Brought up in Bakersfield, Dr. O’Connell first pursued his studies at Bakersfield College and then travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to complete his undergraduate and medical degrees at Creighton University, the family alma mater. On graduating from medical school, he trained in Family Practice at Ventura County Medical Center. Thereafter, he shifted to Corvallis, Oregon to practice for six years before returning home to Bakersfield to practice medicine in 1999.
He and his wife have two wonderful adult children. In his free time, Dr. O'Connell enjoys playing music with friends in several local musical groups.