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The staff at In Health include (back row l-r) Physician-s Assistant Peter Scarpelli, Dr. Anita Bedrogi and Office Manager Lynn Forkey, (front row l-r) receptionist Alison Baxley, Physician-s Assistant Glenn Lyons and LPN Amanda Bezio. Not pictured are LPN Brenda Taft and Administrative Assistant Jessica Hoffman.

A local doctor's office offers one stop for both hands-on and traditional medicine.

Dr. Anita Bodrogi DO owns In Health, a family and osteopathic practice located at 130 Court St. in Plattsburgh.

Bodrogi said she bought the practice from Dr. Richard Lacki in October. She said Lacki was ready to retire after 27 years running his family practice.

"He was a good, old-fashioned family practitioner. He had a lovely, well-established practice," Bodrogi said. "He was ready to retire and I was ready to start."

A more accurate term for her practice might be integrative medicine, she said.

"There are so many wonderful choices out there," Bodrogi said. "All of them can be the right choice."

It all depends on what works best for each patient. For some, it might be a prescription, while for others it could be as simple as stress relief.

"Some people are concerned I would be against medication," Bodrogi said. "I'm not, but I am for health and wellness."

Most people who seek osteopathic care have been through most other methods of treatment without great results, Bodrogi said.

She has a lot of options for patients who come to her and say they don't want to take medication. Those can include an improved diet, exercise, a better social life or home environment.

While some doctors may be disillusioned because patients don't follow their advice, the onus is on the doctor to get the patient to make good decisions, Bodrogi said.

"That's the part of medicine that's interesting to me," she said.

Lynn Forkey was Lacki's office manager and stayed on with Bodrogi. The practice has grown as a blend of Bodrogi's osteopathic and family practice patients and Lacki's family practice patients.

Other members of the staff include Physician's Assistant Glen Lyons, who is Bodrogi's husband. About a month ago, a second physician's assistant, Peter Scarpelli, joined the team.

That is enabling the practice to get patients in quicker. Additional support comes from two LPNs, Amanda Bezio and Brenda Taft, receptionists/front desk persons Alison Baxley and Donna Conard administrative support person Jessica Hoffman.

Bodrogi is also a board-certified family practitioner.

"A lot of patients I was treating for a specific problem asked me to become their family practice doctor," she said.

The opportunity to take over Lacki's practice, combined with her husband's certification as a physician's assistant, offered a great opportunity to start a family business, Bodrogi said.

She had been in practice at West Bay Plaza for three years before the move, where she offered her specialty, osteopathic manual medicine. It involves the use of touch to meld with diagnosis and treatment, Bodrogi said.

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began to explore the field of osteopathic medicine in the the early 1870s, Bodrogi said, and founded the first school of osteopathy in 1892.

"He became disillusioned with the medicines of the time," she said. "He began to explore the relationship between nature and healing."

Bodrogi said Still developed four tenets of osteopathic medicine -- that the body is self-healing, the body as a whole is more than the sum of its parts, that disease usually ensues when the body's compensatory mechanisms have been overwhelmed and the relationship between the body's structure and function is the primary means of keeping people healthy.

As an example, she said someone who has rib trauma may develop pneumonia six months later due to that injury.

"You could argue that respiratory restriction led to their developing pneumonia," Bodrogi said.

By treating the ribs, the doctor would improve lung function and speed healing, she said.

John Recore Sr. said that if it wasn't for Bodrogi and her staff, he probably wouldn't be here.

"They've helped me with my diabetes and subsequent heart attack and stroke," he said. They've taught me quite a bit."

On Feb. 15, during a routine visit, Recore was told by Lyons to go the emergency room right away. He was found to be suffering from congestive heart failure and a mini-stroke.

Recore was in the CVPH heart unit for about five days and was treated by a number of specialists. Recore said that during a follow-up visit with Peter Scarpelli RPA-C at Bodrogi's office, his heart stopped due to complications from multiple prescriptions.

Bodrogi and staff were able to supply him with oxygen and other treatment until he was transported to the hospital. It has taken 4-5 weeks to get his medications under control, but he went back to work this week.

"I would recommend Dr. Bodrogi and her staff for anything," Recore said.

dheath@pressrepublican.com

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