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Tai chi – the original martial art – has multiple health benefits STORY AND PHOTOS BY RICH KLEIN

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onald E. Belsito Sr. wants people to know about the many health benefits of tai chi. He teaches at his Catskill Martial Arts Academy, which opened in 2003. “It [tai chi] was a martial art first and foremost,” he said, adding that the health benefits were secondary. “But today it’s strictly for health benefits.” That’s backed up by the fact that respected medical institutions, including the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School, have detailed information about tai chi on their websites. The form of tai chi practiced at his school is known as Tai Chi Chuan –

“ ... tai chi is a key reason the Chinese people live longer and healthier than Americans.” Yang 24 Style – created by the Chinese government in 1956. Belsito believes this is the easiest and quickest way to learn tai chi, which uses gentle flowing movements to improve health and reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles. Belsito, who has black belts in multiple martial arts styles, started studying Tang Soo Do karate at age 4 in 1971 because his father and older siblings were already karate students. He hasn’t stopped since. PLEASE SEE TAI CHI, 5H

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He took up tai chi later in life – on the repeated advice of his father – because his body was hurting from the many years of teaching karate. Belsito learned firsthand about the many health benefits he derives from what he calls the “mother martial art.” “First and foremost, it’s about stress management,” he said. “You learn how to decompress and be aware of your breathing. Everything starts with the breath. Tai chi works first on the respiratory system by increasing lung power and oxygen, but also helps the cardiovascular system. The more that we breathe, the more [we get] clean blood.” He added that tai chi also aids the lymphatic system. In addition to these benefits, Belsito said that practicing tai chi will increase muscle tone and flexibility. He also pointed out that tai chi walking, a specific exercise aimed at improving physical balance, has a

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Meet Dr. Rona Heublum-Colton BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM

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he Catskill Regional Medical years with the Mid-Hudson Medical Group (CRMG) recently opened Group, and before that, six years with a new state of the art urgent Crystal Run. On why she wanted to get into her care facility in Monticello. Dr. Rona Heublum-Colton, serves as the Med- field, Dr. Heublum-Colton said, “I’ve ical Director of Urgent Care for the always liked science. I’m very fascinated with the human body facility and the Greater and I want to help people.” Hudson Valley Medical Her educational backGroup, respectively. Along with the Monticello center, ground includes having Dr. Heublum-Colton also completed a combined oversees the Orange program at the City ColRegional Medical Group’s lege of New York and the (ORMG) two urgent care New York Medical College, centers. doing three years of underAs medical director of graduate work and four urgent care, Dr. Heublumyears of medical school. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO She also completed a dual Colton’s responsibilities include supervising a Dr. Rona Heublum-Colton residency of internal mediphysician and five cine and pediatrics at advanced practice professionals, Stony Brook University Hospital. reviewing charts, producing schedDr. Heublum-Colton is a member of ules, and overseeing any complaints the American Academy of Pediatrics, or problems alongside the practice the American College of Physicians, managers. She does this 12 hours a and also serves as a youth advisor for day, seven days a week. One-fourth of United Synagogue Youth. her time is spent doing administraHer hobbies include cooking, readtive work and the other three-fourths ing and scuba diving. She, her husis direct patient care. band and two children are all certified Dr. Heublum-Colton explained that scuba divers. the new urgent care center is not only There is often confusion about a physically beautiful facility, but also, whether one should go to an urgent “What’s impressive is how many peo- care facility or the emergency room. ple have already come. That shows Dr. Heublum-Colton, an Orange there was a great need we are fulfilling County resident since 2001, describes in the community.” urgent care centers as a doctor’s office CRMG has received positive feed- without an appointment, because you back from several people telling them can walk in. The facility is for treating they’re happy the new facility exists non-life threatening injuries: back and that they’ve had a pleasant expe- pain, small lacerations, a cold, etc. rience. If you experience chest pains, think She has been with the Greater Hud- you are having a heart attack or son Valley Medical Group (which stroke, or suffered severe injury, do CRMG and ORMG are part of) for two not go to urgent care, go to the emeryears, and previously spent seven gency room!

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Pain Control Center in Liberty has your back BY MATT SHORTALL

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ince 1984, the Pain Control Center in Liberty has specialized in interventional pain management, as well as minimally invasive and endoscopic spine procedures. Together their dedicated staff brings decades medical experience to bear against your most persistent pains. For Dr. Hussein Omar, MD, CEO and medical director of the Pain Control Center, patient satisfaction is his number one priority. “We’re a Joint Commission Accredited office based surgical facility, not a pain pill mill,” explained Joanne Omar, Dr. Omar’s office administrator and CFO. “We prioritize treatment over medication.” Dr. Omar specializes in interventional pain management with extended expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic spine procedures treating back and neck

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Dr. Hussein Omar received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1975. He did his residency at New York Methodist Hospital in New York City. It’s always Dr. Omar’s goal to achieve the best result with the most minimally invasive surgery.

pain. He’s a board certified anesthesiologist and is known for giving his patients relief without major surgery. In addition to his many years of experience, Dr. Omar is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and International Pain Society.

According to Joanne Omar, there’s still much we don’t understand about back and spinal pain. “More than 90 percent of our patients come to us after a failed back surgery,” said Joanne. “Everyone wants a quick fix to their pain and sometimes surgery is not the best option. It’s amazing what simple physical therapy, trigger point injections, etc. can achieve for people.” Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Ghanam is also a board certified anesthesiologist and a fellowship-trained pain management specialist in New York City. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures, as well as surgical procedures such as spinal implantable devices. Along with Certified Physician Assistant Vince LaSalle, Dr. Abu and Dr. Omar are your pain control dream team. “Only a person that experiences going through their life in constant pain can understand how incredibly

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Liberty Fitness Center celebrates 15 years The “SilverSneakers Classes,” which bring senior citizens and adults over 50 together for light aerobic exercises, has become a smash hit.

BY MATT SHORTALL

he Liberty Fitness Center marks its 15th year in business during 2017, improving the health and wellness of local residents. Cindy Fracasse started teaching several aerobics classes at the Liberty Fitness Center in 1996 when Adam and Hank Ramirez owned it. Before that the building was owned by Alan Gerry and used for his general appliance sales and repair business. “This building has good karma,” said Fracasse. She threw her heart and soul into it, working mornings and nights, teaching at least 11 classes a week. One morning in 2002, Fracasse walked into work to find Adam on the floor repairing an old elliptical machine. “I wish I could sell this place,” he said in frustration. That’s the moment Fracasse could hear opportunity knocking. “Could it be me?” she thought to herself at the time. “Could I be an owner? Could I make money doing something that I love to do?” The answer was yes. Adam gave her

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the community.” Luckily she was able to take advantage of several small business grants from the Town of Liberty, Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Industrial Development Agency. The Liberty Fitness Center is more than just your average gym, it’s a community hub where people of all generations and backgrounds meet to improve their lives. From left to right, Carla Medina, Cindy Fracasse, Alicia Schwartz and Jackie Horner are just Every one of Fracasse’s four chilsome of the all-star staff that makes Liberty Fitness Center such a unique place. dren worked at the business while they were growing up. They worked a deal on the place and Fracasse saw beginning. “The first three years were after school and on weekends to a blank canvas on which to paint her tough,” said Fracasse. “I was scared, develop good employment skills and vision. but everyone believed in and supThe future was uncertain at the ported me – my friends, family and

Spin classes in the Fitness Center’s special black light room are always a good trip.

Whether you’re trying to take off a few pounds or put on some muscle, Liberty Fitness Center offers competitive membership rates and a dedicated staff.

support the family business. Fracasse’s daughter, Ashley Spoto, is a personal trainer at OneLife Fitness

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in Stafford, Virginia. “It all started here when she got certified at 15,” said Fracasse.

It wasn’t just her children who have supported her business these past 15 years. Fracasse has a team of dedicated and qualified trainers. The “SilverSneakers Classes,” which bring senior citizens and adults over 50 together for light aerobic exercises, has become a smash hit. Instructor Alicia Schwartz takes pride in getting

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senior citizens to exceed their own physical expectations. “Alicia is such a huge asset to the Liberty Fitness Center,” said Fracasse. “She brings such musicality and energy to the class which her clients really respond to.” Ballroom, Swing and Latin dance lessons are taught by the legendary Jackie Horner – the inspiration behind Dirty Dancing, as well as assisted by George Stang and Pam Bossert. Another instrumental member of Fracasse’s staff is Keenya JonesBrown, who teaches Zumba classes and personal training when she’s not working as a home care assistant at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. There are many other instructors and trainers on site for you to meet. The 15 years she’s been in business is something to celebrate, but it’s by no means the end. “Our story is still being written,” said Fracasse. She’s talking with students at SUNY Sullivan about installing rooftop solar panels to power the first floor of the Fitness Center. “Our electric bills can be astronomical,” explained Fracasse. “We want to promote a healthy community and a healthy planet – and if we could save money that’s always good too.” For more information about memberships, personal training and group classes, visit libertyfitnesscenter.net or give Fracasse a call at 845-292-0756.

When she’s not looking after the elderly as a home care aide, Keenya finds time to teach Zumba lessons on Monday mornings at 8:45 a.m.


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Liberty Fitness Center celebrates 15 years The “SilverSneakers Classes,” which bring senior citizens and adults over 50 together for light aerobic exercises, has become a smash hit.

BY MATT SHORTALL

he Liberty Fitness Center marks its 15th year in business during 2017, improving the health and wellness of local residents. Cindy Fracasse started teaching several aerobics classes at the Liberty Fitness Center in 1996 when Adam and Hank Ramirez owned it. Before that the building was owned by Alan Gerry and used for his general appliance sales and repair business. “This building has good karma,” said Fracasse. She threw her heart and soul into it, working mornings and nights, teaching at least 11 classes a week. One morning in 2002, Fracasse walked into work to find Adam on the floor repairing an old elliptical machine. “I wish I could sell this place,” he said in frustration. That’s the moment Fracasse could hear opportunity knocking. “Could it be me?” she thought to herself at the time. “Could I be an owner? Could I make money doing something that I love to do?” The answer was yes. Adam gave her

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the community.” Luckily she was able to take advantage of several small business grants from the Town of Liberty, Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Industrial Development Agency. The Liberty Fitness Center is more than just your average gym, it’s a community hub where people of all generations and backgrounds meet to improve their lives. From left to right, Carla Medina, Cindy Fracasse, Alicia Schwartz and Jackie Horner are just Every one of Fracasse’s four chilsome of the all-star staff that makes Liberty Fitness Center such a unique place. dren worked at the business while they were growing up. They worked a deal on the place and Fracasse saw beginning. “The first three years were after school and on weekends to a blank canvas on which to paint her tough,” said Fracasse. “I was scared, develop good employment skills and vision. but everyone believed in and supThe future was uncertain at the ported me – my friends, family and

Spin classes in the Fitness Center’s special black light room are always a good trip.

Whether you’re trying to take off a few pounds or put on some muscle, Liberty Fitness Center offers competitive membership rates and a dedicated staff.

support the family business. Fracasse’s daughter, Ashley Spoto, is a personal trainer at OneLife Fitness

The basement “Man Cave” is not exclusively for men, but it is where you can come to pump some iron.

in Stafford, Virginia. “It all started here when she got certified at 15,” said Fracasse.

It wasn’t just her children who have supported her business these past 15 years. Fracasse has a team of dedicated and qualified trainers. The “SilverSneakers Classes,” which bring senior citizens and adults over 50 together for light aerobic exercises, has become a smash hit. Instructor Alicia Schwartz takes pride in getting

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senior citizens to exceed their own physical expectations. “Alicia is such a huge asset to the Liberty Fitness Center,” said Fracasse. “She brings such musicality and energy to the class which her clients really respond to.” Ballroom, Swing and Latin dance lessons are taught by the legendary Jackie Horner – the inspiration behind Dirty Dancing, as well as assisted by George Stang and Pam Bossert. Another instrumental member of Fracasse’s staff is Keenya JonesBrown, who teaches Zumba classes and personal training when she’s not working as a home care assistant at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. There are many other instructors and trainers on site for you to meet. The 15 years she’s been in business is something to celebrate, but it’s by no means the end. “Our story is still being written,” said Fracasse. She’s talking with students at SUNY Sullivan about installing rooftop solar panels to power the first floor of the Fitness Center. “Our electric bills can be astronomical,” explained Fracasse. “We want to promote a healthy community and a healthy planet – and if we could save money that’s always good too.” For more information about memberships, personal training and group classes, visit libertyfitnesscenter.net or give Fracasse a call at 845-292-0756.

When she’s not looking after the elderly as a home care aide, Keenya finds time to teach Zumba lessons on Monday mornings at 8:45 a.m.


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Rolling V driver Corey McAbier wins NYSBCA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rookie of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award SOUTH FALLSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rolling V Bus Corp., a Catskill Region-based school bus transportation company, announced one of its new drivers, Corey McAbier, earned the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rookie of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? award from the New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA). The NYSBCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 46th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage in May, with more than 100 drivers taking part. McAbier not only won the Rookie of the Year award, honoring the best new driver at the competition, but also took first place in the category of Conventional Bus (Type C). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event was a lot of fun, and it was an honor to be able to take home

a couple of awards for Rolling V,â&#x20AC;? said McAbier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watching all of the drivers who were present, it was evident just how many great bus drivers there are in New York State and how safe kids are in their hands every single day. The awards are great, but knowing there is that level of safety and care from all of us drivers is comforting.â&#x20AC;? McAbier, 26, lives in Neversink. He has worked with Rolling V since March 2016 and currently is a driver for Tri-Valley Central School District out of Rolling Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neversink Terminal. Corey went through the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial driver license program and received his license in February 2016. He is also a volunteer firefighter in Neversink. PLEASE SEE WINNER, PAGE 15H

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HUDSON VALLEY — Maternal-Infant Services Network (MiSN) is a not-forprofit organization serving the MidHudson Region that is dedicated to family, as well as community health and wellness. MiSN serves pregnant women and women of childbearing age, parents of infants and young children, schools concerned with pregnant and parenting teens, as well as health and human services providers. They also help individuals, families, and small businesses interested in finding affordable health insurance. Some of the services that they provide to the Mid-Hudson Region include youth health and wellness programs, health insurance navigator programs, perinatal and women’s health and wellness programs, as well as participating in community health coalitions. The youth health and wellness programs provide an education to assist in

A new addition to the MiSN is their Breastfeeding Resource Directory, providing a list of resources for Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Dutchess counties. decision making for young adults as they face more independence and experience

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Breastfeeding Resource Directory, providing a list of resources for Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Dutchess counties. In favor of breastfeeding, the MiSN has an entire “did you know?” section dedicated to facts about breastfeeding, and why it’s the right choice. They also host a breastfeeding support group for new moms at Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC). These groups are held on the first and third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m.-noon, located on the second floor, Room 216 of CRMC. New Parent U, another one of their services, provides scholarships for essential parental, postpartum, and breastfeeding support programs that help new families get off to as healthful a start as possible. As a not-for-profit, MiSN can be supported through donation, with both an address and links to safe online sources through their website, www.misn-ny.org. For more information, visit www.misnny.org/SCDirectory1415.pdf.

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Middletown Medical expands with new orthopedic surgeon MIDDLETOWN — Middletown Medical has announced the addition of Dr. Mikhail Itingen, board certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Itingen is providing service to adult and pediatric patients in Middletown Medical’s Liberty Medical Group at 111 Sullivan Avenue in Liberty and at 35 Maltese Drive in Middletown. Dr. Itingen treats all general orthopedic problems; he also specializes in foot and ankle problems, sports injuries, arthroscopic ankle surgery, bunion and forefoot reconstruction, and Achilles tendon disorders. In addition, he treats children, including all trauma and lower extremity disorders like intoeing, torsion, flat feet, and birth defects.

Prior to joining Middletown Medical, Dr. Itingen treated patients in Peninsula Hospital Center and the Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Itingen completed his fellowship in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital, where he was able to assist in treating professional athletes and dancers. “We are very excited that Dr. Itingen has joined our team of orthopedic surgeons,” said Melissa Wolff, the medical group’s Marketing Director and Physician Recruiter. “His patients are raving about him. We are pleased to continue our expansion with the most highly qualified and experienced doctors and nurses in the region.”

Dr. Itingen earned his Doctorate from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at Old Westbury, where he was one of the top students in his class, and was admitted to the prestigious Psi Sigma Alpha society for his scholastic excellence. Prior to that he earned his Bachelor of Science in health sciences from Long Island University, where he was on the Dean’s list and graduated with honors. Dr. Itingen is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and has conducted clinical research studies on Achilles tendon disorders and bunion deformities.

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Health & Wellness July 2017  

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