Disillusioned by the quick-fix, short-term solutions that are currently offered, Torii Labs co-founders set about finding natural solutions to help us perform, be, and feel our best without eroding our long term health and vitality.



I have always been passionate about traveling and learning from new cultures, the incredible force and power of Nature and the Science of both mind and body. Brought up both in London and Paris, I have continuously explored the globe throughout my life. Ignited by my love for Russian Literature, I spent a year in Russia at age 18 with the goal to read Russian authors in their native tongue. Back in Paris, I studied philosophy and psychology at La Sorbonne. I then focused on Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at ENS Paris. Finally, I wanted to gather some skills in business management and marketing and earned my MBA at HEC Paris. I went on to work in Finance at Credit Suisse for a short period of time and finally found my place at Apple where I worked for 7 years in retail sales, marketing, and worldwide development. After living in countries throughout the world, from Mexico to Italy, the UK to Japan, I discovered a welcome and unexpected sense of place in California, where I am currently settled. My global work experience and passion for Nature and well-being have culminated in my partnership with Giles Hayward and the formation of Torii Labs. I am also obsessed with music, arts and philanthropy and produce an annual event Ondalinda in Careyes, Mexico to support the arts and indigenous culture of Mexico through the Ondalinda Foundation (501c3).



Having spent 10 years as an investment manager and corporate financier in the emerging markets of China and Russia I know first hand what it is like to live a life out of balance. Over-worked and highly stressed I became that ‘5 cups of coffee a day guy’ to keep up with my crazy lifestyle. Over stimulated, depleted and utterly distracted, my body and mind had had enough and at 28 I had no choice but to re-evaluate how I conducted my life. I knew there was a smarter way to be successful and fulfilled, so I set out on a journey to explore how I could lead a life of balance and vitality. I moved to the sunny shores of California where I met my great friend and business partner Lulu Luchaire. It was here that we started to combine new knowledge about natural medicine with eastern medicinal philosophy. Combining this with our obsession with the healing powers of fulvic acid Lulu and I set out to create a company that could provide essential tools to help others re-evaluate what it is live a life full of vitality and perform at our best.


Mauro Zappaterra MD, PhD


Dr. Zappaterra graduated from Harvard Medical School and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He focuses on optimizing human performance through regenerative medicine, nutrition, mind-body exercises, mind-training, and biofield therapies.

Nicol Giandomenico, ND, MSAOM, LAC


Nicol received both her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University, and received her second masters at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China.


Torii Labs co-founders are both active leadership board members of Vista del Mar children’s charity, where they assist in developing programs which help heal, inspire, and empower children through a reconnection to the natural world.

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