Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD
Lawrence B. Palevsky MD is the Northport Wellness Center’s holistic pediatrician. His clinical practice includes experience in pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, newborn and delivery room medicine, as well as conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric private practice in NYC.
Dr. Palevsky is a former fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, former president of the American Holistic Medical Association, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and a medical advisory board member to the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City, Developmental Delay Resources, and the National Vaccine Information Center.
Additionally, Dr. Palevsky teaches holistic integrative pediatric and adolescent medicine to parents and medical and allied health professionals both nationally and internationally. And besides attending to the needs of children with complex medical problems, he also provides primary care services for those families seeking a more holistic approach to health care.
Our bodies have the innate capacity to heal themselves. In pediatric health care, and in Dr. Palevsky’s clinical practice, the art of applying this core principle is what makes the holistic approach an advantage for ultimate healing and the maintenance of optimal health. It is Dr. Palevsky’s professional belief that wellness in children can be successfully restored and maintained if we stop suppressing the symptoms they express during their acute and chronic illnesses.
Consequently, Dr. Palevsky encourages parents to let children express their symptoms when they’re sick. Parents can learn to use remedies that help children feel better and heal more effectively, without altering the important physiology, which is helping them cleanse their systems. Opportunities to advance children’s health may include changes in nutrition, lifestyle, parenting and education; the use of supplements, essential oils or herbs; a reduction in their stress levels; and referrals to homeopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors and/or other health professionals.
Dr. Palevsky strives to help parents access their knowledge and strengthen their confidences through their own experiences and intuition, thus supporting the idea that parents are the primary care providers for their children. He provides patients and their families with personalized, comprehensive consultations to address their children’s wellness, and acute and chronic illnesses. His job is to observe the symptoms children experience, permit the process to unfold on its own, and intervene when necessary to make sure the healing process is underway.
Francesca Farinacci, MD MPH
Dr. Farinacci is a board certified Pediatrician who integrates her medical expertise and personal experiences into providing integrative and holistic care for infants, children, and adolescents. After being raised in Northern California, she made her way south where she graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Prior to pursuing her medical training, she earned a Master in Public Health in Global Health from New York Medical College. She completed medical school at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten in 2014 after finishing her clinical rotations throughout the NYC Burroughs and Long Island. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Toledo Pediatric Medicine Residency program. Her interest in learning about the critically ill child lead her back to Southern California where she completed a subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Loma Linda University in 2020.
Her clinical experiences have included providing care for children of all socioeconomic statuses from urban, suburban, and rural healthcare environments spanning the U.S. including inpatient, urgent care, community health, and private practice settings. As a complement to her patient care work, she has served as a sub-investigator in clinical trials and has studied the relationship between food and child health outcomes. In her free time, Dr. Farinacci enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and gardening, staying physically active, appreciating art and music, traveling, and eating delicious food.
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