Being a physician I had a family practice for 9 years during which I realized that my patients needed more than just “curing” their diseases. I started researching more about nutrition and in 2005 became a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.
I added medical weight loss guidance to my practice and started to see the need for more spiritual guidance. So I started dreaming of having my own weight loss resort where we could guide the clients physically, mentally and spiritually.
I was well on my way with the planning when I got struck with disease which had put everything on hold for a couple of years. During recovery I couldn’t let go of the dream so started to think of ways to slowly start working in that direction. That’s where the idea started to organize different retreats in different countries. The plan is to add more countries to the list and eventually own my resort where people can enjoy wellness retreats all year long :)
Hometown Willemstad, Curacao ~ The Caribbean
I start my day with a cup of coffee.
I relax by the beach, or simply on my back porch.
If I could wake up anywhere tomorrow it would be Bali.
My travel tip is to leave your worries behind.
My secret to staying young is eating healthy and exercise. Sounds cliché, I know, but I swear by it.
Best advice for people deciding on a retreat is choose a place you haven’t visited before so you can combine wellness with getting to know a new country.
The main reason people attend my retreats is for the beautiful locations, individualized lifestyle strategies, medical support and delicious healthy food.
The favorite part of my job is connecting with people.
I keep my energy up working with groups by joining them in all the activities.
My favourite type of yoga is vinyasa.
Meditation is how I calm down after a stressful day.
My most treasured possession is my three kids :)
I wish I had the ability to make people believe more in themselves and their potential and capabilities. In my day job I see so many unhappy people who can’t see past their problems and get stuck in that belief that they can never amount to anything amazing.
I wish I hadn’t.... Can’t think of anything I wish I hadn’t done, because every decision I have made, good and bad, has brought me to be the person I am today.
My happiest moment was the birth of my children.
I am very bad at finances. If I could survive without money I’d work for free!
Friends say I’m reliable, loyal, inspirational and slightly insane.
My greatest fear is falling ill again.
If only I could travel more I would visit Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Bora Bora, Greece, Argentina, a coast to coast trip in an RV in the USA….too many to mention. I hope someday to be able to take a sabbatical of at least three months and visit as many places as possible.
I’m always being asked how I do it? Single mom, 3 kids, full-time high stress job, organizing retreats in my spare time… and all with a big smile.
My worst job was as a medical adviser/head of prevention department of a government insurance company...
My motivational tip is to use all of your mistakes and failures as building blocks to build your dreams.
A quote I love is “She stood in the storm, and when the wind didn’t blow her way she adjusted her sails.” It’s also my motto; having been through many storms I keep adjusting my sails.
I don’t like talking about politics or religion.
If I wasn’t me I’d like to be George Clooney’s wife. Oh wait, he doesn’t have one… I still have a chance!
At the moment I’m listening to John Legend: “All of me” and reading “The miracle of love” by Aimee Salas, a book about a local cancer survivor.
I often wonder what’s on the other side (after death). I don’t want to go there yet, I just wonder…