About The Center for Optimal Health
What Is Holistic Medicine, Optimal Health & Physiatry?
Holistic Medicine or “Integrative Medicine” combines conventional modern medicine with traditional ancient medicine. Our Practice uses unique multi-dimensional evaluation and treatment protocols to search for and solve the root causes of illness.
While “health” simply means the absence of disease, Optimal Health refers to a condition of wellness or fitness with the capacity to handle stressors (such as infections, losses and traumas) that enables a long, creative, loving, energetic life without medications or disability.
Dr. Cheikin created the Center for Optimal Health in 2005 as a community where like-minded people can share ideas, information and healing. All practitioners are either directly supervised by Dr. Cheikin or have independent licenses with at least five years of experience and a track record of excellence.
About Dr. Cheikin
Michael Cheikin MD is a holistic physician, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“Physiatry”), Pain Management, Spinal Cord Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, all recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
He received his M.D. magna cum laude from SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn NY) in 1980. He designed a special internship in both Family Practice and Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, to better understand the family as a unit of mind-body health. To pursue his interest in mind-body medicine, he served his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“Physiatry”) at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City.
He is also licensed in Medical Acupuncture since 2001 when he completed his training at the prestigious UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) program in Medical Acupuncture for physicians.
Dr. Cheikin has extensively studied yoga, the biochemistry of diet and metabolism, Ayurvedic, Chinese and energy medicine and other alternative modalities for 30 years. He designs balanced, natural, individualized health programs for his patients utilizing a combination of education and counseling, medical yoga, whole foods and supplements and medical acupuncture. He also uses special laboratory tests and diet plans for his patients with obscure, chronic and severe problems who have not responded satisfactorily to other methods of healing. He was called by Advance Magazine “the physiatrist you go to after you’ve been to all the other physiatrists” (click here).
This doctor is the most thorough, knowlegable, and brilliant of any that I’ve experienced. I hesitate even to write this review, because when word gets out about how good he is, I won’t be able to get an appointment! He is ten years ahead of anyone else.
… The supplements alone made me feel much better and helped tackle some of health issues I was experiencing. The dietary guidelines are customized for each client based on extensive blood work that he analyzes. … I enjoy the research and information he provides; it helps explain why I am taking certain supplements and what effect certain foods have on the human body. I highly recommend Dr. Cheikin if you are interested in holistic health.
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