Enrique is a peaceful individual. His calm demeanor serves as a fountain for the many expressions that bring balance into his life—he is cautious and adventurous, serious and lighthearted, cerebral and intuitive, realistic and spiritual. His wife will tell you that he is enigmatic and unconventional. This is the author in a nutshell.
Enrique’s inquisitive nature became evident at a very young age as he thrust himself into deep philosophical conversations with his father regarding science, spirituality, religion and metaphysical matters. He will tell you that no topic was off-limits—all he had to do was ask.
Eventually, Enrique pursued diverse studies in pre-med and became a Respiratory Therapist in 1973. In the early 1980s, he earned a degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. During his anthropological training, two focal points of attraction summoned him—religion and medical anthropology. His educational path continued to draw him to the empirical sciences, and social and behavioral studies. Throughout his years as a practicing Respiratory Therapist, Enrique continued to study religion and spirituality from a cross-cultural perspective.
In the early 1990s, he accepted the position of Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the former Transitional Hospital in Tampa, Florida, but eventually realized that the position distanced him from the hands-on patient care that he preferred—so, he resigned with a purpose.
Enrique’s resignation from directorship afforded a sabbatical from the traditional health care system and allowed him to pursue further studies in the field of alternative healing methods—such as the effects of sound, pranic healing, auric healing, and various other forms of energy and spiritual work.
In 1996, he became a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and a Karuna® Reiki Master and began teaching Reiki Certification Classes under the name, The Illuminators in St. Petersburg, Florida. His curriculum included classes on other alternative healing methods, and his teaching platform provided an opportunity to practice spiritual counseling. Enrique went on to earn certifications in Reflexology and Hypnotherapy and became a Certified Chromotherapist, Aura Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Chakra Therapist.
Within a year after his near-death experience in 2001, he returned to the healthcare field—this time, with an entirely different perspective—one in which he recognized the need to integrate holistic practices into Western therapies—treating the body, mind, and spirit. Throughout his career of 45 years, his primary area of expertise was caring for critically ill patients and their loved ones. With his renewed vigor and conviction, he successfully melded the Western and Eastern philosophies of patient care into his respiratory care practice until his retirement in 2018.
Enrique encapsulated his collective experiences and shared them in his first two books, It's Hard to Die! "Do I Hold On or Do I Let Go?", and Now That I am Dead - What I Should Know at the End of Life.
During his free time, Enrique enjoys playing the tumbadoras, bongos, and guitar. Singing karaoke and dancing with his wife are also favorite pastimes and other creative interests spill over into oil painting, graphic art, and photography. None of these things would surprise anyone who knows him and his family—he comes from a long line of talented and gifted artists, musicians and educators.
As he continues to write, his wife asked him, Why are you finally writing these books? Engaged in a deep conversation with his keyboard, Enrique paused, raised his eyes over the rim of his round, black-wire glasses, and with a gentle smile said softly and without hesitation, It’s time.