Big Oak Supplies About Page
We’re your one-stop, online shop for outdoor & survival gear, hunting equipment, and emergency supplies. No matter your adventure, we’ll make sure you’re outfitted and ready to roll. We stock all the highest quality gear—from camping and hunting, to prepping, first aid, and outdoor survivalism.
My name is Dr. Timothy O’Connor. I’m a chiropractor and the founder of Big Oak Supplies.
I grew up the son of an educator and a nurse. I was taught the value of knowledge, health, and preparedness at an early age. When I was young, I had a couple of very traumatic experiences that have shaped who I am and, ultimately, led me to start this company.
My fondest memories from growing up are of family camping, fishing, and hiking adventures. I felt so free and alive during these times, and I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to recreate those moments.
On one particularly eventful day, I was way out in the ocean with my cousin, playing with our GI Joe Coast Guard toy. (It came with a raft, binoculars, and a life preserver! So cool.)
We were so engrossed with our fantasy world that we didn’t notice the tide coming in and the water getting deeper and deeper.
Our parents had 7-10 kids to watch at any given time, so they didn’t notice us either, drifting out to sea. (These were the days before the invention of the bubble-wrapped childhood… thank God). As the reality of our situation set in, we started to scream for our lives. I was getting weaker by the minute and knew I’d probably drown if we didn’t get help soon. For the first time ever, I was scared for my life and knew it was my own darned fault. I felt especially bad for having gotten my younger cousin into this predicament.
Well, thank God, a woman heard us and paddled a raft out to save us. I was so thankful, I don’t think I’ll ever forget her face! From that day onward, all warnings of precaution were taken with a bit more seriousness. The Boy Scout Oath of “Be Prepared” really took on new meaning for me.
A few months later, my sister, who was only ten years old at the time, was given a deadly medical diagnosis. She was very, very ill and it scared me to my bones. Fearing for my own life was one thing, but feeling helpless and afraid for her life was an entirely new experience. She was in so much pain and had so little energy that some days, she could barely walk. My mother took her to every specialist in New York and Boston—the best doctors in the world! They all said the same thing—that my beautiful sister was going to die with the disease and that there was no hope… no cure.
My mother was a strong Christian and a very spiritual person and would not accept this fate. Her faith would not allow it, but she also knew prayer and faith were not enough. Someone (the Quakers?) once said, "pray AND move thy feet!"
Now, during this time, I was joining in on a new healthy lifestyle—eating better, exercising regularly. Though I was fairly healthy to begin with, I noticed my wellbeing improving. My own human potential began to materialize, along with a new motivation to achieve it. Years later, I eventually became a Chiropractic Physician and Nutritionist, right alongside my brotherandmy sister.
In my practice, I've treated over 25,000 people and I still believe what I learned as a child; there truly is no limit to the level of health a person can achieve with the right attitude, faith in Natural Law, and the best nutrition a body can get.
That’s why fitness and the outdoors are such a huge part of my lifestyle. There’s nothing better than a day spent with my wife skiing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing, hunting, or hiking with our two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Though she’s not a hunter and is not much for hardcore camping, we both cherish our days spent in nature. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning and drives me to work hard.
I created Big Oak Supplies because I’ve experienced firsthand how confusing it can be to research and source the best gear, emergency equipment, apparel, survival, and prepping supplies, including supplements.
After a difficult quest for a specific product, which took me on a wild goose chase to 7 different stores, I decided it was time to create a one-stop-shop for outdoor lifestyle, adventure, and health products, so folks like me can access high-quality products that last a lifetime.
Big Oak Supplies is a lifestyle, a community, and a movement. We love serving our customers. Please reach out with any questions or comments.
Dr. Tim O'Connor, Owner of Big Oak Supplies