Our Staff

Our staff is formed by a permanent team of professionals, technicians, employees, empirical practitioners, and non-stable personnel such as volunteers, researchers and students.

Doctors, psychologists, technical nurse, ergo therapists, empiric ethno botanical, traditional healers (shamans) and therapeutic assistants.

Made up of people from different disciplines and countries. They devote themselves to the basic and applied research of the Center and to support research activities for specific projects of external researchers.

Workers give support in: administration, accounting, management, communications, computer science, agronomy, gardening, cooking, cleaning, maintenance, and guarding.

Pharmaceutical chemists, experts in sustainable development and biotrade, agroindustrial engineers, biologists and members of the production area.

See the staff of the Laboratory

Therapeutic Team

Perfil Jacques Mabit

Dr. Jacques Mabit

Founding President
Perfil Jaime Torres

Psi. Jaime Torres

Executive Director
Perfil rosa Giove

Dra. Rosa Giove

Biomedical Monitoring of the patients
Perfil Fabienne Bacle

Fabienne Bâcle

Psychotherapist
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Veronika Kavenská

Therapeutic Coordinator
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Uriel López

Psychologist
Perfil Hugo Fernández

Hugo Fernández

Psychologist
Perfil Josué Villanueva

Josué Villanueva

Psychologist
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Elbis García

Ergo therapist
Perfil Guadalupe Arna

Psi. Guadalupe Arana

Bio-dance Workshop Animator
Perfil Percy Pinedo

Percy Pinedo

Ergo therapist
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Bruno Pelaez

Ergo therapist
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Edgardo Tuanama

Empirical Ethno botanist
Perfil Carlos Ijuma

Carlos Ijuma

Empirical Ethno botanist
Perfil José Vela

José Vela

Empirical Ethno botanist
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Padre Christian Alejandría

Catholic Priest

Dr. Jacques Mabit

Founding President of the Takiwasi Center

Medical Doctor, University of Medicine and Medical Techniques, Nantes (France), Diploma in Tropical Pathology (IMT-Anvers) and Naturopathy (Uni Paris XIII) (Uni Paris XIII)

After a first experience in Africa in health projects with the Belgian Technical Cooperation and with the “Brothers of Men” association, he arrives to Peru in 1980 to lead the Lampa Hospital (Puno) as head of mission of "Doctors without Borders".

This experience will awake his interest in Peruvian traditional medicine systems and practices, which efficacy is verified by him clinically every day. This orientation is later consolidated (1984-1985) when he assumes other medical missions for NGOs in countries of Asia and Africa. He decides to study these ancestral resources in primal health since 1986, as an associated researcher of the French Institute of Andean Studies (IFEA). Then he went through many years of traditional medical learning in different regions of the Peruvian Amazon.

In 1992, he founded the TAKIWASI Center where intercultural medicine is practiced, nurtured by native traditions and modern knowledge. Between 1996 and 2001 he served at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine of Peru as Director of the San Martin region. Because of his research he has been entitled as an honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of Peru, and as an Extraordinary Professor at the Southern Scientific University (Lima). He participates in the board of the Transcultural Psychiatry Department of the Peruvian Psychiatric Association and was elected a Fellow of Ashoka Foundation in recognition of his encouraging work as a "social entrepreneur". He is an honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of Peru (2005), and an associate member of the European Psychoanalyst Association (2014). He has been co-founder (1986), vice president (1986-1989) and president (2012-2016) of the Inter-American Council on Indigenous Spirituality (CISEI).

LP Jaime Torres Romero

Executive Director of the Takiwasi Center

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of San Martín de Porres (Lima). Post-graduate Studies in Management and Direction of Drug Rehabilitation Centers (Daytop International), and in Drug Dependency (Inca Garcilazo de la Vega University).

Spends his time between the administration of the Takiwasi Center, the care of the resident patients of the Center with psychotherapeutic methods and with resources of the traditional Amazon medicines, and teaching at the Cesar Vallejo University (Tarapoto), where he dictates the subject Drug Dependency. He represents Takiwasi in the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities. He regularly performs lectures at universities and at national and international events, about Amazonian traditional medicine and drug addiction treatment.

Dra. Rosa Giove Nakazawa

Co-founder and Responsible for the Biomedical Monitoring of the patients

Medical Doctor - University Cayetano Heredia (Lima). Post-graduate studies in Epidemiology (Ricardo Palma University), in Health Services Management (Ricardo Palma University) and Natural and Alternative Medicine (Fide Institute). Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology mention (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Tarapoto).

She began studying and practicing traditional Amazonian medicines in 1986. She stands out for her important activities and contributions in the socio-medical sphere: former coordinator in the Regional Health Forum of San Martin on the working group "Traditional Medicine and Interculturalism", and in the National Health Forum on "Traditional Medicine"; She has been Dean of the Medical College of the San Martin Region; Directs a Private Medical Centre, "Sagrada Familia", in the city of Tarapoto. She defends the importance and urgency to preserve and integrate traditional medicine into the formal health system with a focus on intercultural respect. She is the author of numerous publications, including the first investigations on the treatment of addicts in the Takiwasi Center and the report of sustenance through which Ayahuasca has been declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. She has participated in several national and international congresses.

Fabienne Bâcle

Psychotherapist

French psychotherapist, graduated in specialized education (Lille 1977), Specific training in sexual abuse. Training and accompaniment of people at the end of life (Nantes, 1990), diploma of psychotherapist (School of Psychotherapist, Psychosynthesis, Paris 2000).

She worked in France from 1977 to 2003, in various institutions: adults with disabilities, children and adolescents with personality disorders, accompanying children victims of sexual abuse, psychotherapist in private practice. From 2003 to 2010 she worked as a psychotherapist at the Takiwasi Center, accompanying resident patients with problems of addiction, and accompanying people participating in personal development seminars, while learning the use of traditional Amazonian medicine.

From 2010 to 2014, she worked in Buenos Aires (Argentina) as a psychotherapist at the Runa Wasi center, accompanying people with addiction and other personality disorders, and as a psychotherapist at Fundación Casa Rafael from 2010 to 2012 (www. Casarafael.org), while returning every two months to Takiwasi to support the seminars of personal evolution with the resources of the traditional Amazonian medicine. Since March 2014, she returned to Takiwasi full-time, as a psychotherapist for the resident patients and assistant in the seminars for francophones.

LP David Alejandro Londono V.

Therapeutic Coordinator

Graduate of the University of British Savannah. He is also a bioenergy therapist (Berkana Institute, Bogotá, Colombia) and Qi Gong instructor (KF Men Kai Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Since 2003, he worked as a clinical psychologist in private and public institutions, for family and group therapy. He places himself in perspective of global integration and focuses on person-centered approach and the Jungian approach. He has multiple experiences in various rehabilitation centers for addicts in Colombia, Argentina and Peru. He has been working with master plants and its relationship with psychotherapy for 10 years. He joined Takiwasi’s therapeutic team in 2013 and he is currently the therapeutic coordinator.

LP Veronika Kavenská

Therapeutic Coordinator

Degree in psychology from the University of Palacky, Olomouc, Tchékie, Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Veronika Kavenská is also a Jungian therapist (CSAP partnership, Czech Republic, recognized by AIPA). She includes these approaches in clinical practice. Researcher in the field of traditional medicine in Peru and its possible applications in psychotherapy, she wrote a book and several articles on the subject. She currently works as a psychologist in Takiwasi.

LP Uriel J. López Legaria

Psychologist in the therapeutic team

Psychologist by the Iztacala Faculty of Superior Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Clinical Thanatologist by the Mexican Association of Tanatology, A.C.; Diploma in Logotherapy by the House of Studies Víktor Frankl, A.C .; Acupuncture and Massage by the Center for Psychological Studies and Care, A.C .; Existential Psychotherapist with training in Group Management by the Circle of Studies in Existential Therapy, A.C .; Specialist in Group Management by COLABORARE, Community in Group Management, S.C .; Workshop and lecturer in topics related to health, self-care, palliative care, tanatology and existential. He has practiced zen meditation according to Rinzai school for 9 years at Zendo Teotihuacan, Mexico.

LP Hugo Fernández Gómez

Psychologist in the therapeutic team

Degree in psychology from the UPV (University of the Basque Country), Spain. Master in clinical psychology (AEPCCC), Postgraduate in Gestalt therapy (Bidean Association, Spain).

Specialization in Gestalt therapy with PGI (Pacific Gestalt Institute, California, USA). Specialization in Gestalt and addictions (association APHIN A.C. Mexico). Teacher in Gestalt therapy training programs. Formed in theater, music, art therapy and psychodrama. As a therapist, his clinical practice is linked to work on drug addiction in community since 2009 in different communities in Spain. His private practice was linked to the clinic performing individual, family, couple and group therapy work. At this moment, he is interested in the articulation of the work of traditional medicine with psychotherapy.

Elbis García Torres

Ergo therapist

Nurse Technician and Empirical Ethno botanist. He is working as an ergo therapist in the Takiwasi Center.

His role is very important to the Center since, in addition to escorting patients in their daily activities, he is also in charge of preparing the purge and diet plants used during the treatment.

LP Guadalupe Arana Saavedra

Bio-dance Workshop Animator

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of San Martín de Porres (Lima). Her interest in child and adolescent psychology and in working with children, led her to work as a teacher and tutor.

In the Takiwasi Center she conducts bio-dance workshops with music from all over the world. This mind/body technique collaborates with relaxation, “getting in touch” with the body, and the therapeutic surface of repressed emotions.

Percy Pinedo

Ergo therapist

Professor of Physical Education and Ergo therapist in the Takiwasi Center. Make physiotherapy and dance workshops in different institutions and schools.

He worked in the Prevention and Drug and Alcoholism Abuse Project of DEVIDA (2004-2005). Children's entertainer (1999-2011). Physical Education Professor I.E.I. 303 (1999-2009). Professor of Physical Education and Dance IEP "Cristina Garcia Blanco" (2002-2009). Dance Professor in the "Centro del Adulto Mayor" (1997-2011). Physiotherapy Professor (2005-2011). Psychomotor Professor in Kindergarten "My Little World" (2006-2008). He made the Basic and Intermediate Courses of Volleyball Coaches "Seed BCP - The Trade" with the former international coach of the national team of Volleyball. He is also a member of the BCC organization (Bossa Cofee Club) for general events in the city of Tarapoto.

Bruno Pelaez

Ergo therapist

Coordinator of the ergo therapy area at the Takiwasi Center. Provides aikido workshops.

He practices aikido since 2003, degree: Shodan by the Aikikai of Japan; Nidan: Spanish Association of Classic Aikido. He has worked as an educational technician in a semi-open center for children with conduct disorder in Spain. He has been professor of aikido in dojo Sangenkan, Torrejón de Ardoz.

Josué Villanueva

Psychologist in the therapeutic team

Degree in Human Psychology, Alas Peruanas University, Peru. Training in integrative psychotherapy.

Professional with extensive work experience in the private sector, who has been dedicating in recent years to social work in the regional area, in topics related to study, management, organization, training, facilitation of social processes, with emphasis on the productive area and environmental management. Proactive and empathic, aware of the idiosyncrasies of the Amazonian rural population. Currently counts with a degree in human psychology and has been undertaking a training in integrative psychotherapy.

Edgardo Tuanama

Empirical Ethno botanist

Native of the quechua-lamista indigenous community of Santa Cruz, district of San José de Sisa. Apprentice healer at the Takiwasi Center. He received a healer's inheritance from his great-grandfather, an indigenous healer, he consolidated it in the community of Chazuta and exercised it since 2010 in the Takiwasi Center. Coordinator of the area of the Botanical Reserve.

Carlos Ijuma

Empirical Ethno botanist

Originally from the community of Chazuta. He has a thorough knowledge of the plant world due to a family inheritance. He’s in charge of preparing the plants for the diets and the ayahuasca. It supports the therapeutic processes in retreat-isolation condition that are carried out in the Botanical Reserve. He has worked at the Takiwasi Center since 1998.

José Vela

Empirical Ethno botanist

Empirical expert on plants and their properties. In charge of preparing the perfumes used in blowings (exhalations). Performs plant baths for resident patients and visitors. It is responsible for maintaining the botanical garden and conducting guided tours for visitors.

Padre Christian Alejandría

Catholic Priest

Diocesan Priest from the Jaén seminar. He is linked to the diocese of Moyobamba. He is also chaplain of the armed forces in the region of San Martin.

He has a long trajectory as a social ministry in difficult contexts such as the terrorist period. By order of his bishop, he assumed in 2003 the pastoral role of spiritual guidance to staff and patients of the Takiwasi Center. Participates actively in the psychotherapeutic evolution processes through plant sessions, and offers workshops to promote values. Takiwasi is a non-denominational NGO that however considers essential to extend the overcoming of psycho-emotional problems through the introduction to a spiritual dimension. As the mayor religious context of Peru is Christian, Father Christian assumes the liturgical service in the chapel of Takiwasi and the role of spiritual Christian direction for individuals and patients who request it freely.


Research Team

Perfil Matteo Politi

Matteo Politi

Scientific Director
Perfil Jacques Mabit

Jacques Mabit

Researcher Emeritus
Perfil Rosa Giove

Rosa Giove

Researcher Emerita
Perfil Fernando Mendive

Fernando Mendive

Researcher Emeritus
Perfil Olivia Marcus

Olivia Marcus

Research Assistant
Perfil Veronika Kavenská

Veronika Kavenská

Clinical Research Assistant
Perfil Sara García

Sara García

Clinical Research Assistant
Perfil Elizabeth García

Elizabeth García

Clinical Research Assistant
Perfil Gary Saucedo

Gary Saucedo

Development of Clinical Systems
Perfil Fabio Friso

Fabio Friso

Communication and Dissemination

Dr. Matteo Politi

Scientific Director

PhD in Chemistry and Technologies of Bioactive Substances at the Department of Bio-organic and Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Italy. Professional training in Naturopathy by the European Association of Traditional Medicines (AEMETRA), Popular University of Torino, Italy. Director of the Research and Development Department of the Takiwasi Center. He previously worked as Pharmaceutical Technical Director of the Takiwasi Laboratory of Natural Products (2016-2017). Specialist in: elaboration of nutritional supplements from medicinal herbs; phytotherapy and naturopathy; chemistry and metabolomics of natural products; regulatory issues and good manufacturing practices (GMP). He has worked as an associate researcher (postdoctoral) in different European projects (2003-2012). Practical experience in analytical chemistry applied to secondary metabolites of medicinal plants. Publication of 20 peer-review scientific articles in the area of natural products research; 2 technical reports for the European Commission; 24 presentations at scientific conferences; experience in supervision of young researchers and doctoral candidates.

Fernando Mendive Mazzino

Researcher Emeritus

PhD in Molecular Biology - School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires. Post Doctorate at the Institute of Research in Molecular and Human Biology, School of Medicine, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Member of the Academic and Teaching Board of the Diploma "Biodiversity and Intercultural Knowledge" Edgar Morin Complex Thought Institute, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Perú. He served as Scientific Coordinator of the Takiwasi Center (2007-2017). He has a background of presentations at scientific conferences and publications in peer-review journals. He is currently responsible for the ATOP Peru (Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project) research project.

Sara Del Carmen García Arce

Clinical Research Assistant

Degree in Psychology - César Vallejo University, Tarapoto. Master in Psychology with mention in clinical psychology - San Martín de Porres University, Lima. Responsible for the implementation of the ATOP project (Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project) at the Takiwasi Center, for the evaluation and scientific validation of the use of traditional Amazonian medicine and psychotherapy in the treatment of addictions.

Elizabeth García Panduro

Clinical Research Assistant

Responsible for the Project Plus - System of Collection, Systematization, Management and Evaluation of Therapeutic and Clinical Information of the Takiwasi Center. Clinical psychologist graduated from César Vallejo University - Tarapoto. International training in integrative psychotherapy with mention in existential analysis and logotherapy with certification from Viktor Frankl Institute, Vienna, Austria. Training in Bio-dance.

Joe Reátegui Tuanama

Research Assistant in Natural Products

Degree in Administration - César Vallejo University, Tarapoto. Responsible of the Biotrade Department of the Takiwasi Laboratory and of the development of the value chain of natural products based on the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources, with a focus on medicinal plants. Coordinator of the ethnobotanical research within the framework of the agro-sustainability projects executed together with the native communities, in accordance with the norms established by the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI).

Gary James Saucedo Rojas

Development of Clinical Systems

Systems Engineer - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Industrial Engineer - Lord of Sipán University. Systems Manager at the Takiwasi Center, responsible of the research data elaboration. Development of the Project Plus - System of Collection, Systematization, Management and Evaluation of Therapeutic and Clinical Information of the Takiwasi Center. Development of the system for the ATOP project (Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project).

Fabio Friso

Communication and Dissemination

Degree in Communications - University of Padova, Italy. Responsible of the communication area at the Takiwasi Center. Social media manager, press releases and content of the website, translation of informative and scientific articles (languages: Spanish, English, Italian), fundraising, projects writing. Experience in cooperation projects, work with children of limited economic resources in Lima and training and accompaniment to Amazonian indigenous communities.

Marco Soffiato

Research Assistant in Natural Products

Biology Degree - University of Ferrara, Italy. Second level Master in Ethnobiopharmacy and Natural Products of Biodiversity - University of Pavia, Italy. Analyst of the area of Quality Control of the Takiwasi Laboratory and researcher in phytochemical analysis and pharmacognosy of the natural products derived from the Amazonian medicinal plants.

Andrea Areiza

Responsible for Ethics in Research

Degree in Health Services Administration - University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. Diploma in management of patients’ safety (Universidad Católica del Norte, Colombia) and in quality of health care (Institute of Clinical and Healthcare Effectiveness, Buenos Aires, Argentina). She has served as health administrator, quality director and consultant in different public and private Health Centers. At Takiwasi, she is responsible for quality management and for ensuring that the research guarantees the bioethical rights of the patients, the indigenous communities, with a focus on the protection of their ancestral knowledge, and all the interested parties. She approves the dissemination of the results of the researches as long as these are respectful of the authorized knowledge.

Olivia Marcus

Research Assistant

Olivia received her Master in Public Health from Columbia University with specialization in socio-medical sciences, prevention of diseases and design of health programs. She is currently working toward a PhD in applied medical anthropology at the University of Connecticut, for which she is undertaking fieldwork activities to study healing practices in the Peruvian Amazon. In Takiwasi she works as assistant of the Scientific Director.


Administrative Staff

Perfil Araceli Reátegui

Aracelli Reátegui

Administration Manager
Perfil Fernando Mendive

Fernando Mendive

Head of Laboratory
Perfil José Rodríguez

José Rodríguez

Laboratory Technical Director
Perfil Oscar Rodríguez

Oscar Rodríguez

Accounting Manager
Perfil Martín Huamán

Martin Huamán

IT Manager
Perfil Sylvia Santander

Sylvia Santander

Executive Secretary
Perfil Giancarlo Lozano

Giancarlo Lozano

Administrative Assistant
Perfil Segundo Rojas

Segundo Rojas

Treasurer
Perfil Luis Díaz

Luis Díaz

Logistics
Perfil Ermitaño Aspajo

Ermitaño Aspajo

Maintenance worker
Perfil Juan Carlos Pérez

Juan Carlos Pérez

Maintenance worker
Perfil Génix Tuanama

Génix Tuanama

Maintenance worker
Perfil Wilson Flores

Wilson Flores

Maintenance worker
Perfil Segundo Isuiza

Segundo Isuiza

Watchman
Perfil Segundo Isuiza

Hermógenes Tuanama

Watchman
Perfil Leyder Tuanama

Leyder Tuanama

Watchman
Perfil Mercedes Ventura

Mercedes Ventura

Cook
Perfil Tania Arévalo

Tania Arévalo

Recepcionist
Perfil Mónica Macedo

Mónica Macedo

Cleaning

Martin Huamán Cuya

IT Manager

Technician in Computer Science and Computing since 1987, with skills in web development using tools such as: HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, PHP, Javascript and JQuery. Graphic design skills.

Gemma Aracelli Reátegui Acedo

Administration Manager

Accounting Technician, Instituto Superior Tecnológico Nor Oriental de la Selva. Experience in project management and administration.

José L. Rodríguez Vega

Laboratory Technical Director

Pharmaceutical chemist - National University of Trujillo, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. Solid knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Practices in Storage (GPS) and ISO 9001:2008 - ISO 17025 standards. Experience in the area of validation of analytical techniques, physicochemical quality control of pharmaceuticals and related products.

Johnathan Vela Sánchez

Maintenance Coordinator

Responsible for the maintenance and repair of Takiwasi facilities of Takiwasi’s facilities. Operation and maintenance of heavy machinery. Electrical technician and carpentry experience.

Fernando Mendive

Head of Natural Products Laboratory

PhD in Molecular Biology - School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires. Post Doctorate at the Institute of Research in Molecular and Human Biology, School of Medicine, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Member of the Academic and Teaching Board of the Diploma "Biodiversity and Intercultural Knowledge" Edgar Morin Complex Thought Institute, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Perú. He served as Scientific Coordinator of the Takiwasi Center (2007-2017). He has a background of presentations at scientific conferences and publications in peer-review journals. He is currently responsible for the ATOP Peru (Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project) research project.

Oscar Rodriguez Del Aguila

Accounting Manager

Certified public accountant, graduated from the Private University "San Martin de Porres", specialized in costs and budgets, labor and tax legislation, financial management, advisory to the public and private sectors.