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 US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) and is founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a not-for-profit educational foundation, as well as the author of the Wellness Inventory Online (wellpeople.com), and the Wellness Workbook (thewellspring.com).
Realizing in 1991 that how we raise children has far more influence on their later wellness than other any factors in our lives, he expanded the focus of his work to include infant wellness. Along with Meryn and eleven world experts in birth and child development he co-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 the last decade, he has focused on bringing together all aspects of wellness within the concept of Full-Spectrum Wellness, where the focus is on interconnectedness, both throughout all the stages of the human development, from conception to death, and within all levels of the environment around us—from inside our skin to the whole planet. He summarizes 36 years in the wellness field with the expression: “The currency of wellness is connection.”
He lives with Meryn and their daughter, Siena (16) in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia.