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The Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program

The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is an experiential three-month program developed over twenty years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish, Founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. This program has been scientifically studied and proven to halt the progression and even reverse heart disease.

Participants meet twice a week for the first six weeks and once a week for the second six weeks to participate in and learn sustainable ways to a healthy lifestyle. It includes all four aspects of a heart-healthy regimen: exercise, stress management, a plant-based low fat diet and group support. Medicare reimburses this program for many patients with heart disease and other insurances may cover it even for cardiac risk factors.

Dr. Dean Ornish and his staff have personally trained a select group of our providers and our Center is currently the only certified program in New York State.

If you would like more information, please call Arielle Black at 646 935-2822.

Ornish Participant Testimonials:

"For me, the most amazing aspect of the Ornish Spectrum program has been Group Support. The concept of reevaluating the way I listen and how I use my words has led to more peaceful interactions in every aspect of my life. The ability to have a very safe place to share my feelings and hear how others have similar day-to-day struggles has given me courage I did not know I had." By M. W.

"I am grateful to the Center and delighted that I am able to participate in this program. I tried to undertake such a diet on my own and was not successful. I certainly would not have been able to develop an exercise program and stress management program, or to find group support without this program. I have learned an enormous amount and feel hopeful and optimistic." By L. F.

NY Post interviews Dr. Kominos on this program

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

This course is modeled on the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Research has shown that participants in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs report lasting decreases in symptoms such as pain and anxiety, increased ability to cope with chronic pain, greater ability to relax, increased energy, improved self-esteem and improved ability to cope with stressful situations.

Each course cycle lasts eight weeks and consists of:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle, mindful stretching and Yoga
  • Group dialogue and inquiry to enhance everyday awareness
  • Daily home practice assignments
  • CDs with guided instruction and a workbook

Fall 2014 Cycle:

  • Orientation session: 6:30 — 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 18th
  • 8 Thursday Evening Sessions: October 2nd — November 20th from 6:30 — 9:00 PM
  • Sunday session: November 9, 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Research has shown that participants in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs report:

  • Lasting decreases in symptoms such as pain and anxiety
  • Increased ability to cope with chronic pain
  • Greater ability to relax
  • Increased energy
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations

Registration and Information:
To register, contact Troy Garriga at 646 935-2252
Cost: $425

Instructor: Lucia Mcbee, LCSW, MPH, CYI has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a wide variety of settings to college students, elders, people with chronic illness, family and professional caregivers. She participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, and in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Ms. McBee regularly publishes and presents at national and international conferences. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, her book based on her innovations in adapting mindfulness and complementary medicine for elders and their caregivers was published in 2008. She is currently co-authoring a book on Mindful Yoga for Stress Reduction.

Please click here to access the mp3s of all the guided formal mindfulness practices taught in this class at the Center for Health and Healing.

Preparing for Surgery: Integrative Approaches to Practical Preparation

Taught by integrative nurses — Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH and Christine Gilchrist, RN, MSN, MPH — this integrative consult will help you prepare for surgery and optimize your healing potential.

This one-on-one session is designed to help you experience and practice various integrative modalities (breathing with awareness, meditation and imagery, biofeedback, essential oil therapy and restorative postures), and learn how to incorporate them into your care both pre- and post-surgery.

Private sessions — by appointment only — at $150 are a true investment in healing.

Call 646 935-2265 to schedule an appointment.

Healthy Heart Program

This 3-month program will meet weekly. Two-hour sessions incorporate educational talks with experts, mindfulness training and experiential exercises to help you discover what you can do to prevent heart disease or heal from prior cardiovascular events and reach optimal health.

Taught by: Vivian A. Kominos, MD, integrative cardiologist, and a team of experts including Mary Beth Augustine, RD, CDN, Martin Ehrlich MD, MPH, CAc, Beth McDonald, MS, RD, CDN, Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH, Caroline Lisa Werner, JD, LMSW, SWC(c) and Jeff Young, CSCS.

When: Program to be scheduled

Where: Center for Health and Healing, 245 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor

Who: Open to anyone seeking a healthy heart lifestyle

Cost: $500

At a Glance


Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program

  • When: Spring, 2015
  • Where: Center for Health and Healing
  • For more information: call Arielle Black at 646 935-2822

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • When: Fall, 2014
  • Where: Center for Health and Healing
  • Cost: $425
  • For more information: call Troy Garriga at 646 935-2252

Preparing for Surgery

  • When: By appointment only
  • Where: Center for Health and Healing
  • Cost: $150
  • For more information: call 646 935-2265

Healthy Heart Program

  • When: Program to be scheduled
  • Where: Center for Health and Healing, 2nd Floor
  • Cost: $500