Nierika translates from the Huichol language into "sacred mirror and portal". Experiencing beauty and sacred reflections opens a gateway to the divine. Our vision is to honor the path of healing as self-discovery and transformation for an individual, and to hold the sacred mirror that reflects each ones' true beauty and highest potential.


Meet Our Team:

THERAPEUTIC STAFF:

ARMANDO LOIZAGA PAZZI

ARMANDO LOIZAGA PAZZI

B.S. CCDC – University of Minnesota and Hazelden Foundation Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor . He has worked in the substance abuse treatment and prevention field in Mexico since 1991. He has been director and coordinator of diverse clinical addiction treatment programs and has also collaborated with traditional medicine associations in the study of transcultural treatments. In this context he has been studying the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca-based treatment since 1998. Currently he is focusing his work on advancing multidisciplinary clinical research protocols in Mexico to evaluate therapeutic potential of psychedelic plants used in ritual contexts.


ANYA LOIZAGA-VELDER, PHD

ANYA LOIZAGA-VELDER, PHD

Is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist specialized in humanistic and transpersonal psychology, consciousness study, music therapy and eco-psychotherapy. She has been learning from and collaborating with indigenous healers who use psychedelic plants ritually for over 20 years. She received a MA degree (Dipl.-Psych.) in psychology from the University Koblenz/Landau in Germany and a PhD in Medical Psychology at Heidelberg University/ Germany. She has written her doctoral dissertation on the therapeutic uses of ayahuasca in addiction treatment. Anya is a founding member and Director of Research and Psychotherapy at Centro Nierika


DR. JUAN PIÑA MAÑOR

DR. JUAN PIÑA MAÑOR

Surgeon graduated from the Autonomus University of the State of Mexico (UAEM ) with a Masters in Health Services Administration. He served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Education at the Institute of Health of the State of Mexico from 1993 to 1998. He was medical director of ISSEMYM (Social Security Institute of Mexico State and Municipalities) from 1994 to 2000. From 1998 to date, Dr. Juan Piña has developed field research in Traditional Medicine in collaboration with various indigenous peoples developing intercultural projects in applied traditional medicine and its integration in The National Health System. Since 2008, Dr. Piña serves at Head of Controlled Drugs at ISSEMYM. 


BENJAMIN CORTES MARRON

BENJAMIN CORTES MARRON

Benjamin Cortés is one of Nierika A.C.’s founding partners. He holds a degree in Psychology from the University of the Valley of México and the International Silvan University. He has specialized in the fields of Organizational Psychology and Group Processes as well as Sport Psychology. Benjamín joined Nierika in 2006 and has served as the Coordinator of Research Projects in Traditional Medicine and Ethno-psychology. He is currently the treasurer of Nierika A.C.’s Board of Directors.