About Brian J. Ellinoy, Pharm. D.

Dr. Ellinoy's career as a pharmacist has encompassed a wide range of professional endeavors, including government service, academia and research, community practice, clinical hospital practice, and, most recently, private practice as an integrative consultant. Dr. Ellinoy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in Los Angeles, followed it with a hospital pharmacy residency in the United States Public Health Service at the USPHS Hospital in Seattle, Washington, and then did a tour of duty in the Indian Health Service as a staff pharmacist at the IHS Hospital located in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation.

After completing his government service, Dr. Ellinoy worked as a pharmacist research associate at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. He was affiliated with the PROMIS Laboratory, a group led by Lawrence Weed, M.D., developer of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record. He was involved in the pioneering computerization of the patient medical record and in the development of online guidance used in medical decision-making. Dr. Ellinoy found it quite exciting to be part of a team that was dedicated to replacing physician's handwriting (and the problems associated with it) with legible, complete orders, and to generating medical histories, problem lists, and progress notes in electronic form, thereby facilitating medical care and providing tools to monitor quality of care. Unfortunately, this pioneering work in the inpatient setting was not accepted by the medical community at the time and was largely overlooked as a result. It is ironic that major problems in legibility, coordination, and medical guidance still exist and continue to compromise medical care almost thirty years later. During this period Dr. Ellinoy was also involved in part-time community practice to better understand how computerization might impact outpatient care as well.

Dr. Ellinoy returned to California after his PROMIS Laboratory experience to become a staff clinical pharmacist at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, a position he held for more than twenty years. While there he developed an intense interest in herbs, supplements and other complementary therapies. A growing personal appreciation of the need for an integrative approach to facilitate health and healing (nurturing mind, body, and spirit) motivated him to obtain additional training and open a part-time private practice as an integrative pharmacist.

At Community Hospital, Dr. Ellinoy was part of a team administering Healing Touch treatments monthly to hospital employees and participated in a voluntary program with nursing colleagues in providing Healing Touch treatment to certain surgical patients before, during, and after surgery. He addressed the hospital's surgical nursing staffs on potential problems associated with patient use of herbs and supplements prior to anesthesia and surgery. He also was interviewed for articles on herbs, supplements, and complementary therapies, which appeared in the hospital's Pulse magazine.

In addition, through the hospital's Healthy Happenings program Dr. Ellinoy was able to facilitate a monthly group, free to the public, discussing herbs and supplements and inviting guest speakers to present information about their integrative specialties. He shared his knowledge of integrative/complementary therapies with the hospital's Chronic Pain, Breast Cancer, and Diabetes Support Groups and continues to speak to patients enrolled in the hospital's Cancer Wellness and Cancer Journey Programs.

Dr. Ellinoy has made presentations about his integrative consulting practice to physicians and dentists on the Monterey Peninsula and has spoken to various groups in the community about complementary therapies, including Alliance on Aging, Osteoporosis Diagnostic Center Support Group, and Hadassah. He has also made multiple appearances on the Local Access TV channel. He welcomes the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with both health care colleagues and the public.

Dr. Ellinoy has training in and experience with acupressure, aromatherapy, guided imagery (he composes his own imagery exercises to help clients prepare for hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy), Healing Touch, herbs and supplements, homeopathy, nutrition, Neuro-Emotional Technique, Reiki (1st Degree Attunement), and Total Body Modification. He counsels his clients about utilizing the inherent power of the body to heal, provides evidenced-based information about the universe of complementary/integrative choices available to them to awaken this power, and strives to self-empower them to make informed choices about their health based on their personal preferences and life situation. His position in both health care worlds, conventional and complementary, provides him with unique insights to share about health and healing.

Dr. Ellinoy's current interests include medical intuition, food as medicine, energy medicine, intention and healing, and the sacred aspects of health and healing.

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