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.”
Gail Harris Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Executive Producer
and Host of the PBS Series “Body & Soul”
The work of Dr. Georgianna Donadio has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide. For more than 35 years, she has been educating the healthcare community, as well as her patients, students and the public 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, MA. 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. She serves as the Advisory Board Chairperson for Nephroceuticals and Wellceuticals which develop special nutrient supplementation for dialysis and cancer patients.
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 CAA programs. 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.
For 20 years, before retiring, she hosted a nationally syndicated television program, Woman to Woman®, dedicated to women’s health and lifestyle issues which reached millions of diverse populations across the country. Few individuals have the experience and success that Dr. Donadio has in developing methodologies to motivate individuals to transform their health related behaviors. It is these behaviors that are resulting in skyrocketing rates of chronic disease and rising healthcare costs.
Dr. Donadio has been the subject of over 400 TV, radio, magazine or print articles and interviews. Listed below are excerpted samples.