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Sylvia Chudy, MD
Sylvia Chudy is a passionate and caring family physician who is driven to take the delivery of healthcare to the next level. In her role as a primary care physician, she has become dedicated to providing quality care to her patients while developing an impactful relationship with them. Her goal in patient care is determining the root cause of chronic illness and disease prevention. She has, thus, taken on a personal interest in integrative medicine and functional medicine. Since residency, she has treated patients in the inpatient, outpatient, and nursing home settings, and has also mentored family medicine residents. She has been involved in the New York State Academy of Family Physicians in pushing forward an integrated approach to primary care. She is always striving to connect with like-minded physicians and healthcare providers who seek to focus on an integrated model of health and wellness for patients that includes lifestyle modification.
Sylvia was raised in New Jersey and has spent the last ten years in New York. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, the outdoors, photography, and international cuisine. She enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city, but also takes comfort in spending time with her family pet or tending to her orchids.
Galina Tarnopolskiy, RN
Galina has always had a passion for helping people since a young age. When it came time to choosing her professional career, there was no better choice than nursing. Galina graduated with a dual degree of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Nursing from Long Island University. She started her career in Bellevue Hospital Center, in a fast paced environment of the medical intensive care unit. She has a calm manner and a quiet enthusiasm that are particularly suited for patient care in a critical care setting. She listens and observes very intently, gathering the subtlest details of her patients’ clinical pictures and helping to guide their care in important ways. Her strong interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, and solution driven mindset quickly transitioned her into a leader of her unit. After a few years of working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Galina has moved on to helping beautiful babies come into the world. Her role as a bedside nurse in Labor and Delivery really strengthened her passion for patient education. Her calm, assured, and gentle character can always bring a smile to her patients. She is able to rise to any occasion and accept new challenges with a positive attitude and see them as an opportunity for growth.
Someryln Paul, RN
Somerlyn has a Bachelors in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. Her journey as a nurse has provided her with a wide range of opportunities and experiences in both traditional and non-traditional settings, shaping her global perspective of health care. From working autonomously in pediatric home health care, to collaborating with diverse medical teams internationally, and most recently coordinating research studies at Stanford, Somerlyn has developed a passion for preventative health care and patient education. Her heart for service and zest for adventure has led her to many different countries including Kenya, Germany and Mexico, where she was able to work, serve and educate those with little to no access to quality health care.
When Somerlyn isn’t in scrubs, she enjoys cooking, good books, running, the ocean and traveling with her husband to the far corners of the globe. She is creative and driven and passionate about health. She believes that wellness is key and that with the right care and education, we can inspire people to identify and pursue their own health goals.
Kiara graduated from Syracuse University (GO ORANGE) with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science. Throughout her time at SU she worked as an intern in various inpatient and outpatient clinics with the hope of pursuing a career in the medical field. Kiara is an energetic person who was born and raised in the Bronx. Kiara values time spent with her family and friends. She loves to bake cookies with her two younger brothers and attend Sunday Brunches in NYC with her friends.
Kiara’s cheerful attitude has always brought a smile to anyone whom she encounters. She has always had a passion for helping others and started working at the age of 16. Her work backgrounds vary from retail to medical facilities, which allowed her to foster professional relationships, with both patients and clients, while expanding her knowledge in different work settings.
Samantha is a driven individual who cares about her work and the relationships she forges while doing it. She love working with people on a personal level and getting to know what makes a project work best for all that are involved. She never shies away from a challenge and always gives everything she has towards accomplishing her goals or the goals of the team. For the past year, Samantha has been working in the rehabilitation therapy industry, caring for patients and staff with a keen eye towards rebuilding and strengthening for the long haul. As a college athlete, she saw first-hand the torture of a destabilizing injury and the kindness and precision necessary for full recovery. She has a passion for competition and expects excellence in all she does, winning the praise of patients and staff alike.
Samantha was born in Hoboken, NJ, she attended college at Arcadia University, and played varsity lacrosse, earning her degree in psychology. She is also the first person in her family to earn a four-year degree. She is one of 4 children and strives to be a good role model for her siblings and help around the house when she can. Samantha enjoys working out, traveling, playing sports, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Candice is a hardworking, dedicated and motivated individual, with excellent interpersonal skills. She believes in giving the best customer service possible and mastered that skill when she worked in retail sales during her early college years. She subsequently worked in the healthcare field as a Unit Secretary on the liver/renal transplant ward of one of New York’s major hospitals. While at the hospital, she mastered the art of multi-tasking, developed strong organizational and follow-up skills, and learnt and appreciated the importance of team work. Being from a diverse background, she prides herself in being able to communicate effectively with people from various backgrounds. Candice believes that patient-centered care is the heart of any successful healthcare organization, and is committed to giving patients the best customer service possible.
Candice was born and raised in Jamaica and later moved to New York in her mid -teens. She currently attends Lehman College, where she maintains her academic distinctions and hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in healthcare Administration soon. She is the second child and only female of five children which has contributed to the development of her sweet and caring disposition. She gets along well with almost anyone she comes in contact with, and has capped the title of “Most Congenial” in the two competitions that she entered as a pre-teen. She is an admirer of the arts and enjoys taking trips to the museum and going on nature walks. Candice also enjoys reading, dancing and listening to music.
Gary Abano, DPT, OCS
Gary is a dynamic and empathic person in all aspects of his life. He is ready to adapt to any situation and is enthusiastic about experiencing new things. He is especially keen on using his empathy to understand fully what his patients are going through and to see the person in front of him, and not just the injury that they have. He has been incorporating this in his practice of almost ten years and has lead to developing great relationships with his patients. Having worked with various individuals, from the barista at your favorite coffee shop to the CEO of a multinational company, or to professional athletes, his approach and dedication to each person has been the same. Along with his more personal approach and practical knowledge, he has made sure to accompany this with clinical expertise. He holds a specialization in orthopedics which is held by less than 5 percent of physical therapists in the US and ranked 9th in the whole country during his board examinations in the Philippines. To supplement his practice, Gary employs various manual therapy techniques, Kinesio taping, and the Graston technique.
“G-man” or simply “G” is energized by photography, being outdoors, playing soccer, dancing hip-hop or salsa, trying different kinds of food, and most especially by his wife and little boy. He is fueled by creativity and activity and is looking forward to gaining more meaningful experiences in life.
Johanna Gan, DC
Johanna is a personable and enthusiastic chiropractor whose passion lies in helping people achieve a pain free and healthy lifestyle. As an avid wushu martial artist, she learned from an early age the importance of biomechanics, balancing strength and flexibility, as well as maintaining proper nutrients and rest. Johanna has extensive experience working with a wide variety of patients, from the pediatric to geriatric population, as well as professional athletes and weekend warriors.
Johanna earned her bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego and then her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. She ran her own practice for two years before joining the amazing team at Facebook Health Center. In her free time, Johanna enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and spending time with her mutt, Michael.
Jessica Sowards, LAc
Justine Vickers, LMT, BCTMB
Justine is a New York State Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist since 2005. She brings an entirely holistic and integrated approach to therapeutic massage, and includes a variety of techniques and modalities, including myofascial and trigger point therapy, sports, deep tissue massage, breathwork, active and passive stretch/ROM in her work with clients and patients.
In addition to her clinical work in, Justine is also a part-time Massage Therapy instructor, as well as a certified Reiki Master-Teacher and Practitioner, Animal Reiki Instructor/Practitioner, and devotes a good portion of her spare time volunteering at various animal sanctuaries and shelters. In addition, she practices yoga/meditation, and enjoys running, hiking, camping, as well as reading, creative writing, knitting and crochet.
Tracy Lockwood, MS, RD, CDN
Tracy Lockwood is a registered dietitian nutritionist in NYC. After she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she completed her dietetic internship and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Throughout her career, she has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings, such as corporate wellness, clinical, private practice, food service, long term and short term care and rehabilitation centers. She is the nutrition advisor for a pre-conception nutrition company known as FertileGirl and is a nutrition consultant for food brands in the health and wellness space.
Tracy has had the privilege to sit on expert panels, give lectures to parents, children, school faculties and large corporations in New York City. She has been published in the New York Times and has been quoted in numerous publications including Fox News, The Huffington Post, SoulCycle, Time Health and the Daily Mail.
At Crossover health, Tracy is excited to be her client’s personal cheerleader as she counsels and educates them towards achieving their specific goals and gives them the tools to develop a positive relationship with food. Her effervescent personality and sense of humor puts her clients at ease, which allows her to develop a special relationship with each and every one of them.
Born and raised in New York, Tracy loves the fast paced and fast walking and talking New Yorkers. When she’s not at work, you can find Tracy perusing the grocery store aisles, inspecting new products, and getting inspired for recipes to try at home. Tracy loves anything with peanut butter or with an egg!
Elyse Chaifetz, Ph.D.
Elyse Chaifetz, Ph.D., is a New York State licensed psychologist with extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as acceptance based and mindfulness approaches. Additionally, as a trained health psychologist, she has expertise in working with patients with various health concerns (pain, insomnia) and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Chaifetz completed her pre-doctoral internship year at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System where she worked in a day treatment setting and both an inpatient and outpatient substance abuse program. She then went on to complete her post- doctoral residency in a group practice where she specialized in utilizing modern technology including virtual reality therapy and biofeedback. Following her residency, Elyse worked for two and a half years at Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center as an inpatient rehabilitation psychologist. She now maintains a private practice where she specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and relationship issues.
Elyse was born and raised on Long Island, New York and has lived in Manhattan for the past 10 years. Before obtaining her Doctorate in Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University, she graduated with honors from The George Washington University. She enjoys going to the gym, reading, exploring New York City, and spending time with her friends and family.
Rupal Kakkad, OD
Rupal Kakkad, OD, is a New York State licensed optometrist who practices to the fullest extent of her scope. Though originally from California where she received her bachelor of science from the University of California, Davis, she has since moved to the East Coast where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry right here in New York City. During her years at SUNY Optometry, she was a recipient of the Graduate Diversity Fellowship and had the opportunity to work at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn as well as the Optometry Clinic at West Point Academy. As an optometrist, Rupal is dedicated to ensure her patients receive the best care and always feel comfortable engaging in an open dialogue.
Having lived in 3 different states prior, Rupal has now lived in New York City for the past 6 years where she enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines or a walk on the High Line. She enjoys reading many different genres specifically suspense/thriller though she is branching out into more non-fiction. Rupal and her husband are avid travelers having visited 24 states, 13 countries and counting! She documents her experiences on her blog. Every once in a while, she indulges in a good Islay single malt scotch.
Anastasia has a gift for relationship building which she has honed in a variety of clinical settings over her working experience. In her role as host, Anastasia is the first person to greet you and help you feel welcome as you begin the care experience. She also helps with any patient service issues, including coordinate appropriate follow up. She was fortunate to work and gain experience while in various medical clinics ranging from a surgery office to a physical therapy clinic. Anastasia is a San Francisco native and a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California.
Anastasia loves San Francisco and continues to enjoy exploring and finding hidden gems the the city has to offer. She has a goal to visit every stadium in the NFL and MLB. She has a passion for sports, including both the Giants and 49ers. She previously served as a 49ers Fan ambassador where she provided game day customer service for 5 seasons. When not working she enjoys traveling and hanging with friends and family.