Wellness for Cancer Initiative Members

Adriana Azuara

CEO, All4Spas, Mexico

Adriana Azuara is the founder and CEO of All4Spas; professor at the University of Tourism; board member of the Latin American Spa Association; and representative of Wellness for Cancer in Mexico and Latin America. Recognized as a leader and trendsetter, Adriana is the creator of Agave Spa and has been involved in over 400 resort spa and wellness projects in Mexico and Latin America.


Karen Ballou

Founder & CEO, IMMUNOCOLOGIE, United States

After 30 years of experience in the skin-care industry, Karen Ballou un- derwent a two-year bout of lymphoma. Afterwards, she questioned the ingredients in her skin-care regimen and the effect they might be having on her health. Unable to find products that were natural, luxurious and effective, she founded IMMUNOCOLOGIE, whose products and philosophy were born out of her own necessity for a healthy lifestyle.


Brent A. Bauer, MD

Director, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic, United States

Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and has been on staff at Mayo Clinic for 23 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and over 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.


Dr. Russell Greenfield

President, Greenfield Consulting LLC, United States

Dr. Russell Greenfield is a clinical professor of medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is a 1999 graduate of the program in integrative medicine under the direct guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil, and served as editor for Dr. Weil’s new book, due out in spring 2017. Greenfield Consulting focuses on corporate and community wellness initiatives, select product development and education.


Sue Harmsworth

Chairman and Founder, ESPA International, United Kingdom

Sue Harmsworth has over 45 years of spa and well-being industry experience, with a portfolio of over 600 spas in 60 countries, including ESPA’s wellness flagship in London, ESPA Life. The ESPA brand is renowned for its extensive natural product range, innovative and effective treatments, unsurpassed post-graduate therapist training and spa design, and management division. Sue is a Global Wellness Summit board member.


Dr. Paola Gómez Hernández

Internal Medicine Physician, Mexico

Paola Gómez Hernández, MD is an Internal Medicine physician. Endorsed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and graduated with Honorable mention as well as certified by the Mexican Council of Internal Medicine. After a few years of practice she saw the need of seeing patients in a more integrative way so she started a course in Leadership in Integrative Medicine at Duke University. She firmly believes in WHO’s definition of health which is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. She wants to create a bridge between medicine and wellness industry to achieve this purpose, always based in the best medical evidence available. She sees in Wellness for Cancer an opportunity to train people in to giving a chance to Cancer patients not to undermine their mental and physical wellbeing.


Mia Kyricos

President, Kyricos & Associates LLC, United States

Mia Kyricos is president and founder of Kyricos & Associates LLC, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness, hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies on a global scale with a specialty in brand strategy.  With over 20 years of experience, Mia has helped to develop, operate, and market wellness-related brands and facilities across 100+ countries, and has worked for industry pioneers including Spafinder Wellness, Inc., Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Exhale, EXOS and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.  She also regularly advises owners on the development of wellness communities, is a Global Wellness Summit Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for the University of California Irvine, and the Brand Architect of the Global Wellness Institute.


Andrea Leonard

Founder & President, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, United States

Andrea Leonard has been certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as a Personal Trainer by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and as a Special Populations Expert by The Cooper Institute. She is also a continuing education provider for ACE, AFAA, CPTN, ISSA, NASM, NFPT, and PTAG. Andrea is Chairperson for the Medical Fitness Foundation Education Advisory Board and  on the advisory board for the MedFit Network. Andrea  is a 34 year cancer survivor and has/had 20 first-degree relatives diagnosed with cancer. In 2015 she lost her father, Morton, to complications of bladder cancer and prostate cancer, and myelodysplastic syndrome.


Rupert Schmid

Co-President, Biologique Recherche, France

Following top-level positions at several media and communication agencies, Rupert Schmid worked as head of communication and media at Veolia. Since 2007, Rupert has been chairman and co-owner of Biologique Recherche, an exclusive, premium, professional cosmetic brand with 35 years of success, a select network of partners in 50 countries and recurrent double-digit growth.


Mariela Silveira, MD

Co-owner and Medical Director, Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa, Brazil

Dr. Mariela Silveira is co-owner and medical director of Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa, founded by her parents. She holds advanced degrees in medicine, medical acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy and nutrology, and is an expert on the latest innovations in medical and wellness care. She is co-founder of the NGO Mente Viva (Mind Alive), which counts on volunteer health professionals to promote the culture of peace and a more sustainable world among children. She is the patron for education at the Healing Summit (Healing Hotels of the World) and Global Wellness Day Ambassador in Brazil. Dr Silveira is a frequent speaker at wellness congresses and summits around the world.


Caylei Vogelzang

Editor in Chief, Cancer Wellness Magazine, United States

Caylei Vogelzang is the editor-in-chief of Cancer Wellness magazine, a unique, enlightened lifestyle publication for those affected by cancer. Based in Chicago, but with a national reach, Cancer Wellness’ unique mix of health, wellness, beauty and science provides the essentials for an ever-growing community to thrive with, and beyond, the scope of cancer. Caylei was educated at Columbia University and lives in Chicago.