Io Dolka, MS

Founder, Managing Director & Chief Care Advocate

Io is GreyZone’s founder and lead Care Advocate. She loves helping people address their medical challenges and improve the quality of care they receive.

Io formed GreyZone after seeing first-hand how complicated it was for people with complex medical conditions to obtain an accurate diagnosis of their symptoms. Her experience was a testing, decade-long journey from health to bed-ridden sickness and back. This journey taught her not to take anything for granted and to keep pushing for answers until a clear understanding exists of what is wrong and an effective treatment plan is put in place.

As a patient advocacy leader at the local and national level since 2011, Io co-founded and served as Executive Director and Board member of the Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA). WASHAA is the first state-level patient advocacy organization in the United States. It is a non-profit that empowers patients to be active participants in their own medical care. Io also served on the Advisory Board for the Care Management Certificate of the University of Washington as well as the Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB), a national effort to standardize the field of professional Patient Advocacy. Io is currently actively involved in the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), serving on the Patient Engagement and Practice Improvement committees.

Io enjoys spreading the word on issues surrounding diagnosis and patient advocacy. She has been an invited speaker at the University of Washington, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, among others. She has also been quoted in various local and national publications.

In her previous career, Io held scientific and management positions in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology. She was a co-author on two peer-reviewed publications, and feels that inquisitiveness and research skills honed in during those years laid the groundwork for her current career.

Io holds a post-graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master of Science (MSc) in Biotechnology Studies from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration, Marketing Management from The American College of Greece.

For fun, Io enjoys listening to jazz music, singing, and watching summer sunsets while visiting family and friends in Greece.

Io's Talks, Interviews & Media Appearances

Second Opinion: When, Why and How to Obtain One

April 4, 2019 - Io Dolka is passionate about helping people obtain an accurate diagnosis and manage their complex conditions. Her drive can be traced back to her own decade-long medical struggles, going from health to bed-ridden sickness and back again. A pioneer in the advocacy industry, she is the Founder...

WASHAA Panel Discussion

June 20, 2018 - Join experienced advocates working in the Northwest who are interested in sharing success and challenges in working in the field for networking, light hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Ever thought it might be nice to partner with another advocate to cover client load or be a back up...

Becoming Your Own Health Advocate with Io Dolka (Episode 3)

June 8, 2018 - Io Dolka is the founder and chief care advocate of Greyzone a company that helps people with difficult to diagnose and mange conditions find answers and improve their quality of life through personalized, patient-centered solutions. Her commitment to the health advocacy world began after her own struggles...