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Health & Wellness in Westchester County This Summer

Don’t let the dog days of summer make you lose your resolve for staying healthy and well. Follow these health and fitness tips that will take you well into fall.

Advanced Dentistry of Westchester – Can’t Lose Diet – The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry – Farida Skin Care Studio – Hair Saloon & Café – Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club – Mount Sinai OrthopedicsPolchinski Memorials - ProHEALTH DentalReposeVegan CateringWhite Plains Hospital Physician Associates

Addressing gaps between teeth and more with smile makeover: Advanced Dentistry of Westchester 

Q. When I see myself on Zoom, I notice that my teeth have become worn and old-looking. How can I bring back my youthful smile? 

A. Zoom get-togethers can make you feel self-conscious about every imperfection. If you are concerned about worn and discolored teeth, gaps, and chipped teeth, a smile makeover not only addresses all of these issues, but can make you look 15 years younger. Using a range of techniques from bleaching to porcelain veneers, we create beautiful and natural-looking smiles. Before any work is done, a photograph is taken and revised to reveal how your new smile will look. Once you love the look of trial veneers, the porcelain veneers are created, and you leave with the smile you’ve always wanted. We also share our approach to esthetics with other dentists through the classes we teach and our articles and chapters on cosmetic dentistry.  

Kenneth Magid, DDS 
Advanced Dentistry of Westchester 
163 Halstead Ave 

Transforming your life with weight loss: Can’t Lose Diet 

Q. How can I lose weight in a safe, healthy way and not gain it back? 

A. Transform your health with the Can’t Lose Diet’s local one-on-one help! Are you ready to achieve your weight loss goals and transform your life? Look no further than the Can’t Lose Diet! With our local one-on-one assistance, you’ll receive the personalized support and guidance you need for lasting success. Our expert consultants are dedicated to understanding your unique needs and crafting a tailored weight loss plan that fits your lifestyle. From personalized meal plans to regular check-ins, we’ll be with you every step of the way, providing motivation, accountability, and proven strategies. Say goodbye to fad diets and hello to sustainable results. Join the Can’t Lose Diet today and embrace a healthier, happier you! 

Can’t Lose Diet 
600 Mamaroneck Ave, 4th Fl 

Understanding the benefits of Invisalign aligners: The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry 

Q. Why should I consider orthodontic treatment with Invisalign and how do I determine if it’s the right treatment for me? 

A.Crowded, uneven, and misaligned teeth can cause discomfort, even self-esteem issues as well as functional concerns. Invisalign offers the convenience of removable aligners that are clear. Another benefit, it may be a shorter treatment than with traditional metal braces. We offer free consultations for Invisalign. During this appointment with Dr. Robert Rioseco, if you decide to proceed, we can take your records during that first consultation and get you started immediately. Our office staff can also find out from your insurance if you have coverage for orthodontics, although you can contact your insurance company or your Human Resources department directly. Many companies do have some benefits you can use towards Invisalign treatment. 

Robert L. Rioseco, DMD, FAGD, AAACD 
The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry 
147 Underhill Ave 
West Harrison 

Keeping skin healthy and hydrated during the heat of summer: Farida Studio  

Q. What are the top skincare tips for the hot summer months? 

A. Wearing sunscreen is the obvious number one! We recommend SPF 30 or higher. Ideally you should apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure, and you must reapply at least every two hours and after every swim. Take cool showers and apply a highly moisturizing body lotion and face moisturizer afterwords. UV radiation is famous for damaging and aging your skin. Antioxidants in your diet and skincare come to the rescue. Vitamin C rich serums and peptides are very helpful. Once a week, revitalizing masks are great tools to bring extra moisture and enhance skin elasticity. Follow these tips and enjoy a worry-free summer!  

Farida Studio: Skin | Body | Beauty 
120 Bloomingdale Rd, Suite 207 
White Plains 

Elevating salon services to a holistic experience: Hair Saloon Café 

Q. What makes your salon stand out from others in Westchester? 

A. Located in the beautiful village of Scarsdale, just outside of New York City, lies a haven of health and wellness recognized as the Best of Westchester by Westchester Magazine every year since 2021. This sanctuary of beauty has again been awarded the Best Salon 2024, along with Best Colorist of 2024 and the Best Hair Extension Specialist of 2024. But the experience at the salon goes beyond enhancing your physical appearance. It fosters a sense of community and promotes overall well-being. Guests are invited to socialize over craft coffee, cocktails, and bites at the social bar upfront, creating an atmosphere of hospitality and camaraderie. This unique approach encourages guests to come for the haircut, but stay for the cocktails, making each visit a holistic experience of luxury, relaxation, and social connection. This is more than just a salon; it’s a destination for health and wellness. 

Danielle Lauren Settembre, Owner 
Hair Saloon & Café 
862 Scarsdale Ave 

Calmly preparing your body for warmer weather: Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club  

A. Yes, and the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club offers the perfect solution. Our sandy beach features 300 feet of paradise with waves gently lapping the shoreline, making relaxation and family fun mere moments away from your home. Our private beach cabanas are fully renovated with luxurious finishes, setting a new standard for cabana life. The newly renovated pool area includes upgraded private cabanas finished with luxurious stone and mahogany. Our attentive staff will satisfy your every wish. With a membership in the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, after a refreshing and invigorating swim at our beach or pool, treat yourself by leisurely dining poolside at our café overlooking the harbor. 

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club 
555 S Barry Ave 

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 two or three 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  

Promoting healthy grieving: 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. As the sun blazes overhead during the dog days of summer, staying healthy is paramount. At Polchinski Memorials we understand the importance of cherishing life’s moments while maintaining wellness. Our memorial services not only commemorate loved ones but also promote a healthy approach to grieving, encouraging outdoor activities and mindful reflection under the shade of trees or beside tranquil waters. Amidst summer’s heat, we remind you to hydrate, find solace in nature, and honor memories with grace and vitality. Because in every season, nurturing both body and soul ensures enduring resilience and cherished legacies. 

Polchinski Memorials  
7 W Stevens Ave  

Understanding cosmetic dentistry and available procedures: ProHEALTH Dental an Affiliate of Northwell Health 


Q. What exactly is cosmetic dentistry and what cosmetic dental services are most common? 

A. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance and aesthetics of your smile and can be an option if you have: chipped or cracked teeth, small gaps between your teeth, tooth discoloration, misshapen teeth, and misaligned teeth. Common procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, veneers, and porcelain crowns. Teeth whitening is often offered both in-office and at home to address teeth that have become stained over time from dark-colored foods and drinks. Dental bonding is used to conceal and cover cracks, discoloration, and other cosmetic imperfections and usually needs replacing every five to seven years. Lastly, many types of veneers and porcelain crowns are available to conceal a wide range of cosmetic flaws, but typically require some removal of natural enamel. 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. 

Daniel Weinstein, DDS, Chief Dental Officer 
ProHEALTH Dental, an Affiliate of Northwell Health 
Mount Kisco – Kids Are Great Dental 
241 Lexington Ave 
Mount Kisco 

Yorktown Heights 
331 Downing Dr 

WestDental a part of ProHEALTH Dental 
216 Market St 
244 Westchester Ave, Suite 401 
White Plains 

Embracing Mind, Body & Spirit with the power of Somatic Therapy: Repose


Q. What is Somatic Therapy and can it help with anxiety and achieving a sense of inner calm?

A. Challenges are a natural part of life. Your health and well-being are dependent upon your resilience to navigate the difficult moments. Within the supportive and nonjudgmental embrace of therapy, you can learn the skills to reimagine challenges as opportunities, unlock your potential, and nourish emotional growth. Somatic Therapy at Repose prioritizes both your physical and mental well-being. By honoring the inseparable connection between mind, body, and spirit, Repose will guide you towards the authentic and meaningful life you desire. We can help with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, PTSD, academic, and job stress. Our unique methodology incorporates talk therapy, CBT, DBT, EMDR, and other evidence-based therapies while addressing the impact of trauma through a somatic lens. Therapy for adults, couples, children, and teens is offered at our new Pleasantville location. Convenient remote therapy options are also available. In addition, our services are now covered in-network by Aetna. Schedule online for a free consultation.

351 Manville Rd

Crafting event cuisine for optimal health: Vegan Catering  

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  

Keeping children healthy during the summer: White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital

Q. What kind of sun protection is best for young children? 

A. To best protect young children, look for clothing with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 50 or above, which blocks 98% of UV rays. Opt for a mineral-based sunblock, which physically blocks the sun’s rays from the skin, with an SPF of 30 or higher and active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, which block both UVA and UVB rays. Check your specific sunscreen for instructions on re-application, but as a general rule, aim for re-application every 1-2 hours or sooner if swimming or sweating. For infants under six months, keep sun exposure to a minimum and protect their skin with sun protective clothing rather than sunscreen. Last, don’t forget a hat! Sunburns can definitely happen on the scalp, and a wide-brimmed hat is a great way to protect both scalp and face. 

Dr. Dana Malajian is a Dermatologist at Scarsdale Medical Group in Harrison. For an appointment, call 914.723.7800. 

Q. What are some healthy, kid-friendly snack options to pack for summer outings? 

A. Keep kids well-fed and happy during family outings by packing a few nutritious snacks. For a sweet, refreshing treat, try fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, berries or frozen grapes), which is a good source of fiber and will help to keep kids hydrated. Pair the fruit with a cheese stick or nuts for some protein, which will help keep kids full longer. Satisfy their cravings for salty or crunchy foods with nuts, popcorn, harvest snap dried peas, dried edamame or dried chickpeas, which are great sources of fiber and available in individual snack packs that are great for travel. 

Kimberly Greenburg, MS, is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates in White Plains. For an appointment, call 914.683.1555. 

Q. My child was recently diagnosed with asthma. What precautious should we take to enjoy the outdoors safely? 

A. During the dog days of summer, the high heat, allergens, and environmental irritants can trigger asthma attacks and make it harder for children with asthma to breathe. Avoid extended periods outdoors during the hottest part of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm), seek air-conditioned and/or shaded spots frequently, and stick with indoor activities on days when there is a high pollen count or poor air quality. Smoke from a barbecue, fireworks, or campfires can trigger an asthma attack, so ensure that your child keeps a safe distance, and have their quick relief inhaler on hand in case symptoms arise. 

Dr. Marleine Ishak is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and White Plains Hospital’s Pediatric Specialty Center. For an appointment, call 914.849.5437. 

White Plains Hospital 
41 E Post Rd 
White Plains 

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