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Lara O'Neil APRN, CPNP

Lara O’Neil, APRN is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who combines traditional with integrative health care. It is her passion to treat children, adolescents and their families with a holistic approach to healing, as she believes that the ideal model of good health addresses each individual child and family’s physical, mental and spiritual needs. She has a deep sense of compassion for people, she is an attentive and responsive listener and her sense of commitment to providing the best care possible to her patients makes her a unique health care provider.


Lara brings over 25 years of experience working with children. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont in 1994 and immediately started working in Pediatrics in both the home care setting and in the hospital. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing from the College of St Catherine in St Paul, Minnesota in 1999. When becoming board certified in Pediatrics, she worked in the public school system in St. Paul.  After returning to her home state of Connecticut, she worked for 10 years in a bustling pediatric office providing primary care including preventative, acute, chronic and mental health services. Her strong desire to provide more holistic minded care led her to joining together with Dr. DeMers at Thrive Center for Health.


Her innate inclination for holistic health led to many years researching, studying, and implementing natural approaches to benefit herself, her children and her patients. In 2012, she earned certification in Integrative Health and Healing through The Graduate Institute. She is also trained in Reiki and Cranial Sacral Therapy through Upledger Institute.


Lara seamlessly combines allopathic medicine and a love of science, with her knowledge and deep respect for integrative medicine to treat the whole person in a “best of both worlds” approach to wellness.


In her free time, she loves spending time with her three uniquely different daughters, reading, hiking and being near water. Yoga, meditation, and being in nature are an important part of her life and self care.


Lara is also an author, and you can follow her work here-

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