HealthBridge is home to a unique team of dedicated healthcare professionals, each with unique expertise to help you achieve and maintain optimum health. Our experts in medicine, nutrition, physical fitness, sleep disorders and stress management all maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in health care.
- David G. Edelson, MD, FACP
- William M. Klein, MD
- Susan E. Mirkinson, MD, FACP
- Dianne Hanson, NP
- Eric Perry, L.Ac
- Josephine Tutrani, RD
- Isabel Yomtobian, PT
- George Adams, CPT
- Kathleen Meyer, MS, RRT
- Judi Talit, MS, CRM
- Crystal Panton, LMT
Dr. Edelson is the founder and medical director of HealthBridge. An Assistant Clinical Professor at Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine, he is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top weight loss experts. He was listed in NY Magazines' "Best Doctors of 2014" issue, and was also selected for the prestigious CastleConnolly Top Regional Doctors award He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Bariatric Medicine, is a two time recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award at LIJ Medical Center, and was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. He has published independent research in the Journal of the American Diabetes Association as well as the journal Nutrition, and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Women’s Day as well as many others. He has also appeared nationally on CBS The Early Show, Fox Morning News, CNN.com and FIT TV as an expert in fitness and weight loss.
He can also be heard on Sirium XM Doctor Radio (Channel 81) as a regular monthly guest with Dr. Marina Kurian discussing the latest news in weight loss on Wednesdays at 8am. Dr. Edelson is dedicated to fighting the national obesity epidemic, as well as helping his patients achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Klein is a former full-time Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was active in research, teaching and patient care. In 2001, he joined HealthBridge where he specializes in Primary Care Internal Medicine. He has been honored by his peers with the prestigious Castle Connolly's Top Regional Doctor award. Dr. Klein is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is an Associate Attending of Medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Medical Center, where he is an active member of voluntary teaching faculty. Dr. Klein is a strong advocate of preventative medicine and enjoys taking the time to educate his patients on how they can maintain optimal health.
Dr. Mirkinson is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. She completed her training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she received the honor of being selected Chief Medical Resident. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also an Associate Attending of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and has been elected to the prestigious honor of Fellow of the American College of Physicians. A native of the North Shore, Dr. Mirkinson comes to HealthBridge after more than fifteen years of private practice in the community.
Dianne Hanson, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Adelphi University in 2003. Prior to completing graduate studies, she worked as a Registered Nurse for many years. Dianne has worked in a variety of settings, including primary care, Hospice and Palliative Care, transitional care from hospital to home and homecare. Dianne has extensive experience with the geriatric population focusing on Congestive Heart Failure, Dementia, Diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, Ms Hanson participated in a Post Stroke Research Study in conjunction with New York University with a focus on High Blood Pressure.
Ms. Hanson is a member of the New York State Nurse Practitioner’s Association as well as the Nurse Practitioner’s Association of Long Island and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Leadership at Adelphi University, and continues her professional development by attending many professional conferences, seminars, and presentations.
Eric Perry, L.Ac graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with his degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry. He later attended The New York College for Holistic Health, obtaining both his B.A. in Professional Studies - Health Sciences as well as his M.S. in Acupuncture. He is an NCCAOM diplomat in Acupuncture as well as a Member of the Acupuncture Society of New York. His Master's Thesis was on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with traditional Chinese medicine. Mr. Perry is experienced in treating patients for a variety of conditions including pain management, gynecological disorders, respiratory ailments, digestive disorders, stress and depression. He is also an integral team member of HealthBridge’s weight loss and stop smoke programs. He is a winner of the 2014 "Best of LI" award for Acupuncturists.
Jo Tutrani R.D. is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. Jo received her B.S. degree in Nutrition at James Madison University and completed post graduate classes in integrative and medical nutrition therapy. Jo has over 25 years experience as a nutritionist and has worked in an array of settings including hospitals, private medical offices, corporations, community and in private practice. In addition to nutritional counseling, Jo has lectured on topics such as weight management, heart disease, sports nutrition, diabetes and nutritional supplementation. She is a recipient of the "Best of LI 2014" for nutritionists.
Isabel Yomtobian has nearly fifteen years of experience in physical therapy. A graduate of the Physical Therapy School of the Hogeschool Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Isabel incorporates a well-established theoretical base and widespread clinical application in the preservation, development and restoration of physical function for her patients. Her expertise includes a hands-on approach in joint mobilization, therapeutic massage and rehabilitation. She is committed to working with patients from the onset of the problem identification and examination, to prognosis and intervention.
George Adams, A Certified Personal Trainer and former competitive Amateur Bodybuilder, has been training clients for over fifteen years. He has devoted his time in educating people about the benefits of weight training, proper nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. George has been certified by I.S.S.A./International Sports Sciences Association, the oldest and most prestigious training certification, as well as the S.M.A.R.T. Training Program which is accredited by Dowling College. George has been a trainer and nutritional supplement consultant for numerous clients at top level national and international gym chains such as: Golds Gym, Powerhouse Gym, and NY Sports Clubs (NYSC). As a motivational speaker, he has been the keynote speaker in various settings, including The Dematteis Center, Mercy Medical Center for Gastric Bypass Surgery, Nassau Community College for Health and Training as well as a number of local churches. George has also been featured on FOX 5 Morning News Show. He is a winner of the 2012 "Best of LI" award for Personal Trainers.
Kathleen holds a masters degree in science education along with an undergraduate degree in cardio-respiratory science. She has over ten years clinical experience in a hospital setting and has been working in sleep medicine for more than five years. Kathleen is a member of the National Board of Respiratory Care, the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists, and the Foundation of Restless Legs Syndrome. As the director of clinical services for HealthBridge Sleep Medicine, Kathleen supervises the daily operation and execution of the sleep laboratory.
Judi Talit is a Stress Management Educator, Certified Reiki Master and Master Meditation teacher with more than 25 years extensive experience in Eastern, Western, Psychological Meditation, Guided Imagery/Visualization, therapeutic breathing techniques and other natural healing methods for dealing with specific illness, chronic conditions, stress, anxiety and loss. Judi holds a Masters Degree in Education, Reiki Master Certification from Shen Dao Institute, Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher Certification from Siddha Yoga Foundation, and is co-director of the Center for Jewish Meditation and Healing. She has authored numerous articles on meditation, mental wellness and related subjects. Judi has lectured both in the U.S. and Canada on topics related to spirituality and healing. She has facilitated support groups for more than 20 years and has produced her own guided meditation CD.
Crystal Panton is a graduate of New York College of Health Professions where she obtained her degree in Massage Therapy. She later attended the Thai Institute of Healing Arts in Virginia where she became certified in Traditional Thai Massage. Crystal specializes in Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Traditional Thai massage treatments. One important element of her work is that of incorporating passive stretching into her massage treatments to aid her clients in increasing their range of motion. Crystal is also an active member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.