De La Rosa is a Holistic Wellness Consultant, a lifelong
recovery advocate for quality healthcare, improved
social services and justice for all. Along with over 35
years of experience and extensive self-studies in the health,
wellness and fitness industry as a former AFAA-certified
group fitness instructor, professional fitness and swimwear
model, contributing fitness writer and NPC
fitness and bikini competitor, she holds a Bachelor's
degree in Communications and TV Broadcasting with a minor
in Psychology from the University of North Florida (UNF).
View her demo reel as a commercial and corporate training spokesperson and listen to her voiceover demo. Some of her past clients include Homeland Security, Department of Labor and Energy, Walt Disney World, Comcast and the United Way of Northeast FL.
is dedicated to civic service, having served as Founding
Chairperson for the First Coast Recovery Advocates (FCRA),
a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) that serves as a
resource for people with mental health and substance use disorder (SUD).
currently serves as an Advisory Council Member of The Salvation
Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and is a member
of the Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
(NEFCADA); member of the State of Florida's Mobilize Recovery
Action Plan (RAP) and the Inclusivity Caucus; member of Crime Survivors for Safety
and Justice (CSSJ); member of
the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville; member of the
Jaguar Car Club of North Florida; Founder of Be a Blue Buddy, a colon cancer awareness campaign; and member of the Taoist
Tai Chi Society. She also volunteers her time working at
local mental health facilities, correctional institutions
and treatment centers.
was diagnosed at the age of 38 with Stage 3(c) colon cancer in 2005 and treated with a "chemo cocktail" called
FOLFOX, a melange of several drugs including steroids. Looks
can be deceiving: she's deemed permanently disabled due
to the long-term side effects of chemo. This includes bone
and joint degeneration as well as peripheral neuropathy, extensive nerve damage particularly to hands and feet that causes numbness which, to some degree, might help in a sense that it may lessen the pains that exist or may arise. Also,
a rare procedure, her left sacroiliac (SI) joint was rebuilt
and fused with titanium bolts and rods.
years of chronic pain, complications, medical scares including liver cancer
and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), numerous surgeries
and what seemed like never-ending doctor appointments, she
decided that enough was enough. By 2016, her daily pill
box included up to 24 (twenty-four!) prescriptions and over-the-counter
(OTC) medications to alleviate some of her long-term side
effects. Half of the pills supposedly counteracted
the side effects from the other pills. This is known as
taking 5 or more medications to alleviate symptoms of an
ailment(s). With the help of her general physician, she
titrated down and discontinued almost all of her medications.
voracious researcher, prolific writer and a lover of life experiences, her interests include health and wellness on an individual, community and global scale to include Social Justice &
Equanimity; Cultural Diversity; Global Cohesiveness; GeoPathoPsychology; Childhood & Domestic Abuse/Neglect;
Adult Giftedness --extrasensory perception (ESP) or psychic abilities (we all have them); Homelessness; Mental Health; Addictions; Alcoholism; Colon Cancer; Education; Policy
Reformations; Feminism, Women Empowerment; Communications/Media; Psychology,
Spirituality; Alternative Health and Well Care Options; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Astrophysics; Quantum Physics;
Cosmology, the Collective Consciousness, Biology, Science,
Semiosis, Audiology; Multi-Dimensionality; Biodiversity;
and the Ethical and Moral Implications of Super Artificial Intelligence.
Grace welcomes invitations to speak on the following topics:
* Mindfulness, Meditation
* Alternative Healthcare
* Cultural Diversity
* The Religion of Love
* Addictions | Substance Abuse | Mental/Behavioral Health
* Colorectal Cancer
* Domestic Abuse/Violence
* Women Empowerment
* Our Health, Our World & The Price of Convenience
* Beyond Policies & Procedures: The Need for Reformation
* Hidden Psychological Abuse: Exploitation, Manipulation and Corruption of Systems and its effects on Our Mental Health and Well-Being, Individually and Collectively
* Integrative Healthcare: Eastern Philosophy Meets Western Medicine and Technology
strives for joyful learning and living by practicing open-mindedness and is willing to
step outside of her comfort zone. She has experienced snow
paintball wars, and traveling. Grace likes to soak in the
culture's history of traditions, arts, architecture and
daily lifestyle--eating and sleeping as the locals do.
enjoys the arts (e.g. music/theatre/live entertainment,
museums, paintings, photos, architecture), literature, and
botanical gardens. She is a beach girl at heart. Anything
related to the sun, clouds, moon, stars, rainbow and other
skyscapes capture her attention. Her favorite splash of
color is bright citrus orange. A few of Grace's favorite
scents are magnolia, rose, gardenia, peony,
plumeria, honeysuckle, citrus, aromatic
wafts of food cooking in the kitchen, the ionic shift just
before rainfall, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.
Grace was born
in Virginia and grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest
of four in a family where her parents are still happily
married after 54+ years. Her ethnic background is diverse: Filipina, Spanish, Hawaiian, Chinese, Norwegian, English and Sub-Saharan African. She is a proud U.S. citizen and
considers herself a "Born-Into" military veteran as her father retired from the Navy as a cook, and her former spouse served as an F/A-18 Hornet Strikefighter jet pilot (think Blue Angels) and P-3 pilot.
She traveled and lived around the world, including the Philippines,
Japan, Spain, Guam, California, Australia and Greece--where she left her heart in Oia-Santorini. She
has two adult children: daughter Armani and son Andrew,
and after having moved from South Carolina, Hawaii and Maryland,
Grace is happy to be back home in Jacksonville, FL.