Our Doctors and Practitioners

One of the many benefits of holistic medicine is creating and maintaining a positive relationship with your physician or practitioner.  A visit at our health center is not an in-and-out experience and all of our staff are committed to listening to your needs and concerns.  Achieving optimal health naturally is a journey and we want to ensure that you feel prepared and supported along the way.  Before beginning any new relationship it is important to learn more about your partner.  Below you will find information about the physicians and practitioners at Integrative Family Medicine so that you can feel comfortable and confident moving forward.

Dr. Michael Geis, D.O.

Dr. Geis is a traditional Osteopathic Physician specializing in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM) and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).  He graduated as a member of the Psi Sigma Alpha National Osteopathic Honor Society with honors from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011.  During his time in medical school Dr. Geis was awarded an academic teaching fellowship with an extra one year focus of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and was the recipient of the Stanley Schiowitz Award for Excellence in Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Geis completed his residency training and was the Chief Resident at one of the top programs in the country for NMM/OMM at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY.

 

Dr. Geis' residency training is what sets him apart from many other practitioners.  Dr. Geis trained in osteopathic medicine and treated thousands of patients with OMM including: evlauation and treatment for newborns, pediatric traumas, recurrent illness and respiratory conditions, moms before and after delivery, pre and post surgical patients and in-patients care at a level one trauma center.  He also trained in out-patient settings evaluating and treating sports related injuries, chronic pain suffers with degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and chronic arthritic conditions.  His training at St. Barnabas included one of the only in-patient residencies in the country which gave him extensive experience treating common medical illness such as asthma/COPD, lymphadema, headaches, and also treating critically ill patients on life support in the ICU.

 

Dr. Geis also has a special empathy for patients in pain.  Having suffered from childhood illness and multiple injuries he experienced personal chronic pain and the frustration commonly caused by our "modern" system of medicine.  After exhausting diagnostic evaluations and a revolving cycle of medications that did not provide any answers or relief Dr. Geis sought "alternative" approaches to healing that helped give him his life back.  Because of this journey he knows and understands the daily struggles, commitments and sacrifices it takes to put one's life back together.  Inspired by the benefits and successes achieved through integrative medicine Dr. Geis has made restoring the body's health his life's profession.

 

 

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Becca Johnstone
Holistic Medicine
Energy Practitioner

Becca Johnstone spent over a decade studying subtle energies as applied to health.  Prior to her work as a holistic medicine energetic practitioner, Becca has worked as writer and a teacher.  As a lifetime academic, her interests center around learning about, and respecting, energies and forces beyond us as a way to guide us within the world and toward a higher-self.

 

Becca firmly believes that there is a balance between the universe and existence, and that in honoring that balance, to our own individuation, we can have more clarity, peace, and health.

 

She began this path more reluctantly than most, but with honest reflection and consideration- learning to truly tap into the innate power within and around each of us.  As a result, Becca is committed to being an ongoing student; studying both the physical and energetic, while utilizing a holistic integrative approach to health.  In the process Becca hopes to teach those whom she has the privilege of helping how to benefit from such energies to serve a larger balance within themselves too.

 

To learn more, visit Becca at Pranaananda.

Dr. Minna Kim, N.D.

Dr. Kim is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Master’s in Acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Brown University.

 

Dr. Kim’s primary focus is to help patients identify obstacles that are preventing optimal health and to support the body’s own innate healing abilities.  She firmly believes in the "doctor as teacher" mantra and enjoys building collaborative relationships with her patients in order to address health issues as a team.  Patients who are empowered and active in their own wellness will achieve greater long-lasting results. 

 

She has experienced great success in treating a variety of conditions through natural solutions like dietary and lifestyle changes and botanical herbs and supplements, in addition to traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as moxa therapy, cupping, tuina massage and acupuncture. 

 

Dr. Kim provides a safe, quiet, and compassionate healing environment where she can listen to patients’ needs, provide support and start them on their way to a healthier lifestyle.  Health and vitality are the natural state of the human body and mind and her goal is to harness their innate self-healing capabilities to restore balance and harmony.

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Dr. Jacob Gallagher, D.O.

Dr. Gallagher is an Osteopathic Physician who specializes in the application of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) to a variety of conditions.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in Hartford where he received the J. Wendell Burger Prize in Biology.  Dr. Gallagher subsequently graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018.  He was the president of his medical school's chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy.  He completed his residency focusing in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in 2021 and was the Chief Resident in his final year.  Since June of 2020, Dr. Gallagher has served on the ACGME Review Committee for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine residencies as the Resident Member.

In the outpatient setting, Dr. Gallagher is familiar with performing OMT on a variety of complex medical and pain conditions.  He routinely saw patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic and rheumatologic pain conditions, as well as those undergoing joint replacement surgery, both pre- and post-operatively.  He has seen many ways in which past trauma, both physical and emotional, continues to affect the body and is interested in helping his patients restore balance to mind, body, and spirit.

One unique aspect of Dr. Gallagher's training is his familiarity with treating new mothers and newborn babies- sometimes mere minutes after a delivery.  He is a firm believer in the saying, "As the twig bends, so the tree grows," and is dedicated to treating babies and children to support their overall healthy growth and development.

Dr. Gallagher was in the midst of his residency training when the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon New York City.  During this time, his group of residents were determined to treat as many hospitalized patients as possible, and they were able to perform hundreds of osteopathic treatments for patients in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city.  He is familiar with the ways in which this virus impacts the tissues of the body, and has experienced first-hand how OMT is able to help patients both recovering from ventilators and those dealing with the lingering effects of the disease.  This experience is one he will never forget, and it continues to fuel his desire to explore the vast potential that the healing touch has to offer.