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 a passionate Preventive Medicine and Anti-Ageing Doctor with a focus on health optimization, slowing down the ageing process and helping guests to feel and look better.

    Having completed her studies of 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 numerous certifications, scientific research and publications.

    She also has special training in non-surgical medical aesthetic treatments such as botox, fillers, micro needling, mesotherapy, chemical peelings, threads, PRP (plasma rich in platelets).


    GP/Family Medicine specialist Doctor, with over 25 years’ experience in general and family medicine and responsible for medical supervision of Thalassa treatments over 20 years. Acupuncture and Anti-ageing medicine degree from the University of Seville.

  3. ANA RITA HORTA | Nutritionist

    Ana Rita Horta has been a clinical dietician for over 10 years, always working alongside medical doctors to create an integrative approach and bridge between nutrition and functional medicine.

    She is passionate about functional nutrition and health.

    Ana is a firm believer and practitioner in the benefits of balanced and healthy eating.

  4. ANNE SWART, DDS | Aesthetic Medicine Doctor

    Medical professional, with a focus and long standing experience in aesthetic medicine procedures.

    Originally from the Netherlands, specialised in Oral Surgery in 1991 and later in Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine has lived and worked in Portugal for 22 years.

    Her interest is in improving the overall wellbeing of her patients and the prevention of facial ageing. She regularly attends continuous education and is present at International congresses and scientific meetings.

    Dr Swart is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-Ageing Medicine and the Portuguese Order of Dental Surgeons.

  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. RICARDO ROSA | Osteopath and Physiotherapist

    Ricardo Rosa is an exceptional therapist. He was recognized by Conde Nast Traveller, as one of the 19 super therapist and best healers in the world! 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. Guests report immediate relief after only one session with his manual gentle drug-free therapeutical approach. Ricardo 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.

    Ricardo is a Qualified Physiotherapist and Osteopath.

    In 2009 Ricardo earned his physiotherapy degree at the Escola Superior de Saúde Jean Piaget in Algarve, and 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 extensive training in sports injury prevention, movement therapy, Kinesio Taping techniques, patellofemoral pain syndrome, orthopedic traumas, neurological, manual & orthopedic physiotherapy.

  7. PAULO JERONIMO | Physiotherapist

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

  8. DANIEL PRIETO | Physiotherapist

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

  9. ELIER CASTILLO | Fitness & Activities Supervisor

    Elier has been in Longevity for the last 5 years and in this time gained the reputation of inspiring the guests to reach their next level with enthusiasm and knowledge.

    His training philosophy is based on functional (conscious) training and attention to detail. Over the last 5 years he became an expert in Weight loss, Weight Management and Body Awareness Training.

    Elier is a certified Personal and Group Training.

  10. 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.

  11. MÓNICA VIEIRA | Wellness Guest Relations

    Monica is a caring wellness guest relations, devoted to providing highly personalized service and to ensure that all wellness guests feel nurtured, pampered and special.