|Pat O'Brien is one of the few people in the entire country
professionally schooled in both Ayurvedic & Chinese medicine (two entirely different
major medical sciences). Pat studied Ayurvedic medicine from
the Bayville Ayurveda Holistic Center and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She
studied Chinese medicine (TCM) and Chinese herbology through the Institute for Chinese
Herbology and the Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies. She also studied with world
renowned Herman Aihara and was certified professionally in macrobiotics at the Vega
Institute in CA. Additionally, she is board certified with the American Association of
Drugless Practitioners, and professionally certified with the American Herbalist Guild
(which has serious requirements and a peer review process). Pat is very knowledgeable in
natural supplements (having worked in the natural supplement industry in 3 different
states: CT, Rhode Island, and New York), and is a member of the Northeast Herbal
Association. She is professionally trained heavily in nutrition/diet, Western, Chinese,
and Indian herbal medicine, natural supplements and vitamins. She combines all these
methods for treating not just problems but also one's genetics. Pat does not belive in the
one size fits all method.
Additionally, Pat is a published writer. She has a fantastic book on natural medicine titled: Natural Medicine: What You Need To Know To Make It Work For You, and has several featured articles with Macrobiotics Today magazine. She was also quoted in the August 2007 issue of national Fit Yoga magazine in the article "Turmeric: As Good As Gold". (See some of her articles and book on this website.)
Pat has had 2 TV appearances in Cattaragus and Tompkins
counties New York, and has given hundreds of classes, lectures, workshops on natural
health throughout the northeast, as well as book signings. She has also been a guest
speaker at Lily Dale as well as several national reputable conferences, including the New
England Women's Herbal conference in New Hampshire. In fall of 2008, Pat was a guest on
the live radio talk show: blogtalkradio.com out of South Carolina. On a more traditional
note, she holds two bachelor's degrees from Alfred University, Alfred NY, was an Executive
Director for the American Cancer Society, and worked in the mental health field with
emotionally disturbed kids and teens.
Born in Buffalo NY, Pat spent her early childhood years in Lockport, Williamsville, Pittsford Rochester, Whitsboro Utica, and her high school years on the eastern end of Long Island. She also lived for a short while in Redding, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island. Passionate about athletics, she ran track and cross-country for high school and college. In high school, junior high, and middle school, she was also on the tennis, basketball and swim teams. In her twenties, she ran competively and won several gold, silver and bronze medals in 5k races in the northeast including: Elmira, Rochester, Buffalo, Long Island, Connecticut, and Watkins Glen. Although an avid runner for 33 years, Pat was into natural bodybuilding from 2006-2011. Her transformation was featured on the website/company bodybuilding.com! Passionate about natural medicine, health, science, the ocean, and environmental issues, she started out as a biology, pre-med major in college (taking courses such as human developmental biology), before changing to a philosophy degree. She even took marine biology courses while living on Long Island.
Today, Pat has natural medicine offices in western New York in Andover (near Alfred) where she sees patients by appointment. She has also worked in other clinical group settings like Ithaca's Integrative Medicine Center. She loves helping people get completely well, and has been in practice for 18 years. Healing people is a gift, and also one of the most rewarding experiences. Pat is truly passionate about what she does. When she has free time, her other favorite activities include: hiking, visiting beaches, attending drug-free bodybuilding competitions and triathlons.