Medical Advisors

The Suppers program design is informed by, though not driven by, the wisdom of medical nutritionists. The medical professionals who refer to Suppers share our values, honoring the wisdom of the body to heal itself when given the right environment and building blocks.

Michael B. Schachter, MD
Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine

Dr. Schachter is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has obtained proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). Dr. Schachter has more than 35 years experience in CAIM - Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. 

Deborah Ginsburg, MD
Healing Oceans Family Wellness Center

Dr. Ginsburg, a Family Doctor, is board certified in both Family and Integrative, Holistic Medicine. Healing Oceans welcomes patients of all ages and provides a full spectrum of care from sick, same day visits to well visits for children to those with chronic medical conditions. Its goal is to reestablish health by addressing diseases and symptoms at their root, and rebalancing the body-mind using nutrition, herbs, supplements, counseling and many other natural and complementary therapies.

"I support Suppers because what and how we eat sets the stage for how healthy and vibrant we are, physically and emotionally, and Suppers supports people in manifesting their desire to eat wholesome, hearty, life enriching foods." 

Stephen B. Lewis, MD, FABPMR
iintegrative Mobile Preventative Medicine

Stephen B. Lewis is board certified in Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine and serves on faculty at The New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Almost a decade ago, Dr. Lewis co-founded a leading health coaching program, the precursor to 4 Quarter Coaching, that garnered enthusiastic support from leaders of the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Dietetic Association. He is a graduate of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago of Northwestern University School of Medicine and is working on a number of strategic initiatives including wellness programming for accountable care initiatives, heart failure risk reduction, primary care innovation and quality improvement, geriatric care coordination, and tele-monitoring for the medical home.

Dr. Lewis has been a leader in chronic disease care and management for the past 18 years, as an adviser to health and other institutions, as a medical director, and as a practitioner. He is a published medical author, an expert on health risk assessment and chronic disease prevention, and a speaker to physician groups and healthcare leaders on topics related to healthcare innovation. 

"There is a growing recognition that food can improve health, reverse certain health conditions, and make us feel energized and happy. The Suppers Programs teaches the skills and provides the support that is often needed to help individuals harness the great potential of healthy eating."

Aly Cohen, MD, FACR
Integrative Rheumatology Associates, P.C.

Dr. Aly Cohen is a rheumatologist, integrative medicine, and environmental health specialist practicing in Monroe Township, NJ. Dr. Cohen received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to medical training at Hahnemann University Hospital School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. She received a full scholarship to train with Dr. Andrew Weil and colleagues for two years at the famed, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her medical practice, that she founded in 2011, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional  western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total “wellness”, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, cognitive therapy, diet and exercise counseling, environmental toxin counseling, smoking cessation, stress management and sleep evaluations.

Dr. Cohen is active in educating the next generation, writing curriculum on environmental health topics to be made available by high schools nationally. Her recent text, "Integrative Environmental Medicine" has just been published through Oxford University Press.

Dr. Cohen is a regular health contributor to print, radio, and news broadcasts, such as Fox 5 NY, and lectures nationally on various health topics including integrative medicine, autoimmune disease/inflammation, health effects of everyday chemicals, and cell phone safety. She shares practical vetted health and prevention tips regularly on her website, The and on her Facebook page, The Smart Human.

"I refer to Suppers because conventional healthcare does not allow all of the time needed to teach important information on healthy eating. There is no better way to learn the skill of healthy eating than hands-on coaching and guidance from warm, inviting, knowledgable Suppers facilitators!"

Andrew Appello, MSOM, L.Ac.
Healthy Living Acupuncture

Andrew Appello is a practicing clinical herbalist and acupuncturist whose commitment to natural therapies and traditional Asian healing modalities began in his youth with his pursuit of the martial arts. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rider University, Andrew turned his focus to his lifelong commitment to the study of the martial arts and their accompanying ancient healing disciplines. He pursued formal training of these therapies at highly regarded American schools, and apprenticed with leaders in the fields of acupuncture and herbal therapeutics.

Mr. Appello received a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, covering both internal and external medicine, from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan. He enhanced this training by graduating from David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, New Jersey. Here, he completed the two-year intense herbalist training program and a one-year graduate course. These programs encompassed Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine, Cherokee herbal medicine, physio-medicalism, Thompsonian herbal medicine, Medicine of the Eclectics, Unani-Tibb (an Arabic modality) and Western European Herbal medicine. He now holds the position of instructor of Chinese medicine at the school.

Kate Thomsen, MD, MPH, ABIHM

Board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Dr. Thomsen uses the functional medicine model to uncover imbalances that lead to poor health. Correcting these imbalances, primarily through lifestyle medicine, she empowers her patients to bring balance and joy back to their lives. Whether lecturing, leading group programs or in individual consultations, Dr. Thomsen uses her strong educational background and unique skills in translating medical, health and wellness concepts, hoping to make long lasting and meaningful changes in the lives of the people she touches. 

"People generally have many factors that contribute to their health concerns. The Suppers Programs are a space where people can address these concerns on multiple levels: nutrition, support, information, friendship, relaxation among others. And it's organic!"  See Dr. Thomsen's video testimonial.

Jane Schwartz, RD, CLT

Ms. Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and a seasoned integrative nutrition counselor. Her experience encompasses over 25 years in clinical and community nutrition including six years as a journalist for online and print media. Ms. Schwartz graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed a graduate nutrition internship at the Oregon Health Sciences University. She has affiliations with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE), and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM). She also has certifications Adult and Pediatric Weight Management and Food Sensitivities. As a Certified Leap Therapist (CLT), Ms. Schwartz has been trained to interpret and implement the most accurate food sensitivity blood test, known as the mediator release test (MRT).

Ms. Schwartz provides personalized nutrition consultations for individuals in her private practice and as the Outpatient Dietitian at Princeton Medical Center. She addresses a variety of nutrition concerns including but not limited to gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immune, weight management, food allergies and sensitivities. Ms. Schwartz is also co-founder of The Nourishing Gurus, a company that provides health coaching, nutrition and weight loss information to their clientele via online programs, classes, and support groups. 

"I refer patients/clients to Suppers because it provides a hands-on supportive and nourishing (from the inside and out) community that helps my clients move toward their health and weight goals. It takes a village! Lifestyle changes can be difficult, and the more resources a person has, the better."

Karen Flicker, MS, L.Ac. 
Princeton-Monroe Acupuncture Center

Ms. Flicker has been an acupuncturist for the past 13 years, specializing in musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, and oncology support. She developed the acupuncture program for Princeton Medical Center in 2002 where she integrated acupuncture into four outpatient rehabilitation sites. Ms. Flicker additionally served as team acupuncturist from 2003-2006 for the Trenton Titans professional ice hockey team. Combining the best of western and eastern philosophies for maximizing health, Karen takes a balanced view of the healing process. Her greatest joy is in taking time to get to know her patients so that  treatments can be customized for the greatest efficacy. Her experience working as an orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation therapist starting in 1981 enables her to assess and treat health conditions in a multi-modal fashion. She believes in empowering her patients to take part in their own healing process, and to that end, she instructs patients in self-help strategies and provides counseling in ways to improve health using things such as homeopathy, diet and supplements. Ms. Flicker utilizes Reiki and Quantum Touch, energy healing techniques which help potentiate her acupuncture sessions, and also uses low level laser, a no-needle type of acupuncture which is effective for many pain conditions. Karen enjoys blogging about acupuncture on her web site and on Facebook, and also enjoys sharing information about alternative medicine via community talks.
"The Suppers Programs is yet another way to empower people to take charge of their health. People struggling with health issues really benefit from the sense of community and from the real dietary strategies that are espoused in the program. I highly recommend it to many patients."