Joined Oct 5 2009
21 years old
President of Advocates for Responsible Care. Dorothy Leone-Glasser, RPN, HHC, has lived with systemic lupus for over twenty-five years. As a result, she has overcome two forms of cancer, disabling arthritis, kidney failure, a coma, heart attack, and two strokes. During this time she graduated from a wheelchair to crutches to ultimately walking with her own two feet. Between the ages of 20 and 37, Dorothy received three death sentences imposed by her doctors. Today she is not only alive, but she is living well and paving the way to the future of wellness by creating the Wisdom of Wellness Project, LLC. As Dorothy drove her wheelchair, she also drove her career. She earned degrees in counseling, nursing, and theology to master the art of the mind, body, and spirit connection. Although this holistic approach to healthcare is popular today, for many years Dorothy has been a leader in its implementation through her private practice in counseling and public speaking. Empowering others with her personal philosophy to success, Dorothy has taught countless others how to “live wise and live well.” As she simultaneously conquered her personal challenges and enlightened individuals with chronic illness, Dorothy also designed and delivered the life-style engineering technology tools that her patients needed to apply her lessons. One of these is a comprehensive integrated wellness and stress management program so aptly called, “The Coping Program®.” This program won Dorothy the Outstanding Patient-Community Service Program Award by the National Arthritis Foundation in 1990. In 1993, the Arthritis Foundation presented her with the Dorothy Day Humanitarian Award for pioneering this program. Finally, in 1998, when the Arthritis Foundation was celebrating its 50th year Anniversary, it awarded her the honor of being one of only 50 selected Heroes Living with Arthritis and appointed her one of three ambassadors representing all of the heroes nationwide. Dorothy is a hero among us. Not only for what she has endured and overcome, but also for what she has consistently and generously given to others over the years. She is a twenty-four year member of the Board of Directors at the Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter. Dorothy provides advocacy consulting to numerous organizations and societies, including the Health Action Network, the Society of Integrative Medicine, and other medical and patient groups. She facilitates an ongoing patient group STARS, that empowers its members to promote wellness and prevention practices along with being active healthcare advocates. She has published countless materials educating patients about harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. Dorothy is frequently seen and heard on TV, radio, and print media. She promotes using nutraceuticals as part of a complete wellness plan. After completing both Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Applied Science from City University in New York, Dorothy completed a three-year internship in Chronic Illness and Family Counseling from Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She is also ordained and certified with a ministry degree in comparative religions, in the order of St. Francis. Dorothy resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she founded the Wisdom of Wellness Project, LLC. Once a counselor, Dorothy is now a motivational speaker, author, media personality, and healthcare advocate. She regularly holds seminars on Manifesting Wellness, Advocacy, and Supporting Internal and Environmental Health. The Wisdom of Wellness Project, LLC has been actively involved in advocating full access to medications and medical care through the Medicare Today program and The Partnership for Prescription Assistance program. On July 22, 2005, Dorothy was asked to speak to a crowd of 4,200 citizens, legislators, and community and civic leaders, at the Atlanta Civic Center, in Atlanta, GA, with President George W. Bush. They discussed the new Medicare Modernization Act and Dorothy’s experiences and insights educating people on the new Medicare benefits and enrollment for Part D prescription drug coverage. Dorothy is currently writing a book on achieving wellness and another on Advocacy. She has also developed a Georgia Wellness Initiative that will begin operation in the near future. The Wisdom of Wellness Project is a member of The Coalition on Human Needs, Health Action Network and Advocay leader of the Grady Advocates for Responsible Care.