Today many men and women are looking beyond conventional medicine alone to keep themselves well. Increasingly their choices include the integration of complementary and alternative approaches which address the mind, body and spirit in restoring health. At the Continuum Center for Health and Healing we stand at the forefront of this evolution in healthcarehelping to develop a new type of medicine that combines the best of both conventional and complementary/alternative therapies. We find patients benefit most when working in partnership with their health care providerwe value our patients experience and voice.
Located at 245 Fifth Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets) in New York City, the Center offers the following services: Primary Care, Womens Health Services,Mens Health Services,
Childrens Health Services, Integrative Psychotherapy/Mind-Body Services, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Traditional and Indigenous Healing Systems, Welcome New Center Staff, Librarian Search, Holistic Pre-and Post Surgery Program, Holistic Fertility Care, Midwifery Program.
The Center can also help design and host Professional Meetings and One-Day Retreats.
Primary Care: Family Practice and Holistic Internal Medicine for Adults
Primary care focuses on optimizing health, preventing illness and treating acute and chronic conditions. An integrative perspective emphasizes all aspects of an individuals life, including family and community. A holistic approach includes diet, exercise, stress reduction, self-care and spiritual renewal. The doctor or other primary care practitioner becomes a partner in supporting his/her patient toward an optimal balance of mind, body and spirit. Family Medicine Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Internists offer primary care at the Center. In addition, Family Medicine practitioners also provide primary care for inflants, children and adolescents (see Childrens Health Services).
Many practitioners at the Center use an integrative, science-based health care approach called Functional Medicine to improve the management of complex chronic disease. This system focuses on the biochemical assessment of each patient, and then individually tailors interventions that help restore physical, mental, emotional and structural balance.
Because much of the risk of chronic disease is due to modifiable lifestyle practices, a great deal of attention is paid to lifestyle change. That means that what you eat, how you exercise, what your spiritual practices are, how much stress you live with and how you handle that stress are all elements that will be addressed in a comprehensive approach. Working in partnership with a doctor trained in functional medicine, patients make dietary and activity changes combined with nutrients targeted to specific functional needs. Pharmaceutical drugs or herbal medicines, detoxification protocols, physical medicine interventions and stress-management strategies may also be used. These provide patients with tools to positively impact their health and effect the outcome of disease.
Practitioners at the Center using a functional medicine approach include Dr. Martin Ehrlich and Dr. Roberta Lee.
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Womens Health Services
All women, from early adolescence to later adulthood, seek health care that addresses their complex health needs. Our womens health services are comprehensive and holistic, complementing our primary care services by focusing on womens reproductive health and well being. Services include sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy, fertility, and peri-and post-menopausal health.
Integrative gynecological care is a blend of conventional gynecological treatments and the best clinically proven complementary and alternative therapies. Each treatment program is designed for the individual needs of the patient using an integrative approach. This holistic orientation to gynecological care combines lifestyle management (nutrition, exercise, stress management skills), western herbs, and natural hormones with other therapeutic approaches offered by Center practitioners including Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Integrative Nutrition and Mind-Body Medicine.
Our womens health services are provided by an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Certified Nurse Midwives, a Physician Assistant specializing in holistic gynecology, and Family Medicine physicians.
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Mens Health Services
Often it has been remarked that men dont know who to turn to for their health care needs. Most men wait until a health crisis arises or they reach a later stage of life before they attempt to find a doctor.
Perhaps you, like many adult men, live with a fear about a family history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer and have never been evaluated to know if in fact you are at risk. Genetics is not destiny and we know more than we ever did about how to advise and treat in order to minimize those risk factors.
Modern life is complex. This can impact our sexual health and vitality, our relationships and our ability to fully enjoy life. Its good to have a solid relationship with an experienced internist who keeps current about mens health issues and is skilled at diagnosis and treatment.
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Childrens Health Services
At the Center, Family Medicine Physicians and Nurse Practitioners provide primary healthcare for infants, children and adolescents that supports your childs physical, mental, and emotional progress. Well-child care includes evaluating your childs growth and development, physical health, and emotional well being, keeping in mind the impact that social and environmental influences have on your childs health. When we see your child for illness we blend both conventional medicine with safe complementary therapies to support their full recovery. Integrative Family Medicine incorporates Nutrition, Massage, Aromatherapy and other natural therapies for symptom relief and immune system support. When needed, other Center services such as Chiropractic, Homeopathy, and Acupuncture may be recommended to support your childs overall health.
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Integrative Psychotherapy / Mind-Body Services
At the Center we offer a humanistic, comprehensive treatment approach in which psychotherapists work with medical and complementary practitioners to promote patient healing and self-care. Our program is tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals and their families, whether that entails coping with chronic illness, alleviating psychological distress, seeking a balanced lifestyle, or achieving more harmonious relationships. We provide a full range of mind-body treatment modalities and psychological services in tandem with individual, group, and family therapy to foster emotional and physical health and well being. Click here to make an appointment with a Center psychological health care practitioner.
Areas of clinical focus and expertise include: Depression, anxiety and panic, chronic illness management, self and body image concerns, the psychophysiology of stress, interpersonal conflict, work with cancer and auto-immune conditions, loss and bereavement, pre-surgical anxiety, gender, sexual identity and gay and lesbian issues, social phobia, work-related stress, psychological trauma, couples and marital distress, womens health, life transitions and their impact on mind and body, the role of spirituality and optimal aging.
The following mind-body psychological approaches are offered: autogenic training, biofeedback, breathwork, child & adolescent therapy, conflict resolution, creative visualization/guided imagery, couples therapy, experiential group learning, family systems therapy, journaling, meditative techniques, meridian-based therapies, pain management therapy, relaxation training, hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and therapy groups tailored for specific issues and conditions.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Complementary therapeutic modalities are integrated into the health care services at the Center. The following modalities are currently offered at the Center. Click on any of the modalities to learn more about the history and practice of each approach. To learn about other complementary and alternative therapies not yet offered at the Center, please visit the Complementary and Alternative Therapies section of our web site.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Traditional & Indigenous Healing Systems
Over thousands of years a variety of healing systems were developed by indigenous cultures around the world. These are complete systems of medicine in their own right and are still used today as the principle form of medical care in a great portion of the world. The Center is committed to learning from and integrating these healing systems into our health care practice in order to create a more complete approach to the understanding of health, wellness and healing.
The following traditional and indigenous healing systems are currently offered at the Center. Click on any of the systems to learn more about the history and practice of the healing approach. To learn about other healing systems not yet offered at the Center, please visit the Traditional & Indigenous Healing Systems section of our web site.
East Asian Medicine
Native American Medicine
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Welcome to New Center Staff
We would like to welcome a new practitioner to the Center for Health and Healing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond Teets, please call 646 935-2257.
Raymond Y. Teets, MD is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician and an Associate Fellow in the Integrative Medicine Program with Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Teets received his medical education at MCP-Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia and Trident Family Medicine in conjunction with Medical University of South Carolina. He has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, which has prompted him to examine more closely the way in which we conceive of medicine and healing, as well as how we frame mind-body concerns.
Dr. Teets is experienced in HIV care and has a special interest in mind-body interactions as they relate to health. He is fluent in Spanish.