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Health & Wellness Centers

Welcome to the Health Centers at New York Chiropractic College. The clinic system at New York Chiropractic College is a rigorous and diverse system of multidisciplinary experiences that promote our mission of academic excellence, quality patient care, and professional leadership. Our clinic faculty have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise and are excited to share and develop student interns as they progress through the clinical service phase of the program.

The Health Centers of NYCC have adopted a clinician driven patient centered model to deliver health care services. In this delivery system, clinicians are fully engaged with both patients and student interns to ensure quality patient care and to maximize the educational opportunities for the intern. The clinician and the intern work together to evaluate and manage the patients’ health care needs. This model has proven to increase the quality and continuity of care delivered to patients while facilitating interns to correlate their knowledge, refine their skills and acquires an experience which builds confidence and leads them to become a competent practitioner.

The clinic system is comprised of 4 main hub health centers located in Depew, Rochester, Seneca Falls, and Levittown. Each chiropractic student will be assigned to a hub health center to complete their outpatient clinical experience beginning in their 8th trimester. (Clinic selection information is available in the NYCC student guide) Each hub health center also has a series of affiliated  sites referred to as spokes.  This hub and spoke model allows students to rotate through a variety of diverse clinical environments that focus on unique patient populations.  They include but are not limited to free/community care, higher education , geriatric, sports related  and hospital environments.

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Campus Health Center

The Campus Health Center is located in the main Academic Building. This health center has both chiropractic and acupuncture services available. In this health center, students learn to provide care and perform treatment in a practice setting by serving the health care needs of the entire campus community as well as immediate family members of students, faculty, and staff free of charge. In addition Medicaid patients are seen from the community free of charge as a community service. All chiropractic students in their seventh apply classroom and textbook knowledge as their first internship experiences. Eighth trimester students who remain in Seneca Falls are based out of the Campus Health Center.  All acupuncture and Oriental medicine students perform treatments in the Campus Health Center at sometime during their internship portion of the program as one of their clinical rotation sites.

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Seneca Falls Health Center

The Seneca Falls Health Center is located on the main campus, across from the Health & Fitness Center. It is a multidisciplinary health center that offers a variety of services – including chiropractic, podiatry, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, diagnostic imaging, nutritional counseling and massage therapy.  This is a full fee facility that serves the surrounding community. Chiropractic students in Ninth and tenth trimesters assigned to Seneca Falls are based out of the Seneca Falls Health Center.  All acupuncture and Oriental medicine students participate in care at this health center.    This site is also home to the Herbal Dispensary.   

These are the spoke sites available for students at the Seneca Falls Health Center.( click on each site to learn a little bit more about it)

St. Joe’s

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families.  . Patients and clients come primarily from the Rochester area and surrounding counties; however, there are no geographic or other limitations to service. Any uninsured or underinsured individual is welcome.

Mercy

Mercy Outreach Center provides access to primary health care, dental care, and advocacy services to the uninsured and the underserved. The Center also provides referral services, legal services, housing information and volunteer income tax assistance. Community support services include AA and NA meetings.

The Center was established in 1977 and is now a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Outreach Center exists because of the generosity of many people who give their time, talents and treasure to help achieve their mission to meet the basic health care needs of those in the community who are denied access to medical, dental and advocacy services because of their lack of financial resources.

Monroe

Interns will be actively engaged in the care of inpatients at this facility that is located within a consultative clinic (alongside dental, podiatry, and ophthalmology) in this long-term care hospital setting.  Patients present with a host of co-morbidities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries, etc.  This setting provides an opportunity for administering multi-disciplinary care in a unique environment.  The chiropractic services are offered 3 days per week  under the supervision of Dr. Cara Borggren.  Other rotations will compliment the experiences offered here, including Grand Rounds and Journal Club within the hospital setting, rotations within the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments, and various other rotations affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital.  

Bath VA

These facilities provide an opportunities for students to experience treating patients with complex musculoskeletal and neurological conditions (such as post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal stenosis, traumatic neurological injuries, and post-stroke patients). The patient base suffers from a host of co-morbidities which complicate their cases including physical illness (such as such as COPD, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and Crohn's disease) as well as significant psychosocial conditions (such as a history of substance abuse, homelessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder). The ability to work with this population will not only allow you to further your knowledge base, but will provide the opportunity to work with - and give back to - a group of fine people who have served our nation. Additional benefits include the opportunity to work in an integrated medical care setting and work within a common electronic medical record.

St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher Wellness Center is dedicated to helping their students achieve balance in their lives.  Services, including chiropractic care address their physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and communal realms. It is their belief that personal health and "wellness" are best achieved when the body and the mind are functioning in harmony.

Geneva Community Health

Interns from both the Seneca Falls and Rochester Outpatient Health Centers are providing care at Geneva Community Health, whose diverse clientele includes the local population of migrant workers through the Finger Lakes.  . Geneva Community Health was established in 1989 as a provider of health care for agricultural workers and is committed to providing comprehensive, accessible, and quality medical while meeting the healthcare needs of patients. In addition to medical services, GCH has a large community dental program and also provides referrals and linkages to other services. In order to better serve the primarily Spanish-speaking population, the facility provides Spanish and Creole speaking interpreters, receptionists and nurses.  Interns are likely to encounter a variety of new clinical situations as they interface with this population.

Goulds

Under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Miller or Dr. Robert Ruddy, students have the opportunity to perform ergonomic reviews and  work with employees in factory and office based environments to  make ergonomic recommendations. This is an exciting opportunity to incorporate how someone’s daily job function impacts their overall health, and gives intern’s an idea of how they could make this work as part of their private office.

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Rochester Outpatient Health Center, Henrietta, New York

The Rochester Outpatient Health Center is located within a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., surrounded by residential developments and thriving businesses. The health center has convenient access to the city of Rochester, surrounding suburbs, Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes Region. This center provides chiropractic, acupuncture,  and diagnostic imaging.  Eighth- Tenth trimester chiropractic students spend their time at this hub and its associated spokes to gain diverse, real-world practice experiences.  Acupuncture students also rotate through this site as part of the clinical experience. 

St. Joe’s

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families.

The Center serves approximately 3,500 individuals (22,000 visits) per year. Patients and clients come primarily from the Rochester area and surrounding counties; however, there are no geographic or other limitations to service. Any uninsured or underinsured individual is welcome.

Mercy

Mercy Outreach Center provides access to primary health care, dental care, and advocacy services to the uninsured and the underserved. The Center also provides referral services, legal services, housing information and volunteer income tax assistance. Community support services include AA and NA meetings.

The Center was established in 1977 and is now a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Mercy Outreach Center exists because of the generosity of many people who give their time, talents and treasure to help achieve our mission to meet the basic health care needs of those in the community who are denied access to medical, dental and advocacy services because of their lack of financial resources.

Monroe

Interns will be actively engaged in the care of inpatients and outpatients at this facility that is located within a consultative clinic (alongside dental, podiatry, and ophthalmology) in this long-term care hospital setting.  Inpatients comprise the majority of the patient base, presenting with a host of co-morbidities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries, etc.  Outpatients are community-based patients, employees of the hospital, and family members of inpatients.  This setting provides an opportunity for administering multi-disciplinary care in a unique environment.  The chiropractic services are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays under the supervision of Dr. Cara Borggren.  Other rotations will compliment the experiences offered here, including Grand Rounds and Journal Club within the hospital setting, rotations within the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments, and various other rotations affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital.

Geneva Community Health

Interns from both the Seneca Falls and Rochester Outpatient health centers are providing care one day a week at Geneva Community Health, whose diverse clientele includes the local population of migrant workers through the Finger Lakes Migrant Project. Located at 601-B Washington Street in Geneva, Geneva Community Health was established in 1989 as a provider of healthcare for agricultural workers and is committed to providing comprehensive, accessible, and quality medical while meeting the healthcare needs of patients. In 2004, GCH added a large community dental program and now also provides referrals and linkages to other services. In order to better serve the primarily Spanish-speaking population, the facility provides Spanish and Creole speaking interpreters, receptionists and nurse.  Interns are likely to encounter a variety of new clinical situations as they interface with migrant workers.

RVA

At this site, students have an opportunity to experience treating patients with complex musculoskeletal and neurological conditions (such as post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal stenosis, traumatic neurological injuries, and post-stroke patients). The patient base suffers from a host of co-morbidities which complicate their cases including physical illness (such as such as COPD, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and Crohn's disease) as well as significant psychosocial conditions (such as a history of substance abuse, homelessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder). The ability to work with this population will not only allow students to further their knowledge base, but will provide the opportunity to work with - and give back to - a group of fine people who have served our nation. Additional benefits include the opportunity to work in an integrated medical care setting and work within a common electronic

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Depew Health Center, Depew, New York (Western NY)

The Depew Health Center is situated on a busy road in a suburb of Buffalo. It is a residential and business locale with convenient access from most areas of the Erie County region, including downtown Buffalo, its adjacent towns and Niagara Falls. This center offers acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy.  Eighth-Tenth trimester chiropractic students assigned to Depew spend their time both here and at its spoke sites.  . Acupuncture and Oriental medicine students from the Buffalo area may fulfill a portion of their clinical observation and clinical internship hours in the Depew Health Center.

Salvation Army - Tonawanda, NY / Buffalo, NY

Under the supervision and guidance of Janelle Joseph, DC, students will participate in clinical care which will include performing clinical evaluation (history and physical examination), the development of treatment plans, and implementation of those plans. This rotation provides the student with an opportunity to work with an elderly population.  The patients at this center present with co-morbidities ranging from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and a variety of other conditions.  The student will have the opportunity to treat chronic conditions as well as acute conditions.

Lighthouse Free Chiropractic Clinic – Buffalo, NY

The Lighthouse services primarily ethnic poor minorities with no insurance, chiropractic benefits and no money. The patient population is majority African American, female, ages from 1-82 and conditions tend to be chronic in nature. The chiropractic clinic is part of a multidisciplinary group consisting of two medical primary care offices (one free and for fee), low cost counseling and dental. The chiropractic clinic is staffed by supervisor Gerald Stevens DC, MS, MPH.

University at Buffalo Chiropractic Clinic – Buffalo, NY

This clinic services the university aged population ranging 18-45 in age. Undergraduate, law, medical, nursing, dental and graduate students are seen here. The patient population tends to be multiracial, slightly majority female, conditions tend to be acute and/or milder in nature. The clinic is higher volume with follow up patients are booked 15 minutes and new patients for 30 minutes. Interns get a taste of a higher paced clinic which is a great experience. The clinic is free and provides many future patients, nurses and medical doctors with a positive first hand experience to chiropractic. The chiropractic clinic is staffed by supervisor Gerald Stevens DC, MS, MPH.   

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Levittown Health Center, Levittown, New York (Long Island)

The Levittown Health Center is situated in a suburban residential and business locale with convenient access from the New York City region and eastern Long Island.
Chiropractic, acupuncture, and diagnostic imaging services are provided here. Eighth – Tenth trimester chiropractic students assigned to Levittown spend time here and at its associated spoke locations. 

Salvation Army – Freeport, NY

Under the supervision of Joyce Boffert, D.C, students perform histories, physical examinations; create management plans and provide chiropractic services to an indigent population. This rotation provides the student with the opportunity to work primarily with a medically underserved geriatric population. The patients at this Salvation Army have multiple co-morbidities including history of strokes, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, neuropathies, various arthritides, stenosis and other conditions. The student will learn how to provide chiropractic services and manage patients with multiple problems and comorbidities.

SUNY Farmingdale – Farmingdale, NY

Under the supervision Lloyd Kupferman DC, students will have the opportunity to evaluate, treat and manage a diverse population comprised of young, healthy athletic students to mature faculty and staff members.  The students evaluate and manage various acute and chronic conditions as well as place emphasis on spinal health, hygiene and prevention for the young healthy population. We provide chiropractic services in the SUNY Health and Wellness Center and work along with nurses, nurse practitioner and medical staff.

SUNY Stony Brook – Stony Brook, NY

At the SUNY heath center, the students will provide chiropractic services to primarily undergraduate and graduate students under the supervision of John La Falce, D.C. The student will perform complete evaluations, including consultations, histories, and physical examinations and create management plans.  The emphasis of care is placed on prevention, strengthening and conditioning and transitioning patients from passive to active care.  The large patient volume gives the student the experience of seeing multiple patients in short amount time and teaches the student to manage care in a time efficient manner.

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Additional Health Center Opportunities

In addition to regular clinical patient care, there are additional opportunities for students to gain a real understanding of the chiropractic profession. These additional opportunities are offered as remote internships and externships.

Remote Internships

The College maintains affiliations with other select institutions/facilities that provide desirable opportunities for interns to serve a portion of the later phase of their chiropractic internship at that site. Because of limited availability and the unique nature of these internships, minimum eligibility requirements and a competitive application process are established for each. The supervising DCs in those sites function as adjunct clinical faculty members, overseeing the activities and mentoring the development of interns while reporting to the respective hub Health Center Chief of Staff. Details on these opportunities are posted in each Health Center each trimester. Interns from all Health Centers may apply for any remote internship.

National Naval Medical Center - Bethesda, MD

“The President’s Hospital” serves military personnel with a variety of conditions.  Interns are exposed to a tertiary hospital learning environment.  Hospital rounds in radiology, neurology, physical and occupational therapy, and orthopedic acute care clinics are a sample of programs at the National Naval Medical Center.  The NNMC is the flagship of Navy medicine, where students will be exposed to some of the top diagnostic and healthcare services.  This remote internship experience is integrated into the existing graduate medical educational programs.

Elaina Pirro-Lombardi, D.C., M.S., D.I.B.E. – Liverpool, NY

Dr. Pirro-Lombardi is the CEO of Meridian Chiropractic & Wellness, a multi-practitioner chiropractic group committed to providing high quality, patient friendly, cost effective care to the population of Central New York. The chiropractors at Meridian Chiropractic & Wellness have diverse, varied training and experience in treating the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Pirro-Lombardi has a network of medical providers that refer to her practice, which provides students with unique opportunities to observe in multidisciplinary urgent care settings.  In addition to the chiropractic practice, interns are engaged in EMG/NCV studies performed by Dr. Pirro-Lombardi. 

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center – Bath, NY

Under the supervision and guidance of Jason G. Napuli, D.C., M.B.A., students will participate in clinical care which will include performing clinical evaluation (history and physical examination), the development of treatment plans, and implementation of those plans. Interns will also participate in patient management strategies including administering outcome measures and they will also assist other students rotating through this location. The student will also be rotating with multiple other specialties including: Orthopedics, Podiatry, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Dermatology and Primary Care. The student will be observing these disciplines and their evaluation and management of patients.

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center – Canandaigua, NY

Under the supervision and guidance of Paul Dougherty, D.C., students will participate in clinical care which will include performing clinical evaluation (history and physical examination), the development of treatment plans, and implementation of those plans. Interns will also participate in patient management strategies including administering outcome measures and they will also assist other students rotating through this location. The student will also be rotating with multiple other specialties including: Orthopedics, Podiatry, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Dermatology and Primary Care. The student will be observing these disciplines and their evaluation and management of patients.

Veteran’s Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic Medical Center – Rochester, NY

Under the supervision and guidance of Jonathon Egan, D.C., M.P.H., and Jason G. Napuli, D.C., M.B.A., students will participate in clinical care which will include performing clinical evaluation (history and physical examination), the development of treatment plans, and implementation of those plans.  Interns will also participate in patient management strategies including administering outcome measures and they will also assist other students rotating through this location. The student will also be rotating with multiple other specialties including: Orthopedics, Podiatry, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Dermatology and Primary Care. The student will be observing these disciplines and their evaluation and management of patients.

Monroe Community Hospital – Rochester, NY

Interns will be actively engaged in the care of inpatients and outpatients at this facility that is located within a consultative clinic (alongside dental, podiatry, and ophthalmology) in this long-term care hospital setting.  Inpatients comprise the majority of the patient base, presenting with a host of co-morbidities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries, etc.  Outpatients are community-based patients, employees of the hospital, and family members of inpatients.  This setting provides an opportunity for administering multi-disciplinary care in a unique environment.  The chiropractic services are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays under the supervision of Dr. Cara Borggren.  Other rotations will compliment the experiences offered here, including Grand Rounds and Journal Club within the hospital setting, rotations within the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments, and various other rotations affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital.  

Christos Vasakiris, D.C., P.C. – Lindenhurst, NY

Dr. Vasakiris’ Long Island practice is integrated in a multi-specialty environment that incorporates chiropractic, internal medicine, physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management.  Dr. Vasakiris, whose chiropractic subspecialty is neurology, utilizes diversified adjusting, flexion-distraction and Graston Technique and emphasizes active care for functional rehabilitation.   In addition to the chiropractic practice, interns are engaged in EMG/NCV studies performed by Dr. Vasakiris and the patient services provided by the other specialists. 

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center – Miami, FL

Interns will obtain hands-on experience treating patients in a multi-disciplinary hospital setting.  The Miami VAMC serves veterans in the southern Florida region under the supervision of NYCC graduate, John D’Amico, D.C.  Interns are actively involved in evaluating and treating a variety of clinical conditions. The intern will also rotate through various departments within the hospital including neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehab, EMG clinic, pain clinic, neurology and more.  In addition, there are didactic education classes and grand rounds available at the University of Miami Medical School every Friday morning.  Interns will interact with second through fourth year physiatry residents and will participate in case presentation and discussions with the attending physicians.

Chronic Pain Options of Long Island – Riverhead, NY

Chronic Pain Options is the pain management service of South Shore Neurologic Associates PC, the leading private practice-based neurological center of excellence on Long Island.  Chronic Pain Options provides high quality and cost-effective pain management through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates chiropractic services provided by Ralph Mangels, D.C.  Interns are also engaged in the services of a variety of other pain management specialists from the fields of neurology, advanced practice nursing, physical therapy, acupuncture, psychology and case management.  Interns are also exposed to SSNA’s other specialty units including Neurodiagnostics, Balance Therapeutics, and Brookhaven MRI.

Externships

The New York Chiropractic College externship is an optional program that allows eligible 10th trimester students to gain exposure to various aspects of field-based chiropractic practice in an approved office during the final 4 weeks of Clinical Service Phase III (CLS7006). Interns’ experiences in this program are observational and do not perform any patient services in the externship. Interns must complete all quantitative and qualitative graduation requirements to be eligible for this program. Field doctors and offices must meet participation criteria set by the College. Details regarding this program are available from the Chief of Staff at each Health Center. This is a great opportunity for students interesting in observing the business side of chiropractic practice or possibly planning an associate opportunity.

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