Elizabeth Dean is a physical therapist whose work in international and cross cultural health has spanned 20 years through her position in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Work on poliomyelitis took her and a colleague first to Pakistan. Since then, her international work has been largely related to wellness; and prevention of the leading causes of mortality from culturally-based lifestyle practices, and their management. This work has taken her to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. She spent a year in Kuwait with an international rehabilitation project; and in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she collaborated on a community-based tai chi program. She teaches at Huazhong University of Medical Sciences, Wuhan, China.