The Health Education Learning Program (HELP) is designed to help inner city youth live a healthier lifestyle through health education and community outreach programs. Meet HELP’s Board of Directors and learn how they work to keep the community informed on health education.
Dr. Thomas G. O’Brien II serves as HELP’s Executive Director. He directs the organization’s affairs, leads board meetings, ensures the goals and mission of HELP are achieved, serves as key educator, directs marketing efforts and assists with fundraising.
Dr. O'Brien holds an A.S. in Biology from Nassau Community College and a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Sociology from New York Institute of Technology. He has an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology and a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science, Family Practice Residency. He has 25 years of experience as a family physician and is a Diplomat of Family Medicine as well as Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
He is a Certified Ring Side Physician for the U.S. Amateur Boxing Association, Inc. and has more than 15 years of experience as an amateur and professional Ring Side Physician. Dr. O'Brien is a retired Captain and Commander of New York Guard, 88 BDE, Med Corp., with seven years of experience and is FEMA Certified with the U.S. Homeland Security. He possesses several awards, including Outstanding Medical Services Award in 2012, four New York Guard Mission Support Medals, a Humanitarian Award for Activation during Hurricane Irene, Cambridge Who's Who Professional of the Year in Family Medicine 2011 and four BronxNet Beta Awards: 3 for Best Education Program and1 for Best TV Series in 2010. In 2019, Dr. O'Brien published his first book on the benefits of Medical Marijuana. As one of the first doctors in New York to be certified in the use of Medical Marijuana, he has seen firsthand what a powerful tool it can be to help so many people in need of relief.