Faces of Long Island celebrates the uniqueness of everyday Long Islanders. In their own words, they tell us about their life experiences, challenges and triumphs. Newsday launched this social media journey into the human experience to shine a light on the diverse people of this wonderful place we call home.

‘I teach my students, we do not see death, we only see things that can be prevented and give messages delivered with grace.’


“My mom was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 1994. I went to a psychic, and as I walked in the door, he brought up my mother. He said, ‘You’re worried about a woman above you?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He asked for her picture, looked at it, and told me that she had it in her breasts, ribcage, skull and pelvis — which was absolutely correct.

“Then he said, ‘I know a healer that works with cancer and has some success. Would your mother be interested?’ I said, ‘She’s got nothing to lose.’ I took her the next day and she went into remission for 15 years. She died at age 84 and had a very comfortable life. She went to her oncologist every six weeks, and he loved to see her because she was always healthy. The cancer almost froze in place.

“So that sent me on my journey. As years went by, my mother said, ‘I got this so that you could do that.’ It all kind of fell right into place. I went to a paranormal class, and three weeks in, I got burning hot hands. I had no idea why my hands were hot.

“I said to my husband, ‘My hands are like hot pokers. I can’t cool them down. I thought menopause was hot flashes, not hot hands.’ As soon as I touched somebody the following week, their pain went away.

“I was astounded! I talked to God and said, ‘Look, I surrender. I am here to do whatever it is I’m supposed to do.’ When I started to heal people, one after the next, I decided if I teach a class, I can teach people not to get sick. I could teach them how to love and honor themselves. Forgive others.

“I also found out that when I meditated people, they would go into deep meditation and when they came out of it, their psychic gifts were right there. So, then I said, ‘OK, I guess I have another job. I’m supposed to do this and teach them how.’

“Fortunately, I’ve been very successful at it. For Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, my job was to ascend her and take her to the next level. But I teach them integrity. I teach my students, we do not see death, we only see things that can be prevented and give messages delivered with grace.

“I’ve taught thousands of people over 28 years. It’s been a journey to say the least — and a journey that is far from over. Even at 73, I’ve got a long way to go!”

I see miracles every day. I call this the miracle business.

“I don’t find it to be different healing people online or in person. There was no internet when I started years ago, so I spoke on the phone. If I couldn’t speak to somebody from another country because of time constraints, I would write their name on a piece of paper, and I would literally close my eyes and focus my hands over the paper. And then I said, ‘Well, I don’t really need the paper because the energy travels by thought.’ So, I stopped using the paper. And then as the pandemic came, I was working with people on Skype, and they would heal.

“I had a cousin that went to Japan for work for three weeks. It was winter, and he was boarding the plane in Boston and slipped on the ice, fracturing several ribs. And he couldn’t turn around. He had to go. He didn’t really believe in what I did. But we had a family reunion that summer and there was some talk around the campground. He wrote to me and said, ‘Patricia, I fell, and I can’t breathe. I went to a walk-in clinic here, but there was a language barrier. I have to sit at meetings for three weeks and I can’t even get off the bed.’ So, I asked him the time difference, and I think I had to work at 8 o’clock in the morning for him in order to match his time. And I just told him to lay down. I did the healing, and that was the end of it. He sent me a big edible arrangement. But this is the part that I try to teach my students and the people that I heal; I don’t do it. It comes through me. The energy runs through me before it goes to you. It’s coming through my head and feet and out my hands because I call from two directions — Mother Earth and God.

“All I am is a catalyst. I couldn’t possibly do this. There’s no way. I couldn’t touch people the way that I touch them. I’ve seen babies walk that couldn’t stand or walk that had genetic diseases.

“He couldn’t even speak because we were both a little bit astounded. I’m always shocked. So I see miracles every day. I call this the miracle business. Each one of us has intuition. There’s no one on this planet that does not have a gift. They just don’t know how to open it.”

Interviewed by Jay Max