About Amye Leong, MBA


Amye Leong is an internationally recognized patient advocate, speaker, author and educator. She is President/CEO of Healthy Motivation, a health education/advocacy consulting firm in Santa Barbara, California, and Paris, France. Clients include governments, industry and non-government organizations in 18 countries who seek expertise in patient-centered care, patient advocacy and patient advisory programs, strategic planning, group facilitation, marketing to patients, and conflict resolution. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 18 and later with Sjogren's syndrome and osteoporosis, she became wheelchair-bound within 6 years. After 16 surgeries and 12 joint replacements, she developed America's largest network of young adult arthritis education/advocacy programs, and became a respected medical and motivational speaker, advocate and facilitator.

She was honored at the White House by President G.W. Bush with the 2001 President's Service Award, America's highest honor for community service. The Arthritis Foundation named Leong one of its America's Fifty Heroes and awarded her its highest honor, the Harding Award. As a Community Hero, she carried the Olympic Torch for the 1996 Olympic Games. She was appointed to the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Advisory Council and chaired the Surgeon General's National Council on Self-Help and Public Health under C. Everett Koop. She served as International Spokesperson for the United Nations Bone and Joint Decade from 2000-2010. She is the author of Get a Grip: A Take Charge Approach to Arthritis (2002), its Spanish translation, Supérate! (2004), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Arthritis (2009) along with other peer-reviewed journal articles.

magazine coverAmye was honored to be the cover girl for the 25th anniversary issue of Arthritis Today magazine, the award-winning magazine of the national Arthritis Foundation USA (November/December 2012 issue). The cover story "A Powerful Patient" is available on pages 20-21. (Click here for the PDF.)

She currently serves on the US National Institute of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Self-Help and Self Care. She serves as a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Alliance for Aging Research, the Archstone Foundation, the Santa Barbara Advisory Board of the Arthritis Foundation, and the Steering Committee of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Definition Working Group. She is also a member of the Clinical Trials Grant Review Panel for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Amye continues to travel the world for the Bone and Joint Decade, the global alliance for musculoskeletal health, motivating people affected by chronic disorders to take charge of their health and well-being, and facilitating leaders of health professional societies, patient advocacy groups, industry, academic and research institutions, and governments to work together to improve musculoskeletal care. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of California and MBA from Purdue University.