Myriah Hinchey, ND – Biography
Dr. Myriah Hinchey is a Connecticut-licensed naturopathic physician and the founder/medical director of TAO: Center for Vitality, Longevity, & Optimal Health, an integrative medical center for healing located in Hebron, Connecticut.
Following graduation from naturopathic medical school, Dr. Hinchey completed a mentorship with renowned functional medicine pediatrician, Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP. During her time with Dr. O’Hara, she became aware of how frequently Lyme and tick-borne disease are underlying issues for children with ASD and PANS/PANDAS. Later, she herself was diagnosed with multiple tick-borne illnesses, and found herself immersed in the work of Master Herbalist Stephen Buhner. His evidence based herbal approach to healing Lyme disease and co-infections inspired her to correspond with him in developing products and treatment protocols, which ultimately led to the protocols that she used to heal herself and her patients.
Dr. Hinchey has continued to advance her clinical practice by studying under pioneering Lyme physicians Dr. Tom Moorcroft, Dr. Richard Horowitz, and Dr. Neil Nathan; mycotoxin specialist, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker; and lifestyle and functional medicine doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Jeffrey Bland.
Rooted in functional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Hinchey shares her unique approach to Lyme and co-infections with other practitioners by lecturing at medical conferences, including the annual meetings of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association, of which she is an active member.
In addition to her clinical work at TAO Vitality, Dr. Hinchey is the owner of LymeCore Botanicals™, a tick-borne disease-focused herbal medicine company. LymeCore™ is the proud sponsor of many Lyme-focused continuing education events.
In 2019, Dr. Hinchey hosted the first Eastern Connecticut Lyme Conference, which sought to empower patients to take charge of their clinical care and heal from Lyme disease. Since then, that regional movement has evolved into a nationally targeted multimedia company, LymeBytes™. LymeBytes™ endeavors to educate both healthcare providers and the public on effective Lyme diagnosis and treatment, bringing together practitioners and patients for in-person and virtual education and community-building opportunities.
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
1998 – Dr. Hinchey has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998 from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, specializing in CORE myofascial release, acupressure, and deep tissue massage, integrating the Japanese healing art of Reiki into her sessions.
Bachelor Degree in Psychology
2000 – Completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2000, receiving the New England Scholar Award.
Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine
2005 – After completing her Pre-Medical requirements, Dr. Hinchey earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005.
Professional Trainings & Certifications
Medical Acupuncture Certified
2006 – Received her certificate in Medical Acupuncture for Physicians from Briarwood College in 2006. She is also certified in Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from the Swedish Institute in New York City and completed training in Auricular Acupuncture for Chemical Dependency and Detoxification at the Lincoln Recovery Center in the Bronx, New York.
2009 – Completed additional training with DAN! Clinician, Dr. Nancy O’Hara where she learned hands-on how to treat children on the autism spectrum as well as those with severe ADHD.
Lyme Disease Literate Physician
To further her studies in understanding the complex and often devastating effects of Lyme disease and co-infections, Dr. Hinchey attends the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society’s (ILADS) Annual conference to keep up with the current ILADS treatment guidelines.
Lyme disease treatment is conducted in an integrative manner as well, encouraging patients to follow ILADS treatment protocol as well as using herbal protocols that have been studied extensively by Master Herbalist, Stephen Buhner.
Naturopath Tick Borne Disease Specialist
By following these protocols, while focusing on normalizing immune system functions a balancing of the body can be achieved, which is essential for completely eradicating the disease.
2012 – Mentored with ILADS physician Dr. Tom Moorcroft to further her knowledge of how to use an integrative approach to treat Chronic Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
2019 – Created and hosted the first Eastern Connecticut Lyme Conference.
2020 – Attended training with renowned Lyme expert and author Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD. Dr. Horowitz trains Lyme Literate Physicians in his clinical expertise and scientific advances in the diagnostics and treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases using classical and integrative methods to help those with chronic, resistant disease.
Preceptorship with Debra Anastasio ND
Dr. Hinchey completed an advanced preceptorship with Dr. Debra Anastasio who specializes in treating children with neurodevelopmental disorders and women’s reproductive health.
First Line Therapy Certified
Dr. Hinchey obtained her certification for First-Line Therapy (FLT) by Metagenics and has been using Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) as the main focus of her practice. Teaching patients how to make simple but crucial lifestyle choices on a daily basis has been the most challenging but effective medicine thus far.
Dr. Hinchey is in the process of becoming MAPS Certified, which focuses on the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The level of mastery that MAPS fellows (FMAPS) achieve in the field of complex pediatric conditions makes them among the best-prepared practitioners in this field.
MAPS are a group of professionals who offer a Comprehensive Education & Fellowship to Medical Professionals for the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related chronic complex conditions. The rapidly increasing scientific evidence-based material that supports the medical treatment of autism spectrum-related medical disorders is evolving and passed on to practitioners in a systematic, in-depth course of study, in order to have the greatest impact on this medically complex pediatric population.
Mentorship with Autism specialist, Nancy O’Hara MD
Learned hands-on during a yearlong weekly Mentorship, how to treat children with ASD, PPD, and ADHD.
She is also an adjunct faculty member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) since 2014 where she has been a featured speaker during their annual conference.
ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.
In addition, Dr. Hinchey is a founding partner and co-owner of both LymeCore Botanicals LLC