The Wellness Team | Executive Bios

The Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa Team of experts offer personalized client-centered total health management in a luxurious, caring and supportive environment. Learn all about our Wellness Team below:


  1. JOANA SANTOS, Longevity Clinical Director | Masters in Anti-Ageing / Preventive Medicine & Anti-Ageing Doctor

    Dra. Joana Santos is our Clinical Director in  our Longevity Clinics, in Portugal.

    Having completed her studies in 2009 in Medicine, she wanted to extend her knowledge and did a Master in Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine in Cordoba University, in Spain.  Dra. Joana Santos also frequently participates in international congresses such as AAMWC (Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress in Monaco), and has completed several certifications. She is also an expert in aesthetic medical treatments such as botox, fillers, micro needling, mesotherapy, chemical peelings, threads, PRP (plasma rich in platelets. Our clinical Director is also a member of Aesthetic Portuguese Society.

    Without a doubt, Joana Santos is a Sharp professional that combines the traditional medicine with her knowledge in Integrative Medicine. Her passion is focused in Health Optimiation, Multidisciplinary approach, cell regeneration, rejuvenation and Reshaping.


  2. MIGUE SILVA | Nurse Team Supervisor

    Born in Braga, Miguel completed his degree in Nursing in 2006, in Viana do Castelo. In September 2006, he started to work as a Nurse at the Centro Hospitalar do Algarve, where since 2006 he spent five years in the Surgical Specialties service, about a year in the Emergency Room Service and since 2012 he has been in the Operating Room (with Surgery specialties) General, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Gynecology / Obstetrics and Urology), performing functions in the areas of anesthesiology, circulation, instrumentation and recovery. Miguel was part of the Longevity Nursing team and had contact for the first time with the concept of preventive and anti-aging medicine. The interest in this integrated and holistic approach to the health process, aimed at prevention, early detection, diagnosis and correction of imbalances related to stress and lifestyle remained.

    In February 2018, he was nominated as the supervisor for the Nurse team. He understands physical and mental health as a dynamic process, which requires constant intervention and rebalancing in the various dimensions of the human being, in order to enhance the feeling of well-being and avoid the appearance of pathological processes or, in the presence of these, reduce to a minimum its impact on everyone’s life.


  3. RICARDO ROSA | Lead Physiotherapist and Osteopath

    Ricardo Rosa is the Lead Physiotherapist and Osteopath at Longevity Wellness Worldwide. He was recognized by Conde Nast Traveller, as one of the 19 super therapist and best healers in the world.

    After his Physiotherapy degree he felt that he could do much more to see the person as a hole on an integrative manner, given his passion for knowledge and learning, he went on to pursue academic training in Osteopathy at Escuela de Osteopatia in Madrid. Since his original degree he has completed several training courses to offer the answers for the clinical challenges that are presented everyday.

    A session with Ricardo is memorable and live changing given his ability to quickly identify and correct the root causes and not just the symptoms.

    He is passionately committed to seeking knowledge and therapies that efficiently address dysfunctions in the briefest time possible, without the use of invasive therapies, or treatments that require long term dependency on the healing practitioner.

  4. MELANIE NAVALHAS | Nutritionist

    Melanie Navalhas, was born in Zurich, Switzerland and returned to Portugal with her parents and grew up in Reguengos de Monsaraz, in Alentejo. The decision to pursue health care dates back to her childhood, where she helped his grandparents in fruit and vegetable gardens and hennery.

    At 11 years old, Melanie was diagnosed with hepatitis A (viral) for a month she did a specific diet for this liver disease and, through food, was cured. It was then that she began to want to work in the ​​Health, prevention and the power of healing without medication, (inevitable situations that medication is extremely necessary).

    She graduated in Dietetics and Nutrition, in University of Algarve, in 2016.

    She joined the Order Portuguese Nutritionists in 2017.

    Melanie started her career at Longevity in 2017, as a Trainee Nutritionist, moving with her dedication and competence to the role of responsible for the F&B department, in Vilamoura.

    Melanie is our Nutritionist and is every day with her smile waiting for her nutrition consultation, Wellness assessment or even to answer any question and keep you motivated.

  5. JOÃO PESTANA | Medical Psychologist

    Dr. João Paulo Pestana is a visionary Psychologist and an avid learner committed to the investigation, practice and dissemination of drug-free body-mind therapies, energy psychology, and the relationship between emotional stress and age-related illnesses.

    He has been sharing his compassionate, client-centred therapeutical approaches in private practice since 2006. Authentic and a natural multidisciplinary, Dr. Pestana´s therapeutic model of intervention is of a psychodynamic orientation, he has also received extensive training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, art therapy, psychodrama, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, and more recently energy psychology techniques such as Energy Freedom Technique (EFT) and Psych-K.

    As a trauma and anxiety specialist, he has evidenced significant improvements in the quality of life of not only cancer patients, but also numerous others who have benefitted from his easy, functional and effective therapeutical approaches. In 2010 Dr. Pestana developed his own uniquely crafted intervention model called the “Pestana Method”, of which he offers regular training, a method that is based on the culmination of his extensive training, practice, research, and witnessing of the healing power of his drug-free interventions.

    He is a certified Psychologist, he is a member in several associations: Oncology Association of the Order of Psychologists, Portuguese Order of Health Psychology, and Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (USA).

  6. PAULO JERONIMO | Physiotherapist

    Degree in Physiotherapy for 30 years, with vast experience in Thalassotherapy in the last 25 years.

  7. DANIEL PRIETO | Physiotherapist

    Degree in Physiotherapy for 18 years, with vast experience in Thalassotherapy in the last 17 years.

  8. MARTA BATISTA | Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Specialist

    Marta Batista is a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Specialist and also a Physiotherapist since 2013. In 2018, she flew to Beijing to take an advanced course on acupuncture, which took place at the  World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies, and which included a theoretical component and a practical part in the hospital context, being able to contact with the reality of TCM in China.

    Her passion for health comes hand in hand with the pleasure of understanding the global dimension of each person, in order to design a personalized treatment plan. There is a feeling of accomplishment and gratification for contributing to a more conscious and healthy life. She believes that healing is awareness and it results from the dynamic balance between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions. She also carry out other energetic therapies, such as Reiki, Energy Alignment and Emotional Balance Therapy, among others, defining herself as a holistic therapist.

  9. ROSANA MONTENEGRO | Holistic Therapies

    Born in the city of Buenos Aires, living in Portugal since 2001.

    About 10 years ago, Rosanna found her true vocation and considered it was her life mission to create conexion and bring more conciousness to the phisical and energetic world that surrounds her. 

     Her path in Holistic Therapies begun with the Tarot, the curiosity and will to explore this area made study other related fields and take several certified courses, that along the years allowed her to develop her experience and practice in the different therapies she now does. 

    She believes that the bigger the knowledge one acquires, the bigger is one’s responsibility. She considers herself to be a good communicator and loves to share her knowledge and experiences in workshops, conferences and consultations. Rosana is a true expert na area of Energetic Medicine, Cristaltherapy, Astrology and Numerology. 

    Her knowledge and great communication skills make her therapeutic technics easy and very practical, so they can enhance and accelerate the  processes of self knowledge, emotional detox, meditation, inner peace and also detoxication and energetic balance. 

  10. KIRSTEN HELLUM | Colon Hydrotherapist

    Kirsten has been a registered colon hydrotherapist since 2011 and strongly believes that this treatment  is an essential part of the body’s cleansing process, and an aid to correcting digestive disorders such as bloating, IBS and constipation amongst others.

    She aims to provide support and education to clients, helping them to tune into their body’s needs, naturally and effortlessly.​​​

    For Kirsten good digestion, exercise and efficient elimination is crucial to feeling well and energized. Through Colonic hydrotherapy and nutritional support she will help to bring the digestive and elimination systems back into working order, which as a result, will strengthen and improve.​​ She ensures that her clients will receive the utmost care, discretion and sensitivity throughout the treatment.

    Kirsten regularly attends conferences and courses for continued education.

  11. GUDRUN DOCHERTY | Power Yoga

    Gudrun Docherty started teaching Power Yoga as a hobby in 1999 and explored all styles of Yoga. Did formal teacher training in YIN&YANG yoga with British Yoga academy in 2012 in Koh Samui/Thailand. In 2015 went to Toronto to do therapeutic intensive with Susi Hately of Functional Synergy and continued online studies and mentoring with her. Started working full-time as yoga teacher/therapist in April 2018. Have also done courses in Kinetix Fascia Release. Yoga Therapy aims to improve function in the body rather than achieving poses. The pillars are movement, breath and stillness. It is a combination of movement, physio and psychotherapy.

  12. JOÃO PALMA | Yoga Teacher

    Joao Palma is a yoga teacher certified by Ayur Yoga School in Rishikesh,India,under yoga international alliance.
    His favorite style is hatha yoga(indian classical) but he also teaches other styles. Been teaching in Algarve in several yoga centers and organizes retreats in Portugal,Spain and Marroco. He visits India every year to improve his knowlegde and skills in yoga and ayurveda.

  13. ELIER CASTILLO | Supervisor Medical Spa and Wellness

    Born in 1976 in the province of Ciego de Avila, central part of Cuba and 400 kilometers away from the capital, La Habana, Elier is a graduated from the tourism school in central Cuba in the year 1999, pursuing a carrier in the fitness and sports area, acting as activities and sports supervisor since 2001 in several hotels around central Cuba and Jamaica. With a vast experience in the tourism area, working for several renowned companies like Sol Meliá, Tui, I Viaggi del Ventaglio, Nouvelle Frontiers, among others, Elier arrives in Portugal in 2008. With a Professional Certificate of Physical Exercise Technician since 2010, he started as Fitness Instructor, Group Classes and Personalized Training. Since 2015 he is Supervisor Medical Spa and Wellness at our unit in Vilalara Longevity Thalassa and Medical Spa.

  14. DIOGO ELOI | Personal Trainer

    Diogois a qualified fitness instructor. He is a young talented trainer and exercise enthusiast, and his passion is to help others achieve their fitness goals and inspire them to reach their full potential.