During their initial consultation, patients typically spend an hour with Dr. Gupta or Dr. Parikh reviewing their medical, surgical, and family history, allergies, and any medications they are taking. They also talk about lifestyle factors like sleep patterns, diet, hobbies, and what brings them a sense of joy and purpose in life. Dr. Parikh says this provides a better understanding of each patient’s medical challenges and unique healthcare needs. They then work with four integrative health experts who specialize in areas such as acupuncture, nutrition, mind-body instruction, yoga, massage therapy, and meditation.
“It’s very important that we connect with our patients on a more personal level, understand their challenges, and speak from the place of experience and empathy so that patients feel like they are being heard and that they have a true partner in their healthcare,” says Dr. Parikh, who has maintained a daily practice of meditation and yoga since she was young.
That connection is what Dolores White, 72, has experienced since turning to acupuncture two years ago in hopes of avoiding knee replacement surgery. She’d also been dealing with chronic back pain for many years.
“I was already walking with a cane,” she says, “and hearing my doctor say ‘knee replacement surgery’ was emotionally traumatic.”
Dolores now sees Dr. Oleg Fabrikant, who is board-certified in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, twice a week for an hour each session. During these visits, Dr. Fabrikant, who has been practicing for 15 years, gently inserts needles at strategic points on the body to clear any blockage of energy within the body’s energetic pathways — also called meridians — which results in reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved sleep.
In the time she has been treated by Dr. Fabrikant, Dolores has avoided surgery and no longer relies on a cane.
“Being able to walk on my own, not using the cane, just walking down the stairs makes me want to do the happy dance,” she says.
“Acupuncture works with the body’s natural healing abilities,” says Dr. Fabrikant, who also uses acupuncture to treat chronic back pain, symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, asthma, and infertility. “When we insert the needle, it triggers the body’s responses that produce endorphins, a natural way of dealing with pain.”