Susan Biali

Blogger/Author, Psychology Today
Vancouver (If Not On A Plane!), Canada

About Susan

Bio

Dr. Susan Biali is an award-winning medical doctor, life coach, media wellness expert, author, speaker, and professional flamenco dancer. Formerly a sick, depressed Emergency Medicine resident, Dr. Biali took back her own life and health by learning how to balance her life, listen to her body, and create a life truly worth living. Today, Dr. Biali teaches others how to discover themselves, create vibrant health, and design a life that they love.
Frequently featured in media across North America, Dr. Biali is the Embrace Life Expert Coach for Reader's Digest Best Health and also blogs for Psychology Today. Her opinions have been featured in Self, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Health, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates across America, as well as CTV, Global and CityTV in Canada. Dr. Biali had her own flamenco and salsa dance company in Los Cabos, Mexico for several years. She performed for high profile and celebrity audiences including the owners of the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers, and was invited to teach notable celebrities such as singer/songwriter Pink how to salsa..
Susan speaks professionally across North America and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. Her book , Live a Life You Love: Seven Steps to a Happier, Healthier, More Passionate You, was published in 2010 by New York’s Beaufort Books

Areas of Expertise

Health & Wellness, Life Coaching, Life in Balance, Nutrition & Health, Dance, achieving one's potential

I'm passionate about

Living the rather bizarre but delightful life that I was made to live, and freeing and teaching as many other people as possible around the world to do the same.

Talk to me about

Surprising and inspiring success stories and triumphs...as well as fascinating experiences and facts re. positive psychology, self-actualization and God.

People don't know I'm good at

Making tortillas by hand; domesticating a Mexican rescue dog with an outrageous personality; packing an incredible amount of books into a suitcase yet maintaining its weight at exactly 49.9 lbs.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted about 3 years ago
Alright everyone, what big and crazy or small, sustainable things will you try for 30 days?
Yes, it's rather amazing what happens when you do something new - something that you have some good reason to want to do - for a few days and it starts becoming a habit. Today while out for what has now become my daily run (I actually really do more of a run/walk/run rhythm to get my body to agree to this big change), I was amazed to find that I'd run really far without needing to take a break. I'd started thinking about something that distracted me and when I came back into the "real world" I was amazed to find how far I'd gone without noticing or struggling! I'm just loving it.
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Susan Biali
Posted about 3 years ago
Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough
Oooooooh I LOVED this talk - I'm a flamenco-dancing medical doctor/speaker/author/coach who's more than a little crazy (personal opinion confirmed by many others) and long ago decided that was a good thing. As you can tell from the list of things I do (and this is the short list), I have unmedicated ADD and also I suffered major depression at one point, when I was trying to "just" be a doctor and my creative passions were being strangled. Once I harnessed my probably hypomanic energy into things that brought my true self alive, like dancing and writing and building a career I was really passionate about, I threw the bottle of anti-depressants away and haven't looked back. I still practice medicine on the side, but my usual choice of pen is a black and yellow freebie that says "Caltrate" on the side, it's a calcium supplement and probably less risky for my patients than using one given to me by a manufacturer of antidepressants : )
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Susan Biali
Posted about 3 years ago
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days
I study and teach health and happiness, and recently saw the movie "Happy" at a film festival. One of the gems from the movie that struck me the most was the fact that new experiences have a huge ability to increase our happiness levels (more so than money!). That alone makes it worth trying something new!
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Susan Biali
Posted about 5 years ago
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
I'm a medical doctor who suffered from severe depression until I realized that my main problem was that I had never honored (or been allowed to honor) my artistic side in my entire life. Today I'm a professional flamenco dancer and author, so when Elizabeth began talking about the divine and the "Ole" of flamenco I almost fell off my chair. I've been going through what she describes on a much smaller scale (e.g. media and other attention that creates pressure) and had a talk with my own coach two days ago about exactly what she expressed. When you start losing sight of your true life's work and its source because of all the "shiny objects" that try to get your attention (e.g. fame, success) you lose touch with the very essence that is genius. I am now refocusing on connecting to and tapping that divine source of inspiration that made me who I am and has produced all that I have ever created. Thank you, Elizabeth!! Susan Biali, MD Author, Speaker, Medical Doctor & Flamenco Dancer