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Formé Medical Center Selected as Finalist for the Westchester Community Care Award

September 11, 2018 – Press Release

White Plains, New York -Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care has been selected as a finalist to receive the Westchester Community Care Award sponsored by United Healthcare of New York. United Health Care has created this award to support small businesses with innovative ideas helping people live healthier lives.

It is truly an honor for us to be selected as a finalist for the United Healthcare Community Care Award.  It is extremely gratifying to know that our efforts for the past few years in creating an innovative healthcare program for the uninsured and underserved community; is being recognized to this capacity”, says Maria Trusa, CEO of Formé.

It is the mission of Formé Medical Center to improve the health and well-being of community members by offering affordable, high-quality and compassionate healthcare to everyone, regardless of their culture and economic background.

It was a refreshing surprise to realize that insurance companies like United are recognizing and supporting programs like the Formé Medical Membership which we have developed with the uninsured and undeserved community in mind. Through the membership, we are providing unlimited medical care starting at only $29.95 a month, as a result, making healthcare affordable.” states Gina Cappelli, President and Founder.

Gina Cappelli and Maria Trusa, are one of the top five finalists and will be presenting their innovative project in front of the judges on Thursday, September 13th, at the Crowne Plaza Downtown White Plains, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.

The winner will receive $10,000 prize to fund their community project and continued efforts.

For more information contact:

Alejandra Chaparro
Public Relations


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Reflect and Reset with Maria & Gina Episode 13

Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities“. -Patti Roberts.

Take a look at the most recent Facebook Live show Reflect and Reset with Maria and Gina, where they talked about how to heal a broken heart. Thanks for watching!

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How to Overcome a Broken Heart

By: Alana Millings, LMFT

After experiencing a broken heart, whether it be from a break up with a spouse, the loss of a friendship or the death of a loved one, many people find that they don’t know what to do, and often feel lost, angry or confused. People sometimes turn to things like food, sex, shopping, drinking and other “comforts” to escape their feelings of depression, sadness and confusion. What many people do not do is recognize and correctly identify what there are truly feeling: Grief.

Grief is unfortunately not as widely accepted in our society as we might like it to be and certainly not as much as we need it to be. There is often an expectation that the griever “move on”, “get over it” and “let things go” after a certain period of time when someone suffers a loss. The unspoken rule is that we are not allowed to dwell on these things for too long because it may send a message that a person is not strong. This is unfortunate, as it gives people incorrect information about how to grieve and creates a barrier to learning how to overcome grief and heal from a broken heart.

We grieve losses when we consider the things we wish we could have done differently, better or more in those relationships we have lost. We feel there were moments that were missed opportunities to say something more, do something better, and we beat ourselves up for not having done something differently. Sometimes, we think perhaps that time will heal our hurt… or at least that’s what we’ve heard. We think that maybe our memory will begin to fade, and it might be easier to forget, but our brains hold on to hurt and heartache with a tight grip and will not easily let those memories fade away.

Some of us decide that we will cope with our losses alone, fearful of what others might think if we shared our hurt openly, putting on a brave face in public and then breaking down in private. Some of us will seek to find mental clarity through meditation, which can be very relaxing and helpful for some, but may cause more stress and frustration for others. Some of us believe that going to therapy or a support group will be helpful, and those are good long-term options, however many people may find themselves wanting for more. More than breathing exercises, more than talk and an ear to listen, more than support and coffee. People are in need of something that will heal them, some tools that can be used to help bring closure and completeness to what was left incomplete by the ending of a relationship. These tools do exist. The specific tool that I am referring to is called the Grief Recovery Method®.

The Grief Recovery Method is wonderful and effective program derived from the book: “The Grief Recovery Handbook”. The book provides step by step instructions on how to overcome loss and heal a broken heart, leaving you with tools that you can use time and time again. You can find out more about the Grief Recovery Method by picking up the book: The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition, or you can contact a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist® who will take you through the program in either an individual or group setting over the course of about 8 weeks.

Whatever means you choose to overcome a broken heart, do not isolate yourself. The key will be to incorporate others. Utilize the supports in your family and friends. Contact a therapist, visit and join a support group, try group Yoga or meditation. You will find that surrounding yourself with positive people who love, care and support you will be the best medicine to heal your hurt and your heart.

-Alana Millings, M.S., LMFT
Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist®

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Back to school: How to help kids to deal with stress

As summer ends and students are returning to school, it becomes increasingly difficult to ignore the large number of young people affected by mental illness:

  • One out of five children living in the United States experience a mental health condition each year.
  • Fifty percent of children ages eight to fifteen experiencing a mental health condition don’t receive treatment.
  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age

“Studies shows that unfortunately drugs and alcohol abuse go hand on hand with mental illness, we are looking at approximately 62% of high school seniors that have tried alcohol and 16% of high school seniors who binge drinks, which equates to more than five drinks in a row.  We also have a staggering 37% of high school seniors who used marihuana, and 33% of eight graders had tried alcohol,” says Psychotherapist, Lissette Perez.

Perez explains that the reasons are a combination of different things. A lot of it has to do with transition, since most people do not deal well with change. Now add instability in the home or in their surroundings which makes coping much more difficult.

Some children are dealing with self-steam issues or finding themselves being left alone most of the time, which also contributes to substance abuse. “Being isolated or not feeling that you fit in, could lead to depression or anxiety,” she adds.

That´s why it is important that classmates, teachers, and families understand the challenges and complexities of mental illness and do their share to help combat the negative stigma surrounding the disease. Parents need to be proactive and have the difficult discussion with their children, asking if he or she would like to talk with a professional, and ensuring them that there is nothing wrong with it. They must be involved in their child’s life and pay close attention to behavioral changes like; isolating themselves from others, or not engaging in certain activities whether is in school or the family.

“A pill is not always the answer, eating healthy, practicing a sport, being involved in different activities are crucial. Things of that kind of nature are very helpful for a teen who is transitioning and having difficulties.”

When searching for a therapist, you must ensure that they are a good fit for your child. You will need to make certain that your child feels safe and will be able to connect with the therapist before hiring them. Be sure to schedule an interview and see how comfortable you and your family feel with that

person. It is about being able to connect that will enable your child to communicate and get the desired results from each visit.

How Parents Can Support a Child with Mental Illness

Parents can help by giving the child guidance and understanding. Before a mental illness has been diagnose and a treatment plan proposed, frustration, guilt and shame may have built up in the child and the family. Special help may be required to help the family and the child deal with these feelings. Through therapy, the family and the child will be able to develop new skills, techniques, attitudes and ways of dealing with issues and relating to each other. In addition, parenting skills training may be beneficial to help parents to more supportive of their child with mental illness.

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Prevent, Live, and Be Happy!
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that we obtain from various food or supplementary sources. With vitamin IV therapy, vitamin C is administered directly into the blood stream. In this way, you can get a high dose of the vitamin without experiencing any side effects.
-Helps with production of collagen
-Boosts immune system
-Reduces stress
-Accelerates the healing process


This treatment offers vitamin infused blends to optimize repair, recovery, and re-hydration on the cellular level.
-Increases Natural Energy Levels
-Augments Red Blood Cell Production
-Helps Regulate Sleep, Mood and Appetite Cycles
-Boosts Immune System
For additional information about these treatments you can call 914.723.4900 or 914.437.9764
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The limitations of Mental Health Care in a community in need!  


By: Maria Trusa

Too often, we hear of the many unfortunate events that arise due to individuals who struggle with various types of mental illness and mental health. We often wonder, why is this the case? When you take a look at healthcare and its constant limitations to the community, it is easy, although not acceptable, to comprehend when such events are reported.

We find the focus and attention in healthcare to be on the physical body and chronic illnesses one incur but we fail to see the impact that mental health has on an individual’s overall health.  Many illnesses develop due to poor mental health. Depression, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, to name a few, are illnesses that debilitate the physical body and mind.  The difficulty comes with identifying the need for care.  Such mental illnesses are not evident most of the time resulting in an action to bring attention to the possibility of a problem developing.  Our focus needs to be on overall healthcare understanding that each fragment of one’s being can be a contributory factor.

Similarly, the challenge comes in the ability to access high-quality, affordable care.  It is shameful how limited resources are for these individuals in need.  Many mental health programs are filled to capacity and extend waiting lists whereas other facilities just don’t have another outlet to offer.  At the same time, affordability has become a factor to consider as out of pocket expenses can be very costly, in addition to non-coverage of mental health services by insurance companies.  Access and affordability have impinged on providing care for many.

At Formé, we have notably seen an increased need of mental health care.  Our efforts are constant as we have partnered with a non-profit organization which provides a care manager to find ways of eliminating barriers of care.  However, their organization has also experienced the lack of accessibility.   As another measure of hope, Formé will be offering mental health services at an affordable price through the integration of a program in collaboration with Iona College.  Iona College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy will provide students completing their clinical internships under the supervision of a highly qualified and experienced Psychotherapist to work with our patients.  The program will afford patients the opportunity to access affordable and high-quality mental care.

At Formé Medical Center, “We will continue our efforts in finding ways to eradicate said barriers and enforce measures to facilitate care.” 

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