Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho Torres

Luis Carlos Sancho Torres, MD. Graduated from Universidad de Costa Rica in 1987; he specialized in Psychiatry also in Universidad de Costa Rica.

Attending Psychiatrist at Hospital Nacional Psiquiatrico, Costa Rica, 1987-1995.

Active Member of The Costarrican Psychiatry Association.

Founder Member of the Psiconeuropharmacology College of Costa Rica.

Fellowship in Transcraneal Magnetic Stimulation at Mind Care Center in Vancouver, Canada.

Director/Founder Member of the Pshychiatry Ward at Hospital La Católica in San José, Costa Rica.

Codirector of TMS Clinic Costa Rica.

Director of Investigation and Mental Development Center of Costa Rica.

Medical Drector of Clinica Forest, Costa Rica.

Program Director on ¨Countdown to Recovery¨ in Substance Abuse at Clinica Forest, Costa Rica.

Founder Member at Proyecto Nova, Costa Rica.

He has ample experience in his specialty field, working at a public national hospital and on his private practice.

Attending Psychiatrist for 15 years with the Social Security of Costa Rica (Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social) at Hospital Nacional Psiquiátrico, Manuel Antonio Chapui y Torres.  He was Professor of Psychiatry at Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad de Ciencias Médicas and at Universidad San Judas Tadeo.

In 1995 he decided to work exclusively on the private system, having as a main objective and project to initiate an interdisciplinary team, alongside other health professionals. This resulted in the first Phychiatry Emergency Room open 24 horus a day, which had it´s first headquarters at Hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 2004 the project moves to Hospital Clinica La Catolica, one of the most renowned private general hospitals of our country, with a trajectory of more than 50 years of service.

At Hospital La Catolica he leads a group of Psychiatrists who where in charged interconsultations within the Hospital and specialized attention 24/7.

In his experience as a Phychiatrist he served as the medical director of Clinica Forest, a clinic dedicated to patients in active substance use and abuse which evolved in a small private psychiatry hospital in the early ninety’s.

In the year 2000 he initiated clinical trials in psicopharmacology, including Phase II B studies in his own Investigation and Mental Development Clinic, CIDEM located in San José, Costa Rica.

In 2006, alongside his colleague Andrea Mesén Fainardi, MD they establish TMS Clinic Costa Rica, being pioneers on the subject in Latinamerica. TMS Clinic in San José Costa Rica was a regional leader establishing new protocols and having one of the most extensive casuistry worldwide.

In February 2010 he established the Equilibrium Program which had as a principal objective to treat patients with active drug use and abuse at Hospital La Católica.

Due to the program´s success he associated with distinguished professionals in Psychiatry and conforms, as a Founder Member, Proyecto Nova, a private specialized clinic in mental health and drug use and abuse. Proyecto Nova is Located in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica.

Luis Carlos Sancho Torres, MD has been and is a professional who encompasses many interests and concerns, reason why his work has been outstanding on every level.

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Dr. Andrea Mesén Fainardi

Andrea Mesén Fainardi, MD graduated from Universidad de Costa Rica in 1993, a year later he completed his Social Service at Los Chiles, Alajuela which is a town right ot the border with Nicaragua.

In 1996 he starts his formal education as a Psychiatrist at Hospital Nacional Psiquiatrico, Manual Antonio Chapui y Torres in San José, Costa Rica, graduating with honors and achieving the highest qualifications of the medical and non medical specialties at Universidad de Costa Rica.

In 1999 he joins Lynn DeLisi, MD from Stony Brook University, New York to direct an investigation project in Costa Rica, financed by the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. The study identified schizophrenic patients and their first grade relatives who later on where genetically analyzed, he served as project director until 2009 when the project concluded.

In the year 2000 he obtains the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression NARSAD Young Investigator Grant which finances a study on schizophrenic patients families and Bipolar Disorder; in 2003 he is awarded with the NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

He has maintained a special interest in teaching throughout his entire career, therefore he starts as a Psychiatry Professor in 2000 at Universidad de Costa Rica, which he continues to date. In 2002 up until 2005 he was a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Universidad de Iberoamerica, UNIBE, San José, Costa Rica. He has been invited to conduct lectures at several Universities in our country, as well as lectures for future Psychiatry specialists at Hospital Nacional Psiquiatrico.

In August 2002 he is chosen by the World P¨sychiatric Association as a Fellow in the Yokohama Congress, Japan. Whist carrying this important position he becomes founder of several fellows and founder of the World Association of Young Psychiatrists and Residents.

Dr. Andrea Mesén has been a renowned speaker at several national, regional and world congresses in countries such as Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panamá, Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Curacao, Bahamas, Begium, etc.

He continuously maintains his efforts to be up-to-date in subjects regarding Psychiatry and General Medicine, attending update meetings, for example in Psychopharmacology at Boston University.

He has also been part of multiple scientific studies which have been published in renowned psychiatry magazines around the world.

In 2008 he founds the Costarrican Center of Clinical Investigations (CCIM) and initiates several clinical trials as a head investigator and director; these trials helped elucidate developing medications and new indications for different existing molecules. He worked in conjunction with different pharmaceuticals such as Glaxo Smith Kline, Lundbeck, Pfizer, Merck Sharp and Dohme, Janssen- Cilag and Astra Zeneca.

On February 2010 due to a need for a specialized private center on the treatment of drug use and abuse, he joins efforts with a reputable group of Psychiatrists and as a founding member, Proyecto Nova opens it´s doors. It is located in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica.

In 2011 he was chosen as a Fellow by the Fogarty CREE-Costa Rica in Ethics for design and development on investigation methods at Center for Ethics in BioMedicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee.

In 2012 he is invited by the Neuropsycofarmacology Latinamerican College to obtain a certification to become part of the Neuropsycofarmacology International College. He receives this certification in Quito, Ecuador.

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Dra. Lisa Riggioni Meyers, DTF

Doctora en Terapia Física (DTF)

Especialista Certificada Neurológica (ECN)

Certificada en Tratamiento de Neurodesarrollo (TND)

Dr. Lisa Riggioni, D.P.T, N.C.S, NDT Certified – Dr. Lisa Riggioni is from San José, Costa Rica and specializes in neurological rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science; from the University of Florida at Gainesville with a Master’s in Physical Therapy; and from ATSU in Mesa, Arizona with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Riggioni is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA), and the “Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa Rica.” Her credentials include two prestigious certifications: Neurologic Specialist Certification (NCS) obtained from the APTA after passing a rigorous, national qualifying examination, and NDT certification awarded after successful completion of both theoretical and practical training specifically designed for that purpose. Currently, there are only 595 Neurologic Certified Specialists in the world.

Dr. Riggioni has extensive experience treating patients suffering from neurological disorders at Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, as well as at St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. Culturally diverse, Dr. Riggioni is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

Conferences & Courses:

Riggioni L. “Manual Neuro-developmental techniques based on the Bobath Concept”. Conference, Springfield, Missouri. March 2007.

Riggioni L. “Neuroplasticity & its implications with rehabilitation programs focused on stroke victims. Strategies to maximize functional independence”. Conference for the IV Physical Therapy Congress of the University of Santa Paula, San José, Costa Rica. October 2007.

Riggioni L. “Cerebral Vascular Accident”. Conference for the American Embassy Health Fair, San José, Costa Rica. November 2007.

Riggioni L. “ Miofascial Release (Barnes Method)”. Conference for the “Psychology Week” of the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), San José, Costa Rica. March 2008.

Riggioni L. “Multi-Disciplinary Care for the Individual with Multiple Sclerosis”. Conference for the Universidad of Santa Paula, San José, Costa Rica. April 2008.

Riggioni L. “Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation”. Conference for the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED), San José, Costa Rica. April 2008.

Riggioni L. “Manual NDT techniques based on the Bobath concept”. Physical therapy course directed towards PT students and licensed professionals. Centro Kine, San José, Costa Rica. June 2008.

Publications:

Riggioni L. “Mujeres (In)Activas: An Exploratory Study of Physical Activity Among Adolescent Latinas” Women in Sport and Physical Therapy Journal. 2005