Christine 'Minanga' Fitzsimmons is a Registered Nurse and humanitarian aid worker.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Pace University and an Associates of Science in Nursing from State University of New York Adirondack.
Christine has worked as a clinical nurse in Neuro Intensive Care Units, and ICU step down units since 2011.
Her passion for bringing medical care to underserved populations brought her to volunteer as a nurse in Senegal, Togo and Cameroon, West Africa with various organizations. She most recently spent 5 months in Ethiopia working with South Sudanese refugees through Medecines Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
Christine has facilitated work with Ibogaine for the treatment of addiction and personal healing since 2008. She first volunteered in a low tech environment at the Dream House in Nayarit, Mexico. In search of the "medical model", she spent several months working with Clare Wilkins at Pangea Biomedics, in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, and then several more with Dr. Francisco Lopez Martinez at Ibogua, in Guatemala City. With Dimitri Mugianis, she recreated African ritual; experiences which soon sparked an interest in traveling to Gabon in search of the "traditional model". She participated in Bwiti ceremonies in Mitone, the jungles of Gabon, with Nganga Antoine Makondo. From Ebando she received her Kombo (name) ‘Minanga Matambe’ meaning ‘The Tracks of The Stars’. She became medical director of IbogaLife in Costa Rica, partnering with Robert Payne and Dimitri Mugianis to combine Bwiti ritual with medically supervised ibogaine treatments. After 8 years of working with Iboga in such highly differentiated capacities, she believes in promoting safety standards while considering the realities of practical limits in the field, in order to be as inclusive as possible to reduce harm in all settings.
Christine is credited as a co-author of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance’s Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification. She has spoken as a panelist about Iboga at the Alchemist’s Kitchen in New York City in April, 2016.