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Health & Wellness: Prepare Now for a Healthy, Happy Summer! 

Are you looking forward to the summer sun? Don’t let the arrival of the summer season catch you by surprise. Westchester’s health and wellness experts are ready to help you get summer ready in time to enjoy every moment.  

Botanic Face & Body Spa – Farida Skin Care Studio – The Khader Center – Mount Sinai OrthopedicsNY Ketamine Infusions – Oasis Day Spa – Polchinski Memorials – ProHEALTH DentalVegan Catering – White Plains Hospital Physician Associates

Treating sensitive skin with glowing results: 
Botanic Face & Body Spa 

Q. I have sensitive skin — how will an organic facial help me? 

A. Botanic Face & Body Spa specializes in sensitive skincare. That’s why we have curated premium organic skincare lines to offer in our treatment room as well as our retail boutique. Theresa Naman, founder of the spa, has sensitive skin herself and always disliked getting a facial and leaving with a red face. Theresa has designed facials to treat delicate skin with glowing results. Organic skincare is beneficial for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, because there are no toxic chemicals to cause irritations. Plant-based formulas deliver nourishment and antioxidants to the skin and protect the skin’s natural barrier. Our facials do not compromise the skin, but rather aid in balancing its natural beauty. 

Botanic Face & Body Spa 
54 Main St 

Preventing premature skin aging: Farida Skin Care Studio 

Q. What is an infrared sauna? 

A. An infrared sauna warms the body directly with infrared light waves. It is a dry heat therapy that does not use water or add humidity. This allows deep penetration into muscle tissues without feeling too hot or uncomfortable. Regular sessions can stimulate collagen production, which helps to prevent premature skin aging. This therapy improves blood flow, reduces chronic pain while stimulating relaxation. In addition, the deep heat penetration helps to remove many of the internal toxins that result from unhealthy food, pollution, and heavy metals. At Farida Studio, many of our guests enjoy 30 minutes in the infrared sauna followed by a 90-minute massage and body scrub. 

Farida Skin Care Studio 
120 Bloomingdale Rd, Suite 207 
White Plains 

Starting a lifetime of healthy living: The Khader Center 

Q. What does Dina Khader offer at The Khader Center and what can clients expect? 

A. Dina Khader focuses on the individuality of each person and on optimizing nutrition and building outstanding health. She achieves these goals by utilizing a combination of her knowledge and amazing technology, including uniquely specific bio-energetic testing. Clients can expect personalized guidance to pinpoint what their body needs, leading to sustained, long-term health through targeted eating plans and precise supplementation. Other services offered include detoxifying and healing mud-packing programs and leveraging her extensive knowledge base to assist in achieving the well-being that clients desire. Visiting The Khader Center offers the opportunity to start a lifetime of healthy and happy summers under her expert guidance to help ensure optimal health, well-being, and healthy aging. Feel free to come in and meet us at The Khader Center! 

Dina Khader, MS, RD, CDN, MIfHI 
The Khader Center 
4 Smith Ave 
Mount Kisco 

Preventing pickleball injuries: Mount Sinai Orthopedics — Scarsdale  

Q. I love playing pickleball, but I want to play safely. Are there ways to avoid possible injuries? 

A. So many of my patients, regardless of age, are playing pickleball! Scientific data suggests that these patients report a decrease in self-reported pain, improved cognitive performance, and improved physical health. With all these great opportunities for sports and exercise, however, we are seeing more injuries. Fortunately, most of the injuries tend to be sprains (injuries to the ligaments around a joint) and strains (injury to a muscle or tendon). Sudden changes of direction that are often required during pickleball can lead to such injuries. So, what can you do to prevent these injuries? 

1. Dynamic stretching before playing is important to decrease stiffness and warm up your muscles. Wrist/ankle/arm circles, a slow jog (forward and backwards), lunges, butt kickers, and high knees are all good ways to stretch before playing. 

2. Static stretching after playing to increase the flexibility of the muscles. Quadriceps, hamstring, Achilles tendon, and shoulder stretches are the most important. Hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds to lengthen those muscles/tendons and do each stretch 2 or 3 times. 

3. Hydrate before, during, and after you play. While water is an obvious necessity, don’t forget those electrolytes. Most of us know about bananas, but squeezing a whole lemon in your water bottle can be really good for you too! Coconut water is also a good option and for an electrolyte-filled snack, consider watermelon or yogurt. 

4. Wear court shoes to allow for lateral movement and prevent tripping when moving side to side. 

5. When first starting out, if a ball soars over your head run forward to reach the ball and then turn around and hit it. As you get more experienced you can run backwards. 

6. If a ball rolls on your court, call “Ball!” Stop play and take the point over. 

Calin S. Moucha, MD 
Chief, Joint Replacement Surgery 
Mount Sinai Health System 
Professor, Department of Orthopedics 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
341 Central Park Ave 

Unlocking hope: NY Ketamine Infusions

Q. How does Ketamine contribute to addressing Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? 

A. While traditional approaches like therapy and residential treatment facilities often fall short, innovative solutions are emerging. Ketamine therapy targets the maladaptive reward memories linked to addiction, offering a path to reduced alcohol consumption and improved well-being. Extensive research underscores ketamine’s potential to treat AUD, paving the way for our new groundbreaking Ketamine for Alcohol Dependence (KAD) program. Ideal candidates for KAD are those with mild to moderate alcohol dependence, particularly if compounded by depression or anxiety. Without a history of complex alcohol withdrawal, motivated individuals seeking transformative change in their lifestyle are prime candidates for this program. For further details, reach out to our Patient Care Team to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our esteemed physicians. 

NY Ketamine Infusions 
Robert Glatter, MD 
222 Westchester Ave, Suite 306 
West Harrison 

Stepping into spring and summer looking and feeling your best: Oasis Day Spa  

Q. What can I incorporate into my skincare routine to look and feel my best this Summer? 
A. While sunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, Vitamin C can provide an additional layer of defense! Incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare routine can not only combat visible signs of aging, but it can also help mitigate the effects of sun damage and maintain healthy, resilient skin. Our Ageless Vitamin C Facial and our Hydrafacial treatments are perfect for boosting your skin’s natural radiance. 
Oasis Day Spa 
50 Hamilton St 
Dobbs Ferry 

Honoring a life well lived: Polchinski Memorials 

Q. Being mindful of the circle of life, it seems like it might be less stressful to plan ahead in preserving memories of a loved one. What do you advise?  

A. Embrace the essence of summer by entrusting us to preserve your memories with warmth and compassion. As you kick off the season of vitality and renewal, consider planning ahead for your peace of mind and well-being. With our refined services and attention to detail, we craft tributes that honor your story with grace and reverence. Elevate your family’s health and wellness journey by honoring your loved ones with the care and respect they deserve. Start your story with us today! 

Polchinski Memorials 
7 W Stevens Ave 

Following daily tips to improve oral health: ProHEALTH Dental 

Q. What are some everyday habits that can improve oral health?

A. Maintaining good dental health is essential for a bright smile as well as overall health and wellness. These key tips will help keep your teeth and gums in top shape:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease. 
  • Opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy products. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay. 
  • Drink plenty of water daily to help wash away food particles and bacteria that can lead to dental issues. 
  • Have regular dental professional cleanings and examinations to catch potential problems early and maintain optimal oral health. 

Following these simple yet crucial tips will help support your overall health and wellness while sporting a beautiful smile. ProHEALTH Dental and Northwell Health recently announced a strategic agreement to provide oral health services across Westchester, Long Island, and New York City, underscoring the integral link between oral health and overall well-being. 

ProHEALTH Dental
Daniel Weinstein, DDS, Chief Dental Officer
Mount Kisco – Kids Are Great Dental
241 Lexington Ave

Mount Kisco
331 Downing Dr
Yorktown Heights

Crafting event cuisine for optimal health: Vegan Catering 

Q. Is it possible to feature delicious catered food that guests will love, but is also very healthy? 

A. Vegan Catering NYC proudly presents a menu crafted with your wellness in mind. Our innovative cuisine not only tantalizes the taste buds but also nourishes the body for optimal health. We source the finest, freshest organic ingredients of the season, ensuring each dish bursts with flavor. Whether you’re a committed vegan or vegetarian or simply curious, we invite you to explore our offerings and discover the benefits of plant-based eating. Incorporate our creative menu options into your next event, whether it’s a summer party or a special celebration, and experience the best of both worlds by combining dishes from both our catering companies: Vegan Catering and Voila Caterers. With options to accommodate every dietary restriction, including Kosher-style catering, we ensure that every guest can indulge in wholesome, delicious fare. Here’s to your health and happiness! 

Vegan Catering 

Voila Caterers 

Avoiding injury when training for your first marathon: White Plains Hospital Physician Associates 

Q. I’m interested in taking up running and considering running my first marathon. What’s the best way to get started? 

A. Running is a great exercise option with many health benefits. As with any new exercise plan, it is best to consult with your physician to discuss any underlying health conditions before you begin. 

With a few precautions, you can prevent common running injuries and make the most of your training. The most important part of a running program for injury prevention is a proper warmup and cool down. A 5 to 10-minute “dynamic warmup,” such as walking lunges, high-stepping, or arm circles, will get your blood flowing and warm up your muscles in motion more effectively than simple stretching. 

There are a variety of resources online with customized training plans based on your experience level, with a typical training timeframe of 16 weeks for beginners. I recommend starting small with running just one mile, walking part of the way if you need to. Take the next day off and see how you feel. 

It is normal to experience discomfort during and after running, but it is important to recognize the difference between “good pain,” such as muscle aches, and “bad pain,” which might indicate an injured tendon or inflammation of the tendon from overtraining. If you experience sharp pain around your hip, ankle or knee during every step, pinching pain or the sensation of buckling or instability, pause your training regimen and see an orthopedist. 

For overall conditioning and to avoid muscle strains, add two strength training sessions per week to your routine on days when you aren’t running. Try body weight exercises with resistance bands, push-ups, crunches, lunges, or calf raises. Remember to incorporate at least two rest days into your routine each week to allow your body time to recover. 

Aim to increase the intensity of your training by no more than 10% each week to build your endurance as you approach race day. “Slow and steady” is truly a winning mantra.  

Dr. Steven Andelman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric sports medicine and sees patients at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates in White Plains, Scarsdale, and Somers. To make an appointment, call 914.849.7897. 

Steven Andelman, MD 
White Plains Hospital Physician Associates 
325 Rte 100 

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