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The Center for Health is a group of specialized holistic health care providers. To have a private practice at the Center for Health is to make a commitment to excellence. Each practitioner brings his or her focus to a different area of natural health. We are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, the pursuit of higher education in our fields and safe, effective practice of natural therapies.

Abigail Thomas-Costello MS, LMT, LAc, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Abigail Thomas-Costello is the Director of the Center for Health.

She is a New York State licensed practitioner of acupuncture and massage therapy and a board certified Chinese herbalist. She specializes in comprehensive treatment of pain and stress related conditions as well as Chinese medicine for women’s health. She is an honors graduate of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at NYCC in Seneca Falls, NY (2006), the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics (1999) and the State University of New York at Oneonta (1996). With nearly a decade of experience in holistic health care, Abigail brings a compassionate and a learned approach to the practice of natural therapies. She is on the faculty of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at NYCC as an instructor. She has completed internships at Monroe Hospital in Rochester, NY, Clifton Springs Hospital in Clifton Springs, NY and the Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Hang Zhou, China. She is the recipient of the Shennong Award for Excellence in Herbal Medicine and is completing advanced studies in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the White Pine School of Healing Arts in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Maria Budner Gentry DO, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Maria Budner-Gentry is an Osteopathic Physician, board certified in Family Practice/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Gentry is a 1999 graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She did her internship in Trenton, Michigan at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital as well as Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Her residency training was in Family Practice with a special emphasis in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dr. Gentry employs all osteopathic modalities in her practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, but has found most success with subtle techniques such as myofascial release and cranial manipulation. She is experienced and qualified in treating all age groups including newborns.

Her specific areas of interest include immediate post partum treatments to facilitate quick return to normal structure and function, and treatment of trauma strain, induced both accidentally and post surgically. Dr. Gentry is thrilled to be bringing this specialized type of medical practice to Central New York. It has become clear to her in her work at the local Urgent care centers that there is much unnecessary pain and dis-ease plaguing the region. She hopes to have the opportunity to alleviate these afflictions.

Maren Waldman BA, LMT, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Maren is a NYS licensed and nationally certified massage therapist who focuses on stress reduction, ease in movement, and client education. She is a graduate and former staff member of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Haverford College with a BA in Anthropology.

Maren's work integrates a strong foundation in kinesiology (muscle physiology) and a lifetime of training in dance. As a massage therapist she treats specific problem areas while still attending to the whole body. Maren creates a safe, comfortable environment that provides an opportunity for rest, re-balancing, and renewed health. She is passionate about using massage to help people experience relief from stress and as a way to invite awareness of the body’s wisdom. She offers simple, individualized self-care ideas for ways to extend the benefits of the massage.

Maren’s techniques include Swedish massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Shiatsu (Japanese acupressure.) She offers both table massage and floor work. Maren specializes in working with anyone suffering from stress symptoms including exhaustion, chronic headaches, anxiety and muscle stiffness. She also welcomes dancers and other artists who are seeking practice and performance enhancement.

When she is not practicing massage, Maren is probably dancing. She teaches modern and swing dance at the Community School of Music and Arts, choreographs, and performs locally.

Ron Floyd LMT, Structural Integrator/Massage Therapist/Educator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ron is a New York State licensed massage therapist and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage. He specializes in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) which combines sensitive deep tissue manipulation with movement education. KMI restores the balance between bones and muscles. This approach reduces physical strain and creates a feeling of fitting in your own skin. Structural Integration is a strategic approach to treating the whole person. Rather than just treating the symptoms, this therapy works to address the root of the problem.

With over 1,800 hours of Massage and Bodywork training, 18 years in private practice and 13 years as a Massage and Bodywork educator, Ron has the tools and experience to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He specializes in helping to heal postural and movement patterns that are a source of pain and dysfunction.

An instructor in health related classes for over 20 years, Ron believes that an important part of his roll is to educate and empower his clients regarding their bodies. Ron’s work is compassionate, sensitive and effective.

Ron is a 1990 graduate of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, California where he interned in Structural Integration. He went on to complete the Tom Myer’s KMI Certification Program through Kinesis Incorporated in 2003. He began his healthcare training in nursing at Waco Community College, graduating in 1978.

In addition to his practice at the Center for Health, Ron works with Tom Myers to develop and teach the “Body Language” course for movement educators. He was a Co founder, Director of Education and Instructor at the Big Sky Somatic Institute in Helena, Montana from 1996 to 2007. Ron had a private practice in Helena between 1991 and 2006. He served as Educational Director for the Montana Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and earned the Chapter's Meritorious Award in 1994.

Michael Costello MS, PT, MTC, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Michael is a licensed physical therapist with a specialized practice in spine care and manual therapy. Michael holds a Masters degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, a manual therapy certification from the University of Saint Augustine and is a Doctoral candidate in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy at Rocky Mountain University.

At the Center for Health, Michael serves as a consultant in physical therapy and therapeutic exercise. A student of martial arts since the age of 10, Michael offers private and group lessons in Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) and Bagua Zhang (Chinese kung fu) for the development of strength, stability and a focused mind.

Michael has a full time physical therapy practice at Cayuga Medical Center, where he is the director for the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Tai chi classes are held at Island Health and Fitness in Ithaca on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30. Bagua instruction is held on Saturdays at The Competitors Edge in Danby. The group class is from 10:15 am to 12 pm and private lessons in both Tai Chi and Bagua by appointment. All instruction is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.