Dr. Melinda Connor, Holistic Practitioner, was recently selected as Top Holistic Practitioner of the Year for 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.
Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With more than three decades of experience in the industry, Dr. Melinda Connor has certainly proven herself as an expert in her field. As a dynamic, results driven leader, Dr. Melinda, the former director of research at Akamai University, also founded Earth Songs Holistic Consulting, established in 1987 and is the executive director and owner of The International Journal of Healing and Caring since 2021 after transitioning from a stellar career of achievements in computer systems and services, including at IBM. She has continued her award-winning ways in her current holistic healing roles, recently honored by CEO Magazine and the California State Legislative Assembly. Dr. Connor was the first non-medical doctor in an integrative medicine postdoctoral fellowship, and her dissertation was picked used by the State of California Far Northen Regional Center to help to define telemedicine standards in the treatment of developmentally delayed children.
Dr. Melinda’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to alternative medicine and healing, energy work, holistic health care and therapy, medical research, and complementary and integrated medicine issues.
Before embarking on her career path, Melinda earned a PhD in clinical psychology from California Coast University and an NIH T-32 postdoctoral fellowship in integrative medicine research from the University of Arizona.
Throughout her illustrious career, Dr. Connor has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her accomplishments. This year she will be considered for the Empowered Woman Award and to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She will be honored at IAOTP's Annual Awards Gala in December of 2024 for her selection as Top Holistic Practitioner of the Year for 2024.
In addition to her successful career, Dr. Connor was also a five-time international championship rider in her 30's. She has also directed and choreographed over 22 ballets. When she lived Northern CA, she helped to found Redding City Ballet which is still in existence today though under another name. She performed choregraphed her first ballet at 17 and directed her first musical at 18.
Dr. Connor stands behind her personal motto of applying “unusual solutions for unusual situations.” Her approach to life is to stay motivated to find balance in a world without any, she says, and to take responsibility for her own actions. Dr. Connor advises that if she and everyone are generous with their time and compassionate with their service, the world can improve.
The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: "Choosing Dr. Connor for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Dr. Melinda Connor is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet her and celebrate her accomplishments at this year's gala."
Looking back, Dr. Melinda attributes her success to her perseverance, work ethic, and the mentors she has had along the way. When not working, she enjoys professionally choreographing ballets, singing, acting, and presenting concerts, sometimes appearing with her daughter. She also enjoys raising and breeding horses.
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