Dr. Julie Russak


Peak Health Wellness Retreat

for Skin Health

25-30 July 2020

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

I first discovered Peak Health Wellness Retreat in the summer of 2017. There, I was instantly enamored by not only the beauty of the surrounding area, but also by the state of the art spa facility and its offerings.
For a week long, we hiked, rested, relaxed by the fire. I made life-long friends and you will too.
I’m excited to tell you, I am hosting this year’s PEAK retreat at The Capra, alongside Jennifer Hanway – our resident nutritionist.
For the first time ever, we are offering an extension of Russak Dermatology’s Comprehensive Wellness Program & Testing overseas.
At this intimate retreat nestled in the Swiss Alps, we will offer guests a fully immersive version of our NYC program (more about the program here).
 What we will offer is a comprehensive and holistic wellness for healthy skin intensive. I will be speaking with you regarding the gut-skin connection, and how gut health influences skin health and how gracefully we age. Jennifer will add in her wellness knowledge and offer personalized coaching, curated menu and an overall customized assessment that meets your wellness goals.  I will be hosting these intimate talks in the afternoons, and topics will range from beauty, aging, rejuvenation, skin health, gut health and overall well-being. Enjoy consultations with me and more.

Julie Russak, MD

Program overview

  • Skin Rejuvenation & Anti-Aging
  • Skin Health
  • Facial Restoration
  • The Skin-Gut Connection
  • Food for Beautiful Skin
  • Maintaining Naturally Youthful Skin
  • Smart Detoxification
  • Skin/Stress/Sleep Connection

What’s Included?

  • Pre-retreat Wellness Assessment tailored to your individual health background and goals

  • Pre-retreat lab work (optional)

  • Test results analysis given by Dr. Russak and Jennifer Hanway

  • Five nights in a double room at The Capra

  • Daily mountain hike led by Peak Health’s Local Alpine Expert Guides

  • Daily yoga led by the Peak Health Yoga Instructor

  • Daily workshop led by Dr. Russak

  • Daily workshop led by the Peak Health Team

  • Daily lunch conversation led by Jennifer Hanway

  • A one-on-one session with Dr. Russak to assess your individual skin health and how to reach your wellness goals

  • Three nutritious meals and two snacks per day. Meals will be sourced locally, organically and seasonally

  • Fireside discussion and Q&As with Dr. Russak & Jennifer Hanway

  • Daily access to the Peak Health state-of-the-art luxury Spa, including sauna, steam room, salt cave, relaxation area, swimming pool and outdoor hydrotherapy pool (spa treatments available at additional cost)

  • Spa offerings designed by Dr. Russak exclusive to this event

Destination - The Capra Hotel

The Capra is an intimate, luxury, alpine lodge located in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. It boasts a spectacular natural setting, that combines the cosines of a chalet with the comforts of a luxury hotel. Expansive suites in warm earth tones offer panoramic views of snow-frosted peaks, pristine valleys, and wide-open skies.

Peak Health Spa at The Capra

Peak Health has partnered with The Capra to bring you the ultimate Peak Health Spa, which includes three treatment rooms, a relaxation area, sauna, steam and salt therapy rooms, an indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, fully equipped gym and open studio for yoga and pilates classes.

Dining - Farm to Table

Our fine dining*, brasserie and lounge menus follow a holistic & wellness approach: with all our actions we focus on health and mindfulness and use our resources carefully. We know where our produce is being sourced and get inspired by what surrounds us.

Welness Analisys

Together, You and Dr. Russak will map out a wellness plan of action.  This plan includes dietary changes, supplementation recommendations, lifestyle modifications including fitness and sleep goals.

For adults

Your Typical Day at Peak Health 


A beautiful and healthy breakfast will be set up for you in the dining room including Peak Health’s signature dairy and gluten-free Bircher, homemade rye bread, cooked eggs and low GI fruit accompanied with detox water.


Hike around one of Saas-Fee’s 13 peaks led by our mountain guide. The signature Peak Health daily hikes are unique to our programme and provide many fitness benefits by incorporating steady state cardio and intervals with altitude training.


A healthy, gourmet lunch starting with a health-boosting broth or soup followed by a lean protein dish with seasonal vegetables, super-foods, and complex carbohydrates. This ensures maximum micro-nutrients and energy without weighing the body down before afternoon activities.


Yoga session to restore, unwind and establish balance.


Free time for your spa treatments and to relax in the Peak Health Spa.


An evening meal featuring nourishing vegetables at the forefront, complemented by lean protein and complex carbohydrates to replace glycogen stores, aid in repair and recovery for the next day’s activities, and encourage a relaxed evening and a restful night of sleep.

Programs for kids

At Peak Health, we understand that transforming your health and fitness can be most beneficial when it involves the whole family. That’s why we have made it possible for families to attend Peak Health Retreats together. The Capra offers family-friendly suites with children-size bathrobes and slippers as well as a children’s food and beverage menu. Your kids will enjoy The Capra’s ‘Fun Lab’, filled with table tennis, foosball table, DVDs, and video games.

We have also partnered with Ski Zenit, who provide full-board Summer Ski Camps that are coordinated with each of our retreats. We offer a discount for families attending our retreats that can be applied when booking either directly or through The Capra Concierge.

More on Wellness Analysis

Wellness is a lifestyle; it involves proper nutrition, supplementation, exercise and adequate sleep. When all factors are aligned, your body will function at its prime.

You may have heard that a high sugar diet is bad for you and antioxidants are good, but did you ever learn the clinical explanation of why this is true? Do you know how critical gut health is for our overall well-being? Over half of the American population suffer from hidden food sensitivities, which when unaddressed stimulate chronic inflammation and may be a trigger for or associated with other medical conditions such eczema, gastrointestinal diseases, allergies, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

Did you know you have the power to turn on healthy gene expression and internally protect your precious proteins, including collagen and elastin?

Our Comprehensive Wellness Analysis is there to reveal important information about your body, while imparting crucial medical facts that will stay with you for a lifetime.

I am eager to take this journey with you.

Julie Russak, MD

Board Certification and Professional Membership

American Board of Dermatology
American Academy of Dermatology
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
Skin Cancer Foundation

Russak Dermatology Hospital Affiliation and Awards

Mt. Sinai Hospital
NB Top Doctors
NY Super Doctors
American Medical Association

How to get there

By Plane

Traveling by plane, the quickest option is to fly into Zurich, Geneva or Milan then take the train and bus or drive to Saas-Fee. As of 2019, the closest airport to The Capra, Sion Airport, has arrivals from SWISS. Airports close to Saas-Fee include:

By Car

Saas-Fee is a car-free village. On arrival, our driver will pick you up from the car park in our environmentally friendly electric car. The Capra’s electric car is available for guests to get around the village at any time. If travelling to Saas-Fee by hire car, Geneva airport offers the quickest and most scenic route. Transfer times to Saas-Fee by car:

Geneva (227km)2.45
Berne (223km)2.45
Zurich (229km)3.45
Milan (226km)3.30
Basel (320km)3.40
Munich (513km)6:40
Paris (675km)7.30

By Train

From Geneva or Zurich airport, you can take the train to Visp (2.5 hours). The train journey is extremely scenic, running alongside lakes, vineyards and mountains. From Visp, it’s a 30/40-minute drive up the valley to Saas-Fee, either by car or public bus. We can also arrange private transfers from Geneva airport to Saas-Fee. At Geneva and Zurich airports, you can take your luggage directly onto the train within the airport. Other destinations require a bus or taxi transfer from the airport to the station, which can take up to 1 hour. Airport transfer times by train to Saas-Fee:

Milan Malpensa3:50188km
Milan Linate4:30241km

For train timetables, please check Swiss Railways