About The Founders
Roy Mankovitz and Kathleen Barry
As a business professional, scholar, activist, and depth psychotherapist, Kathleen A. Barry, MBA, MA, PhD, MFT is an unusual hybrid. She co-founded Montecito Wellness with Roy Mankovitz to compliment his research on nature and primary illness prevention with her practice and scholarly research in depth/liberation psychology and systems theory.
Roy’s research develops the theory that understanding and following ancient natural functions, such as food consumption, can help heal and prevent physical illness today. Likewise, Kathleen brings insight into ancient forms of meaning, such as myth and archetypes and their interplay with psychic space and structures of power, to help heal psychological illness and inter-psychic dysfunction.
With this integrated, interdisciplinary approach, Kathleen, through The Wellness Project, aims to help individuals not only improve their physical health but create broader transformation, both personal and collective – to help build more just, nurturing, and sustainable communities.
Kathleen has been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California for close to 20 years, opened two successful private practices, and has served as President of the Santa Barbara Chapter for Marriage and Family Therapists.
Visit Kathleen’s personal site: Whispers of Wisdom
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Technologist, inventor, lawyer, entrepreneur, and natural health strategist Roy Mankovitz has spent over twenty years researching health.
Roy is on the advisory board of several health related organizations including the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit educational resource for scientific validation of ancestral wisdom on nutrition, agriculture, and health.
He did not, however, start out as a health advocate. His diverse background makes him different than any other health professional or expert you are likely to encounter.
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Below is an excerpt from The Wellness Project. Roy talks about how as a scientist working for NASA he slowly started to become interested in health research.
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A Rocket Scientist’s Search for Answers
I am going to describe the steps I took in my journey from the hypothesis for health to the Wellness Project. I am a technologist at heart and have a continuing fascination and curiosity about how things work.
Perhaps because I have a science and engineering background, not having operating instructions for my body has been a particularly frustrating experience. Here is an example. One of the simplest of questions I had been trying to get answered over the last twenty-five years from the healthcare community was “What should I eat to prevent illness and keep myself healthy”? After all, knowing what to eat can’t be as difficult as rocket science!
Since foods can be a source of toxins, and we usually eat three times per day, eating the wrong foods could add up to a very large load on the defense system. So, I needed the right answers, and I made it my first goal to find out what foods would be in alignment with my evolutionary history, and hence would prove lowest in potential toxins.
I consulted with many nutritionists, and each gave me a different answer. Out of frustration, I read every book I could find on nutrition, and became certified as a nutritional consultant. However, neither the books on health nor the certification brought me any closer to finding my answers. In fact, I was somewhat alarmed to realize that the “science of nutrition” lacked the rigors of my field that enabled rockets to get off the launch pad, and DVD players to work.
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