The Doctor Is In: My Success at the Crossroads of Autism and Spirituality

This autobiography talks about how Dr. Suglia managed to cope with lifelong challenges with health, learning, and social integration despite having autism. In this book, Dr. Suglia talks about how his spiritual philosophy helped him succeed and continue to develop in his career and personal life. More

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About Dr. Patrick V. Suglia

Dr. Suglia is a native of Reading, PA. He first entered the world of health care in 1982 as an ambulance attendant for the Gov. Mifflin Area Ambulance Association in Shillington, PA. Ten years later, he became a Certified Respiratory Therapist. He then moved to Valparaiso, IN where he worked at the Porter Memorial Hospital, specializing for a period of time in pediatric respiratory care.

After discovering greater potential within himself, and developing an eagerness to help people in an even higher capacity, he attended Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA. During his time in Georgia, he was trained in the traditional method of Usui Reiki as Taught by Takata by the Rev. Betty McKeon. He also concurrently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Regents College in Albany, New York.

After graduating from Life University in March of 2000, he returned to his home state of Pennsylvania. He settled in the Pocono Mountains where he opened a practice at the Pocono Plaza Travel Center on I-80 in Bartonsville. During that time, he became a Department of Transportation Medical Examiner, performing Driver Fitness Determination Examinations for commercial drivers.

In the summer of 2002, he moved to Minneapolis, MN. During his time in Minnesota, he became involved with the autism community after learning that he has a form of high-functioning autism. This led him to create his own three-hour lecture which he presents to various groups of parents, teachers, and health care providers who seek more information about autism and for continuing education credits.

After a ten-month stint practicing in Yuma, AZ from 2012-2013, he returned to the Reading area where he now provides holistic care and Reiki healing services in a mobile setting, taking care of people in their private homes, hotel rooms, businesses, and other settings as requested.

Despite all of his life accomplishments, he feels that his greatest teacher of compassion and empathy was the fact that he has had many health challenges of his own throughout his life. Having almost succumbed to salmonella as an infant is what he attributes his neurological development challenges to, including having autism. At the age of 19 he had open heart surgery to correct a failing aortic valve. At the age of 36 he again underwent a cardiac procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

In October of 2009 he suffered a stroke which left him temporarily paralyzed on his right side. Because of much determination, he was back to full strength and function within six weeks. Also, between 1995 and 2009, he suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These are just a few of the many incidents that Dr. Suglia sees as “temporary inconveniences”, yet great influences, along his personal life’s journey and in his professional calling as a healer.

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