As a physiatrist and integrative medical practitioner, the advice that I give my patients on health and wellness, I apply to my life.
I practice transcendental meditation as well as follow a diet and exercise regimen as a foundation for optimal health.
Upon completing my residencies, I came to the realization that most, if not all, disease states are a consequence of what has been brewing underneath, are multifactorial and outside of trauma most of what ails us starts in the emotional state (i.e., how you handle and perceive life). You are what you think and you are what you eat. Therefore, I have begun to look at the importance of diet, exercise and mental status on our overall well-being.
It is my philosophy to be a caring physician, you must see the patient as an individual, empathize with them and treat them as a whole.
My practice integrates Western as well as alternative / complementary approaches to whole health through the appropriate balance of nutrition, exercise and acupuncture for the purpose of addressing issues such as stress, fatigue, anti-aging, musculoskeletal and nerve related problems.
I treat patients the way I would like to be treated. What ails one person may not have the same root cause as someone else although his or her symptoms may appear similar. That is primary reason I spend the time getting to know the concerns and issues a patient may have. The current allopathic medical model tends to pigeonhole symptoms into a diagnosis that is convenient and then forces it to fit into the insurance model of one-diagnosis fits all with a generic pill or two to fix it.
Contrary to that model, I listen to the patient, ask the pertinent questions and educate them on their condition. I then create a health plan with the patient that educates and empowers. When necessary, I work with other quality, alternative as well as conventional practitioners that I trust to make sure the patient receives what they need in order to heal.
I want patients to see me as a resource in empowering them to obtain and maintain optimal health. This is why I am continually furthering my education in Nutrition, Age Management Medicine, Functional Medicine and Mind-Body Wellness.
Dr. Richard Koffler, MD
Board Certified Physiatrist
(Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1993, Tel Aviv University,
Sackler School of Medicine
Internship in Internal Medicine
Roosevelt Hospital, NYC
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
NYU Hospital Center, Rusk Institute
UCLA, Helms Medical Institute,