The Chocolate Gecko started in the basement of a second generation chocolatier Lissa D'Aquanni in 1998. She learned chocolate making at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, but was influenced by her Aunt Loretta. Lissa went on to win many awards for chocolate making as well as community service and excellence in business. Lissa opened her retail store on Delaware Avenue in Albany, NY which can only be remembered as a grass roots community effort. www.chocolategecko.com
Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine – Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. She is on a grass roots mission to put the “care” back in health care, and to heal our broken health care system – one doctor and one patient at a time.