At Integrative Health Center we believe that our patients have an innate ability to heal if provided with the right tools. Our approach provides the patient a support system of highly health professionals working together with a common purpose – YOU.
We treat each patient as if they are our only one. We take time, we listen, and we care. We make answering your questions our priority.
Kristine Blanche – RPA-C,PhD Board Certified Physician Assistant
As far back as I can remember, I knew I was meant to heal. Kristine Blanche is the owner and operator of Integrative Healing Center
, an innovative healing center in the heart of the North Shore of Long Island. Her journey toward her goal has been guided by many experiences. Every dream usually begins with a story, and this is her story.
Michelle Farrugia Bio
As a typical 80’s baby, Michelle was raised on fast food and conventional medicine. However, her innate knowledge lead her to seek natural alternatives as a young adult. Even though she studied Business Management, her passion was really in guiding others to live a cleaner and more mindful lifestyle. When her Mother was diagnosed with Cancer, her desire for different healing modalities pushed to the forefront of her life. In 2009, she started her journey as a Reiki Practitioner. By 2011, she left her corporate job in pursuit of a career more inline with her authentic self. Eventually her path led her to Kristine Blanche, Ph.D., where she began working as an office manager in her Port Washington location. Kristine introduced Michelle to essential oils and helped accelerate her holistic path to the next level. Now the Mother of two happy and healthy young boys and a recently ordained Holistic Minister, Michelle is back to assist Kristine and her team as they change the face of medicine. As a holistic counselor, Michelle’s goal is to guide and support you on your road to wellness. The journey is often difficult to navigate alone. Having the extra encouragement from a team that is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health is a way to guarantee your success.
Rev. Michelle Farrugia
Jessica Strasser – MS, Physician Assistant
Jessica has always been fascinated with the medicinal qualities of food and is a firm believer that one must identify and treat illness from its root. With a diverse background and a true calling for helping others, Jessica is thrilled to be part of the Integrative Healing team. It was after learning of an illness in her family that Jessica’s fascination with the healing properties of food turned into her passion and purpose.
Jessica holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences, a BS in Nursing, an MS in Education and an MS in Physician Assistant Studies from Stony Brook University and is extremely proud to be part of a team that understands that prevention is vital and that lifestyle medicine is truly changing the face of medicine.
Pamela Gallagher, MD FACS
For more than 35 years in the medical field as a board certified Plastic Surgeon, I have evolved into an Integrative Plastic Surgeon.
Through my association and care of my friends and family members I was introduced to integrative medical concepts. Subsequent collaboration with Dr.Blanche on patients with complex health issues lead to my review of integrative medical literature and the introduction into my practice of treatments designed to help the body heal in gentle and more natural ways. My own personal healings through her care have cemented a mutual friendship and respect for integrative concepts.
One example of how I’ve been able to combine both plastic and integrative medical practices is by incorporating the use of probiotics to help protect and support the microbiome health of my patients prior to and after surgery, especially if the use of antibiotics are a necessary part of their care. I’ve suggested the use of Arnica and Bromelain, as well as other herbal remedies to my patients to increase healing speed and reduce inflammation and swelling.
To help prepare patients for surgery, my team and I speak to them in depth about proper eating modifications which have been known to help reduce inflammation. These adjustments also promote weight loss to ensure that their final surgical result is the best it possibly can be.
The addition of these care initiatives have enhanced my practice and made the surgical experiences of my patients easier and more satisfactory.
Cassandra Trimarco, RPA-C
I began my career with Dr. Pamela Gallagher just after graduating PA school in 2005. About four years into my career, I met Dr. Kristine Blanche and her daughter. She shared she was also a PA at the time and told me all about Integrative Medicine. We immediately connected. From then on her and I became close through education and conferences focusing on Integrative Medicine. I was officially captivated by its philosophy and had a hunger to learn more. Since then, Dr. Gallagher and I have implemented many integrative principles into our surgical and cosmetic practice with substantial differences in patient outcomes and fewer post operative complications. Our patients are taught that anti-aging goes beyond injections and lasers, that recovering from a surgery and maintaining your results is influenced by how we eat, what we put into and on our bodies, and our mindset. Dr. Gallagher has taught me how to heal a patient from the outside in and Dr. Blanche has taught me how to heal a patient from the inside out. Now, I feel confident to be able to do both.