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Women Impacting Lives: The story of Dr. Elizabeth King, a visionary leader

By Alba Gallo.

Dr.  Elizabeth King is theCEO and founder of International Holistic Center. She is recognized as an internationally renowned wellness expert, psychotherapist, corporate development leader, empowerment speaker, radio personality, coach and trainer.  Dr. Kingalso serves as an adjunct professor at NovaSoutheastern UniversityShe is regarded byher peers as a visionary and leader.

Dr. King contracted polio in the Dominican at the age of 3 and has undergone 35 surgeries during the course of her life.  Despite this, she never let anything stop her from achieving professionally or personally.  Eight years ago her life came to a screeching halt after having a successful career of almost 20years with the Broward County School Board, where she went from being a teacher to overseeing 30 programs asan administrator and speaking nationally on behalf of children. Dueto chronic pain postsecondary to the polio, she wound up being bedridden for almost 2 years. Doctors were not optimistic that she would ever walk again. Holistic medicine got her back on her feet after only 4 months.
Dr. King founded International Holistic Center (IHC) because of her own personal journey of discovering holisticmedicine.  Her goal was to create a center where nonconventional and conventional practitioners work together to treat and heal the whole person. What started off as a dream is now a first class holisticcenter that attracts people from around theglobeBecause of Dr. Kings impeccable leadership skills she has put together a growing but strong and dedicated team that has helped her lead IHC to being a leader in thehealth and wellness industry.  IHCs revenue has also almost quadrupled in the past 2 years and they are getting ready to expand the center into a space almost double in size by this fall.  Dr. Kings goal is to have the first holistic hospital”in the country within the next 810 years.
In conjunction with running the center, Dr. King creates, produces and directs thehighly acclaimed Dr. Kings Health Fusion Hour, a weekly segment dedicated to educating, inspiring , and empowering listeners to take full control oftheir health and lives.  Her list of celebrated guests include: Dr. Bernie Siegel, Mark Sanborn, Dr. Gladys McGarey, Dr. Robert DeMaria, Dr. Thomas Levy, Nina Hart and other field experts and authors. Dr. King has appeared on countless media outlets such as the Winter 2012 edition ofNothing But Good News and in Go Green Kids and ParentsShe was also featured amongst the100 most inspirational and motivational people in NinaHarts bestsel
ling book Forever Young.  Dr. King was nominated forthe National Association of Women Business Owners Bravo Diversity in 2010 and the 2012
Hispanic Women of Distinction Awards . She has recently been appointed as thePresident of the
Florida Women Chamber of Commerce.
Audiences connect withDr. King immediately not onlybecause of her extensiveclinical and leadership background, but also because she speaks from the heart and hasan infectious passion for helping peopleHer captivating personal stories combined with her knowledge always leaves her audiences motivated, empowered and inspired to reach their highest potential. Dr. King speaks on topics that range from wellness to leadership, increasing the bottomline,
teambuilding, and worklife balance.
Dr. King has presented and delivered keynote speeches for countless organizations, corporations, schools, colleges and universities.  A brief list of the prestigious organizations that Dr. King has presented at are:  American Express, AnaMendez University, Aspira, Hogar CreaDominican Republic, Broward College, Pinellas County Schools, Pace Center for Girls, PRHispanic Chamber of Commerce, Team of Life, Red Hat Society Salseras of Fort Lauderdale Chapter, National Association ofBusiness Owners, South Florida Society for Trauma-Based Disorder, Rotary Club and Broward County Schools.
Dr. King earned her doctoral degree from NovaSoutheastern University in Educational Leadership and her Master of Social Work from Florida International UniversityShe has completed extensivepostgraduate training in health and wellness, leadership and business development.
She has just completed writing her first 2 books, which will be published very soon.