The Amboy Medical Practice and Women’s Comprehensive Center is an all-in-one wellness center for women’s health. The center includes a variety of offerings that start with traditional women’s health care: well-woman visits, menopausal care, adolescent care, contraception, osteoporosis screening and treatment, obstetrical care, and cancer screening. Patients will also find an array of programs at the wellness center that focus on well-being, including nutrition, stress management, yoga, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, and exercise counseling.
“We want to focus not just on finding disease, but finding health,” said Michael Moretti, M.D., and Chair of the OB/GYN Department at Richmond University Medical Center. His plan to achieve this goal for patients at the new Women's Comprehensive Center involves an integrated approach. “Our concept is dealing with the whole person,” he explains. “We approach the patient on all levels — physical, spiritual, cellular.” In addition to Dr. Moretti, the wellness center’s staff includes Sonya Moretti, a certified women’s health nurse practitioner (and Dr. Moretti’s wife); an endocrinologist; primary care physicians; a cardiologist; and a midwife.
A Focus on Obesity, Pregnancy, and Menopause
There’s a particular need for the wellness center because of the obesity epidemic in this country and on Staten Island. Obesity can cause adverse effects during pregnancy, Dr. Moretti says. “Women who are overweight have a higher risk for a whole set of pregnancy complications: miscarriage, diabetes, and hypertension during pregnancy, and preterm labor. We want to address those issues before pregnancy if we can — or, if not, then during pregnancy, with diet and exercise and close monitoring.”
The Island is also in need of comprehensive menopausal care because menopause significantly affects a woman’s health and can even determine her longevity. The wellness center offers traditional screening and treatments for hot flashes, sleeplessness, and bone loss. “We do want to deal with that in a traditional way, but also have an integrated approach with supplements, exercises, and diets to manage these patients,” says Dr. Moretti, who has certification in menopausal care. “Sonya also has a lot of experience in all forms of gynecologic care, menopausal care and sexual dysfunction in all age groups.”
The wellness center will also address Staten Island’s health needs by seeing all women, including the well insured and the underinsured. “No matter what their socioeconomic background, all women will be accommodated here,” Dr. Moretti says. “We hope this will be a place where all women can come, not just with problems that can be treated or for their deliveries, but also to find health and longevity.”
When you meet with a stress management specialist at the wellness center, you will learn to identify your stress triggers and to pay attention to signals your body gives you. Once you are more in tune with what is causing you stress and how you react to stress overload, you can begin to work on strategies that work to reduce the ill effects of stress.
Stress techniques are highly individualized and framed around your unique needs. Utilizing strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation, breath work, self-hypnosis, mindfulness, problem solving, communication and cognitive work, you can create your plan of action.
You determine what resiliency tools work best for you and begin to practice skills that elicit the relaxation response. It is through this process that you can feel a positive shift in your body, mind, and spirit as you deal with life’s stressors.