lifestyle companies with destinations in Bali and Hong Kong. Bridging her expertise in strategic branding and hospitality for multi-national companies, including Pfizer Inc., J. Walter Thompson, Motorola, Publicis Hal Rhiney and The Ritz Carlton, Lahra leads concept design, development and marketing for Fivelements, executing progressive wellness strategies for new market segments. Lahra’s commitment is creating high impact, authentic wellness destinations that offer inspiration, awareness and progress in the 21st century.