GET TO KNOW DR. HIGGINS
Dr. Evelyn Higgins is a recognized international expert in the epidemiology of substance use disorders, process addictions, and mental health conditions. She is a graduate of the State University of New York with postgraduate studies at Harvard Medical School in Body, Mind, and Spirit medicine with an emphasis on resiliency. A Diplomate in Addiction and Compulsive Disorders, she is also a member of the Pharmacogene Variation Consortium, is a Certified Addiction Professional and a Diplomate of the American Board of Disability specializing in pain management. Dr. Higgins’ work with addictions and primary mental health conditions led her to invent the patent-pending custom genetic panel utilized exclusively by her companies Wired For Addiction® and the Neurotransmitter Reset Program®.
During her 34 years as a clinician, Dr. Higgins has had the honor of facilitating conversations between Washington lawmakers, clinicians, and scientists over the course of the last seven Presidential Administrations. Privileged to advise the U.S. Surgeon General on Physical Activity & Women’s Health, she went on to become the Regional Advisor on economic, social, and political issues to the government of South Africa for the 2004 Olympic Bid. Additionally, Dr. Higgins was the Physician Delegate for the Somali Olympic Team at the Leroy Walker Huna Performance Center at East Carolina University, and founded the President’ Council Physical Fitness and Sports, Local Georgia Chapter.
Dr. Higgins has broadcasted on both public and commercial radio, and is the host of The Dr. Evelyn Higgins Show, a nationally syndicated radio program. She has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing doctor, author, columnist, and a national health care commentator on both radio and television. She is a keynote speaker as well as an international lecturer to both laypeople and multidisciplinary physicians’ groups. Dr. Higgins has had the distinct honor of presenting her ground-breaking work in addiction recovery to the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, the International Society of Addiction Medicine, the International Gambling Conference, the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving, Responsibility.org, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and to TEDx Jacksonville.
In 1996, Dr. Higgins was selected as a community hero and bestowed the privilege of being an Olympic flame torchbearer. She has served as the official team doctor for the 1996 Somali Olympic team and the 1993-94 U.S./Ukrainian team for the Whitbread Round the World Race. She served as team doctor for eight years for the Atlanta Xplosion, a women’s professional football team.
Dr. Higgins’ radio show has won the prestigious Gracie Award for Outstanding Lifestyle programming, and was a finalist in the 2009 New York Radio Festival. She has been featured in All Access, Talkers Magazine, and Levine Breaking News. She is a member of the Alliance for Women in Media, formerly known as American Women in Radio and TV, and most recently has been a keynote speaker at the NYC event. Dr. Higgins was honored as one of only 20 broadcasters to participate in the 2013 and 2014 United Nations Radio Talk Day, interviewing global goodwill ambassadors such as actor Ed Norton, Stevie Wonder, the director of WHO, UN Women, and others. Selected as an Executive Producer for the film New York City Cowboys, she then went on to serve as an expert for the Dr. Oz and Oprah website ShareCare. With a heart for philanthropy, Dr. Higgins was the Executive Director of MMUUSA, a global NGO originally based in Tanzania, Africa, later donating her time to Jupiter Medical Center as a member of the Women’s Health Advisory Council, as well as a board member of Veterans Resource Services.
A 2021 Nominee For Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Innovators in Healthcare, Dr. Higgins has had numerous appearances on national and local television outlets, including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, FOX News, FOX and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show on FOX, Rx for Healthy Lifestyles on Rural TV, and Newsmax TV.
Dr. Higgins has contributed to numerous health and wellness blogs, as well as periodicals such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sober World Magazine, Atlanta Family Christian, the Marietta Daily Journal, and Brenau University Magazine, along with Philadelphia Rowhome Magazine. She has authored several books, including her latest, The Dr. Higgins Guide to Health & Wellness, along with The Mystery of Happiness: A Step By Step Journal of Gratitude.
When taking a break from the “hard sciences,” Dr. Higgins frequently presents her recognized philosophy, “Prescription for Life,” when she lectures on various health and wellness topics. Her upcoming book, Three Meetings, was the result of a 534-mile trek from southern France through the Pyrenees Mountains, and across the entire country of Spain. Dr. Higgins’ trademark “4 Pillars of Health” looks at health as more than simply the absence of disease by investigating the physical, emotional, and intellectual, as well as spiritual elements of wholeness in a complete, passionate, and edutainment style for her patients and audiences alike. As an example to other baby boomers, young and old, she enjoys an active lifestyle, including sailing, running, kayaking, weight training, and rowing. She lives a life of gratitude and practices her “Prescription for Life.”