Get To Know Dr. Barry O’Brien
In 2008, Dr. Barry O’Brien joined The Youth Clinic staff with 5 years of practicing in Fort Collins under his belt. After completing his Medical Degree at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha Nebraska, O’Brien completed his residency at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.
Why you chose your job
I have always been interested in medicine. As I worked the different rotations in medical school, I naturally gravitated towards working with children. My pediatric rotation sealed my choice; as it was far and away my favorite. In my opinion, pediatrics has more liveliness, happiness (in general) and hope than in the other medical fields I have encountered. I loved the idea of being able to work with and help children and their parents.
Why you enjoy working at The Youth Clinic
The people. I am surrounded by wonderful people from the front desk to the nurses, back office and providers. Everyone works together to create a very positive environment for the patients and their families. I love watching the little ones grow from babies to toddlers, young children and beyond.
What advice do you have for your patients/audience?
Enjoy your kids as they are and give them positive reinforcement every day! As everyone says, they grow up extremely quickly- so work to ensure you can look back on this time fondly. Medically- get your children vaccinated, and if you have questions about the vaccines, ask your doctor.
You are a single dad – how do you think that benefits your patients?
I understand the stressors of divorce and single parenting because I personally have gone through these changes in life. More in tune with the demands of child-care with a full-time job from the perspective of a single parent.