Archive for April 2014

Ellen Kamhi, PhD RN AHG AHN-BC,, interviews Dr.  Alexis Hugelmeyer.  Dr Hugelmeyer is the  Medical Director and  Osteopathic Family Physician at The Suah Center for Natural Healthcare in Riverhead , NY. Dr Alexis is the daughter of a critical care physician and a special education teacher.  She attended undergraduate school at Villanova University, where she studied Comprehensive Science/Pre-Med and Bioethics, and attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, with an emphasis in  Family Medicine. Dr. Alexis focuses on an ‘old- fashioned’ medical model, as a full spectrum family physician who can treat most medical and physical conditions, and see any person of any age, thereby developing lifelong relationships in the process. This model of medicine is  reminiscent of the past when doctors spent time with patients –  listening to and taking care of every aspect of their lives, not just writing prescriptions for 40+ patients a day. Dr. Hugelmeyer is  Board-Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation, and has served as both a  hospitalist and in outpatient primary care. She has  been deeply involved in developing the Family Medicine and Internship training programs at Peconic Bay Medical Center, and served as the Administrative Director of Medical Education and Director of Traditional Rotating Internship and community wellness. The SUAH Center for Natural Healthcare brings together the advanced training and practice methods that Dr Hugelmeyer has studied, along with integrating best medical practices of conventional as well as complimentary and integrative medicine to offer patients a choice and voice in their own healthcare.  Contact:     

Ellen Kamhi, PhD , RN., interviews Jed Schwartz about HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS, Jin Shin Jyutsu.  Jed graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Physical Therapy in 1977, specializing in Pediatric Rehabilitation. In High School Jed became interested in alternative methods to help heal the body and began a journey to discover modalities that he could use to help others. In 1981 he met Mary Burmeister and the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. His search had ended and just begun with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. The awaking that the truth lay inside oneself drew Jed to this Art which brought together all of the other studies he had done. Jed became a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1984 and discontinued his work in Physical Therapy in 1987 in order to commit to a full time study and practice. In 1995 he was selected to be on the faculty of the Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc., and is one of 25 international instructors. Jed has taught classes in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand. He continues to have a full-time Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in New York City and Woodstock, New York.  Contact:

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN,, interviews Ric Scalzo, one of North America’s most  respected herbalists and botanical researchers, with more than 25 years of clinical and practical experience with herbal medicines.  After studying herbal medicine at the School of Natural Healing under Dr. John Christopher, Ric practiced as a clinical herbalist in New England. He regularly teaches herbal classes, interfaces with the media, and lectures nationally on herbal topics. Ric Scalzo is the co-author of Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living, a groundbreaking herbal repertory and therapeutic dispensatory guide to the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs that has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. He also co-authored Traditional Medicines from the Earth, a compendium of formulations that are effective herbal solutions for healthy living, and is the publisher and contributing author of the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine. In addition, Ric is a lifelong student of Vedic philosophy and spiritual practices. Ric Scalzo holds an honorary Doctorate in Naturopathy from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and received a Master Herbalist degree in 1982 from the School of Natural Healing. Ric also founded Gaia Herbal Research Institute, which, along with its publishing arm Herbal Research Publications, has contributed extensively to the quality and proliferation of herbal literacy in the United States. Contact:

Host Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC,, interviews Dr. Sylvia Hesse. Dr. Hess graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BS Cum Laude in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. Upon completing an Orthopedic Surgery residency at the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Program, she pursued subspecialty fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon.Dr. Hesse established a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery practice in Miami, Florida prior to relocating to New York City. At Manhattan Spine & Sports Medicine, they provide office-based, comprehensive non-surgical Orthopedic Medicine evaluations, with particular focus on adult and juvenile athletic injuries, chronic musculoskeletal overuse disorders, in addition to acute and chronic back pain disorders.
Dr. Hesse strongly believes in a holistic approach to providing musculoskeletal medical care to her patients. By mindfully considering each patient's unique functional and psychosocial requirements, she finds that better and more lasting positive outcomes to conservative treatment can be obtained. Contact:

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