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Health & Wellness: Boost Your Well-Being With Expert Tips

Staying healthy and in shape can be especially challenging as the weather gets colder when the tendency is to move less and hibernate. Westchester’s health and wellness experts are ready to help you meet that challenge, so you can emerge from the season mentally and physically stronger than ever.

Can’t Lose DietThe Center for Cosmetic DentistryClub PilatesCroton RunningThe Formula MedspaKim ReichigLaser Luxury – Mount Sinai OrthopedicsNYU Langone Fertility CenterLenore Powers – Studio50 FitnessSymphony MedicalVERVE Medical CosmeticsWhite Plains Hospital Physician Associates

Healthy eating for autumn: Can’t Lose Diet – Harrison

How can I stay healthy this fall?

As the fall season kicks into high gear, you tend to move less, eat more, and pack on the pounds! Here are three tips from the nutritionists at the Can’t Lose Diet for enjoying a healthy eating lifestyle over the coming months:

Chicken Bone Broth – There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of broth on a cold October day. Loaded with pure nutrition, you can drink it straight or make it the base for an asparagus soup. A number of Westchester-based merchants make it fresh on a daily basis – so pick it up on your way home!

An Apple a Day – Do not underestimate the nutritional value and delicious ways to enjoy an apple. Make our Baked Cinnamon Apple dessert that is enticing enough to consume every day. Eat an apple one hour before you dine out, which will help you avoid stuffing yourself with pre-dinner bread rolls. Diced Honeycrisp apple pieces add a burst of flavor to your tuna salad lunch.

Vegetable Smoothies – Many people just do not eat enough veggies on a daily basis. Make it easier to meet your nutritional needs by creating a simple, tasty veggie-oriented smoothie! Cucumber and apple, or spinach and strawberries, make for a delicious, fruity drink!

Contact us for more details on the above suggestions.

Can't Lose Diet

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

Understanding the difference between traditional and CEREC® crowns: The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

What’s the difference between traditional and CEREC® crowns?

Traditional crowns and CEREC® crowns both have the same basic purpose. They are durable tooth restorations custom-designed to reinforce a compromised tooth and prevent further deterioration, while simultaneously improving function and aesthetics. With that in mind, the process of creating a traditional dental crown is typically quite different when compared to a CEREC® crown. A traditional crown may require a putty dental impression to form the foundational blueprint for its creation and are usually sent to an outside dental laboratory to be manufactured. CEREC® same-day crowns can achieve virtually the same results as traditional crowns but at a much faster rate. With CEREC® technology, the entire process can be expedited because the crowns are made right here in the office. The dental impression, the creation of the permanent crown, and placement of the crown on the tooth can be done in a single appointment. With CEREC®, the impression is created digitally — no messy putties are necessary — which makes this part of the process much quicker and more comfortable.

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

Pilates for the win: Club Pilates – Scarsdale, Ardsley and Quaker Ridge (New Rochelle)

Can Pilates help relieve stress?

Absolutely, Pilates is a fantastic practice for reducing both physical and mental stress. At our three convenient locations in Scarsdale, Port Chester, and New Rochelle, we offer a tranquil escape from life’s demands.

Pilates exercises promote mindfulness by requiring a deep concentration on movement and synchronized breathing. This dual focus calms the mind, replacing daily worries with a sense of serene concentration.

In our modern lives, physical stress is all too common, whether from long commutes or extended periods on our feet. Pilates acts as a reset button for the body’s alignment, relieving tension and discomfort. Furthermore, Pilates promotes joint health by increasing synovial fluid, reducing friction in movements, and alleviating physical stress.

By visiting any of our locations, you can experience the holistic benefits of Pilates, enhancing your well-being both mentally and physically. Join us and discover how Pilates can be a key tool in your stress management toolkit.

Club Pilates

Club Pilates
Scarsdale, Ardsley and Quaker Ridge (New Rochelle)

Selecting the best running shoes: Croton Running Company

What are the best running shoes for me?

The best running shoes for you depend on several factors. To find your perfect fit, we recommend visiting our store in Croton for a personalized fitting. With our experience, we will analyze your gait, arch type, and running style. Based on this assessment, we can recommend shoes that provide the right amount of support and cushioning. We carry a wide range of brands and models to cater to various needs. Whether you need neutral-cushioned shoes, stability shoes, or motion-control shoes, we have options for you. Trying on several pairs and testing in-store and out on the sidewalk is crucial to ensure comfort. Your budget is also a consideration, and we can help you find a suitable option within your price range. Remember, investing in quality running shoes is an investment in your running comfort and performance.

Croton Running

Croton Running
119 Grand St

Looking and feeling your absolute best—naturally: The Formula Medspa 

What does The Formula mean/stand for? What is the concept behind The Formula?  

The Formula represents a revolutionary approach to beauty and wellness designed to enhance one’s appearance and well-being naturally. It goes beyond superficial transformations; it’s a holistic concept that delves into the external and internal aspects of self-care. The Formula utilizes a diverse range of treatments, each designed to address various levels of the skin and cater to individual preferences. There’s no one-size-fits-all; everything is personalized to ensure comfort and confidence. The focus is on achieving a strikingly natural look, steering clear of the overly done aesthetic, and making everyone look and feel their best, regardless of age. Instead of pushing invasive treatments, the approach combines a little bit of everything offered, avoiding overdoing any single procedure. This strategic blend ensures long-lasting, naturally beautiful results, making The Formula a go-to destination for timeless beauty and wellness. Nicole and her team invite you to discover The Formula and embark on a journey to look and feel your absolute best.

The Formula Medspa
77 Purchase St, 2nd fl

Coping with emotions: Kim Reichig – Scarsdale

With the start of school, the upcoming holidays, and a busy schedule, I’m feeling more anxious, down, and overwhelmed. What can I do when I find myself feeling this way?

When you notice you’re feeling this way, try some of these steps:

  • Acknowledge uncomfortable feelings and label the emotions without judgement. Negative feelings are valid and alert us that something is wrong. Journaling about your feelings can help bring clarity and reduce anxiety.

  • Cultivate self-compassion – think about how you would respond to a friend having these feelings.
  • Do something that makes you feel accomplished or proud. For example, work on that task you have been putting off for ten minutes, give a friend a compliment, clean out that junk drawer, or go for a walk around the block.
  • Practice daily gratitude to highlight positive experiences and the ways in which you’re helping yourself. Ask yourself “What are three things that I am grateful for or proud of?”

If your negative emotions persist, consider seeing a therapist to help you learn new coping skills to navigate these feelings.

To make an appointment with Kim Reichig MS, LMFT you can call 914-266-0988, or visit her website

Kim Reichig

Kim Reichig, MS, LMFT
Licensed Psychotherapist
Treating Anxiety, Depression, Relationship and Couples Therapy, Parenting Issues, using evidence-based treatments.

Determining the ideal time for laser hair removal: Laser Luxury

When is a good time to get laser hair removal?

The fall season is an excellent time to consider starting laser hair removal treatments. Laser hair removal typically requires several sessions to achieve the best results; spacing these sessions a few weeks apart is essential. This timing ensures that you’ll be hair-free and ready to show off smooth, hair-free skin in the spring and summer seasons. With two convenient New York-area locations in Briarcliff and Somers, Laser Luxury also offers a range of other beauty and skincare services, including Body Sculpting, Tattoo Removal, IPL Photofacial, Spa Facials, Eyelash Extensions, Teeth Whitening, Laser Acne Treatment, Spray Tanning, Peels, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, and Melasma Treatments. Their experienced professionals can help you achieve your desired look and feel confident all year round.

Laser Luxury

Laser Luxury
466 N State Rd
Briarcliff Manor

1 Lovell St, Upstairs

No pain, All game: Mount Sinai Orthopedics – Scarsdale 

How can you stay injury-free while participating in outdoor sports? 

Sports are a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Whether a professional athlete or weekend warrior, some of the best ways to prevent injuries include:

  • Stay hydrated to replenish fluids lost during sweating.
  • Perform dynamic warmups, such as lunges, squats, and jumping jacks, to get your muscles ready for physical activity.
  • Incorporate a healthy diet to fuel your body with the right nutrients for optimal performance and recovery.
  • Adjust intensity and duration of exercise based on the heat index and recognize early signs of heat illness.
  • Listen to your body and seek orthopedic care if you experience pain or discomfort.

By following these tips, you can help reduce your risk of sports injuries and stay in the game through fall and beyond.

Shawn Anthony, MD, MBA
Associate Chief, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgery
Player Physician, US Open Tennis Championships
Team Physician, US Ski & Snowboard
Mount Sinai Orthopedics – Scarsdale
341 Central Park Ave

Taking the first steps in fertility treatment: NYU Langone Fertility Center

What is the first step to becoming a patient or starting fertility treatment?

Whether you are looking to start treatment, receive a second opinion, or evaluate your fertility health, NYU Langone Fertility Center is here to help you get started. We recognize that you have a choice in care providers, and we are committed to providing compassionate, individualized, and cost-effective service in New York City and Westchester. We’re happy to go at your pace and answer any questions you may have. Call us at 914.556.4900 or visit to get started.

NYU Langone

NYU Langone Fertility Center
132 Parkway Rd, 2nd fl

Compassionately providing mental health support and help: Lenore Powers, MA, LCSW

What sets your approach to therapy apart from others, and how do you create a safe space for your clients?

My approach is built on compassion and empathy. I believe that a warm, understanding demeanor is essential to foster trust and create a safe environment for my clients. I strive to make every individual, couple, or child I work with feel genuinely cared for and supported. This foundation of trust allows us to explore their unique challenges and find paths toward healing and growth.

Lenore Powers’ compassionate approach and decades of experience have made her a trusted and respected figure in the field of mental health, offering support and hope to those she serves. 

Lenore Powers

Lenore Powers, MA, LCSW
Couples Counseling & Individual Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
455 Central Park Ave, Suite 206

Assessing the importance of nutrition versus exercise when losing weight: Studio50 Fitness

As we approach the holidays, is it more important to focus on nutrition or working out to lose weight and stay healthy?

The truth is, both nutrition and fitness must be addressed to lose weight. Firstly, losing weight should not be the goal. You want to change your body composition to have more muscle and less fat. When you couple the correct, effective exercise regime, and nutrition plan, you will see the best results, feel energized, and look your best. At Studio50 Fitness, we offer free body composition analysis. Our clients enjoy highly effective, efficient, and fun group fitness classes to build muscle and burn fat. We offer health coaching, both private and group, ensure that you’re burning fat and not losing precious muscle. We also offer EMSCULPT NEO treatments, which reduce body fat up to 30%, while simultaneously building 25% more muscle, in four pain-free sessions, with no downtime.

Studio50 Fitness
Michelle Gross, RN, Certified Health Coach
102 Mamaroneck Ave

Restoring function after injury: Symphony Medical

Can function be restored following serious sports injuries?

Howard Luks, MD, is an orthopedic specialist at Symphony Medical, working at the Dobbs Ferry, NY, office, where he focuses on arthroscopic and complex surgeries for knees, shoulders, and elbows. With over 20 years of experience treating athletes, weekend warriors, runners, as well as individuals who can no longer exercise, Dr. Luks has taught hundreds of residents and is known for summoning his vast experience to help restore function. As the Chief of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at New York Medical College for over 20 years, Dr. Luks has helped prepare the next generation of Orthopedic Surgeons. A best-selling author, Dr. Luks offers a refreshing, calm, patient-centric approach to his patients. Overall, Symphony Medical offers medicine as it should be — person to-person, where humans answer the phones. Visit us and experience medical care the way it should be.

Howard Luks, MD
Symphony Medical
128 Ashford Ave
Dobbs Ferry

Treating gynecologic conditions: Symphony Medical

What is your approach and background in treating gynecologic conditions?

As a board-certified gynecologist and fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, I have a passion for education and empowering my patients about their health. I treat every patient they way I would want to be treated myself and I make sure to take time to really listen. Although my experience includes all gynecologic conditions, I have a special interest in menopause, contraception, treatment for abnormal Pap tests, vulvar disease, pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and PCOS. I fell in love with the field of OB/GYN after receiving my medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I’m also honored to have been the first fellow in minimally invasive/robotic gynecologic surgery and to have received the “Humanism in Medicine Award,” and named a “Super Doctors Rising Star” by the New York Times and a “Top Doc” by New York Top Docs.

Nikole Ostrov, MD
Symphony Medical
128 Ashford Ave
Dobbs Ferry

Understanding the real science behind healthy, long-lasting eyebrows: VERVE Medical Cosmetics 

What’s the secret for keeping your eyebrows as healthy and full as they are when you’re in your 20s?

Stop plucking, waxing, and threading them! Instead, trim or shave your eyebrows without pulling out the roots. The most common reason eyebrows thin out over time is due to years of plucking, waxing, and threading. Damage occurs each time brow hairs are pulled and extracted from the root (follicle). As a result, hair grows back thinner, slower, and weaker, until ultimately, the hair stops growing. Brow loss may also be caused by hormonal changes such as menopause and thyroid conditions. If you are considering non-surgical brow treatment, Botox is the most common for shaping by temporarily affecting the muscles around the eyebrows and changing the muscular pull. Cosmetic fillers may also aid in eyebrow shaping by adding back support underneath the skin, lifting the brows to a more rested appearance. For optimal brow shape, many clients benefit from a combination of Botox and fillers. Schedule your free consultation with Verve’s Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Bracci, who will help you determine if non-surgical fillers are right for you.

Stephen Bracci, MD, Aesthetic Physician
VERVE Medical Cosmetics
1 Bridge St, Suite 30

Determining when children are too sick for school: White Plains Hospital Physician Associates

How do I know if my child is too sick for school?

A fever (100.4 degrees or higher) indicates that your child is fighting a viral or bacterial infection and should stay home and rest. Your child should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school, but the absence of a fever does not mean your child is not still contagious. A very runny nose, a persistent and productive cough, diarrhea, stomach pain or vomiting are all signs your child should stay home. After a digestive illness, a good rule of thumb on returning to school is whether your child can eat a meal, such as dinner the night before, with no symptoms.

How do I know if my sick child should see their pediatrician?

Your child should be seen if they have a fever above 102 degrees, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, decreased appetite and/or fever for more than 24 hours. While the first day of a mild fever in older children may be too early to detect illnesses like strep throat or an ear infection, it is always best to err on the safe side and consult with their pediatrician. For babies under one year old, it’s always a good idea to bring them in, as their immune system is less developed and they don’t yet have the protection of childhood immunizations. Babies can become more severely ill quickly. If your baby has a fever, isn’t drinking enough, or is struggling to breathe, call their pediatrician immediately.

How can I keep the rest of my family healthy when my child is sick?

Good hand hygiene and sneezing into the elbow are important for everyone in the home when one family member is sick. Disinfect high-touch surfaces, especially in the bathroom. Have children bathe and brush their teeth separately, and avoid sharing drinkware and other personal items, such as hand towels. In addition, make sure each child is up-to-date on their flu shot and other vaccinations. I especially recommend flu shots for children with asthma, and babies six months and older who attend daycare or have older siblings attending school.

Dr. Debra Etelson is a board-certified pediatrician at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates in Somers. To make an appointment, call 914.849.7075.

Debra Etelson, MD
White Plains Hospital Physician Associates
325 Route 100

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