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Local DDS Encourages Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 3, 2013
Treating the whole person is paramount to Armonk-based DDS, Dr. Lucy Leone. She’s always looking for opportunities to support our community. Dr. Leone said she sees so many patients who have been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She explained that many aspects of getting treated for the disease affect patients’ dental care, even after they’re finished with their treatments. Because Dr. Leone is so aware of her patients’ struggles with each step of their cancer treatments, she can support them as they move through the process and into their follow-up visits.
During the month of October, The Leone Dental Group will donate 10 percent of all Botox and Juvederm treatments purchased to the American Cancer Society and offer complimentary mini-facials by stylist, Donna Berry; Ms. Berry will be introducing a new skin care line called “Synchronology.”
Ms. Berry believes that the manner in which we live our lives is so important to our health. As a stylist, she strives to bring the beauty of a person’s inner self to the surface. She has devoted the last five years of her over 20-year cosmetic-industry career to developing the Synchronology skin care line.
Synchronology harnesses the power of sea buckthorn, a berry that comes from the mountain and coastal areas of Europe and Asia, in its all-natural, eco-friendly line; the collection includes moisturizer, eye gel, facial cleanser and exfoliant.
Dr. Lucy Leone, who is board certified by the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, practices with her husband, Dr. Frank Leone. Their office is located at 335 Main Street in Armonk. Please call for October appointments: (914) 273-2333,
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Is Yoga Right For You?
By Wendy Harris, M.D. and
Caryna Wong

January 30, 2013
Over the past ten years, the yoga industry has grown dramatically. According to a recent study, there has been a 45-percent increase in the number of people practicing yoga during the past five years.

Various claims as to the benefits of yoga have been made, from weight loss, to help with depression, to stress reduction, and even to curing back pain. At the same time, there has been increased focus on yoga injuries, suggesting that we need to weigh the benefits versus the risks of practicing yoga, like any exercise.

The question is this: Is it right for you?

Currently, we have large yoga classes with students at various levels, who have many different health conditions, that should be considered when practicing. Instead of individualized attention, we have a one-size-fits-all approach. These health ailments can prevent individuals from reaping the benefits of yoga, or even worse, can cause injuries.

Research is now underway in the field that supports and debunks the various claims of the benefits suggested by the yoga community. For example, the U.S. Department of Defense recently completed a small study which determined that yoga provides benefits to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Researchers from the Veteran's Administration and the University of California at San Diego found that yoga was effective in pain management. Other studies have found that yoga is effective in anxiety-related disorders. As a result, several doctors in the New York metropolitan area have begun to integrate yoga into their treatments; for instance, at Armonk Integrated Psychiatry, yoga is used as an adjunct in the treatment of various emotional issues, such as anxiety and stress. Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers yoga therapy as an option for dealing with physical conditions, such as scoliosis, back pain, and osteoporosis.

The common thread in the studies that demonstrate the benefits of yoga is the premise that the most beneficial yoga is targeted for specific ailments. For example, general yoga classes may not offer benefits to individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or herniated discs, and people with anxiety or those who have very stressful lives often have a hard time "slowing down" enough for a typical yoga class.

The key to reaping the maximum benefits of yoga are the following:
1. Know your physical ailments / limitations.
2. Find the right teacher/class.
3. Practice mindfully.

Finding the right teacher is essential. There are many great yoga teachers who specialize in and have achieved great success with specific conditions. If you are working through anything in particular, it is always best to practice with a yoga instructor who has the knowledge to provide the benefits that you want, and also has a class tailored to your needs. Yoga can offer many benefits, provided you choose the teacher and class that make sense for your needs.

School Shootings and Mental Health Issues
By Deborah Saunders, LCSW, and Karen Perlman, PhD

January 14, 2013
The tragedy on December 14th at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, focused the world’s attention on an idyllic suburban community much like our own. We collectively grieved as we also recognized that the ingredients for such violence, this time against twenty young children and the teachers and staff of their school, are omnipresent in communities throughout our country. We do not have to be reminded that Sandy Hook is not the first school or public arena that has been faced with such seemingly inexplicable violence. Without change, we know, there will be more tragic incidents.

At the Newtown memorial service, President Obama voiced the need for change along with his commitment to getting the job done. Politicians and the media have begun talking about changing gun laws to make it more difficult for individuals to have access to assault weapons. As psychotherapists who treat families, we see this as a golden opportunity to talk about gun violence, but also an opportunity for parents, teachers, children and adults in the community to talk about mental illness and the stigma attached to it. We need more education, for example, about Asperger’s disorder, which has been mentioned as a factor in the events at Sandy Hook. While individuals with Asperger’s may have social difficulties, language barriers, unusual fascinations, and difficulty with impulse control, they are not prone to violence toward others, especially the kind of premeditated violence seen in this case.

However, many other forms of psychological distress can, and do, lead to violence. Often the signs of potentially dangerous behaviors begin at home, and then show up at school. Parents committed to helping their troubled children are often inhibited by their own denial, shame, lack of necessary knowledge, and the endurance needed to continually advocate for appropriate help. Families inevitably have challenges in addition to a child suffering from emotional difficulties, and these, too, get in the way.

It is easy and tempting to categorize someone who kills in this fashion as “evil,” but that label does not do justice to the complicated circumstances that result in such a devastating tragedy. We must ask ourselves, in the case of the 20-year-old man who committed the Sandy Hook murders, what happened to him—what confluence of biological, psychological, and environmental challenges led him to such a horrific end? This question will go unanswered, but if this young man—and his mother—had received the kinds of services for mental health that were so obviously and urgently needed, history could have been very different.

Instead of focusing discussions on the placement of armed guards in our schools, we need to come together to create effective "mental" detectors for the safety of our children and communities. Parents need help to identify the need for intervention when the signs exist at home, whether or not they are obvious at school. They must not be hampered by the worry of stigma so that they can get help through early intervention when their children are young, and, when necessary, continue to seek treatment for school-aged children. We also need increased education, support, and mindful collaboration between parents and schools so that there is effective response and prevention when danger signs exist.  Mental health services need to be individually adapted to families in need, and ongoing for fragile ones.  

Who will pay for this help? The financial cost can’t possibly be as much as we as a nation are paying for the grief and loss of innocence at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and Columbine right now. This is a moment in time when grieving can promote positive changes needed for children with mental health challenges for the protection and safety of all our children, and for ourselves as a nation.

Deborah Saunders, LCSW, is the Director of Group Therapy and Karen Perlman, PhD, specializes in issues of parenting and child development at Armonk Integrated Psychiatry.      

Dr. Susan Blum
The Benefits of Functional Medicine
By Alice Levine

Posted: February 4, 2010
For those who are sick of being tired or tired of being sick, Functional Medicine offers new hope. Functional Medicine involves identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness by treating the whole body and identifying the underlying factors that are causing symptoms and adversely affecting health.

Dr. Susan Blum, an Armonk resident and founder of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, began her practice in Functional Medicine in 2001, after several years practicing Preventative Medicine. Dr. Blum said, “A Functional Medicine expert is like a medical detective who gathers many clues to a person’s health history, including medical history, stress levels, sleep habits, diet, exercise level and current symptoms. We take this information, as well as the results of a physical exam and detailed lab tests, and we uncover why your body is not functioning the way it should be. The tests we recommend are more detailed and will give us more information than the tests performed at your internist’s office.” Dr. Blum then uses this information to develop a personalized program to help treat chronic disease and get the mind and body as healthy as possible.

Most of us are familiar with Integrative Medicine, which involves complementary treatments to Western Medicine. These treatments include herbal medicines, massage, yoga, biofeedback, detoxification and many other stress-reduction techniques. Functional Medicine utilizes many of the tools of Integrative Medicine and takes it a step further, with the development of a patient-specific treatment plan. The plan is tailored to the individual, since there is no one-size-fits-all approach in Functional Medicine. The goal is two-fold: to improve one’s health and to prevent future health concerns.
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Healthy Living

Rocking Good Time to Help Support Connection Provide Vital Services to People with Breast and Ovarian Cancer

April 3, 2013
Support Connection, a Yorktown Heights-based not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, will be the beneficiary of a rocking Spring fundraiser hosted by Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco on April 12, 2013, from 7:00 pm until 11:00pm. Admission is $20. Other fundraising efforts will include a 50/50 and raffle prizes.

“We have hosted many major charity events at Grand Prix New York, but this one particularly hits home for a lot of people,” said Nat Mundy, Vice President of Grand Prix New York. “The prevalence of breast and ovarian cancer is astonishing but it’s comforting to know that there are wonderful organizations like Support Connection who provide services to help people cope.”

Corporate Audio Visual Services of Elmsford, providers of professional sound and multimedia services for any event, will be donating the sound system and staging for the event along with the services of DJ Storm, who will keep the dance floor hopping between sets.

Several musical acts will donate their time to help make the evening special. Headlining the evening will be Vintage Vinyl, a three-piece band that specializes in deep cuts from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Boomer Baby will perform classic jingles and TV show theme songs; Fast Eddie and the Silver Sharks play classic rock and rocking blues. Hank Cash and Friends will play an eclectic set featuring contemporary dance music and down-home blues and The Hooligans plan to perform a few power punk songs.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the US today. Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. About 22,240 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. If ovarian cancer is found and treated before spreading outside the ovary, the 5-year survival rate is about 90%.However, only 20% of all ovarian cancers are found at this early stage.

Founded in 1996, Support Connection provides one-on-one peer counseling, workshops, wellness classes, public education outreach and referral services to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer – along with friends and families – in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Their toll-free support and information line (1-800-532-4290) helps people across the United States. With Support Connection, no one living with breast or ovarian cancer has to face the condition alone.

“Support Connection is grateful to Grand Prix New York and the musicians for helping a good cause,” said Katherine Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection. “These events play an important role in raising awareness among Hudson Valley residents and allow us to reach out to members of the community who might be in need of our support services.”

From the time it opened in 2008, Grand Prix New York has been actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile events.

The Headache Center
By Neil Chernick, Access Physical Therapy & Wellness

October 15, 2012
My wife, Laura, had suffered with frequent debilitating headaches and migraines for years. Many days she was incapacitated and couldn’t go about her daily activities. After beginning physical therapy, learning what her triggers were and making adjustments to her diet, she is now virtually headache and migraine-free. Seeing what a difference this has made in Laura’s life really hit home. I realized the importance of educating people and helping them improve the quality of their lives. Laura had suffered with pain for more than 20 years, and she didn’t think there were other conservative options available, aside from medications.

That brings us to today and the start of new Headache Center at Access Physical Therapy's offices in Armonk and Bedford. We have been treating both headaches and migraines for many years and have seen great success with our patients. What makes Access Physical Therapy & Wellness so unique are the number of options we can offer when treating our patients. When one approach doesn’t work, we’ve been trained, through multiple, specialized courses, to provide other options that can help our patients achieve relief and success. Our physical therapists are trained in over nine-treatment options for headache and migraine sufferers. It’s always important to have a backup plan -- or nine! As anyone who has suffered with chronic headaches or migraines knows, these headaches can be very stubborn and often require a multifaceted approach to find the root cause of the pain. Working closely with a strong and caring network of doctors and nutritionists also enables us to confront the problem from many different angles.  
Please feel free to contact me to discuss how we can help customize a program to eliminate your pain.

Neil Chernick MSPT, OCS, Cert MDT, CSCS - Owner/Director  or  914-234-4445

Meet Dr. Frank Leone

August 17, 2012
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Dr. Frank Leone gave a presentation on the treatment of a misplaced implant to a group of dental residents and instructors at the Bronx V.A. Hospital. He gave tips and explained techniques used for placing implants at difficult angles, manipulating abutments and planning a course of treatment for rare and unique cases.

The dental residents were particularly impressed by Dr. Leone’s extensive knowledge of i-CAT 3D Imaging as a diagnostic tool, a topic which he covered in his presentation. Dr. Leone is also a consultant to medical product suppliers in research and new surgical procedures. Some of the guests at the presentation included representatives from Nobel Implants, who learned innovative ways in which their products could be applied in the practitioner’s office.
The presentation concluded with a question and answer session; the Q and A session covered dental implants and other topics which Dr. Leone, with more than 28 years of experience in the field, was happy to discuss. Dr. Leone, a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, was excited to share his knowledge with the group of residents, who ranged from general practitioners to oral surgeons.

A New York native, Dr. Leone attended NYU College of Dentistry and performed his surgical training at Bellevue, Lincoln, and Manhattan V.A. Hospitals. His dedication to education extends well beyond the dental office. Dr. Leone is very active in the Department of Criminal Justice: he is a general topics instructor in forensics for the Pelham Police Constable.

Key To Brighter Complexion
By Alison Simon

Do you want brighter, more even-toned and younger looking skin? Phototherapy is a relatively painless, non-invasive method used to successfully treat sun damage, age spots and redness. Phototherapy, also referred to as Broad Band Light or BBL, is a non-surgical procedure in which multiple wavelengths of light are pulsed across the skin’s surface; the goal is to reduce excess pigmentation and create a more even skin tone, which in turn, results in a smoother, brighter complexion.

As a reformed sun worshiper, and a 40-something-year-old woman, I became increasingly conscious of overly pigmented brown spots and redness on my face and neck. Creams and over-the-counter remedies did not work; even prescription-strength Retin-A cream did not significantly even out my skin tone.

Park Avenue Medical Spa's Dr. Tchelebi offers Phototherapy treatments, specifically aimed at reducing blotchy patches of increased pigmentation and redness, reducing pore size and treating broken capillaries. I learned from firsthand experience that the benefits obtained from this treatment can be very noticeable and significant.

Phototherapy treatments last 10-to-20 minutes and involve three-to-five sessions; the treatments are performed in 3-week intervals, for optimal results. Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area twenty minutes before the procedure, and the procedure itself occurs in an examination room. The client lies on a treatment table with eyes covered to protect them from the bright, pulsed light, while the doctor uses a large, laser-like machine to pulse light onto the skin. The pulsing is delivered in bright flashes of light, and the feeling is comparable to that of the snap of a rubber band on the skin’s surface. It feels similar to, but not as intense as, laser hair removal treatments. The intensity of pulsed light may be adjusted if the client is uncomfortable.

During the treatment, pulsed light is absorbed into the melanin in the skin cells destroying the damaged cells. While not a comfortable, relaxing procedure, it is certainly not a painful one.  Pigmentation initially increases as the damaged cells move closer to the skin’s surface. Within a few days the skin begins to shed, leaving a smoother, more even-toned skin complexion.

After the first treatment my skin felt the tight heat of a sunburn, and the mirror reflected the same; I was red and blotchy. I applied the cortisone cream, which Dr. Tchelebi had prescribed to accelerate the healing process, and went directly home. As the numbing cream wore off, I felt more tightness and tingling, but the discomfort subsided within a few hours.

The next day my skin was very blotchy. All the brown spots that had bothered me before the procedure had been brought to the skin’s surface and were very pronounced. The red, ruddy undertone of my skin was also darker and more noticeable; I thought, “What have I done?” According to Dr. Tchelebi, I had a more difficult time with post-treatment recovery, due to significant sun damage. Most of her clients experience considerably less skin discoloration, which can easily be concealed with makeup.

On the second day following the treatment, the damaged skin cells began to shed. It was not an attractive look, but I realized the procedure was working. The overly pigmented cells were flaking off and within a few days, I saw brighter, smoother and more even-toned skin beginning to emerge. It took seven days for the damaged cells to completely shed and for me to see the real benefits of Phototherapy.

My second treatment, while very similar to the first, resulted in significantly less blotchiness. Most of the damage to my skin was corrected during the first treatment. Each follow-up treatment is typically less dramatic, according to Dr. Tchelebi. As the treatments progress, there are fewer, overly pigmented and damaged cells which need to be repaired.

Overall, the Phototherapy treatment that I received from Park Avenue Medical Spa proved to be very successful. The overly pigmented areas and redness of my skin were dramatically reduced, and my skin is noticeably smoother and brighter. The discomfort, blotchiness and shedding was definitely worth it. I love the results!

Broad Band Light Therapy is also a safe, effective treatment for pigmentary scars, such as those caused by acne. It is not, however, effective in diminishing the discoloration and unevenness of raised keloid or hypertrophic scars.

The price for Phototherapy is significantly lower, in fact half the normal price, through the end of March. The cost is now $450 for a series of three treatments, while the standard price for a package of three is $900. For more information about Phototherapy/ BBL treatments and to learn if this treatment may be suitable for you, visit Park Avenue Medical Spa.

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Byram Hills Launches Innovative Mental Health Program for Students

April 5, 2013
Byram Hills High School introduced an innovative program on Wednesday designed to address adolescent stress and mental health issues, and combat the stigma that can prevent families from seeking help.

About 400 parents and community residents attended a meeting at the high school featuring staff from the University of Michigan Depression Center, which is collaborating on EVEN, a multi-layered program providing education, counseling and mental health resources to students and teachers.

“The kids have real issues and we as parents have to help them,” said Armonk resident Harris Schwartzberg, whose family foundation helped kickstart the program, which is expected to become a national model.

Mental health experts told parents that varying levels of stress, anxiety and depression were common among teenagers.  Moreover, in high-performing districts like Byram Hills, students feel tremendous pressure to succeed in school and sports, and to get into top-tier colleges.

Recognizing the difference between normal teenage angst and more serious problems is the first step, said Dr. Elizabeth Koschmann of the UM Depression Center. When teens start avoiding going to school, seeing friends or participating in activities they once enjoyed, parents need to seek help. Dr. Koschmann said that anxiety and depression could often be successfully treated, and urged parents to try to stay connected even when their teenagers don’t want to talk.

“Your role as a parent is to keep asking,” she said. The panel discussion, moderated by CBS News anchor Maurice DuBois, also included Dr. Kate Fitzgerald of the Depression Center; Dr. Victor Schwartz, medical director of The Jed Foundation; BHHS Counselor Gary McCarthy; Dwight Hollier, director of Transitions and Clinical Services for the NFL; and mental health advocate Randi Silverman.

Through the new program, the UM Depression Center has already provided workshops for high school staff in recognizing mental health issues and preventing suicide. Peer leaders have been given training in recognizing signs of anxiety and have been taught strategies for encouraging students to seek help. EVEN builds on resources already in place in Byram Hills, including counseling, student mentoring and a special transition program for freshmen.

Byram Hills High School Principal Chris Borsari, who said the program has been in the works for more than year, said he hoped it would reduce stigmas associated with mental illness and make it easier for students and families to seek help.

Panel members advised families to accept their kids for who they are – and not demand perfection. They also urged parents to be honest with the school when mental health problems arise.

“Real strength is accepting help and getting better,” said the NFL’s Dwight Hollier.

Helping Children Cope with Hurricane Sandy
By Wendy Harris, Deborah Saunders and Karen Perlman

November 19, 2012
We can all breathe a big sigh of relief now that we finally have power again and school is back in session, signs that life is returning to normal in Armonk, after Hurricane Sandy. Many people have been through so much, however, her impact does not fade immediately.

A lot of us are still repairing damaged property, and there are reminders throughout town of her destruction: fallen trees, wires strung up with rope and tape and roads that remain impassable to school buses. Some of us won’t be able to return to our offices in lower Manhattan until December. We continue to dig through the backlog of things that did not get done over the last few powerless weeks: laundry that piled up, emails that were not attended to and phone calls that needed to be made.

In addition to the concrete remnants, there can also be lasting psychological effects from a storm of such proportion. We and our children have heard stories of devastation much worse than our own, including homes washed away and lives lost. These are upsetting and frightening occurrences, stories that make the unpredictability of life and our own vulnerability hit home. Living without power can leave us feeling powerless. Even when we are fortunate enough to own a generator or be able to stay a friend's house, having our lives and our routines disrupted is very disorienting and stressful, for parents and children alike.

How can we help our children and ourselves deal with the disruption and regain a sense of normalcy? Certainly, maintaining our daily routines is very comforting. For children, getting on the bus, going to school and resuming after-school activities helps them realize that life is getting back to normal. For adults, being able to return to work, go to the gym, get gas or stop at the grocery store can also be helpful.

It is important to take time to discuss the storm and its impact on us. One boy became too anxious to walk down the street alone, fearing that a tree might fall on him. Another child worried that his house might blow away at night, like houses he had seen on television. When life feels precarious and uncertain, giving ourselves and our children the opportunity to discuss our feelings is an important part of moving forward and getting back to normal. Fears and anxieties are a normal reaction to such an upsetting event; in turn, having a chance to discuss our feelings and knowing that our fears are normal and will eventually fade can be incredibly comforting.

The good news is that people are resilient. Research in mental health indicates that a crisis can be an opportunity for growth and a chance to learn how to endure change. We certainly don't want our children to undergo trauma of any sort, but there is tremendous value in teaching our children how to cope with painful events. When we model resilience--making do with what we have and remaining optimistic in the face of difficulty--we show our children and ourselves that we can regain control of the hardships life can bring; we can even create something positive during a crisis. When we share our resources with family, friends and others in the community who are struggling, we teach our children the power of connection, as well as the gratification in helping others.

Research also shows that gratitude is linked to happiness. An event such as Hurricane Sandy offers a good time to model this coping skill for our children. While the storm was a huge inconvenience, that experience was the worst aspect of Sandy for most people in Armonk. We can be thankful that we didn’t lose our homes or see our schools completely destroyed, a tragedy that so many people had to endure. Our lives can return to normal rather quickly. By being grateful and focusing on what we have and how fortunate we are, we can regain a calmer, happier state of mind.

Wendy A Harris, MD is the founder and Medical Director of Armonk Integrated Psychiatry. Deborah Saunders, LCSW, is a Co-Director of Armonk Integrated Psychiatry. Karen Perlman, PhD. specializes in issues of parenting and child development with Armonk Integrated Psychiatry. 

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
By Alice Levine

January 19, 2011
Dr. Frank Lattarulo, an Armonk resident with a podiatric practice in Elmsford and one of the founding members of the Phelps Memorial Hospital Wound Healing Institute, is also a supervisor of hyperbaric treatments at Phelps Department of Hyperbaric Medicine. He works closely with Dr. Owen O’Neill, the medical director of the hyperbaric center. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen while resting comfortably at two to three times the normal atmospheric pressure inside a sealed chamber. Dr. Lattarulo explained, “Hyperbaric treatment increases the pressure of oxygen into the tissues of the body and also increases oxygen transport in the blood. The goal is to increase healing by providing more blood and therefore more oxygen into the tissues of the body. The air we breathe is 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen; hyperbaric treatment utilizes 100% oxygen in a very closely monitored environment.” Read more

The Botox Craze
By Alice Levine

Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles between the eyebrows to temporarily block nerve impulses and reduce muscle activity that causes lines to form between the brows. The result is elimination or lessening of wrinkles, as these muscles relax. Read more