Artist and Patient Advocate Allison Massari to Keynote AAPA 2019
Takes Listeners on a Journey of Compassionate Discovery
October 31, 2018
Artist and patient advocate Allison Massari will serve as the keynote speaker at AAPA 2019 at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open.
Massari’s main mission in life is to alleviate human suffering. She has dedicated her career to catapulting individuals and organizations toward total success, mastery, and fulfillment. She is an international keynote speaker, executive coach, and interdisciplinary artist. Having triumphed over two traumatic accidents, Massari takes listeners on her journey from devastating illness to wellness and demonstrates how to move forward with speed and grace. Her artwork serves as an intimate and bold visual backdrop to her speeches.
“Every act of kindness counts,” Massari says. “We cannot underestimate what our kindness and care do for those around us. We can master the art of bringing out kindness to someone in three seconds; a genuine smile…a supportive hand on someone’s back. A simple expression of love.”
Redefining the Impossible
In 1998, Massari survived a devastating near head-on car crash where she was trapped and burned alive, conscious the entire time. A selfless onlooker, who was a Vietnam veteran, ran into the fiery scene, kicked the glass out, and saved her life. Massari was severely burned on over 50 percent of her body. Just three years later she was hit again at 60 mph and sustained a closed-head brain injury. Her profound journey of overcoming these two life-altering injuries gives her a genuine and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties. By sharing her story, she motivates change – in people and in the organizations that nurture and inspire them.
Massari views her life’s experiences as a tremendous gift, one that helped her find strength, resolve, and ultimately, her life’s work. She says, “I didn’t want to just heal. I wanted to feel peaceful. I became relentless in my pursuit to find the answers to life.”
She has quickly become a leading educator – helping to heal burnout, offering support for compassion fatigue, and providing a preeminent program on patient-centered care as it relates to healthcare reform.
Growing up with medical professionals
Massari’s unique history reinforces her ability to address important and sensitive subjects without alienating individuals. Raised by her mother, a nurse, and her father, an oncology surgeon, Massari grew up with an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession. Her upbringing, coupled with collectively spending hundreds of days in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy centers, gives her a compelling view inside the patient experience. As she says, “Compassion heals the places that medicine cannot touch.”
As a powerful and passionate advocate for both patient and provider, she teaches the art of self-leadership – how to be the light in the room no matter the circumstances.
“I knew if I could bring healing to the healers, I could have the greatest impact,” Massari says. Her dynamic and poignant program offers real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first, which increases patient satisfaction and supports the financial success of medical facilities, while improving the welfare of the patients – and patient safety.