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. 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.

OUR FOUNDERS

Alexia Brue
Co-Founder, CEO
Alexia Brue guides the company’s strategic direction and leads the revenue and business development functions. She brings her journalistic training and background to bear on driving innovative marketing solutions for brands, ensuring that client programs have the same DNA as our authoritative, curatorial content. Prior to founding Well+Good, Brue covered health and wellness for publications as diverse as Vogue, the New York Times, and Luxury SpaFinder (where she met Melisse) and is the author of Cathedrals of the Flesh, a travel memoir about the world’s great bathing cultures. She attended Grinnell College and the Columbia School of Journalism and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Wellness Habitat: AKT, the class, Juice Generation, TenOverTen, and the nearest infrared sauna. alexia@wellandgood.com

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Melisse Gelula
Co-Founder, Chief Content Officer
Melisse is responsible for spearheading Well+Good’s best-in-class content and mission. She leads the editorial team in applying journalistic reporting standards to the wellness lifestyle for the Webby Award-winning site, and oversees the branded content, design, and video teams, so that every part of the company is imbued with the Well+Good mission and voice. Melisse has been featured as a beauty and wellness industry expert on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Forbes.com, the New York Times, and more. She frequently moderates thought-leader panels for Well+Good TALKS and speaks at conferences from Create&Cultivate to Collision on industry trends. Melisse is the former editor-in-chief of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, beauty director at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s Travel Publications. She has an MA from the University of Toronto and has completed six years of training as a psychoanalyst.

Wellness Habitat: The Class with Taryn Toomey, SLT, strength training with Jess Movold, and facials with Julia March. info@wellandgood.com

OUR EDITORS

Ali Finney
Senior Editor, Beauty + Home
Ali is thrilled to join the Well+Good editorial team after years of being a huge fan of the site. She graduated from Texas A&M University and moved to NYC, where she worked at magazines such as ELLE and Women’s Health, covering beauty and fitness.

Wellness Habitat: running, Sky Ting yoga, and anything that Rose-Marie Swift touches. alison.finney@wellandgood.com

Mary Grace Garis
Lifestyle Writer
A Nickelodeon character masquerading as a journalist, Mary Grace has held bylines at Elle Magazine, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Extra Crispy. In her last role, she brought humor and humanity to Bauer Xcel Media’s features team, reenacting “Riverdale” episodes when appropriate. She joins Well+Good as it’s least fit/most chicken nugget-friendly writer, but lives by the credo of “we can do better, and if you’re into it, we can do it together.”

Wellness Habitat: Lush’s “Sleepy” lavender lotion, rose water in EVERYTHING, hula-hooping and long hazelnut coffee breaks in the park. marygrace.garis@wellandgood.com

Alexis Berger
Senior Lifestyle Editor
Alexis oversees daily news coverage for Well+Good, ensuring readers are served the important health- and wellness-world updates they need each day. Alexis previously worked at Time Out North America, where she handled all print content as National Copy Chief, and at Elite Daily, as an editor. Alexis is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Maryland.

Wellness Habitat: Physique57, FlyBarre, New York Pilates, By Chloe. alexis.berger@wellandgood.com

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Rachel Lapidos
Beauty and Fitness Editor
Since earning a master’s degree in journalism from NYU, Rachel has covered everything from culture and fashion to private equity. A natural beauty junkie, she is constantly trying new facial elixirs for Well+Good’s beauty stories.

Wellness Habitat: Barry’s Bootcamp, Y7, Juice Press, and anything by Marie Veronique. rachel@wellandgood.com

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Emily Laurence
Senior Food and Health Editor
Emily graduated from Syracuse University and spent her early 20s covering the entertainment scene at at Twist magazine, ELLE.com and Seventeen.com. Before joining Well+Good, she covered well-being for Metro newspaper.

Wellness Habitat: Mile High Run Club, Barry’s Bootcamp and tennis on Sundays. emily@wellandgood.com

Kells McPhillips
Editorial Assistant
Kells McPhillips is a recent graduate of New York University’s Media, Culture and Communication program. Her writing has appeared on Aaptiv, Everup, The Warm Up, Business Insider, and more. She’s stoked to bring her love of handstands, alt-milk cappuccinos, and holistic wellness to Team Well+Good.

Wellness Habitat: Y7, Yoga Vida, outdoor running, hiking, meditation kells.mcphillips@wellandgood.com

Kate Spies
VP of Content and Audience Development
Kate leads Well+Good’s content and audience development teams. She’s a big believer in combining art (gut editorial feels) and science (robust audience data points) to create killer content. Before joining Well+Good, Kate worked at a variety of global digital publishers and agencies––specializing in content and distribution strategy, Kate has been central to rapidly scaling a number of brands and guiding large teams through high-growth phases. Kate studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, and grew up as a complete water baby by the beach in Sydney’s southern suburbs.

Wellness Habitat: every spin class ever, Les Mills training app (Body Attack in her living room!), kombucha-addict and avo toast connoisseur. kate.spies@wellandgood.com

Abbey Stone
Executive Editor
As executive editor, Abbey oversees Well+Good’s daily editorial operations, helping lead the team to bring great stories to life. Prior to diving into the wild world of wellness, Abbey put her obsession for facts (fun ones and otherwise) and love of pop culture to work at publications including Mental Floss, People, and Hollywood.com.

Wellness Habitat: Dance class, spinning, yoga, hiking with my dog, smoothies that taste like ice cream. abbey.stone@wellandgood.com

Jamie Thilman
Senior News Editor
Jamie is a senior editor responsible for daily news coverage. Before joining Well+Good, Jamie worked for a range of digital and print publishers, including HuffPost and Esquire, covering a variety of subjects—books, film, music, technology, travel, and sports, among others. He studied history and english literature, and is forever working to become trilingual.

Wellness Habitat: Skiing, painting, surfing, Crossfit, clay face masks, frequent travel, and evening constitutionals in brownstone Brooklyn. james.thilman@wellandgood.com

Jessie Van Amburg
Sr. Food + Health Editor
Jessie is currently the senior food and health editor at Well+Good. She has previously covered food and women’s lifestyle and news at WomensHealthMag.com, TIME.com, Family Circle, and All You Magazine. Her non-work passions include British history, Renaissance art, and 90’s/early 2000’s TV shows.

Wellness Habitat: swimming in Lake George, visiting the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA, and boxing at Hit House. jessie.vanamburg@wellandgood.com

Zoë Weiner
Associate Beauty + Fitness Editor
Zoë Weiner is an associate beauty and fitness editor who loves a 10-step skincare routine and frequently cries during SoulCycle. She received a masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2016, and went on to cover a range of lifestyle topics for publications including Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire, SELF and Teen Vogue as a freelance writer. She will try any and every wild beauty treatment or fitness trend for the sake of the story.

Wellness Habitat: Soul Cycle, Yoga Vida, Blue Stone Lane, and every facial oil I can get my hands on. zoe.weiner@wellandgood.com

CONTRIBUTORS

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Erin Bunch
A lifelong writer, Erin Bunch covers any and everything from her home base in LA. She got her start in the industry by founding—and eventually selling—a popular website called Broke Girl’s Guide. She’s since served as the Senior Lifestyle Editor for The Zoe Report, freelanced as a travel, health, beauty, relationships, and style writer for a host of online publications, and even did time spearheading marketing efforts for a venture-backed fashion-tech company. In her spare time (ha!) Erin works on TV projects, offers consulting services to bloggers wanting to build their businesses, and is always starting at least one new company.

Wellness Habitat: Y7, Little Pine, The Punchbowl, Temescal Canyon and Griffith Park, Sage, and anywhere there is dancing (I love Obe!).

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Tehrene Firman
Tehrene got her start as an entertainment editor at Teen Vogue, but realized her true passion is in the health and wellness space. When she’s not bringing her trend-spotting and news-writing skills to Well+Good, the Iowa native can be found testing vegan recipes for her blog, Green Being Wellness, going on walks with her fluffy little dog, binge-watching The Office, or getting her sweat on in the infrared sauna.

Wellness Habitat: modelFIT online, matcha lattes, hiking, Pilates reformer, and petting cows at farm sanctuaries.

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Erin Magner
Erin joined the Well+Good team in 2015 as Los Angeles correspondent—now, she’s a copy editor and multi-passionate features writer with a particular affinity for the most woo-woo realms of wellness. (Tempered with an appropriate degree of journalistic skepticism, of course.) With a background that spans print, digital, trend forecasting, copywriting, and content strategy, Erin is also certified as a holistic health coach and yoga instructor.

Wellness Habitat: The beach, Erewhon, any dance class, walking shelter dogs, the Toyota Center ice rink (she’s a former figure skater).

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Annie Tomlin
Annie works with the Well+Good Council to help bring a variety of wellness perspectives to readers. She also writes about travel, beauty, and sustainability for publications including SELF, Refinery29, Bazaar, Vogue, and Modern Farmer.

Wellness Habitat: infrared saunas, Cafe Gratitude, and city parks.

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