The following writers generously contribute their time and skills to writing for HealthyLivingNYC:
Fiamma Sita Aaron, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Dr. Lirio S. Covey
Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Alan Gettis
Dr. Diane Gioia-Bargonetti
Dr. Michael Hirshfield
Tom Ingegno M.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Joseph Luciani
Deborah Monlux, CCH
Fiamma Sita Aaron, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Fiamma received her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. She is Board Certified to practice Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is licensed in the states of California, New York, and New Jersey. She practices medicine in Manhattan and in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Fiamma’s continuing studies have included an internship China for severe conditions and Scalp Acupuncture for complex diseases. She has particular interests in women’s health and wellness, fertility, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions. Fiamma offers a specialized procedure for facial rejuvenation and beautification as an alternative to invasive procedures such as facelifts and Botox. She has developed her own protocol based on her studies with the leading acupuncturists in the field of Aesthetic Acupuncture.
Fiamma practices and advocates a healthy balanced lifestyle. Her approach to medicine is not only to treat her patients, but also to provide them with tools that greatly increase the efficacy of treatments. These tools include nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle counseling. She is a dedicated practitioner of Yoga and has studied body work and self-cultivation. Her practice integrates these techniques to meet many of the needs of her patients.
Beret Arcaya was born in New York in 1942. In 1955 she was accepted into the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied music for four years. In 1958 she also began studying acting with Uta Hagen and began to work as an actress. She appeared in professional summer theatres, had a film contract with Paramount Pictures, and played leading roles in soap operas. However, she resisted committing fully to an acting or film career, and in 1968 she returned to singing. Working with the method of Manuel Garcia (1804-1906), her voice began to emerge much more fully than previously, and the self-discovery and freedom she experienced in process set her on the creative path to which she remains dedicated. In 1971 she began to appear in public concerts and orchestra tours in Europe. In 1974 she won the first prize in the Puccini foundation vocal competition and made her debut at Avery Fisher Hall. In the same year, she began to teach singing.
In January of 1975, Ms. Arcaya began studying the Alexander Technique and was immediately inspired by the experience. She studied intensively and continuously until 1978, when she joined the ACAT-New York teacher-training program under the auspices of Judith Liebowitz. She received her Teaching Certificate in 1981. From 1981 until 1987, while continuing to sing and to teach singing, she built a large teaching practice. She was an ACAT board member from 1982-1985 and a founding member of the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (NASTAT), now known as the American Society for the Alexander Technique
(AmSAT). Ms. Arcaya maintains an active teaching practice in the Alexander
Technique as well as teaching singing in NYC and continues to give workshops in
Europe. For more information about Ms. Arcaya, visit her website at www.habitandchoice.com.
Lindsay Campbell is a New York City-based research community planner with the US Forest Service who is interested in using the urban ecosystem for community development. She is working on several projects related to environmental stewardship, including the Living Memorials Project, which examines how people use and create greenspace in response to acute and chronic stressors. Having studied public policy for her undergraduate degree at Princeton University, she will return to school for a Masters in City Planning in Fall 2004. In her spare time, she competes internationally in fencing.
Dr. Lirio S. Covey is Director of the Smoking Cessation Clinic at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatry Institute where she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Research Scientist.
Dr. Covey completed a B.S. degree from St. Theresa’s College in Manila, Philippines; a M.A. degree from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of CUNY. She completed her post-doctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Dr. Covey has treated several hundreds of smokers for tobacco dependence, and has written about that work in her co-edited book, “Helping the Hard-core Smoker”. She has conducted extensive research focusing on the epidemiology of tobacco use and dependence and on treatment development for highly addicted smokers. An expert on the role of mental illness in nicotine dependence, and on pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation, she is the lead investigator on ongoing studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A recent major focus of her work is to extend available treatments to smokers of minority racial/ethnic background. Participants in Dr. Covey’s studies receive free treatment with Zyban, nicotine replacement, and counseling.
In her spare time, Randi likes to sing with her NYC-based a cappella group, tap and hiphop dance, and practice yoga. She currently coordinates research studies in the Child Psychiatry division of Columbia University. Randi graduated Cornell University in 2003 with a B.S. in Human Development and hopes to pursue a degree in clinical psychology.
Riva Froymovich is a freelance writer and journalism student at New York
University, with minors in politics and metropolitan studies. Born and raised in
New York, her primary interests include the culture, people, and politics of
the city. Riva has written for NYU publications Live Wire and Recount, as well
as In New York magazine, Norway Times, and Brainstorming.
She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, National Institute of Ayurvedic
Dr. Gerson is one of the country's leading authorities on complementary medical
treatments and their integration with conventional modern medicine. He received
his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City,
where he helped to establish that institution's first course for medical
students on alternative medical treatments. Currently, he lectures on
alternative medicine at both Mount Sinai and Columbia Presbyterian College For
Physicians and Surgeons. He currently holds the position of Clinical Assistant
Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, New York Medical
Dr. Gerson received his formal training in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Ayurvedic
College in Trivandrum, India and completed his Ph.D. in Panchakarma (Ayurvedic
Detoxification Therapies) at the prestigious Pune University in Pune, where he
also earned his Masters degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (M. Phil. [Ayu]). He was
awarded his Fellowship in Ayurveda from the Institute of Indian Medicine, in
Poona. His other main affiliations in India are with the Central Council for
Research in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine in New Delhi and the International
Federation of Ayurveda (vice-president) in Poona.
Dr. Gerson is currently president of The National Institute of Ayurvedic
Medicine and serves as the executive director of The Foundation for Holistic
Medical Research, a non-profit organization which objectively evaluates
complementary medical therapies for safety and efficacy.
Dr. Alan Gettis - www.drgettis.com - A nutritionist and clinical psychologist. He holds degrees from four different universities, including a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.S. from The Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For the past 30 years he has maintained a private practice in northern New Jersey. He sees some people specifically for psychology and others for nutrition, but more often than not weaves the two disciplines for a more complete therapeutic approach. An advocate for wellness, Dr. Gettis is a seasoned marathon runner and a long-time vegetarian. His new self-help book, Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing On Your Feet In An Upside Down World, is a fascinating multi-layered collection of short stories garnered from his own experiences as well as those of his patients.
Dr. Diane Gioia-Bargonetti - Dr Diane Gioia Bargonetti is a Naturopathic Doctor in practice at the A.R.E. of New York Holistic Center. The A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) Center was inspired by the work of Edgar Cayce (1877 - 1945), the American mystic sometimes known as the Father of Alternative Medicine. (For more information on Edgar Cayce, visit edgarcayce.org)
"Dr. Di" incorporates the Edgar Cayce principles into her naturopathic practice, along with other sources of health wisdom, such as diet adjustments, vitamin/herbal therapy, homeopathic remedies, physical/psychological medicine, and Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Gioia-Bargonetti is a also a member of COPR--the Commission for Public Representation at the National Institute of Health (NIH), a federal advisory committee, made up of members of the public, who advise the NIH Director on issues related to the public. She participates in NIH activities, outreach efforts, and other matters of public interest. Dr. Di has written numerous articles, and is featured in a recent issue of Alternative Medicine magazine.
Matt Hill is a freelance journalist who has written stories for
Newsday, Inside Stuff Magazine, Hoop Magazine and NFL.com. In addtion to his work as a journalist, Matt volunteers as a soccer coach with Mainchance.
Dr. Michael Hirshfield - Mike Hirshfield is Oceana’s Vice President for North American Oceans and Chief Scientist. Dr. Hirshfield has been integrally involved in marine science advocacy for over ten years, most recently as the Vice President for Resource Protection at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) from 1996 though 2001.
At CBF, Dr. Hirshfield led advocacy efforts aimed at stopping pollution, protecting and restoring habitat, and increasing fish populations. Since 1996, he has overseen: 1) the establishment of a restoration partnership with Ducks Unlimited that has restored over 6,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands and 600 miles of streamside buffers; 2) the production of the “State of the Bay” report that describes the health of the Chesapeake for the press and public; and 3) the establishment of an oyster restoration program. Prior to CBF, Dr. Hirshfield served as the Director of the Ecosystem Protection Program for the Center for Marine Conservation, and the Director of the Chesapeake Bay Research and Monitoring Division for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Dr. Hirshfield received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Princeton University in 1970, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Michigan in 1977. Dr. Hirshfield can be reached at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Ingegno M.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Tom has received his Bachelors Degree in professional health sciences and
Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the New York College for
Health Professionals. Tom is a board member of EDO KAI, traditional acupuncture
society which is devoted to bringing the highest level practioners in Oriental
Medicine to lecture in the New York Area. He has taught at the New York College
for Health Professionals in Syosset, NY and is currently adjunct facility at
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan. He runs a private practice in
New Hyde Park, Long Island dedicated to improving all aspects of his patients'
lives and specializes in Japanese Meridian therapy and traditional acupuncture
techniques such as moxabustion, cupping, and da shin technique. Learn more about Tom's NY acupuncture practice.
Jennifer Lazenby is a New York City based freelance editor, writer and teacher. She has taught English abroad and in inner city high schools, worked in the editing department for US News & World Report magazine, and runs the online editing website misspunctuation.com. She holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Connecticut. Jennifer enjoys reading, cooking and hiking. She can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Dr. Joseph J. Luciani - www.self-coaching.net - A clinical psychologist in general private practice since 1977 in northern New Jersey. Dr. Luciani has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. His first book Healing Your Habits, was a prelude to his revolutionary technique of Self-talk, which teaches how to recognize and break destructive habits of thinking that feed anxiety and depression. A serious marathoner, Dr. Luciani found that his own self-coached athletic training inadvertently became the catalyst for developing a self motivated, coaching format for his patients. Dr. Luciani is a popular lecturer who has appeared frequently on national TV and radio programs.
Deborah Monlux, CCH, practices at the A.R.E. of N.Y. Holistic Center. After a successful career in ballet, Deborah founded and directed the Hudson Street Family Daycare in Tribeca. There, she listened to and supported her clients through domestic challenges such as expanding families, separation anxiety and divorce. Noticing how these affected family dynamicsand finally, health, she sought a means to treat illness that was non-invasive and truly brought deep positive changes in an individual. In homeopathy, she found a method that enhanced personal transformation as well as physical healing
Finding she had the qualities and skill necessary for homeopathic practice, she began formal studies in homeopathy and obtained her certification. Deborah sees homeopaths as the family practitioners among holistic health professionals, as homeopathy is so effective in addressing issues of childhoodas well as those of adulthood and the senior yearsincluding emotional challenges. She now practices at the Center on Fridays from Noon - 7 pm and Saturdays from 11 am - 6 pm.
Learn more at Deborah’s website: www.medica.ws or see her page on the A.R.E. of N.Y. Holistic Center website, www.arenyc-healthspa.info.
Lee Pinkas is working on her Masters Degree in English Education at Teachers College, with plans to teach in New York City public schools. She holds a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. Lee enjoys macrobiotic restaurants, strangler fig trees, and reading both fiction and poetry. She can be reached at