Ed King - Founding Partner, Instructor, Research and Development
Check out Dr. Ed's TEDx talk on the Presistence of STIGMA in Mental Health
Dr. King brings to Thrive Outdoors a lifelong interest in the natural world, an eclectic range of experiences, and a commitment toward youth development and education.
In the early 90’s he earned a dual bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Keene, State College. During this period his experiences included S.C.U.B.A. environmental cleanup in the Merrimack River, field research in the jungles of Costa Rica, and living in, and managing a home for the developmentally disabled. For 2 1/2 months in 1994 he founding and executed a solo cross-country bike ride fundraiser for abused children. During this ride he was unsupported, carried all of his gear on his bike, and lived outdoors. He fondly remembers, “When you spend that much time outdoors you gain new abilities, you can tell the time of day, within 15 minutes, from the position of the sun.”
In 1994 he chose medicine over a career in environmental field research, stating, “If you want to truly help the earth, you have to go to the source of the problem.” He chose to work with people. Medical school and residency certainly test the survival skills of performance under fatigue as Dr. King experienced 24-36 hour workdays. He has provided care in homeless shelters and on the street in programs for addicts. In 1998 he spent six weeks in Africa working in hospitals, clinics, and on rural medicine. Additionally, he spent time on Safari and whitewater rafting on the Nile. Another 6 weeks was spent working in Israel, in a hospital a few miles from the Syrian border and in a clinic in an Arab village.
Since 2001 he has worked full time as a pediatrician and business owner. He has specific interest in family psychology and learning disabilities. His particular interests with Thrive is to share his passion for the natural world, and use the Thrive mission as a venue to assist people with environmental awareness, personal growth, and healing when needed.
During his life he has been an active backcountry backpacker, and scuba diver. He has been diving in places ranging from Mexican cenotes (sinkhole cave diving) to the Egyptian Red Sea. He relates S.C.U.B.A. diving heavily with on land survival since every aspect demands a serious preparedness mindset. He currently has interest in traditional archery, is an accomplished artist, and is working towards his black belt in the Kyokushin Karate.
Favorite Quote: “Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: It is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Disclaimer- Dr. King’s participation in Thrive Outdoors is solely for the purpose of personal interest. His presence does not impart or imply, in any way, that Thrive Outdoors has any mission, responsibility, or mandate to provide medical treatment or diagnosis. In the event of the necessity for medical care, any medical interaction with Thrive outdoors is provided solely on the basis of proximity/”good Samaritan” law.1