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John W. Travis, MD, MPH

Dr. Travis is the creator of the original text version of the Wellness Inventory. He is the founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a consulting and publishing group whose mission is to transform the culture from its current focus on authoritarianism/domination into one of partnership/cooperation. He completed his medical degree at Tufts University and his preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. He began his career in wellness by developing one of the first computerized health risk appraisals while serving with the U.S. Public Health Service's Division of Health Services Research.

John W. Travis, MD, MPHIn 1975, he gave up the practice of sick-care to open the world's first wellness center (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA). This work attracted national attention culminating in an appearance on "60 Minutes" with Dan Rather in 1979. In 1979 the center was transformed into a non-profit educational corporation that enabled Dr. Travis to lecture and give workshops around the world in order to facilitate other helping professionals in the techniques and processes pioneered by his staff.

His publications include the "Wellness Inventory" (Wellness Assoc. Publications, 1975, 1981, 1988); the Wellness Workbook, coauthored with Regina Ryan (Ten Speed Press, 1981, 1988, 2004); Simply Well: Choices for a Healthy Life, coauthored with Regina Ryan (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1990, 2001); Wellness For Helping Professionals, Creating Compassionate Cultures, coauthored with Meryn Callander (Wellness Assoc. Publications, 1990); A Change of Heart: The Global Wellness Inventory, coauthored with Meryn Callander (Arcus Press, 1993); and The Society of Prospective Medicine's Handbook of Health Assessment Tools, with 5 co-editors (SPM Press, 1999).

He and his wife are currently writing a book to foster individual and planetary wellness through changing the norms of how babies are born and treated in their early years. He is also a co-founder of The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.

James Strohecker, CEO/President, HealthWorld Online

An e-health pioneer and wellness visionary, Jim has focused on bringing fundamental principles of wellness from the world's great healing and wisdom traditions into mainstream cultural awareness for over 30 years. Currently, his focus is on stimulating the creation of a "Culture of Wellness" in the U.S. and supporting the spread of wellness worldwide.

CEO and co-founder of HealthWorld Online (www.healthy.net), the world's first Internet network for wellness, healthy living, and alternative medicine, he is co-creator of the Wellness Inventory assessment and life-balance program Jim Strohecker(www.WellPeople.com) and the Wellness Inventory Certification Training. He was co-founder of the first business-to-business Internet network for the natural products industry.

As founding Vice-President of Future Medicine Publishing, he acted as Executive Editor of the classic and influential work, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (600,000 copies in print). He has co-authored five books, including Natural Healing for Depression: Solutions from the World's Great Health Traditions and Practitioners (Perigee, 1999), and has collaborated on over 20 titles in the fields of natural health, psychology, human potential, yoga, meditation, and world spiritual traditions. He is the publisher and executive editor of Healthy Update, an e-newsletter focused on wellness and integrative medicine, which reaches over 30,000 readers internationally on a weekly basis.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee in anthropology, his interests have taken him from archeological expeditions to Mayan ruins in the Yucatan to years of intensive study of yoga and meditation in India. Jim has served on numerous boards, including the President's Advisory Council for Bastyr University, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Complementary Medicine and the Institute of Natural Medicine, and the advisory boards of Nourish America and the Academy for Guided Imagery.     Contact: jim@healthy.net

Marilena Minucci, MS, CHC, BC, Director of Training

Marilena integrates best practices from over 25 years experience in counseling, wellness coaching and training in the areas of personal growth and development, nutrition, health, energy psychology, as well as marketing and management. Marilena Minucci

Author of Quantum Coaching Questions (2013), Marilena is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and a Certified Wellness Inventory Coach.

Marilena holds degrees in psychology and journalism from New York University and completed her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York. She also graduated from and has been a mentor and instructor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a recipient of the 2013 IIN Health Leadership Award.

In addition to her formal graduate work in Mental Health Counseling Psychology, Marilena has also completed advanced studies with the Debbie Ford Integrative Coaching Institute; Marc David, Nutritional Psychologist; Tom Daly, PhD in 4 Gateways Coaching and with the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC. She also studied with EFT’s Gary Craig and Carol Look and continues to integrate energy work, including Reiki, into her practice.

Shri Kant Mishra, ABMS (BHU), MD, MS, FAAN, FIAA - Medical Director

Shri Kant Mishra is professor of neurology, and co-ordinator of the Integrative Medicine Program at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Mishra is a a member of many prestigious neuroscience and integrative medicine societies. Shrikant Mishra, MDHe has been chair of the study section of NCCAM (NIH), and serves on the editorial board of many integrative medicine journals. He is president of American Academy of Ayurvedic Medicine (AAAM). His goals are to develop evidence-based, cost-effective quality clinical care, education, and research in integrative medicine, particularly Ayurveda.

He graduated Ayurveda charya, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (ABMS) summa cum laude, from Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, India; MD (Honours), from the University of Toronto Canada; and received a Masters in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Mishra has been involved in various healthcare business ventures and serves as a consultant for many for-profit and non-profit organisations. He was president and chair of the Indian Medical Association of Southern California, and Regional Director of AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian origin), serving as the chair of the Integrative Medicine Committee.

Bobbie Burdett, Director of Training - In Memorium

Bobbie Burdett, our original Director of Training, passed in April 2014. Bobbie Burdett She was co-creator of The Wellness Resource Center in 1975 with wellness pioneer John W. Travis, MD., which was the first wellness center in the U.S. She co-developed the wellness coaching process for the Center, which, to our knowledge, was the first of its kind, and was instrumental in the development of pioneering Preventing Burnout programs for helping professionals, which were conducted in many locations in the US, Canada, and Costa Rica.

Bobbie brought her depth of experience and broad knowledge base to the co-development and implementation of the Wellness Inventory Certification Training. We and her many students worldwide miss her masterful teaching and presence.


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