Executive Director, Lifestyle Quixotica
Lisa currently is Executive Director of Lifestyle Quixotica/Retreat Quixotica. Together with Dr. Antonacci she lectures, conducts workshops, and consults on nutrition and lifestyle changes. They also host rejuvenation yoga and lifestyle retreats in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in Banderas Bay outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Lisa understands the importance of family and community in supporting one’s journey to health and happiness. Together with Dr. Antonacci they teach that health is a lifestyle for the family and community, not a magic pill or surgery for the sick.
Lisa has a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has participated in live/study abroad programs in both New Zealand and Japan. She is also a Certified Zenger Miller Instructor, teaching teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills to groups and organizations.
On a volunteer basis, Lisa has been involved in several non-profit organizations, including American Field Service (AFS), City Hearts, California Chapter of Women in Mining and Wildize Foundation. As a Board Member At City Hearts, Lisa assisted in raising money to bring performing arts (dance, music, theater, art and writing) to inner city children in Los Angeles in an effort to keep these at-risk children out of gangs and away from drugs. For AFS, Lisa was a facilitator for student abroad orientation programs. While at U.S. Borax, Lisa was an active member of the California Chapter of Women in Mining, a non-profit educational organization with a mission to educate students, teachers and the general public about the importance of using environmentally conscious mining methodologies and to develop and distribute mineral educational materials for teachers. At Wildize Lisa worked on supporting wildlife conservation and community development projects, including sustainable farming, to sub-Saharan African countries.
Lisa’s story began in a rural farming community in Illinois where she spent most of her childhood. She grew up in a day where families grew most of their food in the summer and canned and bottled food for the cold and snowy winter months. All foods were grown in dark, black fertile soil and pesticides were rarely used. Animals were pasture fed and raised and hormones and antibiotics were not injected into them, impacting the quality of food. The flavor of food was off the charts and more importantly fed our cells with high quality nutrients.
Lisa’s mother was a high school teacher, director of plays and the family gardener. Her father was a musician and salesman. Lisa and her brother spent most of their free time playing outside, riding bikes and absorbing vitamin D from the sun. Although black and white TV existed (later color TV), kids were not glued to games on the TV, computer or their phones. The idea of electro magnetic radiation from Wi-Fi and cell phones hadn’t been realized yet. Life was much simpler; people were more connected with one another and with the planet.
At 16 years old Lisa left her hometown in Illinois to spend a year in Christchurch, New Zealand as an American Field Service student. She lived with a New Zealand family that “adopted” her for a year. She attended an all girl private, Christian school. Her New Zealand “dad” was a general practitioner and her New Zealand “Mum” was a nurse for the family practice. Doctoring in New Zealand was about teaching a lifestyle of health. Eating natural, locally grown foods, exercising and actually spending time in nature, soaking up the sun and sweating to detoxify the body were normal, day-to-day activities. Raw milk, butter, eggs and freshly baked and sprouted bread were delivered to the doorstep several times a week. Fish was caught fresh in the ocean and her New Zealand brother raised grass-fed sheep. Life was simple and life was good.
After New Zealand, Lisa returned to the U.S. to obtain a college degree and begin her journey in the corporate world. During her years in the corporate world, Lisa developed a rare autoimmune disease called synovial chondromatosis, which manifested as a gulf ball size tumor on her tibiofibular joint on her outer left knee and loose, calcified balls floating underneath her knee cap. Healthcare professionals all disagreed on what the tumor actually was, with some calling it cancer. Surgeons, considered the top in the country, wanted to remove the tumor, part of her bone and then give Lisa chemotherapy and radiation. With the encouragement from Dr. Antonacci, Lisa declined, finding a surgeon that agreed to remove the tumor only, leaving her good tissue and bone alone. She also declined receiving chemotherapy. She used detoxification protocols to remove the toxic load in her body and food to feed her cells. As it turned out, the tumor was not cancerous as many doctors advised. Lisa would have been poisoned with chemotherapy needlessly had she succumbed to their recommendations and would not be walking well today as they would have removed part of her bone.
This experience solidified further, what Lisa already knew, “You do not poison yourself back to health. Health is in fact a healthy lifestyle of food, exercise, detoxification and spiritual growth.” Together with Dr. Antonacci she went back to her childhood roots and immersed herself in this world, taking many courses to support a healthy personal and professional life.