Professional Colleagues

Dr. Miller’s Professional Colleagues

This section is under construction, and only a few colleagues have been listed thus far. Those who appear in this section were instrumental in the group effort of creating a new perspective from which to view health and wellness. Their pioneering work has been inspirational and instructional for Dr. Miller and it is with gratitude that he refers you to their continuing good work. These also constitute the advisers to whose wisdom he turns when encountering particularly thorny challenges.

Juanita BrownJuanita Brown, PhD

Juanita Brown, the founder of Whole Systems Associates, collaborates as a thinking partner and design advisor to create and host forums for constructive dialogue on critical organizational and societal issues. With her partner David Isaacs, Dr. Brown created the World Café, an innovative approach to large group dialogue which is rapidly spreading throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. The World Café is being used in a growing number of community, corporate, governmental, health, educational, NGO and church settings to access a higher collective intelligence in situations of entrenched conflict.

A former speech writer for Cesar Chavez and one of the organizers of the Farm Workers’ movement, Dr. Brown also has served as a senior affiliate at the MIT Sloan School’s Organizational Learning Center where she participated as a member of the Core Team of the Center’s Dialogue Project, one of the early research initiatives in this field.

She has also served as an associate with the Norwegian Center for Leadership Development, a research affiliate with the Institute for the Future, and as program faculty at the John F. Kennedy University School of Management, the California Institute of Integral Studies, Columbia University, and the University of Monterrey, Mexico. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and has been honored in the World’s Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women.

Kenneth PelletierKenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc)

Kenneth Pelletier is a clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and a clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University of Arizona School of Medicine, he  directs the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations. He also  chairs the American Health Association.Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine;  directed the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and was director of the NIH-funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). He also serves on the boards of the Healthtrac Foundation, United Behavioral Health, American Institute of Stress, International Spa Association (ISPA), the American Journal of Health Promotion, and as a peer reviewer for theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), theJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine(JOEM), Annals of Internal Medicine, and webMD. Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World.  His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs and he has made several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.  Dr. Pelletier is the author of the international best seller, Mind as Healer, Mind as Slaver. His other books include New Medicine; Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health; Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work; Sound Mind – Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health; The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works?  What Does Not?; Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness; and The New Medicine: How to Integrate Conventional and Alternative Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment.

Jack TravisJack Travis, MD

John W. Travis, MD, MPH, completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently founded the first wellness center in the United States (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) and is founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a not-for-profit educational foundation (thewellspring.com). He is the author of Simply Well, the Wellness Inventory Online, and the Wellness Workbook. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Travis, with his wife Meryn Callander,  developed peer support networks among helping professionals, embracing a partnership model to offset the negative effects of the medical system’s dominator model on its members. Realizing in 1991 that how children are raised has far more influence on their later wellness (and the estrangement that leads to dominator systems) than other any factors in their lives, he expanded the focus of his work to include infant wellness. He and his wife, with 11 world experts in birth and child development, founded The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children (aTLC.org), which fosters individual and planetary wellness through changing the norms of how babies are born and treated in their early years. During this decade he has focused on bringing together all aspects of wellness under the banner of Full-Spectrum Wellness, with the focus on the interconnectedness, both among all the stages of the human development, and with all aspects of the environment around us—from our bedroom to the whole planet.  He summarizes 36 years of work with the expression: “The currency of wellness is connection.”

Rick Hayes-RothRick Hayes Roth, PhD

Rick Roth is a professor in the Department of Information Science in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences in Monterey, CA. He teaches intelligent systems including information systems, knowledge processing and C41. His research involves information sharing: architecture, ontologies, services and trust. Dr. Roth’s research interests also include Valuable Information at the Right Time (VIRT) services, model-based communication networks, and semantic web technologies. He is the Author of the newly released Truthiness Fever,  and co-authored the book Radical Simplicity: Transforming Computers into Me-Centric Applications and served as an editor for Building Expert Systems. His work has appeared in Computing Surveys, Cognitive Science, AI Magazine, and Machine Learning. Dr. Roth is founder of GlobalStake.com and Teknowledge Corp. He is a former chief technical officer for software at Hewlett-Packard and also has worked for the Rand Corp., Carnegie-Mellon University and Stanford University.

Nancy MarguliesNancy Margulies

Credited as the first woman to employ psychotherapy with the deaf using sign language as a medium, Nancy Marguiles is also an expert graphic recorder and teacher of how to use art and simple sketching techniques to recreate powerful document presentations. In workshops tailored to meet client needs, she designs and leads strategic planning, learning and leadership programs for executives and educators. She also teaches Mindscaping, the visual recording technique that she invented. Ms. Marguiles collaborates with Juanita Brown, co-creator of The World Café; Meg Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science; and Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of life.  Her clients include Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, 3M and Google. She has also worked with former President Bill Clinton and his Cabinet, the Dalai Lama, and has facilitated workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, South Africa and India. She has authored several books including Mapping Inner Space and Visual Thinking.

David Isaacs

David Isaacs is president of Clearing Communications, an organizational and communications strategy company working with Davis Isaacscorporate leaders in the United States and abroad. He was a co-convener of the MIT Organizational Learning Center’s Strategic Dialogue on Large Scale Systems Change in collaboration with an Intel executive, and has worked with a wide range of clients including Chevron, Cargill, Hewlett- Packard, Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS), Silicon Graphics (SGI), and Lego (Denmark). Isaacs has served as guest faculty for innovative learning programs with the University of Texas Business School (Executive MBA), the California Institute of Integral Studies (Leadership Coaching), and the Kaos Pilots University (Denmark/USA).