Trisha Torrey, Every Patient Advocate's Advocate

Trisha Torrey,
Every Patient’s Advocate
Every Advocate’s Advocate


Trisha Torrey

  • A teacher for 50+ years.
  • A marketer and business consultant for almost 40 years.
  • An expert in patient empowerment and health and patient advocacy for almost 20 years.
  • A sharer of expertise in Aging Independently since 2017
  • Yes, she’s a Boomer! …holding her own in a Gen X and Millennial world. 🙂

Since 2005, I have written, created, built, or been involved in the following:

Book Author:

Her books are published through DiagKNOWsis Medialogo - DiagKNOWsis Media

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Founder and Director:

  • (New!) AgeSmart! 411AgeSmart! 411 logo
    AgeSmart! 411 is Your Guide to Aging Independently
    . Currently under construction, preparing to serve the needs of those Seniors who wish to maintain independence and quality of life for as long as possible. Serving Seniors, their loved ones and caregivers, plus the businesses and professionals who serve them all. Expected launch: early 2024
Founder and Former Director (retired mid-2022):
    logo AdvoConnection DirectoryThe AdvoConnection Directory (as of 2023, find AdvoConnection at Umbra Health Advocacy) matches patients and caregivers to patient advocates and navigators who can assist them with medical system navigation, health insurance claims, medical billing issues, family health mediation and more.APHA logo 2020
  • The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
    The Alliance membership site provides business support (legal, insurance, marketing and more) to private health advocates is the engine behind the advocate listings in the AdvoConnection Directory.
  • PracticeUP! Online
    (e-learning and bootcamps for health and patient advocates and care managers)

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Web Host, Creator, Developer (current):spacer image

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  •  Blog for Seniors, their loved ones and caregivers on topics about aging independently while extending their quality of life.
  • Smart Practice blog (for advocates and care managers)
  • Umbra Health (for patients and caregivers, formerly
  • APHA Blog (for advocates)
  • Trisha’ TIPs (Tactics for Improved Practice Success at PracticeUP! Online)

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Contributing Author: 

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Former Faculty: Physician Community – “Ask a Patient” Expert

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Board Member:

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  • Expert in Patient Empowerment (2007 to 2014. Now called )
    image - Trisha Torrey talks about her misdiagnosis on the Today Show
    In June 2017, Trisha appeared on the Today Show to discuss her misdiagnosis and how patients can help confirm their doctor’s verdicts.
  • Interviewed and quoted by New York Times, NBC (Today Show),  CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Forbes, O Magazine, Health Magazine, NPR, USA Today, Bottom Line Publications, Angie’s List and others.

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News – Expertise Citations:  can be found here

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Newspaper Columnist:

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Radio Talk Show Host: HealthLink on Air (WSYR, Clear Channel Radio, 2006 – 2010)

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Contributor: Our Bodies, Ourselves, 40th Anniversary Edition (2011) Contributed to chapters on navigating the healthcare system, and finding credible health information online.

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Medical Journal Mentions:

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Book Mentions:

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Organizations / Memberships:

  • ICOPA: The International Conference on Patient Advocacy (developer)
  • The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
  • Disruptive Women in Healthcare
  • National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Patient Advocate Certification Board (retired)
  • PULSE America (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors – patient safety organization.)
  • CAPS: Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
  • Society of Participatory Medicine (retired)

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Before 2005:

Prior to beginning her patient empowerment and advocacy work, Trisha was owner of IntegriMark Communications, LLC (Syracuse, NY), a marketing consultancy that focused on moving small businesses to the Web.

Trisha began her marketing career in 1985 after an eight year classroom teaching career.

Trisha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) and a Master of Science degree from Elmira College (New York), both in education.

Her misdiagnosis, the impetus for her health and patient advocacy work, draws curiosity from her readers and listeners. It is described in depth here.

(updated November 2023)

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