Hands-Down the Best Doctors in NYC
My picks for the best doctors in NYC …speaking from experience.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the best doctors in NYC …and I speak from experience:
Dr. Raphael Kellman
Your new GP / Primary Care doctor who can do everything
Dr. Kellman is a wonderfully curious and thorough doctor. When other doctors tell you the most obvious, and often incorrect, diagnosis, he digs deeper to find out the real cause, and to fix the underlying issues. He’s incredibly patient and explains everything in scientific detail, so you actually understand what’s going on with your body.
He specializes in setting up individualized treatment plans that include oral and intravenous nutritional supplementation and detoxification support, diet modification, exercise plans, stress management; all based on the results of specialized functional testing.
He’s also the author of The Microbiome Diet, a bestselling book about how gut bacteria and nutritional absorption affects our health. Here’s a video of him talking about it, and another (longer) video where he’s interviewed about gut health. And if you just want a quick introduction, here’s Dr. Kellman talking about his practice:
My first appointment with him took about 90 minutes, he created a complete health profile on me, and he did a slew of tests on me (I mean, enough for 15 vials of blood to be taken). He tested me for environmental toxins, genetic detoxification issues, heavy metals (from makeup and seafood), etc. The Kellman Center is in midtown Manhattan, but lots of his patients come from out of town to see him or get IV’s at his clinic. As with any doctor, double-check what he tells you by doing your own research, as all doctors make mistakes — Kellman included.
Serena Ma, ND @ Serenity Natural Health
Visit her for eastern medicine treatments and to set up a herbal and vitamin supplement regimen
Serena is a wonderful naturopath who can help you to come up with a customized supplement regimen (including both off-the-shelf and custom herbs) that will fix most issues you may be having, such as skin, energy, sex drive, brain fog, etc. Your first visit with her will be 90 minutes and a complete health history will be taken, which considers physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. As your health partner, she will then identify and help you to remove the underlying causes of illness.
Serena is an expert at acupuncture and Eastern methods of treatment and healing. Strong emphasis is placed on diet, supplements, lifestyle, and exercise. She’s also the person you’ll want to see to help you set up a healthy and customized detox.
I have personally witnessed her extensive knowledge in customized supplementation (she even pays for third-party effectiveness research on all supplements), herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, physical medicine, hydrotherapy treatments, and nutrition. I can attest that she knows much more about how the body works than any of the other tens of top “regular” doctors I saw in NYC before her.
Dr. Elena Klimenko, MD
Visit her for a second opinion on specific issues you’re having
I’ve only gone to see her once so far, but she seems very knowledgeable and has the right motto: “Treating the person, not the symptoms”. She practices integrative and functional medicine, which basically means that if you have an itch, she doesn’t just prescribe a cream, she finds out why you are itchy and how to fix the root cause. (*Why other doctors don’t do that.)
She’s board certified in internal medicine and licensed in acupuncture and homeopathy. Her and her husband Marc, who works with her, both practice acupuncture, albeit with different styles and needles. I got acupuncture from Marc, who has a gentle touch and uses tiny Japanese needles that are so thin I couldn’t even feel them.
She can do any test you need (heavy metals, environmental toxins… you name it), and can also help you with travel medicine and vaccinations, as well as Botox and derma fillers. She is not a GP, so you won’t get your yearly checkup or a pap smear done here, but you can visit her for specific and acute issues. You can find her online here and her office is at Madison and 40th. She doesn’t take insurance, but if you have out-of-network coverage, they’ll submit the claims for you.
Looking for someone in-network?
Dr. Maurice Beer is an Integrative Physician in NYC that is in-network with Aetna, United Healthcare, HIP, and Oxford Freedom health insurance, and his office will do the submitting of claims for you. His office is on 57th and 7th, and you can find out more at Integrative Medical’s website.
Have you had a good or bad experience with a holistic / integrative doctor in NYC? Sound out below!