Today many men and women are looking beyond conventional medicine alone to keep themselves well. Increasingly their choices include integrative 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 healthcare helping to develop a new type of medicine that combines the best of conventional medicine, traditional indigenous medicine and expanded healing approaches. We find patients benefit most when working in partnership with their health care provider we 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:
Welcome New Center Staff
The Natural Apothecary
Special Clinical Programs
In-Patient Hospital Services
The Center in the News
The Center can also help design and host Professional Meetings and One-Day Retreats.
Primary Care: Family Practice and Childrens Health Services
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 their patients toward an optimal balance of mind, body and spirit.
Family Medicine Physicians and Nurse Practitioners offer primary care at the Center for adults, infants, children and adolescents. 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. Integrative Family Medicine incorporates nutrition, massage, aromatherapy and other natural therapies for symptom relief and immune system support. Other Center services such as acupuncture and homeopathy may be recommended to support you or your childs overall health.
Click here to make an appointment with a Center primary care practitioner: Benjamin Kligler, MD, CAc; Sapna Chaudhary, DO, CAc; Pamela Hops, MD, CAc; Leah Spieler, MD, Rachel Nechemia, FNP.
Integrative Internal Medicine Care for Adults
Our Integrative Internal Medicine practice is a primary care approach that focuses on optimizing health, preventing illness and promoting wellness. This approach is patient-centered and based on maximizing a relationship of partnership and trust between the doctor and patient. The simplest, safest and most cost effective approaches are used starting with lifestyle management (diet, nutrition, physical activity and stress management) as the cornerstone of wellness. In addition, other health practices are available to support a healing response, including expertise in the use of botanicals and supplements and mind/body practices such as stress reduction, hypnosis, and progressive relaxation.
Dr. Martin Ehrlich, Dr. Roberta Lee and Dr. Pamela Yee are also able to use an approach known as Functional Medicine. Functional medicine is an integrative whole person approach that uses biochemical assessment to shed light on subtle triggers of chronic diseases in areas that are normally overlooked in a conventional medical assessment. For instance, functional medicine can identify and characterize the negative health impact from poor gastrointestinal health, excessive environmental exposure to toxins, subtle allergic reactions and extreme nutritional depletion. The information from this assessment is particularly useful in maximizing a successful outcome in complex medical problems such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, perimenopausal syndrome and more.
Click here to make an appointment with Martin Ehrlich MD, MPH, CAc, Roberta Lee, MD, or Pamela Yee, MD.
Integrative & Preventive Cardiology
Integrative cardiology is an exciting new field of cardiology that combines conventional and expanded healing options to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Conventional cardiology focuses on the treatment of acute illness such as heart attacks and heart failure. Integrative cardiology works to prevent heart disease long before it appears by addressing the root causes, including genetics, lifestyle, emotional stress or risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Integrative cardiology also focuses on healing heart disease. It incorporates conventional evidence-based medicine with lifestyle, nutrition, mind-body medicine and an understanding of spirituality to develop an individual prescription for health.
Vivian A. Kominos, MD, FACC is a cardiologist who has worked over 20 years in the practice she founded, Heart Specialists of Central Jersey LLP prior to joining the Center. She obtained her MD degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the main teaching hospital of UMDNJ. Initially an invasive cardiologist, she obtained further training in Integrative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), University of Arizona School of Medicine and since 2005 has concentrated on the prevention and healing of heart disease. Her special interests include women and heart disease, emotions and the heart, and the athletic heart. Dr. Kominos has a strong belief that most heart disease can be prevented and that the capacity for healing is immense.
Services include: Evaluation of cardiac symptom including Exercise stress testing, Stress echocardiography, Holter Monitoring, and Echocardiography; Risk factor evaluation with individually designed prevention strategies; Healthy Heart Program; Treatment of cardiac diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, coronary artery disease, valve problems and heart rhythm problems.
Click here to make an appointment with Vivian Kominos, MD.
Integrative Gynecology & 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, fertility, and peri-and post-menopausal health.
Integrative gynecological care is a blend of conventional gynecological treatments and other expanded clinically proven healing approaches. Each treatment program is designed for the individual needs of the patient. 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, integrative nutrition and mind-body medicine.
Click here to make an appointment with Emily Hartzog, MD or Parveen R. Sondhi, MD.
Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation
This program offers an integrative approach to the treatment of a myriad of muscle, bone and joint injuries and conditions. Whether its an injury which occurred on the athletic field, a herniated disc, or a twisted ankle from stepping off the curb, a rapid diagnosis and appropriate intervention will likely facilitate a quicker recovery. Under the leadership of Robert S. Gotlin, DO and the clinical expertise of Lisa Bartoli, DO the Division of Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation has achieved national accolades for orthopedic and sports injury treatment protocol development and implementation. The program utilizes a variety of appropriate and effective treatment approaches including precise physical therapy prescriptions, appropriate personal trainer recommendation, medication prescription, injection, manual therapy, acupuncture, athletic counseling and collaboration with Center nutrition services.
Click here to make an appointment with Robert S. Gotlin, DO or Lisa Bartoli, DO.
We FOCUS ON FITNESS
The dynamic team at this facility provides conservative treatment and rehabilitative services for a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. Our treatment goal is to restore optimal function and to reduce activity-limiting pain. Our clients will achieve higher levels of well-being through preventative, restorative and maintenance strategies from our carefully chosen and highly skilled staff of physicians, clinicians and personal trainers.
The Continuum Center for Health & Healing provides a comprehensive continuum of care integrating methodologies such as physical therapy, personal fitness, mind-body therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional guidance. Our team is continuously developing structured and individualized training programs that are scientifically sound and carefully choreographed. Our services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, myofascial release, personal fitness training, sports specific training, exercise counseling and youth weight training.
This integrative approach puts We Focus on Fitness on the cutting edge of the rehabilitation industry and serves as a model for such centers nationwide.
We Focus on Fitness is located at 245 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, between 27th and 28th Street.
Robert S. Gotlin, DO, Program Director
Lisa M. Bartoli, DO, MS, Attending Physician
Yvonne Johnson, PT, Program Manager
Joana Cadiz, PT
Phillipe Corbanese, DPT
Cyrian Regalado, MSCP, PT
Ellen Kolber, MS, MA, OTR, CHT
Jeff Young, Kinesiologist, CSCS, USAW-SPC, Fitness Program Co-ordinator
Elise Kelley, ACSM-CPT, NASM CES
To make an appointment at the fitness center, call 646 935-2266.
Yvonne Johnson, PT Yvonne is the Manager of Physical Therapy at The Center for Health and Healing. She is a graduate of New York University and has over 19 years of clinical experience. Yvonne has extensive expertise in musculoskeletal and orthopedic assessment and treatment. The majority of her career has been dedicated to the treatment of professional and collegiate athletes and weekend warriors along with the general population. Her approach is a strong, comprehensive mixture of exercise design and manual-based therapies. She believes that the integration of patient specific traditional exercise paradigms with soft issue techniques, like (Myofascial Release), bridges the gap between a good and excellent outcome. She has developed injury-specific therapeutic interventions and has choreographed their adaptation into rehabilitation programs for routine and complex sports-related injuries. Yvonne has been the physical therapist for several of The New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, New York Liberty, The Harlem Wizards and The U.S. Womens National Rugby Teams.
Joanna Cadiz, PT, OCS
Joanna has been a physical therapist for more than 7 years and for the past three years has been concentrating her practice in the field of sports injuries and orthopedics. She has recently received her board certification as a specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She enjoys working with this population because the challenges allow for relatively quick progress and return to function. Joanna combines her love of working with people with her dynamic hands-on manual skills to promote optimal healing. Committed to enhancing her skills as a manual physical therapist, she has taken numerous continuing education courses on Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy, and spine mobilization using Maitland techniques.
Philippe Corbanese, DPT
Philippe received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College over four years ago. Philippe began his career at Beth Israel as a volunteer in the physical therapy department. His love of working with people and learning all he could to improve a patients quality of life led him to his current position at We Focus on Fitness. Although he has a vast knowledge in treating patients with various diagnoses, his concentration is in orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. He continues to increase his skill set on a regular basis through continuing education courses in Myofascial Release and joint mobilizations using the Maitland techniques. His natural ability to motivate combined with his excellent manual skills and exercise science are key to promoting optimum function and returning patients to the activities they love.
Cyrian Regalado, PT, MCSP, PTRP
Cyrian came to Focus on Fitness with more than twelve years experience as a physical therapist both in the United Kingdom and in the Philippines. After graduating in the Philippines with a BS in Physical Therapy, Cyrian moved to London to work for one of the biggest private healthcare providers in the UK working alongside leading consultants and doctors in the South East, Kent. He gained valuable experience in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, post-operative care, manual therapy, vestibular rehabilitation and chest physical therapy. Cyrian is a highly motivated, professional and dedicated licensed physical therapist with a special interest in sports injury rehabilitation.
Ellen Kolber, MS, MA, OTR, CHT
Ellen has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. She is a graduate of the Columbia University masters degree program in Occupational Therapy and in 1991 became a certified Hand Therapist. In 1996 she earned a second masters degree from NYUs Program of Biomechanics and Ergonomics. Her clinical expertise includes but is not limited to hand injuries, splint fabrication, and ergonomic assessment and intervention. Ellen is trained to provide on-site home or office biomechanical and ergonomic assessments and recommendations.
Jeff Young, Kinesiologist, CSCS, USAW-SPC, Fitness Program Co-ordinator
Jeff is a medically trained Kinesiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He assisted in the creation and opening of We Focus on Fitness and served as Fitness Program Co-ordinator from 2006-2010. Jeff has worked as a Fitness Educator for UCLA Medical Centers Gonda Diabetes Institute; Fitness Director at Westwood Physical Therapy; trained the Commissioner of Public Health for Los Angeles County as well as his son; and served as a Guest Lecturer for Sport and Rehabilitation students at two local colleges.
Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and over 15 years of experience, having worked not only for Beth Israel (the Center for Health and Healing and Friedman Diabetes Institute) and UCLA Medical Centers, but Duke University Medical Center and the Center for Sports Medicine at Penn State University as well. His experience in medical fitness includes creating safe and successful programs for individuals with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal issues as well as individuals in various stages of disease. In addition Jeff has lectured and performed workshops in medical, academic, and corporate settings, and at over 15 health clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He takes a safe, progressive, evidence-based, comprehensive approach to fitness. The programs designed address muscle imbalances, posture and flexibility issues, and joint dysfunction to improve movement, function, and quality of life. Jeff also works directly with other healthcare providers in designing each clients fitness program.
Elise Kelley, ACSM-CPT, NASM CES
Elise graduated from High Point University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science. After graduating, she embarked on the medical fitness and sports medicine track. Being surrounded by competitive athletes and having played competitive sports all of her life, pursuit of a career in exercise science and sports medicine was natural for her. At a Physical Therapy center in Maryland, she served as the Director of Fitness, where she designed and implemented a variety of programs including but not limited to: strength training, treatment of sport injuries, and exercise strategies for osteoporosis and for those post total joint replacements. Elise is a Certified Personal Trainer and holds the National Academy of Sports Medicines Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. Her passion for physical fitness is the driving force to not only understand injuries, but to develop strategies which will safely and efficiently bring one to optimal function.
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Integrative Ear, Nose and Throat medicine (ENT)
Specializing in integrative approaches to ENT illness in adults and children, Dr. Sezelle Gereau Haddon perceives herself as a partner to patients with acute and chronic ear, nose and throat ailments. Many ear, nose and throat disorders are amenable to treatment and cure without necessarily reverting to conventional western medical treatment or surgery. Dr. Gereau Haddon is committed to helping her patients understand their illnesses, get to the root of the problem, and find a treatment plan that fits their lifestyle and needs. Treatment includes dietary interventions, herbal treatments and supplements, homeopathy, manual approaches such as acupuncture, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, mind-body interventions including meditation and healing visualization, and pre-surgical consultation with guidance on holistic preparation for surgery.
Click here to make an appointment with Sezelle Gereau Haddon, MD.
Brandon R. Cooper, DC, LAc is a board certified Chiropractor and a Licensed Acupuncturist. He completed his Chiropractic training at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles and his Masters degree in Acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York.
Integrative Chiropractic is an approach to care based on the interdependency of all systems of the body. Because your body functions as a unit, it makes sense to treat you in a holistic way. Integrative Chiropractic combines the best of natural Western Medicine with the best of Eastern Medicine. Together, they can address a myriad of conditions with minimal to no side effects.
Dr. Cooper treats children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of conditions and health issues with a focus on neuromusculoskeletal conditions, orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, pregnancy, and wellness care using multiple modalities. These include: back, neck, muscular and joint pain, scoliosis; headaches and migraines; sciatica and disc herniation; carpal tunnel syndrome; temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ); stress, anxiety, insomnia; digestive problems; ergonomic and postural care; joint and back support during pregnancy; smoking cessation; and wellness.
Click here to make an appointment with Brandon Cooper, DC, LAc
Thomas Goldman, DPM is a Board Certified Podiatrist and a Fellow of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. He received his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and did his Residency and internship with affiliated hospitals of the New York Health and Hospital Corporation. Dr. Goldman has been in private practice for fifteen years.
His practice is patient-centered with a tailored individualized treatment plan that supports each persons quality of life. While he is a trained surgeon, he often encourages conservative care if long term outcomes look favorable. Dr. Goldman treats many orthopedic and dermatological foot conditions. However, he stresses an integrative approach using biomechanical devices such as orthoses, cold laser for tendonitis, laser treatment for nail and skin conditions, surface skin debridement to relieve pressure points, botanical topical and injection formulations, and pharmaceutical topical cream and gel compounds to address many localized conditions without potential systemic side effects.
Click here to make an appointment with Thomas Goldman, DPM
Integrative, Functional, Holistic & Sports Nutrition
Personalized nutrition services address primary prevention and underlying causes of illness rather than symptom management. Nutritional assessment is focused on biochemical individuality, personalized nutrigenomics (the interaction between diet and genes), dynamic balance (of all body systems), promotion of organ reserves and health as positive vitality and quality of life.
Both conventional and integrative approaches will be used in nutrition therapy to address health and illness and the human capacity for healing. A collaborative approach will help determine which nutritional therapies to use to address both short and long term maintenance and therapeutic goals. Decision making will be guided by science and strength of the evidence, and should be shared with the primary physician prior to implementation.
Diet modifications, dietary supplements, medicinal foods, functional foods, therapeutic teas, herbal extracts, culinary spices, edible flowers, and essential oils may all be utilized. Biochemical monitoring, body composition analysis, and metabolism assessment are unique tools that can guide the delivery and management of Integrative, Functional, & Holistic Nutrition services.
Beth McDonald, with additional expertise in sports nutrition, can address athletic issues as well as illness-related and weight concerns.
Click here to make an appointment with Mary Beth Augustine, RD, CDN or Beth McDonald, MS, RDN, CSSD.
Holistic Psychotherapy/Stress Management and Wellness Services
The Center offers a humanistic, comprehensive treatment approach to emotional and physical health and well-being. Our program uses evidence-based practices (scientifically proven) which are customized to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual. The objective is to help you feel better faster by giving you tools you can use in your everyday life.
Approaches include group, couples and individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, short-term counseling, stress management/skills training, wellness and mind-body techniques including relaxation, breathwork, autogenic relaxation training, guided imagery and meditative techniques.
These approaches can provide help for depression, anxiety, psychological distress, coping with a chronic illness, stress management, work-personal life balance, wellness counseling, loss and bereavement, life transitions including pregnancy, child-rearing and retirement, and social phobias.
Click here to make an appointment with Caroline L. Werner, JD, LMSW, SWC(c).
Acupuncture & East Asian Medical Care
Arya Nielsen, PhD and B. Basia Kielczynska, D.M.H., M.S., L.Ac.
Acupuncture is one modality of traditional East Asian medicine. Acupuncture therapies are used to treat acute infectious illness such as colds, fever, flu, bronchitis, and sinusitis; chronic conditions including digestive, respiratory, cardiac, dermatological, gynecological, urinary and musculoskeletal problems; as well as any condition involving pain. Research has advanced in the last decade proving acupuncture is effective in treating headache, neck, back and knee pain, nausea and vomiting whether related to illness, chemotherapy or a result of surgery and surgical medication. Inflammatory conditions such as allergic rhinitis, recurrent urinary tract infections and prostatitis are responsive to acupuncture. Research continues to verify the value of acupuncture and East Asian medicine as part of integrative medicine. The Centers acupuncture team incorporates Traditional and Classical Chinese & Japanese medicine including Gua sha, Tui na, Herbal Medicine and recommendations regarding food and activity from a traditional East Asian perspective of temperature and balance.
Click here to make an appointment with Arya Nielsen, PhD or B. Basia Kielczynska, D.M.H., M.S., L.Ac.
Aurora Ocampo, Clinical Nurse Specialist, heads the mind-body program at the Center. Ms. Ocampos clinical approach includes the practice of biofeedback, essential oil therapy, guided imagery, therapeutic touch, reiki, craniosacral therapy, and hypnotherapy. These therapies are part of the treatment regimen for a wide variety of health conditions and help people learn simple mind-body relaxation skills to enhance coping and stress management.
Ms. Ocampo is the Director of the Centers Holistic Care Program for Patients considering surgery. This program was designed to reduce pre-surgical stress in order to promote a better surgical outcome. Patients who have gone through the program reported they have less pain and discomfort and some have even said that they went home earlier than predicted by their physicians.
Ms. Ocampo also offers programs to train nurses, physicians and the community on complementary therapies. She strongly believes that these healing techniques strengthen the bodys innate capacity to heal and thus enhance the bodys response to treatment.
Watch Aurora speak about aromatherapy and stress on News4New York
Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH integrates her professional nursing experiences with a wide range of mind-body therapies to realize the unique wellness goals of each client. This is achieved through the integration of holistic modalities such as biofeedback, essential oil therapy, meditation/imagery, energy balancing techniques, and restorative yoga with conventional medical care plans and protocols.
Caroline has successfully implemented stress management programs for clinical staff at Beth Israel Medical Center and for clients at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. She approaches health and healing as a fluid balance between evidence-based medical practices and cultivating each persons innate healing potential and inner wisdom. People seeking her expertise believe in the immense value of physical, mental, and emotional health. Caroline links those aspects of health to support others in the transformative journey of healing.
Click here to make an appointment with Aurora Ocampo, RN, CS or Caroline Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH.
Anthony Nam is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the New York College of Health Professions where he was trained in Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, amma, trigger point, and tuina massage. Anthonys belief in holistic health inspired him to develop these practices in order to help patients reduce muscular tension, restore joint mobility and increase awareness of the bodys structural framework moving away from stress and injury and towards optimal health.
Click here to make an appointment with Anthony Nam, LMT
Expanded therapeutic approaches are integrated into the health care services at the Center. While not all of the following modalities are currently offered at the Center, we think it is helpful to understand the range of therapies that comprise the integrative approach.
Click on any of the therapeutic approaches below to learn more about the history and practice of each approach. To learn about other therapeutic approaches 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
Click here to make an appointment with a Center traditional and indigenous health care practitioner.
Welcome to New Center Staff
Brandon R. Cooper, DC, LAc is a board certified Chiropractor and a Licensed Acupuncturist. He completed his Chiropractic training at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles and his Masters degree in Acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. He is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Cooper treats children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of health issues. He focuses on neuromusculoskeletal conditions, orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, pregnancy, stress-related issues and wellness care.
Christine Gilchrist, RN, MSN, MPH has over ten years of experience in various mind-body and energy modalities (including Reiki level II and essential oil therapy). Christine is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Beth Israel Medical Center. She leads individuals and groups in the practice of relaxation techniques such as breathing, centering and grounding, meditation, imagery and essential oil therapy.
Thomas Goldman, DPM is a Board Certified Podiatrist and a Fellow of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. He received his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and did his residency and internship with affiliated hospitals of the New York Health and hospital corporation.
He is an affiliated Physician with Beth Israel, Lenox Hill, and North Shore LIJ Hospitals and has been in private practice for the past fifteen years. He is a trained surgeon and also often encourages conservative care if long term outcomes would be favorable. He employs a strong biomechanical emphasis to address many podiatric issues. In addition, he offers many expanded treatment methods such as laser treatments and biopuncture.
Elise Kelley, ACSM-CPT, NASM CES, Kinesiologist is a Certified Personal Trainer and holds the National Academy of Sports Medicines Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. After graduating from High Point University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science, she embarked on the medical fitness and sports medicine track. In Maryland, she served as the Director of Fitness at a physical therapy center where she designed and implemented programs including strength training, treatment of sport injuries, and exercise strategies for osteoporosis and for those post total joint replacements.
Ellen Kolber, MS, MA, OTR, CHT has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. She is a graduate of the Columbia University masters degree program in Occupational Therapy and in 1991 became a Certified Hand Therapist. In 1996 she earned a second masters degree from NYUs Program of Biomechanics and Ergonomics. Her clinical expertise includes but is not limited to hand injuries, splint fabrication, and ergonomic assessment and intervention. Ellen is trained to provide home and workplace consultation, training and biomechanical evaluations.
Vivian A. Kominos, MD, FACC worked over 20 years as a cardiologist in the practice she founded, Heart Specialists of Central Jersey, prior to joining the Continuum Center. She obtained her MD degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the main teaching hospital of UMDNJ. Initially an invasive cardiologist, she obtained further training in Integrative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), University of Arizona School of Medicine and since 2005 has concentrated on the prevention and healing of heart disease. She is active with AzCIM as a lecturer and has authored the training module in cardiovascular health. Her chapter on Cardiovascular Health was published in the acclaimed textbook: Integrative Womens Health.
Dr. Kominos practices what she preaches. Always physically active, she took up running at the age of 38 and has completed several marathons. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, and loves to hike and kayak.
Tamar Laderman, CCH, RN, FNP is a graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy and has been practicing classical homeopathy since 1995. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She received her RN from Bergen Community College in 2007, and her FNP from Pace University in 2011. As a classical homeopath and a family nurse practitioner, Tamar looks at the totality of symptoms that a patient presents. As a family nurse practitioner (FNP) she knows the importance of compassion and nurturing. Tamar performs complete medical exams, screens for diseases, teaches people to improve and maintain healthy practices, prescribes and adjusts medications, and refers them for tests and other treatments.
Beth McDonald, MS, RD, CDN is an integrative and sports nutritionist. With a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Applied Physiology and Nutrition along with extensive experience as a practicing nutritionist and yogi, the focus of her nutrition practice is directed at integrative approaches to health, wellness, and sports nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian and state-certified nutritionist. Whether the concern is athletic, weight, or illness-related, Beth uses tools such as body composition analysis, nutrient analysis, and a natural, whole food-based approach to create an individualized plan to meet each persons needs.
Noreen Mulvanerty, FNP graduated from S.U.N.Y. Downstate in Brooklyn where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and license as Family Nurse Practitioner in 1997. She obtained a post-graduate certificate in Wholistic Nursing from The New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, Long Island. This two year program combined Eastern and Western Herbology, Nutrition and AMMA® Therapy, an eastern practice that is concerned with the balance and movement of life energy in the body. Noreen apprenticed with world renowned herbalist and author, Susun Weed. Noreen specializes in finding the root cause for imbalances and treating each person with an integrative approach to restore harmony.
Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word (BSN-San Antonio, TX) and Hunter College (MSN/MPH-New York, NY). As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ms. Ortiz integrates her professional nursing experiences with a wide range of mind-body therapies to realize the unique wellness goals of each client. This is achieved through the integration of holistic modalities such as biofeedback, essential oil therapy, meditation/imagery, energy balancing techniques, and restorative yoga with conventional medical care plans and protocols.
We are very excited to have them as part of the Center for Health and Healing staff!
THE NATURAL APOTHECARY AT THE CENTER FOR CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING
We are happy to announce the opening of the Center for health and Healings Online Natural Apothecary at http://www.thenaturalapothecary.org/
Working together with an experienced pharmacist we have chosen a range of products and brands that we recommend and believe offer quality and value.
These products are generally safe when used as directed. However, all supplements and botanical medicines should be discussed with your health care provider, especially if you have serious medical conditions, are using prescribed medication, are pregnant or are secheduled to have surgery.
Any profit made from the sale of these supplements will support the mission of The Center for health and Healing, quality patient care, education and research in Integrative Medicine.
You can call in an order at 800 628-0276 or order online.
Special Clinical Programs
TRAVEL CLINIC NOW AT CCHH
The Center for Health and Healing is proud to announce that we now have a Travel Clinic to address all your travel health needs. We offer complete travel health consultations including all necessary immunizations and preventative care. As well, we are a certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Center.
As in our practice, our approach will be integrative and will include routine medical advice with more holistic solutions to common problems and prevention of travel related illnesses.
We recommend that, if possible, you make an appointment for your travel visit at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure to maximize the effectiveness of any immunizations you may need.
For further information on any vaccinations you may need for the area you will be traveling to, please consult www.mdtravelhealth.com.
Call CCHH at 646-935-2257 to make an appointment for your travel visit.
Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and philosophy that originated in India. The word yoga come from the Sanskrit root Yuj which means to yoke, join or unite. The integration of all aspects of an individual holistically can result in therapeutic benefits. Yoga therapy helps patients to connect movement, breath and a positive intention. It has been proven that this mind-body integration can be vital to the healing process.
Take a break from or begin your workday with a strengthening and focusing journey. Enhance clarity and creative thinking, increase productivity and maximize the quality of your health.
Programs are customized to meet specific needs and include:
-Private sessions at all levels including basics
-Therapeutic / Restorative Yoga to target relief of pain, anxiety, circulatory and metabolic challenges
Jillian Friedman, RYT is Supervisor of the Yoga Therapy program at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is an Advance Board Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher with additional certifications in prenatal yoga and Urban Zens Integrative Yoga Therapy. Her training includes yoga, reiki, aromatherapy and meditation/breath awareness techniques. Jillian incorporates an intuitive and holistic approach and deepening awareness of the senses into her work with patients to inspire and create balance from within.
Jillian was born in New York City. She holds a B.A. in French and Business from the University of Vermont and has worked for twenty years in fragrance development.
To schedule an appointment please contact Jillian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917 482 9611.
Preparing for Surgery: Integrative Approaches to Practical Preparation
Taught by integrative nurses Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH and Christine Gilchrist, RN, MSN, MPH this integrative consult will help you prepare for surgery and optimize your healing potential.
The session is designed to help you experience and practice various integrative modalities (breathing with awareness, meditation and imagery, biofeedback, essential oil therapy and restorative postures), and learn how to incorporate them into your care both pre- and post-surgery.
Private sessions are available by appointment only at $150 and are a true investment in healing. Call 646 935-2265 to schedule an appointment.
Integrative Medicine Resources
The Department of Integrative Medicine offers a series of videos to help patients take a more active role in their healing process while in the hospital and after they leave the hospital.
These videos provide strategies to address the pain, stress and anxiety that can often accompany and follow a hospital stay. As a Department we emphasize caring partnerships between patients and health providers in order to achieve optimal health and well-being. This approach considers each persons physical, social, spiritual and cultural needs to support healing on all levels.
Our videos cover a variety of healing approaches with information and demonstrations on Acupuncture Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Mind-Body Relaxation, Centering and Grounding, Music Therapy, Pastoral Care,
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Contemplative Care and Guided Mediation.
We hope you learn from and enjoy these videos: http://www.wehealny.org/services/bi_im/resources.html
In addition to the outpatient acupuncture services offered at the CCHH, acupuncture services are available for inpatients and for the hospital-based rehabilitative care of outpatients in select departments at Beth Israel. These new services are provided free of charge by licensed acupuncturists through the Acupuncture Fellowship Program, directed by Dr. Arya Nielsen, senior acupuncturist at the CCHH. Acupuncture has been studied in the US, Europe and Asia and has demonstrated therapeutic value pre-and-post surgery, in obstetrics and gynecology, rehabilitation medicine, pulmonary and cardiac care, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, and other medical specialties.
Acupuncturists have assigned shifts on several units throughout the hospital and acupuncture consults are available to all patients with physician approval on a first-come, first-served basis. To arrange acupuncture services for patients already in the hospital, call (646) 935-2248. Please be aware that while we will do our best to accommodate treatment requests, they cannot be guaranteed.
Integrative Yoga Therapy Program
The Integrative Yoga Therapy Program at Beth Israel Medical Center is offered through the Department of Integrative Medicine. In this program, highly skilled integrative yoga therapists are available to provide bedside care to patients and to provide support for family members, care providers, and hospital staff. Individual and group sessions are tailored to meet the needs and abilities of each individual patient. These sessions focus on movement, restorative postures, meditation practices and breath awareness techniques and are designed to promote relaxation and healing. Therapists with additional certification may also utilize modalities such as reiki and aromatherapy.
The goal of the Integrative Yoga Therapy Program is to help patients relieve symptoms of PANIC (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation), and to develop an awareness of their breathing and own internal healing mechanisms. The belief is that movement and mind-body integrative is vital to the healing process.
This program is currently available to Oncology and General Surgery patients. The program will be expanding to other departments in the future. Integrative Yoga Therapy was first introduced at Beth Israel through a grant from the Urban Zen Foundation, and was met with such success that it has now become incorporated as a service of the Department of Integrative Medicine.
Reiki and Energy Therapies
Energy Therapies such as Reiki, Healing Touch, and Therapeutic Touch, enhance wellness by gently encouraging balance throughout the entire system: body, mind, and spirit. Energy Therapy sessions can reduce stress and anxiety, lessen pain, and promote coping and faster recovery. This service is offered at Beth Israel through the Department of Integrative Medicine as a service of The Beth Israel Healing Touch Volunteer Program to patients in the general surgery and oncology floors. While the availability of treatments is currently limited, we hope to expand it in the future.
Contemplative Care Program: Buddhist Chaplains & Contemplative Care Volunteers
In partnership with Beth Israel Medical Centers Departments of Integrative Medicine and Pastoral Care, the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (www.zencare.org) provides Buddhist Chaplains and Contemplative Care Volunteer services to patients, families and staff of any faith tradition or spiritual background throughout the Medical Center. The goal of contemplative care is to meet the needs of the whole person: their concerns, their feelings and beliefs, and what touches and inspires them.
Chaplains and trained Contemplative Care Volunteers to meet with patients
Contemplative Compassionate Care at the bedside
Guided and silent meditation instruction for individuals, families and staff
Rituals for important moments
While in the Medical Center, if you or someone you care for would like to meet with a Buddhist Chaplain or Contemplative Care Volunteer, please contact the Pastoral Care Department at (212) 420-2759.
To view the PBS video from the program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly click here:
Donna Karans Urban Zen Initiative
In 2008, The Continuum Center for Health and Healing and Beth Israels Department of Integrative Medicine received a generous grant from the Urban Zen Foundation, a program launched and sponsored by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Donna Karan. Under the leadership of Dr. Woodson Merrell, Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine and M. Anthony Fisher Director of Integrative Medicine at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, this initiative at Beth Israel helped to transform 9 Dazian, the medical oncology unit, into an Optimal Healing Environment.
The Urban Zen grant covered feng shui-inspired physical renovations, yoga therapy, holistic nursing training, a patient navigator to help guide patients through the often complex process of cancer care, and a research study to determine clinical- and cost- effectiveness, which is important in establishing this as a replicable model for cancer care.
After the completion of this successful pilot program, the Department of Integrative Medicine continues to collaborate with Urban Zens Integrative Therapy Training Program in furthering our common mission of bringing Integrative Therapies such as Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki, and Aromatherapy into the hospital setting.
For more information on this project please visit the Urban Zen website at http://www.urbanzen.org
To view a wonderful video on Urban Zen at Beth Israel click here http://www.cancerconsultants.com/video-center
To learn about the Urban Zen Navigating Cancer event on Wed October 5, 2011 click here
The Center in the News
Nurses.com story: From smells to stories, nurses take advantage of wellness programs celebrates the Charles Evans Integrative Stress Management Program at Beth Israel
Hospitals & Health Networks article: Easing Pain and Improving Patient Satisfaction with Integrative Care explores the use of integrative services in U.S. hospitals and features the Centers programs at Beth Israel as discussed by Dr. Roberta Lee, Vice Chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine
Jillian Friedman, E-YRT, talks about Iyengar yoga and neck pain on ABC news http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=8933543
Blog post on the Urban Zen Initiative and cost savings at Beth Israel Medical Center
Center nutritionist Beth McDonald, RD, CDN is interviewed on CBS How Much Water do we Really Need?
Dr. Arya Nielsen provides an informed perspective on gua sha for the South China Morning Post
Dr. Arya Nielsen and Dr. Ben Kliger discuss gua sha with the Washington Post
A Slice of Serenity: Beth Israel Medical Center Opens Yoga Class to All Kids. CBS News interview with Dr. Asma Sadiq and Jillian Friedman, Yoga Supervisor at BI
Watch Aurora Ocampo speak about aromatherapy and stress on News4New York
Dr. Roberta Lee and yoga therapist Jillian Friedman discuss the relationship between stress, breath and our health
Dr. Arya Nielsen discusses the study on acupuncture and menopausal hot flashes on ABC News
Dr. Sezelle Gereau Haddon talks about homeopathic medicine as part of Family Wellness Month on The Balancing Act on LifeTime TV
Watch Dr. Woodson Merrell and Dr. Benjamin Kligler discuss the Urban Zen Initiative funded by Donna Karan for cancer care at Beth Israel Medical Center
Dr. Robert Gotlin, Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation, comments on the ACL tear and knee injury following Yankee pitcher Mariano Riveras accident
Dr. Roberta Lee discusses the health benefits of dark chocolate on Healing Quest
Dr. Robert Gotlin: Find out how New Yorkers with back pain can get back in motion with a physicians help.
Dr. Roberta Lee: Ten tips superstress
Dr. Roberta Lee: Superstress breathing better
Dr. Roberta Lee: Healing Quest digestive health for kids
Dr. Roberta Lee: Health benefits of chocolate
Dr. Roberta Lee: The womens connection: superstress