Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Why Integrative Medicine?

The body is a composite of water, light, empty space and matter, moving through an environment of water, light, air, and earth. As new breakthroughs in physics, physical chemistry, genetics, and psychoneuroimmunology emerge, so do new paradigms for our understanding of human health and disease. Science is giving us a new terminology for our conversation about the body and bringing a fresh vocabulary which speaks to the language of metaphor from ancient healing traditions.

Sometimes the best in life comes through fusion. Integrative Medicine brings together traditional and alternative, ancient and modern, body and mind. A spirit of inquiry and critical thinking on the part of the practitioner is essential. While Integrative Medicine incorporates the best of conventional medicine, it also respects the body’s inherent ability to heal. As such, it also brings modalities to the mix which encourage the body’s healing response. The integrative physician works in partnership with the patient, looking at the person and their health quest in the context of the whole, their personal history, their community, their environment.

Dr. Cooke is a lover of the oceans and waterways. One of her greatest joys is sailing on the sea or swimming in warm saltwater. As such, she is fond of nautical metaphors. You are the captain of your own body-boat, crossing the ocean of life, master or mistress of your own destiny and destination. Dr. Cooke will stand by as shipmate on your journey, helping you to put your body-boat in trim. We can’t make the wind blow, but we can prime the boat, trim the sails, to help navigate in either calm or in turbulent times, to steer towards safe harbor.

Dr. Cooke brings her background of Internal Medicine (Certified, ABIM; Fellow, ACP) and years of experience in Emergency Medicine to her Integrative Internal Medicine practice. In addition to traditional diagnostic and therapeutic options, she brings nutrition and nutraceuticals, medical acupuncture, and hypnosis, among others, to the table.

She has dropped anchor on this most populous island of Manhattan and welcomes those who want to be proactive in their health journey.