Our Health Practitioners
Minniefield, RN, PA-C is a Registered Nurse as well as a Certified Physician Assistant.
In addition to her professional degrees, she has
more than 30 years of experience in complementary/preventive medicine.
In 1970 she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology from pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. In 1976 she received her
associate degree in nursing from Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY, graduating with high honors. Sally has been on staff since 1976.
J. Reynolds, PA-C, CCN, a graduate of SUNY
Stony Brook, is a licensed and Certified Physician Assistant and Certified Clinical Nutritionist
(CCN). He has over
25 years of clinical experience in the field of alternative therapies and is a strong advocate of Integrative Medicine.
Integrative Medicine embraces the judicious use of both conventional and alternative therapies to maximize healing and optimize quality of life.
He has been associated with the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine since 1982.
E. Connolly, DSc, LAc is a
licensed New York
with National Board Certification (NCCA). He is a graduate of Tri-State
Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. He has trained in nutrition,
homeopathy, NAET (allergy elimination), ETPS (Electro Therapeutic Point
Stimulation--pain elimination), EMI (Electro Meredian
various acupuncture techniques that do not require the use of needles.
These special techniques allow for the effective treatment of infants and
Dr. Connolly has recently introduced a new, needle-free, advanced
acupuncture technique which uses color and light --
He has also extended the use of this acupuncture variant to the face which results in a needle-free face-lift while also
treating specific areas of the face which correspond to the body's organ
Dr. Connolly also offers HRV Testing: Heart Rate Variability Analysis.
Heart rhythm patterns reflect fitness, health, aging and illness. One's overall
level of functioning, degree of adaptability, level of resilience and the
amount of progress made with therapy can be quantified through the
non-invasive methodology of Heart Rate Variability Analysis.
Dr. Connolly has a master's degree in psychology from The City
College of The City University of New York. He is also a professional member of The Acupuncture Society of
New York, and The National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance. He
is a research associate of The Occidental Institute Research Foundation
where he has received extensive training in electrodermal testing and German
In addition to his formal education, he has worked in clinical settings for
nearly twenty years with some of New York's leading, innovative complementary
medicine physicians. He has been associated with the Schachter Center for
Complementary Medicine since 1987.
Chen, MS, CNS Gail
is a Board Certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with a Master's Degree in
Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a certification as a
Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She
also practices a particular technique of applied kinesiology to help
determine the appropriate nutrition. She
has worked with numerous people with various issues including weight loss,
stress management, diabetes, allergies, cancer, dementia and autism.
"I take a holistic approach to nutrition, where I look at all the
foods that nourish the body, not just the ones we eat."
Matthew obtained his Master's
Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. He has over
12 years experience working with the public on developing and implementing
lifestyle protocols that consist of healthy eating, stress management and
detox. He has also obtains a PN Level 1 Exercise and Nutrition
Certification. Matthew has extensive knowledge on supplements and healthy
lifestyle coaching as well as behavior modification. Through motivational
and accountability techniques, as well as focusing on prevention of
chronic disease, Matthew has helped hundreds of people achieve their
health and wellness goals.
Davis, RM, IARP received
her Third Degree Reiki Master attunement in 1998, and practices
the traditional Usui System as passed down to her by three successive
Western Reiki Masters of independent lineage. Most recently, she
achieved certification as an Okuden 2nd level practitioner of Jikiden
Reiki. Sandra is a member of the International Association of Reiki
She also has training in homeopathy, kinesiology, and nutrition.
Stefenelli, IARP is
an Okuden 2nd level Reiki Practitioner of Jikiden Reiki, and is a
member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals
received her Bachelor of Science degree from
St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has worked as a Lifestyle Counselor at the
Center under her mentor, Dr. Schachter, for over 20 years, during which time
she has educated our patients in what is necessary for the achievement of a
With thoroughness and cheerfulness, she reviews the dietary
and nutritional supplement protocols that have been prescribed for each
patient and answers questions that they may have. Anita enables one's visit to
the Center to be as productive as possible.