My formal education includes an M.D. and Ph.D. in oncology from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. In 2000 I was awarded a Psy.D. - with distinction - from Carlos Albizu University Miami, USA. I worked at the Courtelis Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in the specialty area of Psycho-Oncology and was a research fellow at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center of the University of Miami.
In 1999 I developed the preventive health program H.E.A.R.T. – Health Education and Activity Routine Training: A program for the Prevention of Heart Attacks. Later on I completed coursework for Personal and Professional Coaching, training in Positive Psychotherapy, Body-Mind-Medicine, Systemic Family Therapy, Hypnosis, and Guided Imagery.