Dr. Bill Akpinar

A graduate of the University Health Sciences School of Medicine (U.H.S.A.), Ataturk University School of Dentistry, American College of Acupuncture, and City University of New York, Rev. Dr. Bill Akpinar is the director of the Center for Healing in New York. For more than thirty years he has successfully integrated Eastern and Western Medicine within his field . Having served as director of two major teaching hospital-based anesthesiology and pain management programs in the New York City area, Rev. Dr. Akpinar continues to train medical, dental, and podiatry residents. He holds numerous board certifications and fellowships, including those in acupuncture, pain management, forensic medicine, forensic dentistry and traumatic distress, as well as herbal and Tibetan medicine.

Rev. Dr. Akpinar thrives on utilizing many non-traditional techniques in combination with his anesthesiology background to apply them in the field of headache and TMJ pain disorders. These techniques include music therapy (he is an accomplished musician), Chinese Healing Martial Arts, such as Chi Kung (he holds several black belts and practices various “internal” healing martial arts styles) and oxygenation therapy. Dr Akpinar has been trained by noted Chinese, Indian, Shaolin, Sufi, and Tibetan healing masters over the course of his career (including a mentorship with the Dali Lama’s personal physician, while in Tibet).

As medical director of the United States Karate Team, under the direction of his teacher and world Karate champion Terrence “Tokey” Hill, Rev. Dr. Bill has applied his healing skills to the team during his travels with them.

Rev Dr. Bill Akpinar now serves as founder and medical director of the UHSS™️; searching continually for ways to bridge Eastern and Western Medicine and to bring this knowledge to the public

Dr. James Onnikian

Research Director

Rev. Dr. James Onnikian is a recognized leader in the field of Naturopathic Spiritual Medicine and Research.

With his extensive expertise in Clinical research we are now proud to have him serve as our Clinical Research Director. 

A former decorated champion in professional kickboxing, Rev. Dr. Onnikian has decades of experience in research of the human body and healing.

Rev. Dr. James Onnikian holds both a University of Natural Medicine™️ B. S. degree and a Doctoral degree in Naturopathic Spiritual Medicine (NSMD) from the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences™️.

Rev. Dr. Onnikian has had a long and fruitful career as a Certified Research Physician with an emphasis on care/counseling.

In addition to his healing and counseling expertise, Rev. Dr. Onnikian is a recognized and laureated master of Yoga and has successfully spearheaded the Dual Doctorate in Medical Yoga program for the University of Integrative Medicine and the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences.

Dr. Enzo Aliotta

Chief Operative Officer

Dr. Enzo Aliotta is a Naturopathic Spiritual Medical Doctor. He Graduated with a B.S. from the University of Natural Medicine™️ in 2001. He then went on to finish his Naturopathic Degree at the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences™️. 

Currently, he currently serves as the University's Chief Operating Officer.

He is a recognized a auriculo-therapist, a member of The College of Forensic Examiners, a member of The Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a research physician who specializes in researching natural healing for emotional, physical and spiritual distress.

Dr. Enzo is a federally recognized minister and an advocate of spiritual counseling. He believes that this approach to counseling is one of the highest forms of counseling because it is counsels at the soul level.

Dr. Enzo is also an accomplished martial artist who trains students of all ages in a cadre of different martial arts styles.

Dr. Daniel Kuhn, M.D

Daniel Kuhn, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Medical Director of Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services of New York.

A Board Certified Psychiatrist in NYC, who specializes in treating mental disorders associated with brain dysfunctions, as well as enhancing the performance of able and compromised professionals.

Dr. Kuhn has created a method known as the Kuhn Method to erase PTSD. This method is taught only at the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences™️.

In this unique approach, for the first time ever the individual receiving care is able and giving empowerment to eliminate symptoms under proper guidance.

As an NYC Psychiatrist, the scope of his practice includes the following:

  • Acute and Chronic Stress and Life Management
  • Brain Concussion and Head Injuries
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety, Panic and Mood Disorders
  • Cognitive Dysfunction, Memory Loss and Learning Disorders
  • Adults and Children with Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity (ADD & ADHD) and Learning Disorders (LD)
  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
  • Optimal Performance and Career Enhancement workshops, group and individual coaching

Dr. Kuhn’s integrative approach includes psychotherapy, neurotherapy (brainwave self regulation training also known as Neurofeedback), psychotropic medications as needed, and performance enhancing techniques (visualization, cognitive, deconditioning approach).

Dr. Linda Ducrot, NSMD

Dr. Linda Ducrot earned her BS in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, where she also participated in viral genetics research.She then worked in the health care field counseling major Boston hospitals, clinics and research labs regarding the use of innovative Microbiological testing products. She went on to earn her certification in Advanced Linguistics and Neuropsychology, and her NSMD from UHSS™️.

Linda is passionate about how we communicate: between microbes, microbes and human, animal and plant kingdoms; and the many levels at which we communicate with one another to create harmonious life systems. She is especially interested in how those systems go out of balance and in using ageless wisdom to restore harmony, health and well being.

Linda has extensive experience in wellness counseling, which includes addressing the spiritual roots of disharmony and dis-ease. She is a lifelong student of the ageless wisdom: wisdom that spans the millennia, passed to humanity from great minds; and she seeks to apply their wisdom in communication, counseling and educational sessions.

Linda is a nationally recognized author and developer of curricula; she was one of the first coaches in her field, is a recognized behavioral profiler and she authored one of the first wellness counselor certification programs, as well as 40 other educational curricula. In addition, she is certified in more than 15 communication and behavioral profiling disciplines; she has authored and led communications and human development programs for thousands of people. Linda is a specialist in communication & relationship management to gain improved outcomes and patient commitment.Her work has won two national awards for Quality. She has traveled and worked internationally.

Dr. Anita Baxas M.D.

Anita Baxas MD graduated from the medical faculty at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She worked in the ENT department in Greece and spent several years practicing in a general practitioners office in Switzerland. She went on to study and get certified in Ozone therapy, Chelation therapy, Fetal Cell therapy, Bioresonance therapy and orthomolecular medicine. She became the junior partner at the Baxamed Medical Center in Switzerland and developed a Youth Restoration Program which was the first one worldwide to offer complete hormone replacement for anti-aging including human growth hormone, DHEA, Melatonin, Pregnenolone and others. She consulted and oversaw the opening of a clinic in Freiburg Germany until its completion. She was appointed Aviation Medical Examiner by the FAA.

Since 1995 she has been studying and researching phosphatidylcholine as a treatment modality which was then named Plaquex therapy. In 2007 she closed her Swiss office and moved to Florida and concentrated on teaching and consulting medical practitioners worldwide about Plaquex therapy. She is a research physician, doing research on Phospholipid applications in medicine.

She is a certified Reconnective Healing practitioner and Shamanic Munay Ki practitioner. She is the medical advisor on the board of Biorica International Corp as well as on the advisory board of new clinics that will be offering particular detox therapies after Covid.

She has authored five books and several published articles and writes regularly on Substack. She has lectured at ACAM, A4M, ICIM and other conferences around the world.

Her interests include aviation, shamanism, meditation, consciousness research and Ferrari cars. She is a martial artist and speaks 5+ languages.

Dr. Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D.

The UHSS is proud to have Dr. Palevsky as part of our esteemed faculty.

Dr. Palevsky is a NYS licensed pediatrician, who utilizes a holistic approach to children’s wellness and illness. Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987, completed a three-year pediatric residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in 1990 and served as a pediatric fellow in the ambulatory care out-patient department at Bellevue Hospital, NYC, from 1990-1991. Since 1991, his clinical experience includes working in pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient, and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, newborn and delivery room medicine, and conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric private practice.

In his current pediatric practice, Dr. Palevsky offers well-child examinations, consultations and educational programs to families and practitioners in the areas of preventive and holistic health

Dr. Herman Chiu, DO

Dr. Herman Chiu, DO is an internist in New Windsor, NY specializing in internal medicine (adult medicine) and emergency medicine. He graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and has 14 years of experience.

As a family doctor in New York, Dr. Herman Chiu provides comprehensive medical treatment for families & individuals. Family doctors may identify, address, & manage a wide variety of diseases, illnesses, & conditions. As a family physician, Dr. Chiu usually serves as the first point of contact for patients seeking general or primary medical care & can refer patients to a specialist when needed.

Specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Chiu is prepared to treat patients suffering from a wide range of acute illnesses, injuries or conditions. Emergency physicians, or ER doctors, must incorporate knowledge and experience gained across a broad range of medical topics. Care is typically provided in the emergency room of a hospital.

Dr. Terry Olesen

Dr. Terry Oleson is an internationally known lecturer in the field of auriculotherapy. Born on February 6, 1946 in Pacific Palisades, California, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967. Terry received his Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California at Irvine in 1973, then went on to work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the UCLA Neuroscience and Pain Management Center.

Dr. Oleson conducted pioneering research on auricular diagnosis and auricular acupuncture, including the first double blind evaluation of auricular diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders, which was published in the journal Pain in 1980. Dr. Oleson has published over 30 scientific articles and two books on auricular acupuncture, including the Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture and the International Handbook of Ear Reflex Points. Dr. Oleson has presented his work on standardized auricular nomenclature at meetings of the World Health Organization in 1990 and has been a principal speaker at other international symposiums on auricular medicine held in China in 1995, 2005, 2010, in France in 1994, 2000, 2006, 2014, in the USA in 1999, 2006, 2014, and in Singapore in 2017.

Dr. Oleson is President of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute and he is on the faculty of Emperor’s College, the American University of Complementary Medicine and Ryokan College. In 1998, Dr. Oleson received the Auricular Acupuncture of the Year Award from the International Congress of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Oleson serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and on the journal Medical Acupuncture. His private practice is on the Westside of Los Angeles, California.

Westside of Los Angeles, California.

Telephone: (323) 793-1986 USA

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.auriculotherapy.com

Dr. Nezih Hekim

The UHSS™️ is proud and honored that Dr. Nezih Hekim has joined the teaching and clinical research staff of the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences and the University of Integrative Medicine. Dr Hekim is full professor and department head of molecular biology, genetics and clinical chemistry at Biruni University in Istanbul Turkey. He is a world-renowned scientist, bringing decades of experience to both of our universities and will serve as Director of International Clinical Research.

Dr. Moshe Dekel

Academic Director

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Research Director

Dr. Moshe Dekel is the academic Director of the University of Integrative Medicine and institutional review board research Director of the UHSS™️. He graduated at the top of his class, Cum Laude, in 1974 from the University of Bologna Medical School in Italy.

He attended the Long Island College hospital internship program and then finished his OB GYN residency as a chief resident, at Brooklyn Jewish hospital in NY.

He started his private practice in 1981 in the town of West Islip in Long Island, NY and has been practicing clinical medicine since then.

During his medical career he served as an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology (OB-GYN) at Stony Brook's University Medical Center. Subsequently becoming the medical director of the Long Island Birthing Center, and serving as chief of Gynecological Surgery at the Long Island Surgery Center.

In 2000 he made the transition to Holistic/Functional medicine and since then, he has implemented a countless cutting edge holistic modalities that are aimed to address the medical issues that his patients presented, such as Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT) for men and women, as well as Breast Thermography instead of the use of radiation and compression in Mammography, thyroid/adrenal issues, digestion, chronic fatigue, skin issues, stress, insomnia, emotional stress and many more conditions.

In 2016, Dr. Dekel took part in launching the American University of Integrated Sciences Medical School in St. Martin (currently located in Barbados) and served as its first Academic Dean.

In 2019 he founded "Rejuvenate Health" with Dr. Morris in Hilton Head South Carolina. This a fully fledged Holistic clinic, that encompasses regenerative medicine, biological dentistry in conjunction with Dr. Blanch Grube, and the use of colon hydro therapy with ozonated water.

As the Academic Director of the University of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Dekel continues his vision to educate as many professionals and laypersons about the Holistic/Functional and Integrative Medicine's power and ability to heal.

Dr. Christie Harrington

Christie Harrington was educated in his native Ireland before participating in undergraduate studies at London University from where he graduated in 1972.

A further two years of post-graduate work ensued before deciding that his interest in Oriental medicine compelled him to pursue this course under the direction and guidance of the eminent Professor J.R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, England.

This thorough training took a further seven years both in the theory and practice of Oriental medicine and Western medical sciences, earning Harrington a further two degrees.

Upon graduation, this physician practiced in London for seven years in a multidisciplinary clinic (including allopathic physicians), before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990 to fulfill a long held ambition to practice here.

He is both New York Board certified and Nationally Board certified (N.C.C.A.)

Christie is a Member of the American Academy of Pain Management and participated in Acupuncturists without Borders.

Rev. Dr. Betty Jones Smith,

Chieftain Flying Mink

Rev. Dr. Betty Jones Smith is the head of the United Keetoowah (Kituwah) Band of Cherokee Indians in Southwest Georgia. She holds a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology; Master of Science in Education; Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Black Studies; and an Associates of Arts degree with focus on Child Psychology.

She prides herself as a Family Preservationist and has served in the field for 41 years as a Non-Traditional Psychologist.

During the past 7 years Dr. Jones Smith has also served as the dedicated Genealogist for the Keetoowah Tribal Nation Recognition.  As a result, her County is now recognized as the “Historical Keetoowah Tribal Village.”

Alex Vamos, L.Ac

Assistant Professor

Alex Vamos is a Licensed acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine healer. Mr. Vamos has treated over thousands of clients and patients from infant to elderly with the use of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. His 20+ years of clinical and teaching experience brings a wealth of knowledge and information to the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences.

Mr. Vamos is also an accomplished martial artist who serves the Long Island, NY community.

Jeevanie Liliah

Jeevanie Liliah

Assistant Professor

Jeevanie Liliah holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Informatics from the City College of Technology and a Master's in Health Sciences from the University of Health and Spiritual Sciences. Currently enrolled in the Naturopathic Doctorate program at the same institution, Jeevanie is passionate about integrating holistic healing into conventional medicine. As an Interfaith Minister ordained in 2021, she believes in the importance of addressing the mind, body, and spirit in healing practices and guiding individuals on their journey towards balance and vitality. Alongside her academic pursuits, Jeevanie finds balance and focus through training and competing in martial arts, embodying a holistic approach to wellness. She is also actively involved in training at the university's Center for Healing, where she hones her skills in holistic medicinal therapies and applies her knowledge to real-world practice.

Steven Schwartz

Liaison and director of public and cultural relations of UHSS™️.

Steven is a student of life and a lifelong adventurer who brings a spark of contagious energy to every situation. He is a successful entrepreneur and co-host of the popular radio segment, The Smart Guys on Long Island radio. In addition, Steven has been on national television discussing some of the nation's hottest topics and advocates for the lost art of common sense. 

On his journey, he has managed to put in 10,000 hours of Yoga, received a black belt in martial arts, and completed the New York City marathon. His unique blend of physical and mental curiosity leads him to experience the world through multiple lenses and relate to everyone he meets.

He has graciously accepted appointment to the highly esteemed position of liaison and director of public and cultural relations of our University. We are honored and proud to have him as an integral part of our team and global network

Corinne Furnari, RPA, CCN

Corinne Furnari, RPA, CCN, has been practicing integrative medicine for greater than twenty years. She is a certified Clinical Nutritionist, part of the first group of clinicians to be certified in clinical nutrition in New York State, licensed Physician’s Assistant, graduate of USC Physicians Assistant Program and certified by the International Society of Cosmetology in aesthetic procedures.

Based on these accreditations and years of experience she utilizes in-depth diagnostic techniques from both allopathic and alternative medicine. She then develops nutritional, bio-identical hormonal, herbal and/or intravenous therapies to create individualized and patient-friendly protocols for acute and chronic conditions.

Corinne has developed in-depth expertise in women’s health issues. This expertise includes GYN care, PMS, menopause, natural hormone replacement, and more. She also specializes in treating chronic conditions such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, weight loss, irritable bowel, diabetes, and arthritis and creates wellness protocols for optimal health and anti-aging.

Utilizing a variety of laboratory and observation diagnostic techniques, she designs safe and effective individualized treatment programs. Treatment modalities include: GYN care, Natural Hormone Replacement Protocols, Nutritional and herbal protocols, Intravenous nutrients, Vitamin C therapy, Chelating therapies, Mesotherapy, UVB therapies, Trigger Point therapies, medical weight loss programs, and Anti-Aging Protocols.

Tehila Widenbaum

Tehila Widenbaum

Student Relations

Tehila Widenbaum is a dedicated and passionate member of the University of Health And Spiritual Sciences™️ faculty. She also juggles her role as a student at the same university, demonstrating her commitment to personal growth and academic excellence. Currently, she serves as the Student Relationship Manager, embodying her strong connection with the student community. Tehila's expertise lies in the realm of nutrition, with a special focus on gut health. She's on a mission to guide her clients in uncovering the root causes of their health issues, promoting overall well-being. Her journey in the field started at a young age, when she began assisting at her father's holistic wellness center. There, she absorbed a wealth of knowledge, learning the ropes of holistic healing and the importance of a holistic approach to wellness. With a deep-rooted passion for holistic health, nutrition, and healing, Tehila Widenbaum continues to make significant contributions to the field and inspire those around her to seek true healing and wellness.