News and Events

We would like to formally introduce and welcome our newest addition to the Holistic Healing Center Team, Brianna Manginelli MS CNS LDN. Brianna comes to us with a strong clinical background in Integrative Functional Nutrition and an expertise in nutraceuticals.  She is an excellent clinician taking into account the whole person.  Brianna is very warm and compassionate and really cares about making a difference with patients she serves.  She is a great addition to our Team and will be seeing patients in conjunction with the Doctor and independently for those that just want her Nutrition services.  For more information about Briana, please look at the Newsletter article link.

We also recommend that you look at her page on the website.

We would like to wish our Office Assistant, Paige, the best of luck in the next stage of her career!  Paige has been a valuable member of the team since she was 16.  With the guidance of her grandmother, Nancy, our Front Desk Office Coordinator, Paige helped out all the other team members.  She will be missed, but she is starting a job as a Vet Tech, about which she is super excited, and she is engaged to be married.  We are happy and excited for her!

We welcome Susan Czarecki who has just recently joined our team to work as a Medical Office Assistant.  She has years of experience working in a variety of fields and has a love for learning and a strong interest in Functional Medicine.  We are all enjoying her kind, warm and calm demeanor.  

Dr. Debbie Bernstein recently virtually attended the IFM’s 2021 Annual International Conference on Resilience. The conference focused on creating more resilience as a society, as well as individually with regards to the management of increased physical and psychological stress heightened by the pandemic. Interesting topics included: Polyvagal Theory and the role of our parasympathetic system in managing stress and trauma; the role of certain phytochemicals in the prevention of disease and the way that herbicides, pesticides and glyphosate interfere with the production of theses phytochemicals rendering the plants we consume to have less health promoting properties; and many other lectures of interest. The Doctor hopes to share them with you during your visits and in the Newsletter comments. Stay tuned.

Debbie Garlits, BS has now successfully completed the HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Self-Regulation.

Our Integrative Functionally Oriented Nutritionist Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN has recently successfully completed the Monash University ‘Low FODMAP Diet for IBS’ online training course for health professionals. She is excited to utilize this knowledge to support patients.

As of February 23, 2021, Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN, is now in network with most insurance companies!
We are pleased to announce the credentialing process is complete and Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN, our Integrative Functional Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is now in network with most commercial insurance companies and Medicare.

We are happy to check your benefits for coverage if you have Independence Blue Cross, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, or a BCBS Highmark plan which includes Federal Employee Program, Capital Blue, Horizon to name a few. Medicare offers only limited coverage. For those that do not have good coverage or are not eligible, we offer affordable packages for visits with Michal.

We want to welcome Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN to our Holistic Healing Center Team!
The practice searched for another RD and we decided on someone who is passionate about Functional Medicine and treats the whole person with care and compassion.

We are excited and pleased to announce that Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN, is now joining our team. Michal’s passion for nutrition, love of learning combined with strong clinical skills, ability to really listen with compassion and insight, and creative problem-solving abilities related to working in a variety of clinical settings complement the Doctor perfectly.  Michal is warm and very compassionate and really cares about making a difference with those she serves. She thrives on working in coordination with the rest of our team to provide the best possible support for the patients.  Our goal is that she will be able to support you with diet and lifestyle modifications and offer you that extra time and TLC you may need to achieve your optimal health and well-being.

To read more about Michal, click here

Michal works in coordination with Dr. Debbie Bernstein and Debbie Garlits, BS our Patient Advocate.

On July 31st 2020 the American Board of Physician Specialties announced that Dr. Bernstein had met all requirements to be considered Board Certified in Integrative Medicine. The Doctor sat for the Integrative Board exam back in June of this year. In addition, she has a Masters in Bio-Nutrition and is boarded in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also an IFM Certified Practitioner from the Institute for Functional Medicine. She loves to learn. Functional Medicine creates a framework for looking at root causes and Integrative Medicine provides guidance as to what types of therapies have the best research for a given issue and looks at treating the mind, body and spirit, which is so important to her.

She looks forward to applying what she continues to learn in treating her patients and hopes she can make a difference in the quality of life for those she serves.

Max Pulse Cardiovascular Testing

We are excited to offer a new non-invasive cardiovascular screening device called the Max Pulse. Using pulsewave analysis and frequency domain analysis techniques, you’ll see a detailed report of the overall health of your cardiovascular system. The Max Pulse analyzes heart rate variability and mean heart rate; elasticity of large, small, and peripheral arteries; arteriosclerosis progress; blood circulation and remaining blood volume; left ventricular power; and mental and physical stress and resistance to stress. This is a unique opportunity to take a detailed look at your cardiovascular health. For more information about cost and to make an appointment, please contact the office. You can also click here to read frequently asked questions about Max Pulse.


The Holistic Healing Center now offers the Biomat, a state-of-the-art breakthrough in medical science! This therapeutic alternative therapy offers patients a multitude of benefits using infrared light, negative ions and amethyst quartz, leading to total body wellness. Benefits include: DNA repair; increased serotonin levels; enhanced strength, stability and vigor; increased bloodflow; detox; increased metabolism; bacterial elimination; healing of soft tissue; muscle relaxation; immune system boost; cardio fitness and healthy arteries; and much more!

Click here to learn more about Biomat. Please call the office with any questions or to make an appointment, or after your appointment, enjoy a relaxing 15-minute experience of lying on the Biomat!