Interviewed: Ravensara Travillian – massage therapist, research scientist, and educator

Massage Therapy Research and Education

This is the third installment of an occasional interview series with notable people in massage therapy practice, education, research, and related fields.

Ravensara Travillian is a remarkable woman.  A licensed massage practitioner since 1992, she is also experienced in many other fields.  She has worked extensively with several refugee communities.  She has been a software programmer.  She earned a Ph.D. from University of Washington and has worked as a scientist for the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridgeshire, England.

She has studied the reproductive cycle of the sun bear, an endangered species.

She is a cancer survivor.

She has helped build the FaceBase knowledge repository of data on childhood craniofacial disorders such as cleft lip and palate.

Her Erdős number is 3, way lower than it needs to be to make me envious.

And, presently, she is working on some ambitious projects that integrate her work as a massage therapist with…

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