My Personal Story
I have enjoyed good health and happiness for many years, but it wasn’t always that way.
Raised in a large Irish/American Catholic family where I was wedged in between three brothers and four sisters meant that I had to be very independent and self-sufficient. We were raised in a very strict environment, mostly due to my father's upbringing, the fact that there were so many of us to take care of, and my father’s mental illness. We were taught to work hard and that no one owed you a living.
That “work hard” philosophy stuck with me through high school, college, and then into my career. I carried the strong work ethic into my nursing work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and then in to my 30-year career in health care administration and management.
A stressful (and rewarding) career along with raising three active children, caring for my ill father (and later, my mother) and a husband who was away a lot, took a toll on my health. Life was hectic. Our finances weren’t in good shape either. I made some poor dietary decisions and I was very stressed out trying to manage it all. I also gained weight over the years and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in my 20’s and the doctor prescribed Synthetic hormones.
Fast-forward 30 Years…
It wasn’t until I began following the recommendations of a Functional Medicine Practitioner that things started changing for me. I learned how to heal my Hypothyroidism and my thyroid is now completely normal. In the process, I stopped taking Synthetic hormones, and lost 30lbs, along with severe joint pain and stiffness.
After I left my career at St. Peter’s I redirected my passion and lifelong desire to help people to enroll in an accelerated program to be certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), located in New York City.
After graduating, I applied for and received a leadership award through IIN. There were certain criteria that had to have be been met throughout the course work and then an idea of how to continue the “ripple effect.” My idea to continue the ripple effect is to share with my clients the work of Dave Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Solutions and best-selling author of the Total Money Makeover, (and much more) and Joshua Rosenthal, founder and owner of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
My health is so important to me and I love to cook and exercise. I belong to a strength training gym that I go to at least three times a week. I love the people and the structure that it gives my day. Friends are very important to me and we get together a few times a week to walk and catch up. I mostly love spending time with my family.
I am married to my husband Greg, from Donegal Ireland. Greg is a Captain with a major airline. We have three children, Jack 24, Brendan 22 and Madeline 16 years old along with two dogs, Max and Rex.
I am the 4th of 8 children and my husband is the 5th of 10 children, so we have big families and a ton of fun.
My Credentials & Work Experience
• Registered Nurse, BSN, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York
• Master’s of Science in Nursing, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York City
• Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York City
• Nurse, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
• High School Teacher, St. John’s Preparatory School, Queens, NY
• Operations Manager, Riverview Cancer Center, Rexford New York
• Director of Cancer Care Program, St. Peter’s Health Care Services, Albany, NY
• Practice Administrator, Albany Radiation Oncology Associates, Albany, NY
• Practice Administrator, St. Peter’s Health Care Services Medical Associates, Albany, NY
• Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Patty McGee Health & Wellness, LLC. Schenectady, NY