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Patrick Kearney, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Patrick Kearney received his undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the first residency class in Family Medicine. After completing his training in 1982, he and his family moved to Shiprock, New Mexico, where he worked for the Indian Health Service. He initially planned on working there for two years, but extended his stay to four years and then packed up, intending to move his family back to Michigan.

They made it as far as Durango, where he said, "Close enough!" He has been here since 1986, initially in solo practice. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and practices at Mercy Family Medicine, a local group practice. His professional interests cover the spectrum of Family Practice and include obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, health maintenance, mental health issues, management of chronic illnesses, and hospice. He is a member and past president of the medical staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. He joined the staff of Open Sky in 2011 and is enjoying the challenges of working with the students at Open Sky.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Pat enjoys traveling, cooking, bicycling (especially going downhill), skiing, hiking, camping, and reading. His main love is spending time with his family: his wife, Lori, who owns the pharmacy that supplies Open Sky with medications; his son, Sean, who is working on a doctorate in sustainable agriculture at the University of Vancouver; his daughter, Megan; and his two grandsons, Dylan and Harley.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.