Uplifting the Patient Experience

At age twenty-eight, Matt Cavallo, MPH was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Seemingly overnight he went from a fully- functioning, healthy man to someone who was numb from the waist down and unable to walk. As a result of his diagnosis, Matt has dedicated his life, education and career to uplifting the patient experience. Matt went on to achieve his Masters of Public Health Administration and has been using his personal story to facilitate positive change across the care continuum.

Speaker

Matt’s unique combination of sincerity, humor, and personal inspiration captivates audiences for a truly memorable experience.

Author

Matt's story of being diagnosed and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges associated with having a chronic disease can be read in his memoir, The Dog Story: A Journey into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis.

Clinical Educator

Matt has provided clinical education on over 150 EMR implementations, gaining a greater understanding of the legal and regulatory pressures put on the providers

Past Speaking Clients Include

Matt Cavallo was the keynote speaker at the Aspirus rehab celebration day
Matt Cavallo shared his patient experience at a nursing leadership committee meeting at Benefis Health System
Matt Cavallo was the keynote speaker at a GSU medical CEU event
Matt Cavallo was a keynote speaker at over 50 Biogen Idec events
Matt Cavallo served on a patient safety committee for Lemtrada sharing his patient experience.
Matt Cavallo was a keynote speaker at a Farmer Insurance agent event

What Clients Say About Matt

Matt has a unique ability to take his journey and make it personal to his audience. His capacity to engage the audience and make them a part of the dog story allows everyone to be deeply emotionally engaged, inspired and therefore motivated to put an end to MS. His inner strength is highly contagious” – Laurent Placidi, VP Marketing, Genzyme Corp.

“His personal story, “The Dog Story,” deeply touched all of our therapy staff. Having worked with patients like Matt on a daily basis, it is a wonderful feeling to hear Matt’s story and uplifting message of hope” – Krin Gresen, Director of Rehabilitation, Aspirus Wausau Hospital

I and audiences alike find Matt’s talks to be inspirational, motivational, humorous, and sometimes emotionally stirring. I have observed Matt dozens of times captivate an audience with his engaging, warm, and entertaining oratory style. In my career, I have never observed a better speaker than Matt.” – John McDaniel, Executive ABM, Biogen Idec

“Matthew is a moving speaker with a tremendous amount of energy and dedication to both doing good in the world and helping others becoming successful while he’s doing it.” – Joyce Parrish, Director of Rehabilitation Memorial University Medical Center

As Seen On

Matt's story has been seen, read and heard on prestigious media outlets including:

Matt Cavallo was featured on GMA as a part of the My MS Yoga video
Matt Cavallo was featured 10 Lessons From Empowered Patients for US News and World Report
Matt Cavallo has been featured in WebMD patient experience articles including parenting with MS
Matt Cavallo was featured on KTAR radio
Matt Cavallo was featured in a Boston Globe story about Tysabri and PML risk
Matt Cavallo has been featured in multiple articles by Everyday Health

Living Well with a Chronic Illness Blog

Matt's blog is a conversational blog about living well with a chronic illness, like multiple sclerosis. Deeply personal, timely and educational, Matt's writing inspires many and provides strategies and insights to help others in their fight against chronic illness.