Stick with the Winners! –
Dr. George Baxter-Holder grew up on Long Island and got his training in Seattle. He holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duke University and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington. He started his own medical practice which focuses on wellness and beauty. Having lived a very colorful life, Dr. George is an Eagle Scout and has been an actor on Star Trek: The Next Generation and has battled drug addiction, criminal convictions, obesity, the IRS, and a Mexican drug cartel. He has been in recovery from drug addiction for many years after serving time on a three year sentence for drug possession. Today, he and his husband Travis live profoundly spiritual and intentional lives studying Religious Science and serving the community in many ways.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. I don’t believe that I had a choice when I was using drugs and believe that my addiction made me give up that choice, however my preference was for anything that made me go really fast and really high, mostly well made meth. I last used July 7, 2000.
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. I learned the most in my Nursing programs. Shoreline Community Colleges was probably the “most” amount of new knowledge learned, however my masters program at University of Washington was when I learned how to be a primary care giver and Duke University Doctor of Nursing Practice is where I learned how to be a leader. Not only in nursing but in the world at large. I learned the most about myself at Duke.
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. There is an innate nature of a leader that can truly only be present in the DNA, however circumstances in life can bring this leadership genetics to the forefront. I believe that all of us have within us that leadership gene.
Q. How do you measure success?
A. Success for me is measured over time and in terms of ability to deal with life in a graceful manner. Success is not monetary, amounts of friends, or collections of things yet success is the ability to give and receive love.