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ADJUST YOUR LIFE HEALTH & WELLNESS We are sponsoring KIDS DAY AMERICA on Saturday, May 17 between 12 and 3PM. This international health, safety, and environmental awareness day for children will take place at the same time and date throughout the world. Join us for a fun day of balloons, food, and fun for the kids. We are located on Virginia Road, 1/10 mile west of the Bronx River Parkway. There is no charge for this event. Please join us! 78 Virginia Rd., White Plains. (914) 428-8400. CHERYL APPEL, M.D.—RIVERTOWNS PRE-TEEN AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE With 17 years experience, Dr. Appel has recently opened a solo practice specializing in youngsters ages 8-21. Each patient receives an individualized health care plan after a careful assessment and physical exam. She fully explores how each patient’s social, school, and family issues impact their health, and handles problems such as weight, nutrition, and growth issues. Dr. Appel has a network of specialists who meet regularly to assess and follow up on more complex problems. 155 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown. (914) 332-6199. BALLET ARTS Enjoy a fit, fun summer at Ballet Arts, with full- and half-day performing arts camps for the kids, from June 30 to August 22. Classes in dance, fitness, arts and crafts, and musical theater prepare students to succeed. Adult classes in tap, ballet, and Irish step, plus new “walk-in” classes in yoga, fitness, and floor barre. Shop our convenient Centre Stage Boutique for dancewear and special gifts. Register for fall classes anytime. Call today or visit our website. 504 Fifth Ave., Pelham. (914) 738-8300. BEYOND BIRTH, INC. Beyond Birth, Inc. assists in the transition from pregnancy to parenthood for women and families arriving home from the hospital with their new babies. Our postpartum doulas help with newborn and sibling care, offer breastfeeding support and perform many of the day-to-day tasks needed to maintain the rhythm of a new family’s household. Our doulas are local mothers who use their mothering experiences to support the new mother as she becomes more confident in her role as a parent. (914) 245-BABY. BIOCARE INC. Brainmapping is a non-invasive, in-depth test of the functional integrity of the brain by measuring its electrical output. Insults to the brain, such as birth trauma, injury, strep, ear infections, toxemia, and anoxia, often result in ADD, learning disabilities, tics, Tourette's Syndrome, speech/motor delays, and visual, auditory, and spatial processing disorders. Target areas are identified, and a training program using EEG biofeedback is designed to optimize function. The 80%+ improvements are permanent. Helena Kerekhazi, M.S. Ed., specializes in learning disabilities. 250 East Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale. (914) 722-2665. BLYTHEDALE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Blythedale is a children’s hospital dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical and rehabilitative needs. For more than 100 years, it has been a leader in developing innovative, multi-disciplinary inpatient and ambulatory programs, as well as a community resource for children with a variety of medical concerns. Blythedale is the only New York State hospital with its own public school district onsite, developed specifically to meet the needs of its patients. Bradhurst Ave., Valhalla. (914) 592-7555. BRAIN BUILDERS TUTORING Using the PACE (Processing And Cognitive Enhancement) program, students with ADD, auditory processing deficits, and executive functioning weaknesses are showing tremendous gains at Brain Builders Tutoring. Designed by a national team of professionals in education, psychology, audiology, and visual processing, this individualized program develops and enhances short-term memory, long-term retrieval, visual processing skills, word attack strategies, and auditory processing skills. Call for a free screening. (914) 328-1258. CAREERCOUNSEL Linsey Levine at CareerCounsel helps clients create conscious career paths and meaningful connections, bringing them emotional and financial fulfillment as well as career/life balance. With a Masters degree in Career Development and a background in attorney recruiting and job placement, Linsey is a career counselor, coach, and professional resume writer who made a mid-life career change herself and understands what it feels like to be stuck in career pain, career limbo, and career depression. Linsey also facilitates ExecuNet networking meetings in White Plains. 11 Hillside Place, Chappaqua (914) 238-1065. Fax: (914) 238-5822. or THE CENTER FOR LITERACY AT PACE UNIVERSITY The Center for Literacy offers reading and writing tutoring programs to students K-12. The Center runs two programs throughout the year: an after-school program from October to June, and a summer program during the month of July. Our services also include private and confidential testing. Tests administered include the WISC Intelligence test, Gates-Macginitie Reading Test, and the Informal Reading Inventory test. All services are performed onsite in a creative and nurturing environment by a qualified and professional staff. Pace University, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. (914) 422-4135. CENTRAL PARK DANCE & FITNESS For over 20 years, Central Park Dance & Fitness (CPD) has set the highest standards in Westchester. Featuring a unique and fresh approach to exercise for all levels, CPD has expanded its fitness programs, offering aerobics, stretch & tone, cardio challenge, stretch & sculpt, kickboxing, yoga, belly dancing, latin jazz, hip hop, and all aspects of dance. All classes are taught by experienced, professional instructors who continuously introduce new concepts. Massage therapy with an acupressure specialist is also available. 450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. (914) 723-2940. CITY CENTER DANCE Fitness and fun go hand in hand at City Center Dance. Whether it's dance classes for you or your child, taking any one of our jazz, tap, ballet, modern or hip hop classes is sure to put a smile on your face and do your body good. For adult workouts, come Monday or Wednesday nights and take our pilates classes. To nurture your body and soul, yoga on Thursdays is for you! Call or stop by for more information. 236 East Post Rd., White Plains. (914) 328-1881. DANCE CAVISE/DANCE CAVISE NORTH Dance Cavise is not just dance! It is all movement including yoga, stretch, funk, hip hop, as well as classic ballet, jazz, and tap. Adults can pay for single classes with no membership fees. We also offer class cards for reduced prices; however, children must register for our full-year programs. Let Dance Cavise expand your idea of what a "workout" means. Call, or visit our website. 237 Halstead Ave., Mamaroneck. (914) 381-5222. 206 Oak Ridge Commons, South Salem. (914) 533-6501. DANCE CONNECTION Dance for fun and fitness! Join us this summer at our new location and energize your life! Our six-week summer program includes mini-camps for ages 3-7 and evening classes for ages 8-adult. Registration is ongoing so call today! 450 Main St. (entrance on Locust Ave.), New Rochelle. (914) 576-5515. THE DANCE CONNECTION OF MOUNT KISCO Want a better way to take care of your body and have some fun at the same time…DANCE!!! The Dance Connection offers classes in jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop to children and adults of all ages and levels. For those die hard workout fans, we also offer power workout classes. How about trying out one of our salsa lessons or coming to our special workshops and master classes? 36 Main St., Mt. Kisco. (914) 244-4224. THE DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION CENTER (DAIC) The Developmental Assessment and Intervention Center (DAIC) offers comprehensive psycho-educational diagnostic services for children of all ages. DAIC provides testing to accurately determine a child’s learning issues, formulating an effective treatment strategy based on those results. DAIC also coordinates and manages any special service providers needed, such as tutors, learning specialists, therapists, school counselors, etc. DAIC arms parents with the expertise, test results, diagnosis, plan of action, and support necessary to maximize their child’s unique potential. Dr. Risa Tabacoff, PhD, MPS, MS, director of services. 52 Main St., Bedford Hills. (914) 666-7687. DR. HENRY ETTINGER It is estimated that nearly 70% of all children labeled with learning disabilities have a vision processing disorder. While most eye doctors test for sight and glasses, Dr. Henry Ettinger offers a free screening and consultation for this disorder, as well as therapy to develop information processing skills. Once diagnosed, children ages 6-16 are eligible for VIP, an intensive therapy developed by professionals in the fields of vision, psychology, and education. VIP detects and attacks the causes of learning disabilities, improving a child’s learning abilities. EYE DESIGNS Eye Designs prides itself on treating children and young adults with enthusiasm and sensitivity, especially when fitting a child for his or her first glasses. Ask about our unique eyeglass warranty program. Dr. Cutler in our Scarsdale store, which is located across from Lord & Taylor, and Dr. Michelle Levy in our Armonk store, specialize in contact lens fittings for children and young adults and are recommended by many ophthalmologists. 747 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale. (914) 723-5800. 575 Main St., Armonk. (914) 273-7337. FULL CIRCLE WOMEN’S HEALTH Certified nurse-midwives offer healthcare for women from adolescence through the senior years. Our approach is gentle, compassionate, and respectful. We encourage your participation in your care. Visits occur in a comfortable and unhurried environment, allowing time to understand your concerns and to answer all questions. Services include well-woman gynecology, pregnancy and birth, adolescent health care, menopause management, and care for common health problems. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Many insurance plans are accepted. Kathy Herron, MS, CNM and Lisa Gussack, MS, CNM. 130 Grand St., Croton. (914) 827-9528. 16 Avondale Rd., White Plains. (914) 948-2066. DR. RICHARD E. GRAHAM, DMD Dr. Richard E. Graham trained at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, completed a general practice residency at Columbia Presbyterian/Harlem Hospital, and received post-graduate training in orthodontics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Hospital. He practices orthodontics for children and adults, and is an attending orthodontist at Westchester Medical Center and NY Medical College. He specializes in early intervention for children and accelerated orthodontic treatment for adults. His light, airy office has television, a friendly staff, digital records, and cutting edge orthodontic experience. 90 Bryant Ave., White Plains. (914) 946-9098. GRANDMASTER B.M. KIM TAE KWON DO Grandmaster Kim, a former U.S. Olympic team and U.S. National team coach, is recognized for his charity and over 25 years of teaching experience. We offer classes for children (3 and up), adults, and families, in both White Plains and Nanuet. Our staff is 2nd Dan (certified instructor) or higher, with a student/teacher ratio of 14:1. Students come to understand the meaning of discipline, while learning to respect others. They develop strength, coordination, self-confidence, and a sense of commitment. Westchester Pavilion, 60 South Broadway, White Plains. (914) 428-0085. 181 West Route 59, Nanuet. (845) 623-2002. GUERRINO DENTISTRY Guerrino Dentistry has been servicing Westchester families for more than 15 years, with a commitment to providing excellent service and dental education. Our constantly expanding dental practice offers onsite specialists, including pediatric dentists, orthodontics and oral surgeons, as well as cosmetic and general dentists. Let’s get acquainted with $29 cleaning for new patients and FREE dental pack for kids. 100% financing with low monthly payments available. Visit our website for upcoming community events. (914) 699-6568 Mt. Vernon; (914) 722-6500 Scarsdale; (914) 765-0093 Armonk. G&Y KIDSPOWER, INC. Our early intervention programs assist children, ages newborn through 3, who need help walking, moving, talking, following directions, playing or feeding. If your child is eligible, we offer consultation, evaluation, and therapy in your home or at your child’s preschool. There is no cost to you. Our services are available in 10 languages. Our licensed professionals offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as special instruction and parent training. (914) 969-3016 or (917) 208-6855. HARDSCRABBLE CLUB Check out the summer camps offered this summer by Hardscrabble Club, the new health and tennis club in North Salem/Brewster. USTA Stroke TTP Summer Camp – ages 10-16, includes tennis instruction and competitive play. Recreational Tennis Summer Camp – ages 5-12, includes recreational tennis, sports, and games activities. KidZone Summer Camp – ages 5-12, offers fun, crafts, sports, and game activities. June 23-August 29. Sign up for as many weeks as you like. Call for more information or a brochure. Fields Lane, North Salem/Brewster. (914) 669-9500. DR. MARYAM HASHEMI Dr. Maryam Hashemi is an orthodontist who is committed to caring for adults and the special orthodontic needs of children. A mother herself, she is familiar with the importance of being gentle and caring when treating young patients. She has been practicing for over 16 years and continues to treat her patients with the loving compassion they deserve. Dr. Hashemi offers Invisalign, metal, or clear braces. Her office is bright, modern, and child-friendly. 280 Central Ave, Hartsdale. (914) 949-4949. HEALTHY LIFE 2000–BARRY SHAPIRO, M.D. Healthy Life 2000 is an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary medicine. Our goal is to enhance one’s natural immunity through nutrition, exercise, and conservative supplementation. Pediatric and adolescent obesity is a national epidemic. Children and teens who are obese are at risk for hypertension, diabetes, peer teasing, low self-esteem, and negative body image. Dr. Shapiro is Westchester’s only certified practitioner of SHAPEDOWN, the nation’s leading pediatric obesity program. (914) 944-0531 or HUDSON HEALTH PLAN (HHP) If you're having trouble affording health insurance, we've got you covered. You and your family may be eligible for one of four free or low-cost healthcare programs. When you join HS/HHP, you enjoy the benefits of having your own doctor as well as an extensive network of specialists. These programs provide a wide range of benefits including: vision care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and prenatal care. (800) 339-4557. INNOVATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS Innovative Health Systems is forming prevention/education/discussion groups for parents challenged by potential underage alcohol and other drug use by their pre-teen and teenage children. Strategies for communicating concern, setting policy, defending one’s own teenage practices and knowing the facts about popular substances will be covered. Parents of teens currently using drugs will want to know intervention/confrontation strategies, treatment alternatives, community resources, and how to help their children stand up to peer pressure. 7 Holland Ave., White Plains. (914) 683-8050. JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER State of the art facilities, newly renovated locker rooms, plush amenities, and first-rate instructors put JCC’s sports and fitness center way ahead of the competition. Fitness options for adults include personal training, yoga, body sculpting, massage therapy, and belly dancing! Kids programs include basic sports, martial arts, aquatics, gymnastics, and customized sports birthday parties. New for teens are cheerleading and tumbling clinics. Visit our website for complete information. JCC of Mid-Westchester is the ultimate source for your family’s educational and recreational needs. 999 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale. (914) 472-3300. JODI’S GYM Kids run, jump, climb, stretch, and tumble their way to fitness at Jodi’s Gym. Children develop strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and self-confidence in a non-competitive atmosphere where the focus is always on fun! Topnotch, caring instructors are certified by the USGA. We offer gymnastics classes (6 months-12 years), Mom&Me, Gym&Music combo, and great birthday parties! Join us as we celebrate our 21st year of providing fun and fitness to kids. 25 Hubbels Drive, Mt. Kisco. (914) 244-8811. 244 East 84th Street, New York City. (212) 772-7633. LAURA KAYE-DAYAN, M.D. Laura Kaye-Dayan, MD, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and mother of two, has practiced in Westchester for 6-1/2 years. Her solo ob/gyn practice is a rarity, but she makes it work. Her office includes a specially equipped room for minor surgical procedures requiring anesthesia, such as LEEP surgery for abnormal Pap smears, D&Cs, and endometrial ablation, a new procedure that is a possible alternative to hysterectomy. Dr. Kaye-Dayan specializes in adolescent gynecology, providing the comforting atmosphere, time and individual attention young patients need. 401 Columbus Ave., Valhalla. (914) 741-1313. KINDERSACK The sleeveless Kindersack is a healthy alternative to traditional crib blankets since it fits snugly over pajamas without obstructing the nose or mouth, thereby lowering the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Kindersacks alleviate the risk of entanglement, covering the baby’s head, or getting kicked off. Kindersacks allow the baby to sleep peacefully and safely through the night. Tried and true nursery staple used by 99% of children for over 30 years in Europe. Made to suit every season and climate. (800) 893-WARM . THE LITTLE GYM The Little Gym is an exercise and motor development center for children, offering gymnastic classes for ages 8 months-12 years in a loving, non-competitive environment. Qualified instructors implement programs designed to build self-esteem and confidence. An emphasis on music and fun encourages both physical and emotional growth. The Little Gym also offers developmental programs teaching sports skills for children 3-10 years old, the "Best Birthday Party on the Planet," and our Saturday night babysitting service. 777 White Plains Road (Eastchester Mall), Scarsdale. (914) 722-0072. MARY KAY Mary Kay – the benefits are more than skin deep. The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation funds research of cancers affecting women, and efforts to prevent violence against women. One woman in three will develop cancer in her lifetime and/or be a victim of violence. She could be your sister, your mother, your friend, or she could even be you. Learn more about the Mary Kay Community online at my website: Adrienne Marano/Independent Beauty Consultant, (845) 278-9052. BURTON MINDICK, M.D. Biofeedback has been used by NASA for astronaut training, by West Point for its cadets, by professional athletic teams, by top business executives – all to achieve PEAK PERFORMANCE. School performance and general behavior are all dramatically upgraded among those who have suffered from ADD/ADHD. Anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma are all markedly improved by biofeedback. At Advance Biofeedback Center, we have had remarkable success combining biofeedback, deep relaxation, and psychotherapy to bring more successful living and greater well being to our patients. 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd., Ste. 106, White Plains. (914) 289-1553. DR. B.J. MISTRY Dr. B.J. Mistry has been in private practice for 20 years in Tarrytown and 10 years in Mt. Kisco. Her extensive experience includes 20 years of teaching at Albert Einstein Medical School in the department of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Mistry is uniquely trained and committed to the care of infants, children, and teenagers, providing the most up-to-date treatment for children. She practices preventive dentistry, early diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and caring manner. (914) 241-1933 Mt. Kisco. (914) 332-4070 Tarrytown. MT. SINAI MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CARE CENTER The Mt. Sinai Maternal and Child Health Care Center is a leader in providing all aspects of care to childbearing families, through patient focused care and the utilization of all resources at Mount Sinai. Our philosophy includes: providing a continuum of quality care through the model of patient focused care; a caring and friendly, family-centered environment; an atmosphere for optimal adjustment, growth, and development of our clients and their families; respect for all families; primary nursing; coordinating care through collaboration; and outreach to the community. (212) 241-2976 or (212) 241-5118. MURRAY HILL OB-GYN, LLP Murray Hill OB-GYN, LLP, is a highly regarded, all-female, full-service practice in Tarrytown and midtown Manhattan. Superior gynecologic and obstetrical care is offered in a warm, friendly, state-of-the-art setting. The practice is one of the first to offer PapSure, a diagnostic procedure for detecting cervical abnormalities, and Hydro-Thermablation, a brand new outpatient, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding due to fibroids and other gynecologic disorders. 155 White Plains Rd., Ste. 101, Tarrytown. (866) MHOBGYN. 150 East 32nd St., New York. (212) 447-5330. PHELPS COUNSELING CENTER The Phelps Counseling Center offers a variety of therapy and support groups promoting emotional and mental wellbeing. The Transitions Group helps women reenter the working world after the children leave home, and others reentering mainstream vocational pursuits. Bilingual Women’s Groups focus on depression, family issues, social system issues, and acculturation. There is also a women’s group that deals exclusively with depression. Call for more information on other inpatient and outpatient services for mental health and/or substance abuse for adults and adolescents. Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. (914) 366-3619. PROGRAMS FOR LITTLE LEARNERS Our mission is to dignify the individual learning styles of children on the autism spectrum, and of children with developmental delays, learning disabilities and non-standard behaviors. Our goal is to maximize each child’s potential in the areas of communication, skill development, education, behavioral competence, family interaction, school and community compatibility and peer relationships. We provide ABA discrete trial programs, behavior intervention programs, school consultation, inclusion, playgroups and work groups, and access to trained, professional state-certified teachers and teacher assistants to implement services. 266 White Plains Road, 2A, Eastchester. (914) 337-3026. ALYSA SASSON, SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW CONSULTANT Alysa Sasson is a parent advocate in special education. She is also an attorney and has years of advocating experience. Alysa is also the parent of a child with a learning disability; she understands how parents feel and how confusing the special education process can be to them. Alysa can counsel you about your legal rights and show you how to use the law to advocate on behalf of your child. She also attends CSE meetings. (914) 834-8962. ANDREW Y. SILVERMAN, M.D., PH.D., PC One of the centers worldwide helping couples to achieve the desired gender with great success – 50% higher than natural conception – is headed by Andrew W. Silverman, MD, PhD, in Manhattan and White Plains. Dr. Silverman was the lead author of an international study providing overwhelming evidence of the success of gender selection. “Approximately 70% of the couples participating in gender selection have a baby of their chosen gender,” says Dr. Silverman. “Thousands of healthy babies have been born using this method.” 12 Greenridge Ave., #400, White Plains. (914) 761-4622. 317 Madison Ave, Ste. 1780, New York. (212) 391-9886. STUDIO B DANCE CENTER Studio B Dance Center is celebrating its 9th season in a facility featuring four spacious dance studios and a dancewear boutique filled with shoes, leotards, costumes, and ballet books. The studio offers over 100 classes a week in pre-ballet and creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, and musical theater/acting, and dance-theme birthday parties. Children (2+), pre-teens, teenagers, and adults can enjoy our programs that incorporate technique, vocabulary, and movement with a sense of joy and accomplishment. 375 White Plains Rd., Eastchester. (914) 793-2799. WESTCHESTER CRANIOFACIAL CENTER The Westchester Craniofacial Center is a multi-disciplinary center that provides comprehensive care to all patients with deformities of the head and neck. It is comprised of clinicians from various specialties (plastic surgery, audiology, dentistry, endocrinology, genetics, neurosurgery, oral surgery, orthodontics, otolaryngology, and speech therapy) who are experienced in treating complex craniofacial anomalies. The center is dedicated to providing state of the art medical care for the tri-state area and recognizing the importance of patients and their families in the overall treatment plan. Peter J. Taub, MD, director. (914) 493-8661. WESTCHESTER MEDICAL GROUP Women care for women at Westchester Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology. Virginia Daly, MD, and Mia Wright, MD, offer women’s health services for adolescents through seniors. They specialize in pre-pregnancy counseling, obstetrics including high risk, gynecology, family planning, and wellness care. Lab, ultrasound, bone density testing, and mammography are available onsite. Drs. Daly and Wright are board certified, Fellows of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and are affiliated with White Plains Hospital Center. 210 Westchester Ave., White Plains. (914) 682-0732. YOGASHINE “Yoga is for Every Body.” We offer yoga classes and yoga/movement therapy for children (ages 3 and up), special needs, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Based in Kripalu Yoga, YogaShine is an opportunity for kids to enjoy playful, centered movement, learning and creating postures, building strength and mental focus, developing skills in self-calming and cooperation. For adults, yoga offers an opportunity to reduce stress, gain flexibility and strength, calm the mind, and honor one’s spiritual core. Valhalla, near Kensico Dam. (914) 769-8745. YOGASPA Kids can now enjoy kids’ yoga classes at the same time parents sweat it up in Bikram yoga. Two years ago, YogaSpa introduced Westchester to Bikram Yoga, which has since gained tremendous popularity. This athletic, 26-posture series conducted in a heated room attracts first-timers, sports enthusiasts, and professional athletes alike. The heat warms the body, allowing for deeper, safer stretching, which increases flexibility and reduces injury while relieving chronic stress. Now, YogaSpa offers two convenient locations. Massage therapies are also available. Elmsford: I-287, exit 4. (914) 345-YOGA (9642). Mount Kisco: Route 133. (914) 666-YOGA (9642). YWCA OF WHITE PLAINS & CENTRAL WESTCHESTER The YWCA is committed to women's health and fitness. Our Fitness Center has everything you need for a complete workout, including a trainer! Get fit with weight resistance, swimming, treadmills, stair climbers, Lifecycles, and weight-training equipment. Over 25 hours a week of classes and many open swim hours are offered. Ongoing seminars provide information on a variety of personal enrichment and women's and health issues. Members can register for drop-in childcare and playtime for babies and toddlers, ages six weeks to five years; reservation required. 515 North St., White Plains. (914) 949-6227.