Robbie Parker

Living with a Broken Heart

Class synopsis:
Through his personal and professional experiences Robbie has had to witness trauma and heartbreak in many different forms; having to both deliver and receive heartbreaking news about the death of a child.  These experiences have helped him gain an understanding that while these incidents may be unique, the feelings associated with trauma and heartbreak are relatable to everyone.  His message demonstrates that the story of a broken heart is not only about loss and despair but instead that the power of a broken heart leads to hope and healing. 

Robbie Parker spent half his childhood in Arlington, Texas and the later half growing up in Ogden, Utah. He met his wife, Alissa, while still in middle school. However, their romance didn’t blossom until much later. After serving a full-time mission to Brazil, he and Alissa were reunited, married and were blessed with three beautiful daughters: Emilie, Madeline and Samantha. Their oldest daughter, Emilie, was tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.

Professionally Robbie works as a Physician Assistant in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit for Oregon Health Science University. After Emilie’s death he and his wife started The Emilie Parker Art Connection. A non-profit organization connecting children that have suffered from trauma and abuse with art therapy. After living in various places all over the country, his family returned to the Pacific NW in 2014, the one place they consider to be home.