International Medical Spa Association Attends Development Bank Conference in Washington, DC

A conference to develop a health tourism & education model for the Caribbean Islands.

Union City, NJ, May 26, 2006 --( The Executive Director and President of the International Medical Spa Association (IMSA), Hannelore Leavy and Eric Light, and the Executive Director and President Sharon Parris-Chambers and Theo Chambers of the IMSA Caribbean chapter, were invited by the Inter American Development Bank to participate in a conference on Health Tourism development in the Caribbean, May 9th, 2006.

The conference, coordinated by Dr. Leroy Miller, consultant to the IDB to develop a health tourism & education model for the Caribbean Islands, was attended by over 80 people. Attendees included the Ambassadors from Jamaica and the Bahamas, embassy officials from Barbados and Eleuthera, as well as government officials from Jamaica, the Bahamas, Guyana, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Also in attendance were numerous traditional and alternative health care providers from around the Caribbean.

The conference focused on identifying health tourism investment and development opportunities within the Caribbean Basin. Speaking on behalf of the International Medical Spa Association, Eric Light discussed the importance of seeing beyond surgical and disease management health tourism. Instead, he discussed the importance of developing health tourism programs and facilities based upon wellness and non-surgical anti-aging programs.

“The Caribbean has a rich tradition of natural healing, has world class holistic practitioners, and the natural resources to become the world’s center for transformational health care; with programs designed to help people avoid disease and age intelligently”, said Mr. Light. He encouraged the audience to “…look beyond the American model of reactive medicine, and instead look at programs in Europe built around mineral springs and other natural resources.”

The International Medical Spa Association (IMSA) was formed in 2002 under the leadership of Hannelore Leavy, Executive Director of the Day Spa Association. The IMSA membership includes naturopathic and osteopathic physicians; dentists, internists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons; physical and massage therapists; spa owners, spa consultants, medical spa facility designers, product manufacturers, and product suppliers. The International medical Spa Association is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, innovation, and cooperation within the medical spa industry, and serves as the definitive resource for information regarding the growing medical spa industry and provides networking and mentoring opportunities for its members. For more information, please contact us at 201.865.2065 or visit our website at

Contact: Hannelore Leavy 201-865-2065

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