The health professionals with whom we partner invariably share our values, honoring the wisdom of the body to heal itself when given the right environment and building blocks.
Founding Medical Advisors
These medical professionals provided invaluable guidance during the development phase of Suppers. Their expertise weighed heavily in designing the program we still draw upon today.
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.
Dr. Hindin is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Airway Health and the current President of the Academy for Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). He is an acknowledged pioneer in the relationship between dental issues and whole body health.
In practice for over 50 years, Dr. Hindin continues to treat patients at the Hindin Center for Whole Health Dentistry, where there is a special focus on TMJ, craniofacial pain, sleep and airway issues and their link to systemic disorders. Together with Dr. Jeffrey Hindin, DDS, they founded HHSSystems offering HindexRV monitoring instrumentation for Physiological Dentistry.
Dr. Hindin is also trained and certified on Acupuncture. He initiated and directed the acupuncture program for substance abuse in Rockland County and incorporates acupuncture treatment into his clinical practice. He is an advocate for patients’ being involved and “taking charge of their health.” He serves on the board of Sharp Again Naturally, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about the reversible causes of dementia.
He is the co-author with Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS of the book GASP: Airway Health, The Hidden Path to Wellness, lectures on airway, sleep, and oral systemic topics, and produces education programs for practitioners and the public.
We are fortunate to have these practitioners serving as tireless ambassadors for our program. Our advisors not only refer their patients to Suppers, but also they collaborate with us regularly -- whether through leading workshops, offering their perspective on medical issues, writing articles for our website, developing program curricula, or speaking as panelists or lecturers at our larger events. Each of these advisors practices within 50 miles of Princeton, NJ.
Andrew Appello is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and registered nurse. His practice integrates modalities and knowledge from his training in Oriental medicine, Western herbal medicine, ayurveda, functional medicine, nutrition, holistic nursing, reiki, yoga, and the martial arts. Andrew believes that the path to health and wellness is unique to every individual and that body, mind, and spirit can be integrated into a healthy whole.
Dr. Benito is board-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and has a clinical practice in Princeton, NJ. She attended medical school in Spain and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital (University of Pennsylvania Health System) and a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Benito has also completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Integrative Medicine, where she is guest faculty. She has developed the curriculum for an integrative endocrinology module which has been incorporated to the fellowship. Dr. Benito is a certified meditation teacher (Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center) under the mentorship of Mahan Rishi Singh and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa and she is currently studying herbal medicine at the David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies.
"Lifestyle modifications including the food we eat can prevent disease more effectively than medications; and community-based support systems, such as what people receive through Suppers, provide solutions beyond what doctors or medications can. We are finding that it is not necessarily our genes that finally tip the balance towards health or disease, but the choices we make every day; what we eat, our social connections. Suppers offers social support in creating long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Suppers' mission is superb."
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 Smart Human, 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!"
Andrea Eberly, MD
Dr. Eberly graduated from the David Geffen Medical School of Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona. After working as an attending physician in Tucson, she followed a recruiting call to the island of Guam, where she served in various roles, including as the director of the emergency department, the EMS Medical Director of Guam, and the Director of the 911 Call System. When she developed a central blindness in one eye, she retired from clinical practice, but maintained her emergency medicine board certification and now works full time training other emergency physicians for their National Board exam.
Dr. Eberly’s passion lies in explaining medical facts to lay people with the goal of placing people’s health destiny into their own hands. She is excited about supporting The Suppers Programs because it is highly effective in helping people take control of their health independently of the medical system.
Ms. Flicker has been an acupuncturist since 2001, 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."
Dr. Ginsburg, a family physician, 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."
Dr. Stephen Lewis is the founder and medical director of Wellnome Health L.L.C., a medical practice that uses advanced proprietary technology to prevent disability, reduce hospitalization, and to maximize aging in place within high risk older populations. Dr Lewis has been a leader in frailty and chronic disease prevention for the past 18 years and serves as an advisor to healthcare and other institutions. He has extensive experience leading and developing multidisciplinary care teams and was part of a health coach working group that included presidents of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Lewis is board certified in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and completed his training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago of Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has advanced training in population health from Thomas Jefferson University and in integrative medicine from Harvard University and UCLA. He currently serves as clinical assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging.
"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."
Allan Magaziner, DO, is the medical director of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He treats chronic illnesses with natural, nontoxic techniques that keep the whole body in balance. These include therapeutic nutrition, preventive medicine, and environmental medicine. Dr. Magaziner also treats hormonal imbalances with bio-identical hormones and spent many years studying innovative cancer breakthroughs from all over the globe; he brings this knowledge and experience to the Magaziner Center’s holistic Cancer Support Program.
Dr. Magaziner is the author of four top-selling books, including The All-Natural Cardio Cure: A Drug-Free Cholesterol and Cardiac Inflammation Reduction Program (2004), Chemical Free Kids: Safeguarding Your Child’s Diet and Environment (2003), Total Health Handbook: Your Complete Wellness Resource (2000) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Living Longer and Healthier (1999) which have guided thousands of readers toward a healthier lifestyle.
Alison Morgan has been a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist for 10 years. She has a Masters of Oriental Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine in Florida. While in Florida, she completed a year-long internship with Dr. Shan Liang, whose Florida-based practice operates with an integrative mindset incorporating the best of Traditional Chinese Medical concepts with the knowledge of Western Medical analysis. The way that Alison practices is hugely influenced by her time with Dr. Liang, as she views health and disease through both the western and eastern lens. She has also completed an intensive training with author and whole foods nutritionist Paul Pitchford and is certified in Five Element Shiatsu.
Ms. Morgan works with patients to achieve sustainable results using acupuncture, herbal medicine, and whole food based nutritional counseling. She draws on her background in shiatsu and incorporates manual therapies like cupping, GuaSha and passive stretching when developing patient treatment strategies. Her philosophy towards healthy living is that it should be a celebration of living, not an unpleasant or arduous task. In that vein, she takes care to instill in her patients achievable and enjoyable ways to maximize their life experience through simple behavioral modification techniques such as meditation and mindfulness. Her office is located on her family’s 46-acre organic farm, affording her patients an experience that is deeply restorative.
Dr. Nathan is a Princeton, New Jersey based psychiatrist, educator and consultant, working exclusively through Princeton Psychiatry & Consulting, LLC. He is also a professional speaker and published author on diverse topics in medicine, academia and social justice.
Dr. Nathan is the Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and the Director of Professional Education for Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he remains involved in teaching as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Nathan serves as the Physician Advisor for the New Jersey State Chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest membership honor bestowed by the APA.
"As a general adult psychiatrist, I find Suppers to be an incredibly valuable resource for my patients. Though many patients require medication along with a program of lifestyle optimization, at Suppers my patients can find a healthy community, lessons in healthy eating, and a healthy perspective on living well with a variety of psychiatric and other medical conditions. Given its accessibility and affordability, I can really think of no downside to participation in The Suppers Programs."
Dr. Dinesh K. Singal graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for his medical school, one of the top medical schools in India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training and served as Chief Resident of a New York Medical College affiliated residency program in 1988. He then completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital in 1990 and went on to complete a year of Interventional Cardiology at Rochester General Hospital (University of Rochester) in 1991. Dr. Singal has been serving the Central New Jersey area in private practice as an interventional cardiologist since 1991 and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology. In June 2006 he founded the Heart & Vascular Center of New Brunswick to bring a different dimension to Cardiac and Vascular care in the community. The practice changed its name to Cardio Metabolic Institute to highlight the link between cardiac and metabolic disorders and have an emphasis on prevention, wellness, research and education. He has been voted as a ‘Top Doc’ by NJ Monthly magazine and hosts a medical program on EBC radio (1170 AM) in Central New Jersey where he hosts different members of the medical community to speak to different health topics.
Dr. Singal is incredibly active in the medical community, having served as the Acting Chief of Cardiology at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick from 1998-2000 as well as serving as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Saint Peter’s since 1998. He led the establishment of the peripheral angioplasty program at Saint Peter’s and in 2007 established the Primary PCI (emergency angioplasty) program at Saint Peter’s. He currently serves on several committees at the hospital and is a past President of the Medical and Dental Staff at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. He is an attending cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Medical Center at Princeton.
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 is a space where people can address these concerns on multiple levels: nutrition, support, information, friendship, relaxation among others. And it's organic!"
Dr. Ramya Vedula earned her DO degree from UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. Her Internal Medicine training and Chief Residency was served at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She completed her Endocrinology Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Dr. Vedula earned her MPH and Preventive Medicine degree from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Additionally, she holds the title of Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and actively enjoys teaching medical students and residents.
Dr. Vedula is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She joined Princeton Medical Group, PA as an Endocrinologist in September of 2014. She provides a full range of Endocrine and Metabolic Disease patient services, in addition to thyroid ultrasounds. Dr. Vedula has a strong belief that a healthy plant-based diet is the foundation to overall health and integrates this approach into her clinical practice – this is also the reason why she is a strong supporter of The Suppers Programs.
The following is a list of central New Jersey-based health professionals from various fields who recommend Suppers to their patients or clients as a necessary component of their overall treatment plan.