Practitioners

Our practitioners are passionate and fully qualified in their fields, eager to improve your physical and mental health. Their approach is not only to treat the symptoms but also the root cause of disease, using nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, and innovative treatments to bring your body, mind, and emotional state back into balance...

Let our team of specialists lead you to achieve your goal in beauty and health.

Medical Team

Dr. FERNANDO JUCA MD, MSc.

Dr. Juca is our Medical Director. He specializes in using Regenerative Medicine to treat Chronic Illnesses. He has particular expertise in treating diabetes/neuropathy, fibromyalgia, pain, neurological issues, metabolic obesity, migraines, asthma, and allergies. His prescriptions include natural and homeopathic medicine.

He has an MD with a Masters in Biological Testing and Diagnosis with Certifications in Cellular Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics and PCR polymerase used in weight loss treatments. He offers IV therapy and Chelation as appropriate. He is also a Certified Neural Therapist. He is a Professor at Universidad Catolica de Cuenca teaching Pathology.

In your initial consultation, Dr. Juca will do a comprehensive Medical history and physical exam and order appropriate lab/blood tests. Once that is complete, he will recommend a treatment plan to address your symptoms and illness.

Dr. CRISTIAN RAMIREZ MD, MGC

Dr Ramirez specializes in Genetics and offers DNA testing with a follow-up consultation and treatment recommendations if needed. Predictive Genetic Testing enables one to identify inherited mutations that may put one at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer, etc. Testing also addresses issues with methylation, food/drug sensitivities, and metabolic issues. More recent research is using DNA testing results to assist patients to identify optimal diets and skincare. He collaborates with Dr. Juca and Ms. Zuniga (nutritionist) in developing treatment plans as appropriate.

He is an MD with an MS in medical genetics, as well as a specialist in molecular biology and research with certification in autism spectrum disorders. He is also certified in molecular diagnostics and PCR polymerase used in treating chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes. He is an author of several publications in international medical journals. He also teaches biology, microbiology, and parasitology as a Professor at the Universidad Catolica de Cuenca.

Dr. GUILLERMO QUINDE, MD – Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Guillermo is a Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon who is available for Botox injections, mole removal, scar and wrinkle improvements, as well as consultations for more extensive reconstructive surgeries including facelifts.  He has operating privileges at Monte Sinai Hospital in Cuenca.  He is a Professor of Anatomy at Universidad Catolica de Cuenca and Professor of Surgery at the University of Cuenca. 

Dr. VIVIANA GOMEZ, Pharmaceutical Biochemist, MTOX

Viviana Gonzalez runs our certified laboratory which does all routine blood work, allergy panels, hormones, fecal/urine testing, cancer markers, and drug screens. She has a BS in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and an MS in Forensic Clinical Toxicology. She also has International Certification in Criminalistics.

GABRIELA ZUÑIGA, BSND MSc

Gabriela Zuñiga is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of metabolic issues including obesity, allergies, asthma, and diabetes through diet and genetics. She is also certified in pediatric nutrition. With more than 9 years of experience, she works closely with our medical staff.

In addition, she is certified in Cosmetology and Facial/Body Aesthetics including platelet-rich plasma (PRP). She offers many anti-aging/cosmetic treatments under medical supervision. See the Spa section for details.

MARIA BELEN JARA BARRERA, BS PT

Maria Belen is a licensed PT with over 8 years of experience providing Physical Therapy and post-hospitalization rehabilitation to individuals.  She has also worked in several municipal programs in the Gualaceo Canton focused on improving the quality of life for disabled individuals.

MARTHA OCHOA NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONER

Martha Ochoa is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnologico Superior Esculapio in Naturopathic medicine in Quito.

She offers reflexology, moxibustion, cupping, magnet therapy, and emotional micro-system healing.

She has worked at the Sophia Holistic Therapy Center in Quito as well as with Dra. Maria Elena Diaz, a medical specialist in Chinese acupuncture, neural therapy, and apitherapy treatments in the health center of the Quito Lions Club.

Scientific Research and Training

MARY WINGO

Author of “The Impact of Human Stress Response, Biological Origins of Human Stress” (2016).

Mary Wingo has a Ph.D. in Biology. She specializes in all aspects of human biology, pathology, and stress. She has also studied the ethnobotany of plant medicines and has developed a topical cream which is a potent anti-infective, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and wound-curing agent as well as herbal products that address digestive inflammation and blood sugar issues. She is available for consultation by appointment.

Naturopathic Practitioners

Silvana Spano, B.A., M.A., and Patrick Coady, B.A., C.M.T.

Silvana and Patrick are holistic health coaches who support their clients with a wide range of issues, especially related to aging. Their approach includes lifestyle and emotional well-being. Their methods are coaching, counselling, lifestyle modifications, and progressive technologies that facilitate fast healing.

Feel free to enquire more about what Silvana and Patrick offer in their joined practice, including:

  • Holistic health coaching: lifestyle, etc.
  • Anti-aging strategies
  • Life coaching
  • Counselling
  • EMF checks of your living spaces to ensure safety from electromagnetic sources
  • Lectures, courses, and other educational programs
  • In-person and online consultations
Coaching and counselling sessions are available for individuals, couples and families in English and Spanish.

ROOSVELT ROJAS
Holistic Rehabilitation - Rolfing, Massage, Cupping, and Reflexology

Roosvelt Rojas is a certified Rolfer and Massage therapist. He also offers cupping and reflexology. He has more than ten years of experience in holistic, integrated rehabilitation. He offers treatments for athletes and senior citizens and has experience working with children with paralysis and young adults in jails.

ELIZABETH COHEN
Reiki Master, MA in Drama and a PhD in Education

Elizabeth Cohen will be offering Reiki sessions and training as well as classes in Expressive Art therapy at Casa de Bienestar. A Reiki Master, an MA in Drama and a PhD in Education, she has had a lifetime of experience as an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, an internationally recognized educator, and a healer.

Elizabeth Cohen received her Reiki Master Level Certification in the Usui System of Natural Healing in 2011 and practiced Reiki at the 1st and 2nd levels for 10 years prior to that time. She has practiced Reiki in the USA and South Korea both in person and via distance. She successfully treats physical and psychological ailments.

Elizabeth Cohen taught for over 10 years at universities and has presented original research at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. She was recently a Senior Researcher at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access and an Associate Professor in the Global Education Innovation Center at Gyeongju University where she taught Digital Story Telling, Drama, Music, and Animation.

KAREN PETERSON
Certified Educational Kinesiologist, certified Natural Vision Improvement Teacher.

Karen Peterson is the author of the award-winning book “Move with Balance®: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body”. She offers Move With Balance® which is a highly original class that blends live music with specific movements that enhance focus and coordination to improve cognitive skills, vision, sensory/motor integration, and balance. It is individualized for each person. It is not physically strenuous however participants have to focus and concentrate to complete each specific activity.

GERARD BURNEL

Gerard Burnel lectures on natural remedies and methods that allow his students to understand the etiology (origin) of diseases. His classes focus on specific subjects to educate people on how to manage their healing properly. Once the individual understands how the body functions, they can effectively prevent illness, and maintain or regain their health through natural methods.

If you would like to work with us, please contact us
We look forward to hearing from you!