Georgianna Donadio DC, MSc, PhD
Whole Health Pioneer, Scholar, Researcher,
Educator, Award Winning Nurse Advocate, Practitioner and
Best Selling Author
“As a print and broadcast journalist for over 25 years,
it has been my privilege to know, and cover, many remarkable people.
Dr. Donadio, however, is in a class by herself.
What strikes one immediately is her heart-centered, passionate
commitment to the health and well-being of all of humanity.
Her program of Whole Health Education is careful to respect each individual's right to choose, and is a gentle reminder of the magnificent potential that lies within all of us. Optimal health integrates the ancient wisdom of mind, body and spirit with the best of Western technology. It is pioneers like Dr. Donadio who are showing us the way to bring these ideals into practice. She is a role model of respectful caring and compassion for the 21st century.”
Emmy Award-winning journalist, Executive Producer and
of the PBS series “Body & Soul”
The health advocacy work of Dr. Georgianna Donadio has
touched the lives of countless individuals, worldwide.
For more than three decades, she has been educating the
healthcare community, as well as her patients, students,
television and radio audiences about how the physical, emotional,
nutritional, environmental and spiritual aspects of our
lives can produce illness or wellness.
Dr. Donadio’s pioneering work began in 1976 when,
after years of working in nursing and within hospital administration,
she recognized what was missing in health care to address chronic disease. This awareness motivated
her to establish the National
Institute of Whole Health, in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the process, Georgianna developed
Whole Health Education®, a hospital-tested, Best Practice
relationship-centered, patient health
education model. Embedded in this model is Behavioral Engagement™, a protocol to facilitate sustainable lifestyle change. Behavioral Engagement is the first known health behavior change model developed, tested and applied in clinical environments.
Dr. Donadio's ground breaking, best selling book, Changing
Behavior, brings to the public an easy to learn,
proven set of skills for transforming personal and professional
relationships through the application of Behavioral Engagement
principles to all levels of communication.
Today, NIWH is an international, professionally accredited
provider of evidence-based, integrative health-focused continuing
education programs for medical, allied health and
education providers. The NIWH Whole Health curriculums bridge the gap within conventional medical
education with demystified health science courses that include natural, whole health and whole person approaches to health and wellness.
Dr. Donadio’s commitment and passion for nursing
and transforming both medical education, as well as patient
education, is central to her work with NIWH, her practice
and her commitment to teaching. A long-time proponent of
the important role nurses play in healthcare, she is one
of only six Florence Nightingale scholars in the U.S. and
is a sought-after award-winning nurse advocate.
Georgianna is also working to bring Whole Health Education
to military spouses through the Department of Defense MyCAA
education program for over 3 million military families world
wide. NIWH is an approved education provider for the Department of Defense My
In addition, she is a popular and compelling speaker,
author and media presenter whose expertise has been showcased
through hundreds of speaking engagements, articles and
interviews for TV, radio, print and online media.