Meet Patricia Cleary. She’s a Nurse Practitioner for Clean, assisting our community with medical issues and questions. She’s also constantly inspiring our team with her amazingness and incredible work ethic, along with her ability to balance work, family and be a total rock star mom while making time for herself as well. Patricia learned a new word on our team retreat to Costa Rica: dope (in the “wow, that’s totally dope, aka rad!” usage and I know we all agree that she is one of the dopest women we know. We’re psyched to share her wonderfulness here with you, and we know she’ll inspire you too!
Q: Along with being a mom, how else would you define your employment (paid or unpaid)?
In addition to being a mother and wife, I work as a nurse practitioner with the Clean program assisting customers with their cleanse specifically with any medically related issues they may be having. This has actually been the highlight of my “career” so far. I absolutely LOVE talking to people about wellness and helping them figure out ways to improve their overall well being through positive lifestyle changes and cleansing. I have learned so much from the customers at Clean and from the other support staff at clean. I look forward to continue to embrace the field of functional medicine. In addition to Clean, I work at Seattle Childrens’ hospital in the Otolaryngology clinic. The majority of children I see have issues with chronic ear infections, snoring, large tonsils as well as hearing loss. I sub-specialize in sensorineural hearing loss. I am grateful to the patients and their caregivers and amazed by their compassion and strength.
Q: How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
A 17 year old son, 10 year old son, and twin 8 year olds, a boy and a girl. Also, a 1 year old English Mastiff.
Q: What’s the best part about being a mom?
Getting to know your children. Also, laughing and dancing with them.
Q: How are your kids learning how to be eco-warriors?
Seattle is very eco-friendly. We recycle everything. We’re always thinking twice before driving and asking ourselves if we can walk there or take the bikes instead.
Q: What are your kids’ favorite foods and do they know where they come from?
Wild-caught salmon, seaweed and Pho. They love learning about the life cycle of the salmon.
Q: Do you recycle as a family?
Q: What does the lunch program at their schools look like?
No comment. We make our own lunch.
Q: How do you think it could improve?
More fresh fruits and vegetables. Involve local farmers.
Q: Do you talk about organic food, clothing, etc.?
Q: What’s your ideal weekend?
Hiking with family and the dog near Snoqulamie Falls.
Q:What was the last thing you ate?
Salmon, spinach, quinoa and turmeric.
Patricia Cleary is the Clean Team’s Nurse Practitioner, handling specific medical issues and questions regarding the program. She was born in New York City, the youngest of seven. She received her training as a nurse practitioner in New York, has worked in several states and abroad, including Denmark and Samoa. For the last 13 years she’s lived in Seattle with her family, working at a children’s hospital in the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic. Her free time is usually spent helping kids with homework, going to soccer or baseball games, running, reading, yoga, and having date nights with her husband.