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Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, Well+Good founders. (Photo: Lauren Farmer for the “NYC You Inspire Me” project, Mandarin Oriental New York; Location: Barry’s Bootcamp Tribeca)

 

When we launched Well+Good in 2010, SoulCycle had just pedaled onto the scene, a company called BluePrintCleanse had just launched, and Whole Foods wasn’t absolutely everywhere. Now the wellness lifestyle is so engrained, not just in New York, but nationwide. People talk about their workout loves over dinner and gush about their juicers.

From the beginning, Well+Good launched as the premier lifestyle and news publication devoted to the wellness scene—and its chic lifestyle components. Created by two journalists—and joined by many more—Well+Good is known for its impeccable reporting and trend-spotting on the healthy living beat. In four years, Well+Good has become the leading source of intel on boutique fitness and the juice industry, plus cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, and more. Well+Good is your healthiest relationship.

MASTHEAD

Alexia Brue, Co-Founder, Publisher. Alexia was a contributing editor at Luxury SpaFinder and Spa magazines and is the author of Cathedrals of the Flesh: My Search for the Perfect Bath (Bloomsbury). She has an MA in arts & culture journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveler among others. Alexia has appeared on the Travel Channel, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio, and more. Wellness Habitat: West Side Highway running path, Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel, Juice Press, TenOverTen. [email protected]

Melisse Gelula, Co-Founder, Editorial Director. Melisse is the former editor-in-chief of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, spa beauty editor at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s Travel Publications. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has completed six years of training as a psychoanalyst. Melisse has written for such publications as Departures, Lucky, and Martha Stewart Living,and has been featured as an industry expert in the New York Times and on CNN.com, the Travel Channel, E! News, and more. Wellness Habitat: Flybarre, Barry’s Bootcamp, SLT, Kula Yoga, and Julia March. [email protected]

Lisa Elaine HeldLisa Elaine Held is Well+Good’s senior editor, and joined the team in 2011 as a staff writer. She is an authority on the health and fitness scene in New York, and has interviewed everyone from juice pioneers to fitness gurus and celebrity chefs. Lisa has the superpowers of writing (and Tweeting and Instagramming) while running to back-to-back barre classes, boot camps,  and (veggie) burger tastings, while managing Well+Good’s New York City email publication. She has an MS in magazine journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and has written for the New York Press, Bloom Magazine, and The Columbia Journalist. Lisa worked in the nonprofit world before surrendering to the “I’ve always wanted to be a writer” cliche, and doesn’t regret it for a second. Wellness Habitat: The Brooklyn Grange, Yoga Agora, Astoria’s Natural Market, running the streets of Astoria, and basically any boot camp or boxing class you can think of. [email protected]

AlisonGilbert_WellandGoodAlison Gilbert is a consulting business operations strategist for Well+Good. Formerly Alison was the fourth person to join and the Chief Operating Officer of TastingTable.com. Prior to pursuing her passion for building businesses, Alison launched her career journey building pastries. Alison is a certified pastry chef from the French Culinary Institute, now known as The International Culinary Center, from where she went onto work for CORE the private dining club in Midtown Manhattan. Alison attended The George Washington University where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and Spanish. Wellness Habitat: SoulCycle, Juice Press—and Citibike to get to anywhere and everywhere. [email protected]

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMolly Gallagher is Well+Good’s associate editor, and joined the team in 2014 to contribute to the launch of the Anywhere Edition. The suburban-Philadelphia native graduated with a degree in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She started her career as an editorial assistant at Elle Decor, and quickly fell for SoulCycle and training for races during pre- and post-work hours. Molly also worked as a fashion copywriter at Tory Burch, before returning to the editorial world to give health and fitness her undivided attention. She now writes about everything from superfoods to Spandex. Molly has written for publications such as Time Out New York, Elledecor.com, and Instyle.com. Wellness Habitat: SoulCycle, Juice Press, running along the East River, TenOverTen, and Yoga Shanti. [email protected]

Kimie_B_WellandGoodKimie Bunyasaranand is Well+Good’s operations assistant and works on marketing and advertising campaigns, data analytics, and general business operations. Kimie has an MA in Journalism from CUNY, completed a fellowship at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, and learned the ropes in management consulting. She has worked for publications such as Sports Illustrated, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and more. Wellness Habitat: The track at Thomas Jefferson Park, running the streets of Manhattan, Yoga to the People, The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, Hudson Valley hiking trails, and drop-in kickboxing, capoeira and Bikram classes. [email protected]

Screen shot 2013-07-24 at 2.33.02 PMJamie McKillop is Well+Good’s assistant editor, joining the team in 2012 as an intern while finishing her undergrad degree at NYU in Media, Culture, and Communications. Now a full-fledged wellness afficiando, Jamie reports on everything from the latest fitness fashion trends to what natural beauty products healthy women are using. The Bay Area native began her career as a writer for 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco, making a foray into fashion PR at H&M and Balenciaga in New York before falling completely in love with drinking (and writing about) green juice. Wellness Habitat: Liquiteria, running over the Williamsburg Bridge, and CYC. [email protected]

sarah_sarwaySarah Sarway, Well+Good’s editorial and production assistant, is a near-CUNY Hunter grad, where she’s focusing on Media Studies. She’s constantly checking her social feeds for the latest OMG-worthy stories and breaking news to assist the Well+Good team with research, social planning, and Link Love. She’s also filed articles on Joseph Pilates to healthier comfort food. Outside of Well+Good, Sarah works on half-marathon fundraisers with Team SBH, her community center’s team based in Brooklyn. Wellness Habitat: City Row, Flywheel (with Danielle Devine-Baum), running the Asbury Park boardwalk with Springsteen on repeat, and Spring Natural Kitchen. [email protected]

CONTRIBUTORS

AnnAbel_writerAnn Abel has been writing about spas and travel for more than ten years, and served as travel editor at ForbesLife and Luxury SpaFinder. In the name of spa research, she’s been tattooed in Bora Bora, had her face stuck with electrified needles in Switzerland, been blasted with hoses in Italy, and endured unspeakable uses of oil at an Ayurvedic center. For Well+Good, she has stand-up paddleboarded in the Hudson River (tip: if you fall in, keep your mouth shut) and been bitten by a massage therapist. Wellness Habitat: The Shala, Trapeze School New York, Power Pilates, Hudson Valley hiking trails.

amandabenchley_wgAmanda Benchley is a freelance journalist and filmmaker. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Amanda has written about culture for the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post, but has an equally ardent interest in wellness and believes that there are few things a good massage can’t fix. A retired yogi now devoted to Pilates, she also enjoys skiing and tennis and is an avid cook, restaurant goer and inveterate traveler—all of which inspires her Well+Good articles. Wellness Habitat: Greenwich Avenue Equinox, West Side Highway running path, ABC Kitchen, Union Square Greenmarket and Elm Health Drugs.

mollycreedanMolly Creeden is the former culture editor of Vogue.com, where she snuck in fitness pieces between trips to the Opera and the Met. A recent New York City to Los Angeles transplant, she contributes to Vogue, SELF, C Magazine, LA Confidential, and Interview. Wellness Habitat: Exhale Core Fusion, runs along the beach in Venice, the cliché-but-awesome LA hike.

Randi_EichenbaumRandi Eichenbaum works in product management at New York Magazine, where she focuses on digital strategy and new business initiatives, and writes about fitness for the magazine when she can. A University of Arizona grad with a degree in Journalism, Randi has also written for Los Angeles Magazine and Angeleno. The California native aims for both a daily serving of avocado and sunshine when she can get it, and is up for trying any fitness experience at least once, including her first (and last) Tough Mudder. Wellness Habitat: Modo Yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, Exceed Fitness, Refine Method, runs along the West Side Highway, and Elena Rubin skin care.

Jennifer KassJennifer Kass is Well+Good’s good-nutrition weathervane and master of smoothie mixology. The former editor at Allure magazine also received formal nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). The Boulder, Colorado native founded a holistic health and wellness practice here in New York, to support clients in transformational diet and lifestyle changes.Wellness Habitat: YogaWorks Soho, Tribeca Farmer’s Market, and the West Side Highway bike path.

Kathleen_Kincaid_project managementKathleen Kincaid is an online product management, social media, and user experience design consultant with experience in content and tool driven websites. She’s worked for Microsoft, Yahoo!, Real Simple Magazine, Condé Nast Digital and numerous start-ups. Wellness Habitat: New York City’s ice skating rinks, rollerblade-friendly roads, and tennis courts.

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