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Sam Schikowitz began his experience with natural medicine as a child. His parents regularly used their families' traditional cures and ethnic folk-wisdom, including whole food nutrition, herbs, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage and acupressure, hydrotherapy, and home-birth in their home on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In school, Sam had an interest and aptitude for natural sciences, and was mentored by Dr. Edwards, a passionate science and gym teacher. Upon graduation from high school, he traveled, eventually landing in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, where he worked on a variety of Organic farms and gardens which also employed these and other healing techniques. There he was influenced by his experiences with a local herbalist, midwife, and activist, Eloise Charet. Feeling that the professions of medical doctor, chiropractor, herbalist, nurse, and osteopathic doctor did not encompass his experience of health and healing, the epiphany came when he discovered a naturopathic physician in British Columbia. It was then that he realized that the naturopathic profession embodied the common sense practicality, open-minded inquiry, and hard science that Sam felt was necessary to bring forth a good family doctor. Sam then set about getting his pre-med bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz and was accepted at Bastyr University.

While at Bastyr University, Sam’s experience with acupuncture and Oriental medicine changed him from a skeptic, to a student of Oriental medicine. He also benefited from the excellent Ayurvedic instructors. He chose clinical supervisors that combined these approaches with excellent naturopathic and conventional medical care to come to a thorough understanding of their patients’ condition.

Upon completion of the programs, Sam moved to the Mid-Hudson region to be near his extended family and provide family and general care.

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Naturopathic Doctor New Paltz, NY
Capoeira New Paltz, NY
Acupuncture New Paltz, NY
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Education:
Sam Schikowitz's medical training was at Bastyr University, a fully accredited 5-year medical university. The curriculum includes history taking, physical exam, laboratory medicine, diagnostic imaging, conventional and functional diagnosis, referral, and management. Therapies include minor surgery, pharmacy, counseling, botanical medicine, dietary and nutrient therapy, physical medicine, exercise prescription, homeopathy, and other modalities.


His Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine training was also completed at Bastyr University and included traditional Chinese medical diagnosis, acupuncture and oriental medical techniques, Tui Na massage, Chinese herbal formulation, and Chinese nutritional therapy.
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Sam Schikowitz is NABNE board a certified and Connecticut State licensed naturopathic doctor, as well as an NCCAOM board certified and New York State licensed acupuncturist. He is also a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and on the board of directors of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians(NYANP).
Sam Schikowitz is located in New Paltz, NY and has the following skills: Naturopathic Doctor, Capoeira, Acupuncture
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Naturopathic Doctor

Category: Health / Fitness
Description
An integrated approach using physical examinations,and functional diagnosis. Lab tests and diagnostic imaging are part of naturopathic evaluations in states where they are licensed; Lifestyle Coaching: Tips and techniques on general health maintenance to help all members of the family achieve optimal vitality; Clinical Nutrition:
Personalized advice drawing on the full spectrum of dietary approaches including Macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, ayurvedic, the zone, pritikin, south beach, raw foods, live foods, juicing, fasting, Atkins, and other diets. Use of specific foods based on constitutional and medical needs. Prescription of nutritional supplements based on research and clinical experience;Physical Medicine: Use of soft tissue and structural reintegration therapies, including bodywork and massage techniques, zarious forms of yoga including Kundalini, Astanga, and hatha, stretching, exercise prescription, saunas, and hydrotherapy; Integrated Botanical Medicine: Formulations that draw from Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and western botanical medicine are created to meet individual constitutional and specific health needs; Counseling and Stress Management: Naturopathic doctors are trained in various psychological techniques and recognize the important connection between the body and the mind. Mental attitudes and emotional states can be important aspects of health and illness. Techniques include relaxation, meditation and positive thinking; Acupuncture: Use of needles, pressure, heat, and other techniques to modulate the flow of Qi (vital energy) in the body’s channels to treat a wide variety of conditions; Homeopathy: Use of homeopathic medicines to subtly stimulate the body’s innate healing power; Detoxification: There are many ways to coax the body to release stored toxins. The most safe and efficient methods will be tailored to your specific exposures and lifestyle. This includes smoking cessation protocols. Services are provided in the Hudson valley, Ulster Cou
Relevant Education / Credentials
Sam Schikowitz is NABNE board a certified and Connecticut State licensed naturopathic doctor, as well as an NCCAOM board certified and New York State licensed acupuncturist. He is also a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and on the board of directors of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians(NYANP). His medical training was at Bastyr University, a fully accredited 5-year medical university. The curriculum includes history taking, physical exam, laboratory medicine, diagnostic imaging, conventional and functional diagnosis, referral, and management. Therapies include minor surgery, pharmacy, counseling, botanical medicine, dietary and nutrient therapy, physical medicine, exercise prescription, homeopathy, and other modalities.
Years Experience: 4

Capoeira

Category: Training
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Capoeira
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Years Experience: 10

Acupuncture

Category: Health / Fitness
Description
A person’s health is influenced by the flow of this energy, or qi, in the body. If the flow of qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, illness may occur. Qi travels throughout the body along pathways called “channels.” The acupuncture points are specific locations where the channels are accessible and where qi is easily directed by the placement of needles, moxibustion or acupressure. Acupuncture is used to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang, keep the normal flow of qi unblocked, and maintain or restore health to the body and mind.

While acupuncture may be most popular for its effectiveness in alleviating pain, it also helps treat allergies/asthma, fatigue and sleep disorders, arthritis, PMS, digestive disorders, addictions and much more.

There have been several proposed scientific explanations for acupuncture’s effects, primarily in regards to its effect on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine training was completed at Bastyr University and included traditional Chinese medical diagnosis, acupuncture and oriental medical techniques, Tui Na massage, Chinese herbal formulation, and Chinese nutritional therapy.
Years Experience: 4