Two convenient locations:
38B Montauk Highway
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
King Kullen Shopping Plaza
240 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
Wellness Programs / Services Available
Anti-Aging Medicine is a "patient centered" practice that is tailored to the individual, with a focus on primary prevention. Rather than treating symptoms associated with serious chronic disease we aim to optimize your health. Dr. Aponte is board-certified in Anti-Aging medicine and Family Medicine. Whether you're feeling run down or simply cannot put your finger on what's wrong, you're overweight and want to get back on track, or you're suffering from chronic illness, Dr. Alex Aponte can help. As a patient of Dr. Aponte, family history, genetics, environmental toxins, emotional stressors, diet and trauma are assessed, and an individualized plan is tailored for you. Our completely personalized approach to medicine and wellness involves an hour-long consultation with the physician, with follow-up consults based on your individual needs. Our team approach improves the patient's total well-being by eliminating risk factors. Our goal is to counteract the common culprits that decrease the quality of life brought on by daily stressors. Emphasizing, but not limited to…
- Search for and treat silent illness
- Help remove serious threats to one's health
- Hormonal imbalance in both men and women
- Physician-supervised weight loss
- Sleep, anxiety and digestive issues
Physician Supervised Weight Loss
Our Board Certified Functional Medicine Physician, Alex Aponte, MD evaluates all individuals for this program and personally develops a weight loss plan in conjunction with medication. All individuals will also receive evaluations with our Integrative Nutritionist as well as our Exercise Physiologist to make this a comprehensive weight loss plan and to help ensure your weight loss goals. Dr. Aponte is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Mind/Body medicine combines conventional medical treatment with an awareness of how behavior and attitude can affect health. The diagnosis of an illness can be overwhelming and stressful, affecting a person mentally, physically and spiritually. Our program is designed to supplement medical treatment by helping the participant cope with the stress of illness, and make informed choices about treatment. Each course will consist of eight weekly group sessions, 90 minutes in length. An initial medical evaluation is necessary and is covered by most insurance providers. Following the evaluation, course leaders tailor a program suitable to the needs of the individual. In addition, a post-program assessment is conducted to determine results and acquire feedback from the participant. The following programs are offered:
- Cancer Wellness
- Cardiac Wellness
- Diabetes Management
- Medical Symptom Reduction
Factors such as lifestyle, stress, diet, and physical tension that contribute to your symptoms will be examined and discussed. Classes consist of stress management and relaxation techniques, strategies to enhance coping skills, as well as information on how yoga, nutrition, exercise, journal writing, group support and humor can contribute to and promote a sense of well-being and, ultimately, healing. The Wellness Institute Staff leading these programs have completed extensive training at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and they are certified in Mind/Body Medicine. This program is intermittently ongoing on covered by most insurance.
Most people become forgetful as part of natural aging, for example, misplacing things and difficulty remembering names or faces. A cognitive screening provides an individual, confidential personal awareness of current cognitive skills such as visual, spatial, memory, language, attention, problem solving, and mental flexibility. Following completion of a background and information form, the scheduled cognitive screening session requires just a few hours in a professional office at the Wellness Institute. Valerie King, Ph.D., a New York State-licensed psychologist, will administer several standardized screening tools, consisting of puzzles, pencil and paper drawings as well as computerized tasks. Results will be compared to demographic norms, such as age, gender and educational level, to provide a baseline of cognitive functioning. A verbal summary outlining strengths and weaknesses will be provided by Dr. King in a scheduled 30-minute phone feedback session. A cognitive screening during midlife or in the senior years may provide some reassurance, with recommendations for cognitive enhancement. A baseline cognitive screening could be useful information for anyone in the event of illness or injury where there may be a change in cognitive functioning, and a neuropsychological evaluation; a more in-depth assessment may be warranted.
Also known as Neurofeedback, Biofeedback is helpful for improved concentration, sleep, mood, and performance. It is a non-invasive therapy that trains the brain by rewarding optimal frequencies through the use of video games. Brainwave training has a stabilizing effect, and can also be effective for anxiety, hyperactivity, OCD, and seizure disorders. Generally, a number of training sessions are required for lasting results. This varies from person to person and is evaluated on an individual basis.
Energy Medicine With Ondamed
Ondamed works by stimulating the body's connective tissue with mild sounds and magnetic pulses at various frequencies. Pulse biofeedback is used to individualize the treatment. Pain can be significantly reduced, the body relaxed, and healing encouraged at the cellular level. All systems are energized, as overall health is enhanced.
It has been proven that exercise lowers blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body weight, and helps to maintain your functional and cognitive abilities that keep you independent as you age. Furthermore, regular exercise can reduce or even eliminate your need for many prescription medications. If you are concerned that exercise might be unsafe for you because you have health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, or if you are concerned that you do not know how to exercise properly, enlist the help of a certified exercise physiologist to teach you individual parameters for safe and effective exercise. Your goals are more easily achieved when you exercise properly.
"A Health Counselor is a wellness authority, nutrition and supportive coach. People work with health counselors to achieve their health goals in areas such as weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy and digestion. Together, the Health Counselor and client customize a plan to upgrade the client's nutrition and other aspects of their life, including career, relationships, physical activity and spirituality. During the program, clients develop a deep understanding of the foods and lifestyle that work best for them, and implement lasting changes that improve their energy, balance and health for the rest of their lives." www.integrativenutrition.com. The Counselor's goal is to create a connection with each client and be a personal advocate for living an energized and healthy life. Each client learns tools that work to create a lifestyle that is healthy, flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. By working together, the client and Health Counselor explore food and lifestyle choices that best support the individual and facilitate sustainable, lifelong change.
Our Registered Dietitian offers one-on-one counseling that focuses on dietary changes to improve health. Specialties include, but are not limited to, diabetes, obesity (including pre/post laparoscopic banding and gastric bypass surgery), cardiac disease, renal disease, and pregnancy. Group classes on weight loss are also available. Please call 726-8626 for appointments.
Healthy Mind Healthy Mood
Healthy Mind Healthy Mood is a workshop that covers the following topics: Nature of Stress and Disease, Relaxation Techniques, "Laugh for the Health of It" and "Stress and Human Spirituality." Every day and in every aspect of our lives we come across stress. After all, stress is a part of our lives, and not all stress is bad. But we can become overwhelmed with stress in our everyday lives, and when it becomes chronic or unmanaged, we open ourselves up to a variety of illnesses. Stress-related behaviors begin with our perceptions, which are usually negative, distorted, and illogical. This series discusses stress and how it affects us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In addition, stress management techniques and a variety of coping skills will be reviewed and practiced. Learn how to manage stress though a variety of stress management techniques and coping skills that will be reviewed and practiced, to enhance your health and well-being.
Diabetes Basics and Beyond
Diabetes "Basics and Beyond" is a nationally accredited program that offers comprehensive diabetes counseling and education, both in individual and group sessions. For more information about our support group please contact us at (631) 726-8800. Insurance coverage available.
A six-week program that includes individual evaluations by a nurse practitioner as well as a certified instructor for group support. The class takes an in-depth look at reasons why we smoke and tips and support to keep you smoke-free. A comprehensive plan, including over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medications, is offered to all participants.
Girls Night Out
A new series that combine both interactive classes (i.e.: Yoga, Pilates, Meditation) as well as varied topics geared towards women and wellness. Please consult our website schedule or call us at (631) 726-8800.
Albert R. O'Connell III, R-LCSW, is a Certified Hypnotist, NLP Practitioner Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Addictions Specialist. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and specializes in helping clients with weight loss and smoking cessation. Mr. O'Connell uses a variety of hypnosis techniques and offers treatments focused on Curing of Phobias, Ending Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression Issues, Sales Excellence, and Optimum Sports Performance, among others.
Southampton (Integrative Classes)
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday
YOGA: Yoga is a form of non-aerobic exercise that involves a program of precise posture and breathing activities to achieve a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Programs are available for all levels of experience as well as for specific target audiences.
CHAIR YOGA: Chair yoga is a great way for those with limited mobility to reap all the benefits of yoga in a safe environment. Most positions are performed in a chair, and those who are able to stand can perform modified standing poses using a chair for balance.
INTERMEDIATE YOGA: This class is for students who would like to expand their yoga practice. More challenging than Level I Yoga, the class incorporates poses and breath work suitable for students who have a basic foundation of yoga.
LEVEL 1 YOGA: A typical Level I class consists of breath work, guided meditation and basic postures (with modifications based on the student's ability). Level I Yoga is suitable for beginners as well as special populations.
RESTORATIVE YOGA: Restorative Yoga is a gentle, therapeutic style of Yoga that uses props (bolster pillows, blocks and blankets) to support the body and activate relaxation. It is a soothing practice that works to move the body toward balance. Restorative yoga is useful when feeling weak, fatigued, or stressed from daily activities. Individuals recovering from illness or injury can benefit from restorative yoga as well.
YOGA FIT: Based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga, YogaFit blends balance, strength, flexibility and power in a fitness format. YogaFit delivers a practical, user-friendly style of yoga, which is accessible, understandable, and doable by individuals at any level of fitness. YogaFit may help reduce the risk of injury and assist in recovery of ailments including stress, lower back pain and tension. Yoga Fit emphasizes the following concepts:
- Listening to the body
- Letting go of expectations
- Letting go of competition/judgment
- Staying in the present moment
TAI CHI AND QIGONG: Tai Chi and Qigong are mind/body, self-healing systems that use movement, meditation, and breathing to improve balance, health and well-being. Qigong is designed to enhance the natural flow of vital energy called "Qi" (or chi) in the body. The process of working toward a regulated, smooth flow of Qi is called "gong."
MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION: Meditation is a mind/body process that uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and calm the mind in order to create a sense of well-being. Visualization involves mental exercises designed to enable the mind to influence the health and well-being of the body.
Integrative Classes (Hampton Bays)
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday
Massage, Acupuncture, and Personal Training available by appointment
BODY SCULPT: Designed to strengthen and tone core muscles from head to toe using a variety of equipment including dumb-bell weights, resistance bands and stability balls. Benefits include increased muscle strength and toning as well as lowering your risk for bone loss. All fitness levels are welcome.
BOOTCAMP: Achieve maximum calorie expenditure and burn off unwanted weight to quickly kick your body into shape.
YOGALATES: This class combines slow controlled breathing and stretching of yoga with the core tightening and strengthening of Pilates. Benefits include weight loss, increased metabolism, body conditioning and strengthening of core muscles within the chest, abs, back, and legs.
PILATES: This class is a body conditioning technique designed to stretch, strengthen, and tighten. Benefits include weight loss, increased metabolism, body conditioning and toning/strengthening of core muscles within the chest, abs, back, and legs.
TRX: Build total body strength and muscular endurance through body weight exercises on the TRX suspension system. Physical results can be seen in as little as 6 weeks. Benefits include increased total-body flexibility, mobility, core strength, and stability.
ZUMBA: This class fuses easy-to-follow dance moves with Latin rhythms to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will burn away fat and sculpt your body. Common routines feature interval training sessions with both slow and fast rhythms to tone up your body and increase cardiovascular health. Benefits include increased balance, coordination, energy, and faster metabolism as well as weight loss and better cardiovascular health.
CARDIO KICKBOXING INTERVAL: Get your heart rate up and your blood pumping! All you need is your own bodyweight plus a little motivation and guidance from our instructor. Have fun, shed some pent up stress, and burn a ton of calories! Benefits include improved cardiovascular health, stress relief, enhanced muscle strength, definition, coordination, as well as weight loss, and increased metabolism.
MOMMY & ME YOGA: Join us for songs, games and Yoga postures. Meet new friends while enjoying a bonding experience with your baby/child. Learn soothing relaxation techniques for you and your baby/child. Ages birth-4 years.
KARATE FOR KIDS: This class is specifically designed to give children a chance to release some of their negative aggression and gain skill in an ancient art. Through these classes children will enhance their physical conditioning and well-being while also developing better self-esteem and mental focus.
INTERVAL TRAINING: Reduce fat, increase lean muscle, and improve your stamina! These high-energy sessions incorporate intense muscle sculpting, aerobic training drills, and focused core training. All leading up to achieving that hard core body!
H.I.I.T. CLASS: High Intensity Interval Training class is designed to strengthen the cardio vascular system while working fast-twitch muscle fibers and burning fat. High Intensity Interval Training has been proven to burn up to 146% more calories than steady heart rate training.
GLUTES & ABS: This class is designed to put some shape and definition to your body in areas such as the legs, glutes, and abdomen. Props such as stability balls may be used to strengthen, tone, and stretch core muscles of the abdomen and back. Benefits include weight loss, increased core strength, muscle tone, and definition as well as better balance and coordination.
FIT CAMP: This class combines intervals of cardio drills and strength training to provide you with the ultimate workout. This basic training style includes calisthenics, athletic drills, plyometrics, and body weight exercises. This class is packed with lots of variety and tons of fun. Expect the unexpected while burning lots of calories!
TAI CHI: This is a mind/body, self-healing system that uses movement, meditation, and breathing to improve balance, health and well-being.
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