“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare," Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light: and Other Essays.
I spent my early career in grassroots community organizing, door -to-door fundraising, nonprofit service organizations, food service, owning a kick-ass community coffeehouse, sales of all kinds including pharmaceutical. Studied special education in college for two years right out of high school (barely graduated high school with a D). Through a massage therapist and chiropractor, I learned about inflammation and food sensitivities. Having been misdiagnosed with a sinus infection and pumped full of antibiotics for years, I followed the recommendation to quit eating wheat and dairy. Within weeks my sinus problems cleared up and within months I had effortlessly lost 40 pounds. I've kept it off for 22 years.
In 2000, a then-partner's rare chronic, "incurable" disease got me focused on the role of high quality nutraceuticals and nutrition for healing. The ex is healthy now and the experience led to an interest in full spectrum wellness. Full spectrum wellness includes but is not limited to chronic disease prevention and management, behavioral health, increasing activity, healthy aging, healthy eating, finding purpose, stress management, brain health, self-advocacy and being active and work-life balance.
Already out as Bi, now Queer, I became interested in alternative lifestyles, kink to be specific, and easily saw the connections between healthy sexuality and wellness. Because of the HIV epidemic, I already understood the damage shame and stigma did around healthy expressions of sexuality.
I also began to understand the intersections of brain health / wellness / dysfunctional upbringing / addiction / communication issues / undiagnosed and untreated mental health issues. I recognized my own undiagnosed functional depression, anxiety, trauma and ADHD.
Professionally, I learned organizing skills and listening skills. I learned I am passionate about watching and helping people grow using a loving, humorous approach. I discovered my gifts are holding open doors, holding up mirrors and lighting paths.
Took me 20 years to return to school and in that time I was absolutely a student of life. I married, divorced, had many amazing experiences. I spent two years finishing my bachelor's degree in organizational management - graduated with honors!
While finishing my degree I moved to South Florida to care for my beloved grandmother who passed after 10 years with Alzheimer's, married and divorced again, healed and found my authentic self through the connection of mind, body and spirit and what I have come to call Evidence-Based Woo or EBW (™). EBW is the scientific, unseen, qualifiable, quantifiable, duplicatable, energetic connection between the Body and the Brain.
I continue to work and study around the intersections of healthcare, behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder), social justice and wellness. In the end, humble, competent service, policy and justice must all be served to create the culture and environment for individuals and communities to reach optimum health and to thrive. Because Black Lives Matter and Trans People are People. “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” - Gandhi
Personally, I continue to grow and heal. I want to age in the healthiest way possible and help others do the same.
I am dedicated to providing holistic wellness care for people who are the societal and personal caregivers: people who work at non-profits, organizers, activists, lightworkers, sex workers, nurses, teachers, first responders of all kinds, advocates, coaches, social workers/case managers, medical office staff, therapists, nursing home staff and especially to those that do two and three of the jobs listed above. Who is there to support those who care for us? Our work together will support trauma-informed service delivery and the healthy business structure of non-profit, medical and social service agencies to the benefit of all.
This philosophy in action means less violence and more healing in the world. It also means higher productivity and more happiness. It is the quintessential win-win because it's absolutely possible to value people and financial success as symbiotic.
Creating Trauma-Informed Wellness for All and Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered Workplaces drives me because we all deserve platinum, concierge-level care and we all deserve to work in a world-class, person-centered workplace.
Healing is possible.
In Love and Light,
Elizabeth 'Kitty' Davis, BA
My spirit is dedicated to service to three people who our systems failed miserably. To my chosen siblings, Diana Hemingway and Bishop Makalani Ma Hee, loving, generous, creative activists of trans experience who, in different ways, died as a result of the non-profit industrial complex's failure to provide trauma-informed services and basic healthcare. And to my friend, Sadie Hawkins, (not pictured) a strong Black woman, educator, entrepreneur, a leader in her community, a Divine presence, taken by intimate partner gun violence.