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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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Sadly, summer can’t be year round for all of us. Before it ends, we would love to invite you to try our new beauty treatments to make you feel younger and healthier. Because you only live once!
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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Healthcare- Your Health Should Not Depend on Your Wealth!


By: Maria Trusa

A striking number of uninsured individuals forgo seeking medical attention due to their perception of not having financial options available for medical care.  Unfortunately, this stigma has become customary for the underserved population.  Why are there low expectations for those who are disadvantaged?

Many times, we tend to disregard the needs of others, failing to focus on those who are truly in need.  With the uninsured community, we all too often, see the prejudices of care.  Our health system is focused on the insured and maintaining ways to sustain coverage plans for those who can afford healthcare. What about the percentage of individuals who are unable to measure up with that population?  The lack of accessibility to healthcare for individuals even if they can afford to pay for insurance is bewildering.  Needless to say, the healthcare system is set up to disable the uninsured community.  It has become a vicious cycle which emanated from the lack of support and attention needed to afford this population a means of dignified care.

The destructive high costs of healthcare are leading to increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations as a result of unattainable preventive care for many.  Individuals are forced to neglect their care resulting in the lack of a healthy lifestyle with added pressures.  As a result, many go to the emergency room for care and are discharged with an unimaginable hospital bill as rates are charged at 300-800% over Medicare, at a minimum.  We have seen patients distressed by the inflated charges of healthcare refusing to continue seeking needed care. There was an incident of a woman sent in error to the hospital for a routine mammogram and was charged over $1000 for the visit.  Understandably, she was very upset; refusing to continue any follow up care.  Such incidences may result in extensive healthcare needs and in some cases even death becoming a dumbfounding expense.  The cost of healthcare has become implausible committing tax payers to excessive expenses as many will not be able to afford the services provided.

The working class along with immigrants in our communities are finding it difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle.  Many immigrants hold hard-hitting, labor-intensive jobs that tear away at their physical being with a risk of serious injuries and/or illness which may warrant surgery or long-term treatment.  Why are we not being more proactive in formulating ways to make a difference for so many in need?  Instead, we bear the consequences of the complications that stem from such ignorance and lack of interest in the well-being of others.

Our efforts of transforming healthcare bear witness to the challenges in our community.  Along with our partners, we strive to make an impact in the lives of many who are not aware or believe opportunities are non-existent.  While impacting their health, we transform lives.  Some time ago, there was a gentleman who was almost legally blind.  An immigrant with no aspirations due to his limitations.  He worked as a dishwasher to provide for his family and hadn’t been seen by a doctor in 10 years.  His condition worsened due to the inability of affording the recommended corrective procedure.  Today, with the assistance of our community partners, he was able to afford the procedure resulting in the improvement of his sight, work performance and new assignment as the “Head Cook”.    It is astounding how with a little support a life was impacted.  This is what we wish for many.

Accessibility, affordability and continuity of care are key factors at Formé Medical Center.  There are so many others like the woman and gentleman and although we realize there is no solution, we are hopeful that our efforts will aid this broken healthcare system and bring emphasis to the needs of the community.

At Formé Medical Center, “You Matter and We Care!

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Formé Medical Center: Our Mission, Your Care- We Promise to Aid!

By: Maria Trusa

As we continue with our efforts of providing affordable and attainable healthcare, we are relentlessly educating ourselves on the facts and areas of focus for the uninsured.  How can we make a difference?  Attempting to discover new possibilities for those in need, we, at Formé, are excited to share the upcoming introduction of our non-profit organization, Promise to Aid, Inc. 

Enthused with our current Monthly Subscription Medical Membership Model and its endless prospects towards preventive care, we felt compelled to continue exploring other needs of the uninsured.  Providing affordable healthcare has been a stepping stone toward other extensive care needs such as high cost diagnostic testing, rehabilitation services and/or more importantly surgical procedures.  We realize that the limitations to care are still eminent as we are witness to patients in need of funding for hip replacements and many other high cost procedures.  It is evident affordable healthcare is still a factor.  With that in mind, Promise to Aid, Inc., was established.  Our mission is to enable the under-served, uninsured communities with the ability to gain access to much needed funding for educational, medical and surgical care regardless of culture and economic status.  The organization will raise funds to initiate educational health programs, in addition to financially assisting patients with extraordinarily high cost medical services.

With the fragmentation of healthcare and our willingness to bring about change, we set out to educate and seek support from our community partners.  The willingness to be a part of our mission and help revolutionize healthcare has been overwhelming.  State initiatives continuing to fund resources and other available granting opportunities have created a foundation for our mission bringing great promise to the community.

We are confident Promise to Aid, Inc. will make a dramatic impact on the community in addition to reducing the cost of healthcare.  Having the ability to assist patients with the appropriate and necessary care needs will improve health outcomes tremendously; lending to the prevention of increased avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

We are humbly privileged to be able to help the community in need.  Further updates on the inauguration of our non-profit, Promise to Aid, Inc. to follow.

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Jumpstart Your Journey to Healthy Living

We are excited to share that you can now take advantage of medical benefits available to improve your health.  Formé Medical Center has an exclusive offer which will provide you with the opportunity to receive dignified, high-quality, transparent but most importantly, affordable healthcare.

With a strong foundation at our Center that includes an array of needed preventive medical services, we were able to create a Medical Membership Model that mirrors a gym membership concept. Our vision of this incredible offer is to ensure that all social classes in the community have access to preventive healthcare and achieve favorable health outcomes but most importantly, have the choice to choose an affordable plan that works for you.  Our efforts are endless as we are focused on helping the uninsured community.  Current and upcoming collaborations with Westchester Medical Center and Montefiore, will provide additional resources to our new Membership model.

Imagine coming to your doctor and not needing to worry about paying high costs for services.  You simply show up, scan your card, see the doctor and go on with your day.

You ask yourself, “How is this possible?”  So here it is… Formé Medical Center’s Membership Model consists of three tiers:  Basic, Plus and Premium.  Each plan is offered at an affordable price.  For a low-monthly fee along with a one-time Annual Fee of $50*, you will receive well-rounded services at our Center with our providers and specialists exclusive of Lab Testing (Available at a Discounted Rate with our Lab Vendor).  Furthermore, you will have the benefit of being referred to our community specialty partners for an additional discounted fee.


Formé Basic

  • Low Monthly Fee of $29.95*
  • Urgent Care Services with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.
  • Primary Care Services and ongoing preventive care with Family Practice Physician Assistant
  • Patient Care Navigator – helping members with future specialty appointments, referrals, and authorizations

Formé Plus

  • Low Monthly Fee of $59.95*
  • Urgent Care Services with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.
  • Primary Care Services and ongoing preventive care with a Board-Certified Physician
  • Patient Care Navigator – helping members with future specialty appointments, referrals, and authorizations
  • 10 Physical Therapy Sessions
  • Behavioral Health Services

Formé Premium Membership offers you the “Best Rewards”

  • Low Monthly Fee of $89.95*
  • Urgent Care Services with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.
  • Patient Care Navigator – helping members with future specialty appointments, referrals, and authorizations
  • Primary Care Services and ongoing preventive care with a Board-Certified Physician
  • 20 Physical Therapy Sessions
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Consultations and visits with our specialists (Podiatry, Gynecology, Neurology, Dermatology and Orthopedic Care with a Physician Assistant)

So?  Does this sound exciting and affordable?  If so, we invite you to jumpstart your journey to improving your health.  

We look forward to the privilege of providing all of your healthcare needs.

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Formé Medical Center: Transforming Healthcare

As the fate of healthcare is strongly challenged, Healthcare Executives are constantly working on ways of impacting healthcare.  At Formé Medical Center, leaders Gina Cappelli, Founder and President and Maria M. Trusa, Partner and CEO have brought promise to the community with an innovative approach to improving healthcare outcomes.

A recent Census has publicized the vast number of uninsured patients to be 27 million in the US as a whole inclusive of 1,185,000 in New York State and 183,436 in Westchester County.   Many individuals often neglect their well-being due to the impediments of access, awareness and affordable healthcare.  In a conservatively employed population, there are often times where many are uninsured due to eligibility where earnings are above the qualifying range for Medicaid and/or are not sufficient to obtain plans similar to Obama Care.  Moreover, health and healthcare disparities are commonly viewed through race and ethnicity, but occur across a broad range of magnitudes.  Efforts to reduce disparities include a focus on designated priority populations who are vulnerable to health and healthcare disparities.  For many, there is certainty in the decreased and limited access to healthcare due to lack of education, awareness, language barrier and access to preventive care.

Formé Medical’s CEO, Maria M. Trusa is far too familiar with the challenges of the underserved and uninsured communities.  As a Dominican immigrant, Ms. Trusa experienced disparities at first hand.  Due to her own trials and tribulations and a 26 year trajectory as a Healthcare Executive in an organization exclusive to an affluent population, Ms. Trusa clearly recognized the need for transformation in healthcare for the uninsured and underserved communities being cognizant of the standards of quality care.

With a focus on the uninsured community at hand in Westchester County and sharing in the vision of transforming healthcare experiences, Ms. Cappelli and Ms. Trusa introduced a program known as the “Formé Medical Membership”  to impact the overall health and well-being of the uninsured and underserved communities; offering dignified, high-quality, accessible, transparent and affordable healthcare.

Stay tuned as we welcome you to learn about our “New Healthcare Transformation Model” which will afford you the opportunity to obtain a variety of healthcare services for an UNBELIEVABLY LOW AND AFFORDABLE MONTHLY COST!

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Formé Medical Center Receives the NCQA Certification

Recognized as a Level 3: Patient-Centered Medical Home, Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care is a team approach to provide complete medical care which includes your health care provider, other professionals who can provide assistance, and the most important member, you.

As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, our focus is to provide our patients with comprehensive medical care, which focuses on all aspects of their health and general well-being, including emotional, family and social concerns. Together with your doctor and other health care providers, you are the most important person in managing your health.

A “Medical Home” makes it easier and more comfortable for you to access day-to-day care by strengthening your relationship with your primary care provider and the team responsible for your care. Our providers and care team follow evidence-based care recommendations to ensure you receive the best medical treatment. In addition, your Medical Home will ensure that you understand your health needs and provide you with all the tools you may need to better manage your conditions. With a Medical Home, your quality of care will improve significantly and it will take less time to get care when you need it.

Your medical home cares for the care of the whole person, since physical health is not the only factor that contributes to overall health.

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Mientras más se aprende, más tu ganas

Cómo luce un negocio exitoso?

Algunos dirán por las ganancias financieras, otros podrían decir por el establecimiento de una marca reconocida.

La realidad es que un negocio exitoso, sin importar que tan grande o pequeño sea, necesita tener una mente orientada a progresar. En el momento que usted detenga el mejoramiento de cada aspecto de su negocio, en ese momento usted habrá fracasado. En este reporte estaré compartiendo como aprendí los efectos positivos de la educación continua usando recursos de fácil acceso.

Mi hijo, Franco Cabral, CEO y Socio de Partner inMark Media, fue mi fuerza quien me hizo rectificar y entender la importancia de la educación personal.

Franco me hizo recapacitar y ver lo importante y crucial que es para mi, en mi papel como CEO la capacidad de influenciar e inspirar no solo a nuestros clientes, sino también a nuestros empleados. Yo he sido testigo del crecimiento significativo de su compañía en solo un año, como resultado de la fuerte cultura motivacional que él ha creado.

Yo también cuento con unos empleados motivados y les puedo asegurar que la cultura que hemos creado en Forme permanecerá consistente a través de los años.

Mi curiosidad creció y quise saber cómo él tenía la capacidad de ofrecer ideas nuevas y pensamientos que producen cambios constantes, incluso en el medio de otros proyectos de trabajo importantes.

Fue en ese momento cuando él me dijo, “Mientras más se aprende, mas tu ganas.”Al principio pensé que se refería a más nivel de educación. Sin embargo a lo que él se refería en realidad era a una forma costo-efectivo y de ahorro de tiempo de educación más avanzada.

Compartió conmigo que él leía y oía libros como: ‘Be Obsessed or Be Average’ de Grant Cardone, o ‘You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business’ de Jon Gordon y Mike Smith.

Mi hijo no cree en la pérdida de tiempo, en cualquier momento que él está manejando o viajando él está oyendo algo nuevo y tomando notas.

Mi consejo cuando oigan los audiolibros es no solo oírlos sino también tomar notas, especialmente cuando encuentras bellos y auténticos consejos y dichos.

No importa en donde lo escribas ya sea en tu teléfono o en la punta de una servilleta, lo importante es oír bien, aprender y estar inspirado. En ningún momento quiero dar a entender o asegurar que estos audio libros son el sustituto de una educación superior, lo que he aprendido es que hay otras maneras más fáciles y accesibles de continuar educándose y debemos tomar ventaja de ello.

Los recursos y falta de tiempo no puede ser una excusa para la ausencia del crecimiento personal.

Yo empecé a oír y tomar notas de libros fácilmente accesibles por iPhone o en Barnes & Noble – No hay excusas.

Estuve expuesta a visiones y perspectivas muy diferentes que cuestionaron hasta mi propia vida y empecé a notar el progreso que yo estaba teniendo. Tuve la capacidad de ver claramente las fortalezas y debilidades de Forme.

Prácticas Elementales, por ejemplo es uno de los libros que me ayudó a darme cuenta que Formé necesitaba un modelo de negocio más efectivo para continuar con su rápido crecimiento.

Hoy en día, nosotros estamos en un proceso de adaptar nuestro plan de negocio a nuestros nuevos  objetivos y trayectoria. Soy la primera en admitir que los cambios son difíciles, sobre todo cuando se ha estado trabajando en un mismo medio por mucho tiempo, como lo he estado yo en el campo médico.  La realidad es que la nueva tecnología y las nuevas generaciones se han puesto más adelante en el juego, es nuestra responsabilidad permanecer actualizados y a la vanguardia. Si al menos no tomas el tiempo para probar, tú no estás siendo justo contigo, con tu equipo y con tus clientes.

El incorporar aprendizaje a tu día abrirá tus ojos a nuevas ideas. Tienes una hora al día para trasladarte a tu trabajo?

Escucha un audio libro. Mientras esperas en la oficina de tu médico?

Lee un artículo relacionado con tu negocio, o envía videos de inspiración a tus amigos y veras que en poco tiempo ellos te enviaran otros videos que pueden cambiar tu perspectiva. El aprendizaje no tiene que incluir solo cursos y libros educativos. El aprendizaje viene en toda clase de plataforma y es su responsabilidad encontrar la que mejor trabaje para ti.

Si desea alguna recomendación de audio libro, o si tiene alguna pregunta en general por favor no dude en contactarme.

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