Summer 2015: Volume 5, Number 3


Table of Contents

  1. Hello, Goodbye, Nice to See You Again
  2. Genetic Counseling for the 21st Century
  3. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: Feeling Better and Looking Great!

Hello, Goodbye, Nice to See You Again

With the approach of autumn, the Center of Excellence has undergone a few changes as we say goodbye to some of our talented Naturopathic Medical Students and welcome our new students.   Congratulations to our outgoing physicians who will be starting their naturopathic residencies: Dr. Joyce Lee and Dr. Marly Saschman in Vermont, and Dr. Ivory Raye in Colorado.  We are pleased to welcome two new residents, Dr. Sean Foss and Dr. Zac Hurt, who are joining the COE team to take over the positions from Drs. Meghan Gonick and Dr. Bob Brody, who are now senior staff physicians at the COE and developing private practice hours.

With the start of summer, we have had a whole host of student interns applying for COE Student Shift rotations.  We are pleased to announce that we have brought back some familiar faces and added in a few new ones. All the students are very motivated and are ready to start learning and helping patients. These new third year medical students will work together with our familiar fourth year students taking charge of shift patient care under the tutelage of Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Our Staff Physicians will continue to provide excellent care on their private practice days.

  • Maria Zangara, ND, LAc
    Practice: Thursday/Friday
    Focus: General Health, Parkinson’s Disease, Cancer, Digestive Imbalance, Acupuncture and Facial Rejuventation
  • Natalie Colicci, ND, MS, CNS
    Practice: Tuesdays
    Focus:  Auto Immune Diseases, Hormonal Diseases
  • Meghan Gonick, ND, LAc
    Practice: Thursday
    Focus: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Facial Rejuvenation
  • Robert Brody, ND, MS
    Practice: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
    Focus: Family Medicine, Digestive Disease, Metabolic Disorders, Lyme Disease

Learn more about our private doctors.

Looking forward to seeing you at the COE!

Dr. Peter D’Adamo and the COE Team

Genetic Counseling for the 21st Century

Robert Brody, ND, MS

Opus 23 – Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo takes predictive medicine to greater heights.

The COE has been at the forefront of individualized medical care, we are constantly researching and collecting data in order to better serve our patients.  We understand that our patients are unique, and they look to the COE team for individualized health care.  This philosophy has been reflected over the last 20 years in the research of Dr. D’Adamo, who established the first personalized dietary system with the Blood Type Diet. He has continually refined this through adding in other elements of personalization and prediction, most recently with the SWAMI dietary software program, which creates a one of a kind diet for individuals based on their unique biochemical make up, combined with biometric markers and family history.  This fall, we will take the next step forward in personalization with the launch of Opus 23.

Opus 23 is a proprietary software program which will allow us to analyze raw genomic information (such as 23andMe data) to determine genetic mutations, in Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs). SNPs (pronounced Snips) have gained publicity over the last three years with the discovery of methylation mutations that can cause a whole host of medical problems. One of the large methylation mutations (MTHFR) requires patients to take an activated form of folic acid.  This is just one example of 635 genes that Opus 23 analyzes and could possibly affect your health.

We’ll be able to predict and prevent certain types of diseases based on your own unique DNA.  We can do this with a combination of dietary recommendations and natural product supplementations, and currently, we have over 343 natural medicines that can modulate 784 genes.  We’ll also be able to determine more about your ABO Blood type (pedigree) and discover your other blood types (Duffy, MN, Lewis B, etc), which have a tremendous impact on your health outcomes.  We will have ways of discovering more information about how you detox, regulate inflammation, how your brain functions, how you turn on and off genes, and how your metabolism works.

In the Fall of 2015, we will begin offering Genetic Counseling visits to our existing COE patients. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the front desk at 203-366-0526 and ask to sign up for a Genetic Counseling visit.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: Feeling Better and Looking Great!

Meghan Gonick ND, LAc


You exercise, you eat right for your type, you drink water, and you even get enough sleep.  Is there anything more you can do to feel and look your best? Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a beauty secret that is both centuries old and very modern.

Like most acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture helps to balance the body by improving circulation and stimulating the body’s ability to regulate its nervous and endocrine systems.  This helps to make you feel younger and more yourself: improving energy, relieving pain, and calming stress and emotional strain.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture also directly treats the signs and symptoms of aging locally, on the face and neck, where damage from stress, negative emotions, disease, ultraviolet radiation, and other toxins and exposures is most noticeable.   Through local treatments, it can directly improve blood flow, skin and muscle tone without any surgery or injections.  You can expect to see a brighter complexion with more even tone, improvement in skin firmness, reduction in puffiness, and less fine lines.

A growing body of research shows that facial rejuvenation acupuncture works.  In 1996, a study of 300 participants who received facial rejuvenation acupuncture showed that 90% had improved elasticity of facial muscles, decreased wrinkle depth, and/or a more youthful appearance.(1)   It was significantly more effective in the treatment of dermatological conditions such as dermatitis, pruritus, and urticaria than alternative treatment options, “placebo acupuncture,” or no treatment, according to a review of the medical literature published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  Facial rejuvenation acupuncture has even been shown to protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage in addition to decreasing wrinkle formation and preventing collagen breakdown.(2)

At the Center of Excellence, all of our acupuncturists have been trained and certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture.  We will meet with you to determine what underlying patterns may be interfering with you feeling and looking your best, and what specifically you would like to focus on.  We can help improve the appearance of discolorations, redness, puffiness, dry or oily skin, swelling, congestion, sagging, scars, wrinkles, and overall brightness of complexion.

Many patients notice significant changes temporarily after their first treatment, but it often takes about seven treatments before these changes become long lasting.  After the patient is content with their appearance, maintenance sessions are recommended every month or two to protect against further damage.

Call us to get started looking and feeling younger and brighter.  This is a wonderful treatment if you want to get ready for a special event, a significant milestone in your life, or simply for you!

  1. Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 1996
  2. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, v. 2015