Elijah Sacra, FMHC
Plenary and Concurrent Presenter
Elijah Sacra is a US Marine Corps veteran, exercise physiologist, human biomechanics specialist, Functional Medicine health coach, consultant, and educator. He works in concert with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and mental health practitioners while delivering services to populations under clinical care. These include individuals living with chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, amputations, and neurodegenerative diseases as well as cancer patients, the blind, and patients recovering from surgeries and burns.
Elijah currently works with members of US Special Operations Command, the military, and law enforcement units and personnel through his consulting business Wellness Solutions Group LLC and serves as executive director of Warrior Wellness Solutions (WWS), a GuideStar Platinum 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. WWS is currently recognized as an America’s Warrior Partnership Four Star Alliance Program of Excellence and as a Great Nonprofits “Top-Rated Nonprofit.” WWS provides integrative health and wellness education and training to thousands of wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, their caregivers, and medical and support staff, and was recognized with an award for their service with the US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. Additionally, WWS delivers professional military education and pre- and post-deployment human performance and resiliency training to active duty service members.
Elijah served on the executive board for Non-Profit and Community Participation in Achieving World Class Standards of Care and Services for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and as a coach for TEAM Marine Corps for the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games. He has been educated in pain care skills by members of the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Pain Care Initiative based at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Elijah holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and is trained in logic model reporting by the RAND Corporation. He is a 2018 Patient Scholarship Recipient for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for his valuable perspectives and expertise on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs patients, caregivers, and patient representatives focusing on the theme “From Evidence to Impact: Putting What Works Into Action.”
Elijah currently serves on the Veteran Research Engagement Panel at the Durham, NC, VA Center of Innovation for Health Services Research and Development Services Research in Primary Care and as a Subject Matter Expert/Veteran Research Engagement Panel for a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute–funded study with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development for Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction in Veterans.