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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Meet Minerva Santos, Putnam Valley Resident

Work: I am a physician, practicing internal medicine and integrative medicine in Yorktown Heights since 1992. I trained at Lenox Hill hospital and completed the integrative medicine fellowship with Andrew Weil, M.D., at the University of Arizona.

Proudest achievement: From where I began, working my way into college, medical school, and ultimately opening my medical practice—all while being a single parent raising my wonderful son—are my proudest achievements.

Expectations for the future: I must believe we will band together to meet our dire challenge of climate change, and work to reverse the loss of habitat crucial to the many ecosystems of our world.

Local or global causes supported: The Wolf Conservation Center, in South Salem. From my first encounter with Apache on January 1, 2000, this special place has been important to me.

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings:  Community! I love being able to keep abreast of all local classes and practitioners.

How many years I have been reading Natural Awakenings: I’ve been reading Natural Awakenings cover to cover for at least twelve years, probably more.

Where I pick up my Natural Awakenings:  DeCicco’s, in Jefferson Valley.

How I support my community: Serving my patients for over 30 years and journeying with my families through their hardships and their triumphs.

Favorite inspirational quote: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment of all. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What am I doing to be the change I want to see in the world? I try to be kind. Kindness is the candle in the dark.


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