Meet Westchester & Putnam’s Leading Wellness Care Professionals for 2013

Natural Awakenings Practitioner Profiles

Dr. Michael Wald, Sunny Seward & Dr. Nilay Shah

Throughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness, and creative expression.   

We are pleased to offer these local Wellness Care Practitioner Profiles to help you find the healing professional that’s just right for you. Take a look and find the perfect partner for your journey to great health.


Dr. Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH

Founder and Director, Blum Center for Health

34 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, NY

914.652.7800 •

Dr. Susan S. BlumBlum Center for Health is a destination medical and lifestyle education center that integrates a state-of-the-art functional medicine practice with a teaching kitchen as well as nutrition and mind/body classes. It specializes in the prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease.

Wellness services offered: Functional medicine, nutrition, cooking classes, detox and weight-loss programs, meditation classes.

Areas of specialty: Autoimmune disease, irritable bowel and inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, women’s health and hormone balance, thyroid disease, weight loss, detox programs, migraines, infertility, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, depression.

Philosophy of healing: “My approach is to help your body find balance and optimal function again by identifying and treating the underlying cause of your symptoms,” says founder and director Dr. Susan S. Blum.


Center for Aligned Healing

Bernadette Bloom, PT, and Maureen Jacobson, CEH, Co-Owners

175 King St., Chappaqua, NY

914.861.2882 •

Center for Aligned Healing is a soul-based group of practitioners offering bio-energy medicine for body, mind and spirit. It offers classes, private appointments, and marketing and wellness programs for planetary healing.

Wellness services offered: Energy medicine, energetic osteopathy, heart-centered marketing and business consulting, hypnosis, psychotherapy, homeopathy, holistic classes.

Areas of specialty: Stress management, post-traumatic stress, cancer, anxiety, children’s and women’s health, chronic pain, business manifestation, Lyme disease, fertility, migraines, weight loss.

Philosophy of healing: “We align with our clients’ highest spiritual good at all times and bring that vibration through the mental, emotional and physical bodies to create peace, harmony and bliss,” says co-owner Bernadette Bloom.



Dr. John Foley, DC and Dan Court, Clinical Nutritionist

2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY

914.962.0101 • •

Dr. John Foley and Dan CourtBodyCures™ offers genuine hope and proven solutions to women and children using a very precise, comprehensive and cutting-edge biofeedback system that targets the root cause of health concerns. All body systems are tested for imbalances, including nutritional deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities, electromagnetic radiation, environmental toxicity, emotional issues, and structural imbalances.

Wellness services offered: Detoxification, electromagnetic radiation protection, advanced clinical nutrition, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, allergy elimination, anti-aging treatments, weight management, Qigong, Reiki, chiropractic and neuro-emotional techniques.

Areas of specialty: Autism, ADHD, food and environmental allergies, asthma, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, headaches, migraines, chronic pain, digestive disorders, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), infertility, skin disorders, weight loss and optimal wellness programs.

Philosophy of healing: “When the body is in a state of chronic illness and it’s not healing, there is always a logical reason and underlying cause,” says Dr. John Foley, who believes that most modern illnesses and diseases have an environmental component. “Toxic buildup accumulates in our organs and usually goes undetected,” he says. “If we don’t eliminate toxic stress on the body, people simply can’t recover or achieve optimal health.” 


Shima Chayvet, CEH, MRM, CHS

Owner and President of Infinite Possibilities, Inc.

1132 Main St., Peekskill, NY & other locations

914.788.9355 • •

Shima ChayvetInfinite Possibilities, Inc. is a holistic health and wellness center specializing in a body cleanse called RAPID-K.  “This cleanse results in quick, safe and sustainable weight loss through the elimination of all processed foods,” explains Chayvet.  “We show our clients acupressure points that help deter the hungry feeling.  Within the first month of being on program, clients with illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure soon find that their doctors, whom we work very closely with, either need to lower or eliminate their medications. There has been no exception to this rule,” Chayvet says. “As a result, we also offer a program called Squeaky Clean, which is a cleanse for those who do not have weight to lose but want the medical benefits of coming off their medications or devices, such as sleep apnea machines.”

Wellness services offered: Weight loss through the RAPID-K natural body cleanse; holistic support to gain better health regardless of weight; Reiki classes (all levels); Reiki hands-on sessions.

Wellness services offered: Our body cleanse goes beyond weight loss and results in the elimination of necessary medications for diabetics and people with high blood pressure.  The symptoms of fibromyalgia, seasonal allergies, chronic arthritis, etc. are swiftly eliminated by eating the right foods. 

Philosophy of healing: “If you are what you eat, that may explain why our lives seem so out of control, stressful, unnatural and sometimes just too much,” Chayvet says.  “My philosophy begins with knowing that every illness has a story and through treating the body, mind and spirit is what creates health and wellness; treating the entire body yields winning results,” she adds. Then she focuses on the basics, like nutrition and compassion.  “Our expertise lies in knowing what foods to give people.  When you go back to eating from the earth and remove all processed foods from your diet, and you have a team that is interested in your success and understands the underlying issues, a miracle occurs,” she says. “Obesity and all the illnesses that go along with it disappear and you find you are more at peace with yourself and the world around you.”


Sean E. Chillemi, LAc, LMT, MSTOM, HHC

Owner of Ren-Shen Healing 

42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

914.484.7720 • •

Sean E. ChillemiAs sole practitioner at Ren-Shen Healing, Sean E. Chillemi offers a variety of acupuncture and bodywork modalities, including acupuncture, oncology massage, East Asian bodywork, medical qi gong, holistic health and cosmetic acupuncture. “A typical session would best be described as acupuncture-based bodywork,” Chillemi says. “It’s a perfect blend of musculoskeletal work combined with medical qi gong and acupuncture.”

Wellness services offered: Classical, cosmetic, orthopedic and neurological acupuncture; tui na; kyojung; shiatsu; SUJOK therapy; Swedish, deep-tissue, sports and oncology massage; acupuncture for the cancer patient. Also general wellness, pre- and post-operative care and infertility acupuncture.

Areas of specialty: Peripheral neuropathy, acute and chronic lumbago, vertigo, migraines, weight loss, frozen shoulder, chemotherapy and radiation remediation (nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, depression, stress, loss of appetite, burns). Aches and pains of the musculoskeletal system, whether chronic or acute, will improve with treatment.

Philosophy of healing:  “My general philosophy, without getting too in-depth, is to find the root of the problem and fix it,” Chillemi says. “I work on the individual person from the inside out, as well as from the outside in. The body is the most intelligent organism on the face of the earth. When one is given the right assistance and direction, healing will seemingly spontaneously begin.”


Dr. Michael E. Doyle, MD, PC

22 Fifth St. #201, Stamford, CT

203.324.4747 • •

Dr. Michael E. DoyleDr. Michael Doyle says his practice goes above and beyond simply treating symptoms and numbers. “My goal is to identify and treat the root causes of illness by focusing on nutrition, hormones and lifestyle,” he says, noting that undetected nutritional and hormonal disturbances, in particular, are at the root of many common illnesses. “By focusing on these core issues, I have helped many patients dramatically improve their health and quality of life.”

Wellness services offered: Conventional and alternative medicine, including bio-identical hormones, nutritional and herbal therapies, IV nutrients and more.

Areas of specialty: Thyroid and adrenal problems, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, allergies, menopause and female hormone deficiencies, male hormone deficiencies, fibromyalgia, digestive problems, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, much more.

Philosophy of healing: “Listening carefully and focusing on natural solutions are crucial steps in finding the safest and most effective ways to help our patients improve their health,” Doyle says.


Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

Robert Codacovi, Practice Manager

8 Nancy Court, Suite 1, Wappingers Falls, NY

845.227.PAWS (7297) •

Alexandra Barrientos, DVMEarth Angels Veterinary Hospital’s integrative philosophy encompasses the latest and best in both alternative and conventional veterinary medicine for its patients in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Wellness services offered: Chiropractic, acupuncture, laser therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, alternative and conventional flea/tick prevention treatments, and a judicious approach to vaccination and other conventional veterinary medicine.

Areas of specialty: Cancer, nutrition, chronic degenerative conditions like arthritis, seizures, disc disease, IBD, diabetes and surgery.

Philosophy of healing: “We strive to provide each individual patient with specifically tailored, least invasive/least toxic wellness and treatment programs in areas such as vaccine protocols, nutrition, flea and tick prevention, and pain management from the moment of birth on.” says Earth Angels Practice Manager Robert Codacovi.


Eastgate Acupuncture PC

Crystal Dmytryk, L.Ac. and Paul Marks, L.Ac.

177 E. Hartsdale Ave., Ste LLA, Hartsdale, NY

914.713.1000 •

Crystal Dmytryk & Paul MarksEastgate Acupuncture’s beautiful facilities in the Village of Hartsdale provide a serene healing environment with multiple treatment rooms, classroom space and one of Westchester’s only fully stocked Chinese herbal pharmacies. 

Wellness services offered: Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Chinese herbs and dietary therapy, medical Qigong and acupuncture facial rejuvenation.

Areas of specialty: Pain and injury, women’s and men’s health issues, pediatrics, fertility, chronic illness and disease, and mental health.

Philosophy of healing: Eastgate’s Crystal Dmytryk believes that long lasting health should be the ultimate goal of any practitioner.  “Inducing small changes over time is the most effective and safest method of healing,” she says. “Our guiding principles are to put the patient first, to keep an open mind and to always seek the root of disease.” 


Michael B. Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABHM

Founder and Medical Director of SunRaven: The Center for Holistic and Skillful Living

501 Guard Hill Rd., Bedford, NY

914.234.6646 • •

Dr. Michael B. FinkelsteinAn expert in integrative and holistic medicine, Dr. Michael Finkelstein’s personal consultations are individualized sessions that emphasize the significance of patients taking control of their own health through their practices and lifestyle choices. “To successfully create a plan, we take a complete inventory of your life—not just your physical condition,” Finkelstein explains. “I will be your guide, but it is our relationship as a team that will be most important. Together we will take a comprehensive review of your health from a holistic point of view to better help you find a clear path to your goal of true health and vitality.” 

Wellness services offered: integrative medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling, nature immersion, gardening, cooking, couples work, group juice fasts, men’s groups, women’s groups, retreat programs.

Areas of specialty: autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, nature deficit disorder, migraines, infertility, cancer, nutrition.

Philosophy of healing: “First and foremost, I believe that true health is determined by the functional balance between our physical condition and that of our emotional state and spiritual foundation,” Finkelstein says. “Ultimately, the best results in healing occur when work in all three areas is integrated into one’s approach. In this way, diseases of the body can actually be great opportunities, as they motivate us to consider all that is involved.  Thus it is often necessary to think out of the conventional medical box to achieve the results one desires.”


Dr. Mohsin Khan, ND

Sandeep Herbal Ayurvedic

47-14 30th Ave., Astoria, NY 

718.766.8875 • 914.620.1166

Dr. Mohsin KhanAt Sandeep Herbal Ayurvedic, Dr. Mohsin Khan diagnoses the root causes of disease from iridology, an image of the eye’s iris, and makes corrections biologically through food supplements and natural foods. He teaches patients about foods that cover the entire body’s daily nutritional needs so that diseases do not reoccur.

Wellness services offered: Ayurveda, iridology.

Areas of specialty: Pain management, weight loss, skin care, chronic disease, wellness.

Philosophy of healing: “If the body is provided with complete, natural nutrition, the body heals itself to treat disease,” Khan says. “Food is medicine.”


Flowing Rivers Acupuncture

Pamela Todd Battle L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)

83 Montgomery Ave., Scarsdale, NY

914.472.6688 • •

Pamela Todd BattleLocated in the state-of-the-art Scarsdale Medical Arts Building, just off Harney Road (aka Brook Street) between the Bronx River Parkway and Route 22/White Plains Road, Flowing Rivers Acupuncture offers a soothing, comfortable treatment experience. Most insurance plans qualified for acupuncture treatment are accepted, including BlueCross, Cigna, Pomco United, Landmark and No-Fault. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, personal training and pain management services are also located on premises.

Wellness services offered: Oriental Medicine: acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas.

Areas of specialty:  Headaches and body pain (back, shoulder, knee, elbow, etc.); reactions to stress such as anxiety and insomnia; women’s health concerns such as painful or irregular periods, infertility, and menopausal symptoms; and other health issues including addiction and gastrointestinal, sinus, respiratory and skin complaints.

Philosophy of healing: Licensed acupuncturist Pamela Todd Battle says that in addition to being an effective treatment for many of the above conditions, acupuncture also can be a relaxing, restorative, even refreshing “time-out” from daily routines and stress. “Acupuncture’s effects have been compared to re-booting a computer or tuning up a car,” she explains. “Think of it as a way to help reset and optimize the integration and performance of your body’s mutually supporting networks and diverse organ systems.” She personalizes her approach to suit the concerns of the individual patient by establishing a foundation of trust, listening and collaboration with her patients.


Hiro Izumi, DC & Michiko Izumi, DC

550 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 103, Harrison, NY

914.310.9000 •

Drs. Michiko & Hiro IzumiUsing upper cervical chiropractic, Drs. Hiro and Michiko Izumi help people to restore structural balance and optimize the mind and body connection that is vital for functioning at an optimum level. Through enzyme nutrition, they address the digestion, absorption, transportation, utilization, and elimination of foods.

Wellness services offered: Upper cervical chiropractic and Enzyme Nutrition Therapy.

Areas of specialty: Pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, headache, heartburn, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, fibromyalgia, PMS, irregular periods, infertility, fatigue, weight gain or loss, poor sleep, and unexplained health problems caused by nutritional deficiency and/or structural imbalances.

Philosophy of healing: “We believe that the body is a self-healing organism, and that true healing comes only from within,” says Dr. Hiro Izumi. “Our job is to help people identify their stressors, whether they be physical, chemical, or emotional. We can then guide them in the right direction.”


Integrated Medicine & Nutrition

495 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, NY

915.242.8844 • •

Dr. Michael Wald, Sunny Seward & Dr. Nilay ShahA holistic medical practice based on an integrated philosophy that includes both medical and natural health options. Practitioners develop individualized healing plans by relying on intuitiveness, well-rounded health advice, and advanced laboratory tests.

Wellness services offered: Integrated medical and nutritional consultations, nutritional supplements and vitamin, mineral and herbal therapies; wellness assessments and plans, sonogram bone density testing (no radiation), breast thermography, patent-pending Blood Detective health reports, food allergy and toxin testing, cancer screening, hormonal testing and bio-identical hormones, intravenous nutritional therapies, hyperbaric oxygen, fitness plans and more.

Areas of specialty: Prevention and treatment of disease and disease states, nutrition, autoimmune disorders, cancer, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological conditions and more.

Philosophy of healing: “We strive to help restore health naturally by providing both allopathic and natural medical solutions,” says Dr. Michael Wald, Director of Nutritional Services. “We recognize the value of living a pain-free, vital and long life, and we commit ourselves to our patients’ health goals with exceptional energy, knowledge, and empathy.” 


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND

Attending Doctor at Integrative Med Solutions

281 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY

914.337.2980 • •

Dr. Fred LisantiIntegrative Med Solutions (IMS) is an advanced natural medicine clinic focused on restoring health, vitality and wholeness to its patients. IMS provides modern healthcare customized for each patient based on a synthesis of ancient healing arts and cutting-edge natural medicine. “Central to our technique are acupuncture and naturopathic medicine,” says Dr. Fred Lisanti. “These proven systems are transforming healthcare with empirically tested treatments for a wide range of health conditions.”

Wellness services offered:  acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, nutritional counseling, clinical hypnosis.

Areas of specialty: pain management, stress management, anxiety/depression, general acute and chronic concerns, infertility, weight loss, smoking cessation, allergies.

Philosophy of healing: “At IMS, we know you are unique and require tailor-made therapies,” Lisanti says. “We also know that the most valuable things we can offer you are time to listen to your concerns; compassion for the impact this issue has on your life; and expertise in designing a personalized plan for your condition. It’s through our deep commitment to understanding your unique set of health concerns that we create integrative solutions that are custom-fit, realistic and effective. Underneath it all, our work stems from a philosophy that heart-centered compassion is the source of all forms of healing. And we ensure that all our clients feel this gentle, non-judgmental acceptance as soon as they enter our sacred space.” 


Dr. David L. Lerner, DDS

The Center for Holistic Dentistry

2649 Strang Blvd. Ste. 201, Yorktown Heights, NY

914.214.9678 •

Dr. David L. LernerFrom offering mercury-free fillings to tackling the most complex dental problems, the team at The Center for Holistic Dentistry provides an innovative approach to the healthcare of the mouth, integrating the knowledge of natural healing with that of contemporary dental science and technology. The practice’s soothing amenities complement its approach to dentistry. “We practice in a beautiful and spacious office environment designed to be relaxing and tranquil,” notes Dr. David Lerner.

Wellness services offered: Holistic/Biological Dentistry,  Cosmetic/Bio-Esthetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Integrative Orthodontic Care.

Areas of specialty: Complex dental problems, advanced TMJ care, Sleep Apnea, safe mercury removal, periodontal wellness.

Philosophy of healing: “Our philosophy is based on the natural laws that govern health and healing,” Lerner says. “When disease is present, it may be viewed as evidence of a disruption in our life force.” The Center for Holistic Dentistry seeks to bridge the gap between modern dental technology and the ageless traditions of natural healing, he says. “This innovative approach to holistic dental care tends to the health of the mouth in relation to the whole person.”


Dr. Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc

SearchLight Medical

2345 Rte. 52, Ste. 1F, Hopewell Junction, NY

845.592.4310 • •

Dr. Laurie R. MallisAfter more than 25 years in traditional Western medicine, Dr. Laurie R. Mallis formed SearchLight Medical to provide a better way to deliver care to her patients. “SearchLight Medical is a private practice that focuses on holistic healing to help my patients overcome acute and chronic medical conditions without relying on pharmaceutical treatments,” she says. “I work very closely with my patients to plan treatments that are individualized to help them to achieve a better state of health.”

Wellness services offered: Medical acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System™ for face and neck, Mei Zen abdominal acupuncture for fertility or weight loss.

Areas of specialty: Acute and chronic medical conditions, neurological diseases, sports injuries, pain management, allergies, anxiety disorders, depression, women’s health issues, weight loss, fertility, facial rejuvenation.

Philosophy of healing: “I treat the entire patient—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—as all these areas are interconnected and must be balanced in order for the body to achieve a healthy state,” Mallis says. “It is important not to focus only on the presenting symptoms, but to look for the root cause of any condition. When this is accomplished, the body is able to heal on a deeper and longer-lasting level.”


Patricia Nast, Licensed Acupuncturist

153 Main St., Ste. E, Mt. Kisco, NY

914.261.2399 •

Patricia NastPatricia Nast’s private acupuncture practice is in the heart of Mt. Kisco, with two treatment rooms in a quiet suite that provides an oasis of calming energy patients feel as soon as they arrive, she says. “My approach is collaborative,” she notes. “Together we set wellness goals that are in sync with your own unique needs. These ‘acupuncture journeys’ help you find your way home.” 

Wellness services offered: Acupuncture, aromatherapy, Chinese herbology, crystal healing, Eastern nutritional counseling, Reiki, tui na massage.

Areas of specialty: Custom wellness programs include treatments for stress relief, insomnia, migraines, chronic sinusitis, respiratory illness, heartburn and nausea, chronic fatigue, sciatica, back pain, sports injuries, adjunctive therapy for cancer patients.

Philosophy of healing: “I believe that you are born with a constitutional blueprint that defines who you are at your very best,” Nast says. “True healing happens when all aspects of yourself—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual—are aligned with that deepest inner wisdom.”


O2 Living with Rosemary Devlin, Founder

Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, NY.

914.763.6320 •

The landscape around O2 Living is itself inspirational, making it perfect for personal retreats, special occasions or business gatherings, says Rosemary Devlin, founder of the holistic wellness community. “It’s a beautiful setting that exudes the sophistication of the Westchester County countryside,” she says. Situated in Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River, NY and the Saw Mill Club East, Mt Kisco, NY, O2 Living comprises a Live Food Café, juice cleansing, a therapeutic day spa, a boutique and yoga studios.

Wellness services offered: Raw Live Food, Juice Cleanse Detox, yoga, holistic wellness spa and nutrition support.

Areas of specialty: Raw Live Food, Juice Cleanse Detox, HOT Yoga, Restorative and Vinyassa Flow Yoga for all levels, and Therapeutic Treatments.

Philosophy of healing: “The state of wellness has always been a matter of importance if one wants to enjoy the human experience with passion and desire.  We welcome newcomers interested in jumpstarting a wellness program,” Devlin says. 


Neil C. Raff, MD

Advanced Medicine of Mount Kisco

37 Moore Ave., Mount Kisco, NY

914.241.7030 • •

Dr. Neil C. RaffAdvanced Medicine of Mount Kisco is a private office where Dr. Neil Raff takes the time to understand each patient’s personal health needs. He offers immediate, up-to-date testing and treatment in a private and comfortable setting.

Wellness services offered: IV nutrition; metals and biologic detoxification; gastric analysis and autonomic nervous testing; alternative cancer treatments (Iscador and high-dose vitamin C); ozone and peroxide treatments.

Areas of specialty: GI (irritable bowel, colitis, Crohn’s, malabsorption); alternative cancer care; arthritis and chronic muscle/joint pain; hormones (male and female for anti-aging).

Philosophy of healing: “The mind, the body, the environment—each affects the other, Raff says. “Disease occurs when the balance of these three is disturbed.” Raff believes that quality medical care requires removing harmful elements as well as providing nutritional factors to promote optimal health, control disease and minimize aging.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST

Director of Well On The Way® LLC Holistic Healing Center

191 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY

222 Westchester Ave Suite 103, White Plains, NY

914.762.4693 • •

Elizabeth PasqualeElizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, director of Well On The Way®, observes, “You want to create more joy in your life. You want to find better solutions for handling the health and life issues that are challenging you. Then you want to start thinking of your health and life as a process, and combine the physical techniques of nutrition, CST and LDT with the emotional techniques of NLP to create ease throughout your body and mind.” Pasquale encourages anyone interested in creating balanced health to take advantage of a free “get-acquainted phone call” to Well On The Way® and speak with her.

Wellness services offered: Craniosacral therapy (CST), lymph drainage therapy (LDT), neuro-linguistic programing (NLP), Aston therapeutic massage and postural analysis, nutrition, weight loss.

Areas of specialty: Energy, athletic performance, chronic fatigue, migraines and headaches, post-traumatic stress, TMJ, pain and discomfort, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, post-surgical healing, lack of confidence, fear, anger, anxiety, anti-aging.

Philosophy of healing: “My mission is to inspire people to abundant, healthy and joyful lives, to enroll them in spreading true health, so we can end cancer, heart disease and diabetes and create a healthy planet for future generations,” Pasquale says. “The issue isn’t what techniques I use to accomplish that, or even what disease you are currently experiencing. The issue is whether you are ready to reach levels of health and joy that you’ve never experienced before in your life, and whether you are willing to be an inspiration for others.”


Christopher SaltPaw, ND, LAc

Grassroots Acupuncture and Natural Health

828 South St., Peekskill, NY

917.837.6722 • •

Dr. Christopher SaltPawAs the sole provider of service at Grassroots Acupuncture and Natural Health, Christopher SaltPaw conducts a detailed first office visit for each patient along with regular follow-ups. He works with his patients to plan an individualized course of action and determine which modalities would be most helpful. “I create a comfortable, safe environment so that patients can explore their healing process as little or as much as they want,” he says. “I have patients who just like to have regular acupuncture, as well as patients with very complicated terminal conditions. Some patients prefer to get into the fine details of their physical and emotional selves, while others do not. I respect everyone, wherever they are at.”

Wellness services offered: Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, tui na, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, exercise therapy, lifestyle counseling.

Areas of specialty: Weight loss, pain management, stress management, detoxification, blood sugar control, digestive issues, more.

Philosophy of healing: “My goal is to give compassionate care,” SaltPaw says. “I strive to use gentle, time-tested and research-based interventions to bring my patients back into harmony. Illness can occur on many different levels, so I try to understand all the contributing factors, or obstacles to cure, and work with patients where they are to remove these obstacles. My hope is that they receive some immediate relief and also that they begin to work toward and experience the joy of lasting health.”


Susanne Saltzman, MD

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY

914.472.0666 •

Dr. Susanne SaltzmanDr. Susanne Saltzman has 20 years of clinical family practice experience treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. “My emphasis is on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs,” she says. Saltzman has successfully treated thousands of patients for a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

Wellness services offered: classical homeopathy, functional and nutritional medicine.

Areas of specialty: ADD and ADHD; autism; allergies; anxiety disorders; asthma; depression; diabetes; migraines; chronic fatigue syndrome; fibromyalgia; Crohn’s disease; ulcerative colitis; high cholesterol; interstitial cystitis; Lyme disease; menopause; polycystic ovarian disease; multiple sclerosis; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); thyroid disorders; autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma; weight loss.

Philosophy of healing: “The human body is innately brilliant,” Saltzman says. “We all have the capacity to heal; sometimes we need a little help from nature. Homeopathic medicine provides that catalyst. It treats the whole person by recognizing that someone’s mental/emotional state is just as important as his or her physical symptoms in the selection of the correct homeopathic remedy.” 


Santhigram Wellness

1305 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY

914.250.1417 •

Santhigram Wellness practitioners help their clients regain healthy bodies and minds by incorporating ayurvedic practices into their daily lives. They do this by offering personalized ayurvedic therapies and providing opportunities for meditation and other traditional methods of achieving a balanced life.

Wellness services offered: Ayurveda, panchakarma and meditation.

Areas of specialty: Relaxation, Chronic Ailments, Natural Seasonal Detox, Stress reduction, Natural weight loss, Diet and Lifestyle counseling, Post-natal rejuvenation

Philosophy of healing: “Given the opportunity, the body can heal itself from most ailments,” says owner Shyno Chacko Pandeya. “Our trained staff members use the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to help our clients heal in body and mind and function optimally.” 


Dr. Minerva Santos, MD

Mount Kisco Medical Group

48 Rte. 6, Yorktown Heights, NY

914.248.5556 •

Dr. Minerva SantosAs part of Mount Kisco Medical Group, Dr. Minerva Santos practices Western medicine in a traditional group practice but incorporates an integrative approach, including botanicals and homeopathy. She has completed an integrative medicine fellowship with best-selling author and speaker Andrew Weil, MD.

Wellness services offered: integrative medicine, botanical, supplement and diet guidance. Santos is a primary care physician who refers as needed to specialists in therapies like Reiki, acupuncture and exercise.

Areas of specialty: preventive medicine, diabetes, hypertension, weight loss, healthy diets and supplement guidance in relation to cancer.

Philosophy of healing: “I stress the need to look at what happens in a person’s life as a contributing factor in their wellness or illness,” Santos says. “I take the time to listen to a patient’s story, as this is essential to the start of a person’s healing process.” 


Brigitte Shotiminrin

Owner of WellSpring Holistic & Green Health Center

1415 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont, NY

914.341.1246 • •

Brigitte ShotiminrinWellSpring is a learning center offering three holistic health education classes for the whole self: (1) “How Do I Keep My System Healthy?”; (2) “Optimal Weight Control”; and (3) “Gentle Solutions for Anti-Aging.”

Wellness services offered: Wellness classes; steam embrace (single cabinet); full-body contour & detoxification wrap (lymphatic drainage); Aqua-Chi detoxifying energy foot bath and body purge; ear candling; colon hydrotherapy; WellSpring whole food cuisine and juices.

Philosophy of healing: “We believe that the mind and nervous system are not machines to be fixed,” says WellSpring owner Brigitte Shotiminrin. “But learning internal organ health can be achieved through connecting mind and body, or learning how to become your own doctor.”


Dawn Wan

Owner/Practitioner at Sun & Moon Health Spa

155 Rte. 202, Somers, NY

914.617.8555 • •

Dawn WanWith Sun & Moon Health Spa, owner Dawn Wan created a relaxing environment intended as “a haven for holistic health.” The Spa offers colon hydrotherapy and lymphatic enhancement therapy, which aid in detoxification, internal cleansing and boosting the immune system. The Spa also hosts a bimonthly event series, “Sun & Moon Health Spa Presents…,” featuring guest speakers, demonstrations and giveaways. “We are also proud distributors of Shaklee all-natural supplements and products,” Wan adds.

Wellness services offered: Colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic enhancement therapy, wellness coaching.

Areas of specialty: Digestive issues, constipation, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, impaired nutritional absorption, colonoscopy preparation, pre- and post-operative care.

Philosophy of healing: “Because today’s world is more toxic than ever, it’s vitally important for optimal health that people take a proactive role in the care of their health through a well-balanced lifestyle and regular detoxification,” Wan says. “We help people heal using safe, gentle and nontoxic therapies, while also empowering them to take charge of their own health through education and support.”



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Voice Empowerment Workshop with Ronni Sarrett Lederman

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Fluoride Dangers Focus of Holistic Moms Meeting

Fluoride Dangers Focus of Holistic Moms Meeting

7:30 p.m., December 6
SearchLight Medical Featured on Comcast Cable Show

SearchLight Medical Featured on Comcast Cable Show

Laurie Mallis, M.D., a licensed acupuncturist, discusses and demonstrates AcuGraph Qi Analysis and Auricular (ear) Acupuncture
Flawless Skin Is a Popular Holiday Treat

Flawless Skin Is a Popular Holiday Treat

Through December, all clients will receive a free gift of anti-aging serum.
Weekly Qigong Classes in Two Dutchess Locations

Weekly Qigong Classes in Two Dutchess Locations

“No experience is necessary—your practice is based upon never exceeding your own capacity.”
Holistic Health and Wellness Series in Beacon

Holistic Health and Wellness Series in Beacon

“Each workshop will focus on the most important information for you to make positive changes in your life."
Chapel at Croton Falls Holds Solstice, Christmas Eve Services

Chapel at Croton Falls Holds Solstice, Christmas Eve Services

Winter Solstice celebration at 6 p.m. on December 16, followed by Christmas at the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on December 24.
Three-Part Winter Transitioning Workshop in Ossining

Three-Part Winter Transitioning Workshop in Ossining

December 8, 15 and 22
April ‘Heal Your Life’ Teacher Training in Tampa

April ‘Heal Your Life’ Teacher Training in Tampa

April 20 to 27 in Tampa, Florida
Poughkeepsie Farm Selected for Funding Accelerator Program

Poughkeepsie Farm Selected for Funding Accelerator Program

Trains food entrepreneurs from across the region to attract outside investment.
Fable to Hold Winter Farm Fest in Ossining

Fable to Hold Winter Farm Fest in Ossining

December 9
Fair Trade Festival December 1 in White Plains

Fair Trade Festival December 1 in White Plains

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 1
‘Energy Shifts’ at Temperance Center

‘Energy Shifts’ at Temperance Center

"These alternative modalities can help you open yourself up to the universal signs, trust yourself more and manifest what you want in your life.”
Eco-Justice Group The Greenheart to Perform in Ossining

Eco-Justice Group The Greenheart to Perform in Ossining

8 to 10 p.m. on November 24, at Good Choice Kitchen, in Ossining
Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck in White Plains

Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck in White Plains

1 to 4 p.m., November 22, at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Mindfulness and Empowerment Retreat in Ossining

Mindfulness and Empowerment Retreat in Ossining

5 p.m. on November 30 to 1 p.m. on December 2
Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown November 18

Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown November 18

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors to this entertaining and educational event can browse products and services designed to support a healthy lifestyle, listen to expert speakers on a variety of issues, and consult with intuitive readers and holistic healers.
More Couples Want Inspirational, Nontraditional Wedding Ceremonies

More Couples Want Inspirational, Nontraditional Wedding Ceremonies

Michael Rosenbaum, an ordained minister and spiritual counselor, says he’s seeing a growing trend among engaged couples.
Beacon of Light Offers Fall Healing Events

Beacon of Light Offers Fall Healing Events

Events include women's healing circles, shamanic circles, breath work and sound meditations, live chanting and workshops on dance, drawing and Thai massage.
Open House at Yellow Monkey Village

Open House at Yellow Monkey Village

2 to 6 p.m. on November 3
Mindfulness Workshops and Retreats at Garrison Institute

Mindfulness Workshops and Retreats at Garrison Institute

Cultivate mindfulness, awareness and compassion.
Hudson River Museum Is Thanksgiving Weekend Destination

Hudson River Museum Is Thanksgiving Weekend Destination

November 24
Boscobel Hosts Holiday Twilight Tours

Boscobel Hosts Holiday Twilight Tours

Holiday tours will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m., November 23-25, December 1-2 and December 8-9.
Bodyworkers’ Approach to Pain Transcends ‘Mechanics’

Bodyworkers’ Approach to Pain Transcends ‘Mechanics’

"The majority of chronic pain is actually caused by injuries to ligaments, joints, tendons and fibrous connective tissue.”
Hudson Valley Vegfest Returns for Second Year

Hudson Valley Vegfest Returns for Second Year

‘The BloodDetective’ Opens Katonah Office

‘The BloodDetective’ Opens Katonah Office

Grand opening event at the new office will be on October 26, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.