Green Festival Speakers
Dr. Avé C. Sims, lightheartedly referred to as Dr. Avé, is committed to improving the health and lives of all communities by promotion of healthy living and preventive medicine through safe and reliable holistic education and resources. In 2006 Dr. Avé redirected her expertise from clinical practice to health education serving as CEO and consultant of New Life Health Specialists, PLC offering strategic planning, integrative health care curriculum, and instructional design. She delivers health, wellness, and leadership seminars in addition to lending her voice as a media spokeswoman and medical voiceover talent. Dr. Avé serves on committees in areas of health care disparities, diversity, multicultural health, youth and families, urban education, minority and underserved populations, and prevention. In 2003 she was a founding curriculum contributor for the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiatives Committee’s Barbershop Program for high blood pressure early detection in the African American community and in 2009 became a member of the board of Urban Gateways in Chicago, Illinois. Due to her work as an adjunct professor teaching Culture and Health in both the Nursing and Science departments of Arizona State University and the Maricopa Community Colleges School District, she was awarded the title of “Medicine Woman” by the Gila River Reservation where she continues work to decrease rates of diabetes and obesity among native populations. She has served as advisor and lecturer to institutions as far as Greece and China regarding merging Eastern and Western medicine and incorporating integrative medicine into didactic and clinical curricula. Dr. Avé was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her exposure to the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory and Carnegie Science Center as a child peaked her interest in science, which led to earning a B.S. in Biology with minors in chemistry and mathematics in 1994 and later becoming a doctor of naturopathic medicine in 2003 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.