Mental Wellness Initiative Members
Founder, Pure Massage Spa Training Method®. United Kingdom
Beata Aleksandrowicz is the creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method® which provides spas worldwide with advanced training in a modern concept of massage. Beata has authored books on massage, translated into several languages and published worldwide. She is a former columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine and lead author of the Massage Guide created by The Guardian Magazine. Beata’s dedication to change the perception of massage, believing that massage has to be personalised and go beyond pampering and beauty. Human experience in the spa industry is at the core of her interest and expertise.
Co-Founder, Global Women 4 Wellbeing, United States
Nancy Board is widely experienced in corporate health and wellbeing globally and leading women’s development on four continents. Previously responsible for health and wellness initiatives in 15 countries for JP Morgan, Nancy is the co-founder of Global Women for Wellbeing. Its mission is to deliver educational resources, provide innovative research and create a global women’s network that inspires and supports women at all socioeconomic levels.
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.
Dr. Daniel Friedland
CEO, SuperSmartHealth, United States
Dr. Daniel Friedland is an expert on leadership, resiliency and cultivating wellness and wellbeing. He the past chair of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and currently serves as the CEO of SuperSmartHealth, which provides seminars, coaching and wellness and executive leadership programs based on brain science and mindfulness that empower individuals and organizations to thrive. His most recently published book is titled
Leading Well from Within.
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.
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.
Program Manager, Cluster Wellness Tyrol, Austria
Since 2007, Robert Ranzi has been managing projects of Cluster Wellness Tyrol, a network with 130 enterprises, institutions and universities covering the health, wellness and tourism industry. The cluster organizes events, conventions and impulse workshops in order to introduce innovations. Robert is a clinical psychologist with experience and results in adult education, trainings and project development.
Social Media Manager, On, Switzerland
With nine years of professional experience in the luxury spa and wellbeing industry and a personal passion for healthy living, Vanessa Stoessel oversees the social media strategy for On. On is a young Swiss sports company based in Zurich (Switzerland), Portland (Oregon) and Yokohama (Japan) creating design and technology award-winning running shoes which are stocked in more than 3000 specialist stores around the world. Their one mission is making running fun. Bringing together her work experiences in brand and concept development and marketing strategy development for wellbeing brands, she contributes to spreading the On message of healthy living through running across their social communities with reach across the globe. Vanessa is also a qualified yoga instructor and nutrition-certified health counselor.
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. Under their direction, Fivelements, has achieved unparalleled international acclaim across wellness and spa hospitality, culinary innovation and sustainable design fields.
Co-Founder & CIO, Fivelements
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.