At this time we are only accepting new patients for our
Weight Management Program and for Acupuncture.
AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa located at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY, has a team of professionals that will help you feel your best! Offering a variety of Medical Services with a thorough and integrative approach to everything we do. Dr. Michael Cilip and his team will help get your health back on track feeling your best!
At AgeLess, acupuncture is performed predominantly by Samantha Keefer, licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncture is indicated for the treatment of more than 40 different illness types, and has proven success for over 4000 years.
AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa would like to introduce you to our new wellness focused concierge medicine program called AgeLess BlueMed. The program is designed to serve both active and retired law enforcement officers, focusing on their unique needs. The ultimate goal is to treat, manage and overcome the common medical problems found in law enforcement personnel. The program is managed by Dr. Michael Cilip, an internist who has practiced in the Steuben and Chemung County area since 1986.
Dr. Cilip’s interest in creating such a program was sparked, in part, by the the article entitled: The Epidemiology of Cancer Among Police Officers.
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy For both men and women, a common medical issue related to aging is the falling level of necessary hormones. As we age, the onset of sleep disorders, fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of sexual desire, and mental fog becomes a problem that can often be remedied with the use of hormone replacement therapy. There are many forms of hormone replacement therapy, and whether we recommend bio identical creams or lozenges compounded with individual doses for the patient, prescription drugs, injections, or herbal and plant-based supplements, help can be obtained. The process cannot be assimple as “Drug X for Symptom Y“, but instead a careful evaluation of hormones including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, as well as sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone need to be undertaken. Once we have the entire picture, specific and individualized recommendations can be made. This is one part of medical therapy that must be very much individually tailored for it to be successful.
For patients who have suffered cancer, the survivorship program offers a comprehensive and individualized approach to direct you to the services which are most necessary. This may include referral for massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, psychological or social work counseling, or additional medical treatment as deemed necessary. For many cancer survivors, completion of chemotherapy or surgery seems like the end of any attention from the medical community. Our cancer survivorship program picks up there. Individual attention to individual needs.
Cardio Vascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease screening should begin before a cardiovascular event. This includes screening for blood pressure problems, cholesterol issues, diabetes, systemic inflammation, and vascular health. By following all of these including the thickness of the blood vessel lining by ultrasound examination, cardiovascular disease can be not only identified but also predicted. This allows for a much more precise individualized treatment plan. One that may be able to prevent problems from ever developing.
Many problems facing medical patients today require careful coordination between multiple providers. The integrative approach that we take is uniquely successful in today’s medical environment. The difficulty managing requirements from insurance carriers, recommendations from specialty providers, pharmacy budgets, and valuable patient time is not always easy. At AgeLess Medical we understand that, and with careful attention to case management we can help patients keep costs and time consumption down. Navigating the healthcare labyrinth today can be very confusing, especially when it relates to getting the appropriate care in the appropriate timeframe. We are here to help with that.
Since the early 1970s cholesterol has been a very controversial medical topic. With the advent of statin drugs, cholesterol became big business. In many cases the risks are overstated, in many other cases the risks are undertreated. At AgeLess we evaluate you based on genetics, current status of your vascular system, diet, exercise, other medical illnesses, and we will propose a uniquely individualized set of treatment recommendations. This may involve diet, exercise, supplements, and drugs. Regardless of the recommendations, the treatment plan must be individualized to fit you.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Treatment of COPD and emphysema ideally starts before the problem develops. We work carefully with our patients who smoke to assess them frequently and work diligently to help with tobacco cessation. CT scanning of the chest has been the first medical imaging ever shown to help reduce death from lung cancer. We will recommend this for all of our smoking patients, but continue to focus on tobacco cessation. Through efforts with acupuncture, medications, counseling, and with attention to underlying causes such as stress, we will help you achieve the greatest degree of success.
Many new and exciting treatments exist for the management of diabetes. Similarly, many of the older methods work very well but are often ignored. Our diabetic patients are encouraged to follow the most careful low carbohydrate diet possible, to consider supplements such as cinnamon and chromium, and to monitor themselves very carefully and frequently. Consultation with endocrinology is sometimes necessary. The most important approach for diabetes is risk management, and by identifying both pre-diabetic and pre-prediabetic stages there are ways to head off the problem before it becomes a full-blown illness. Our focus at AgeLess is evaluating and treating your diabetes 10 years or more before it becomes an issue.
Internal Medicine at AgeLess Medical takes a decidedly integrative approach. With each disease or disorder we approach, natural measures as an integral part of your body’s healing process are taken into account. AgeLess Medical is not a pill mill or revolving door operation. Your individual needs, and your body’s ability to heal are crucial. This is not always an approach patients are accustomed to. AgeLess Medical is for the serious medical consumer, for the person willing to take responsibility for their own health, and work as a committed partner toward the best outcome.
The ability of the body to heal itself is remarkable. With many orthopedic problems such as arthritis and tendinitis, it is been found that injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be extremely beneficial in helping the body heal itself. As opposed to local anesthetic injections would stop the pain temporarily or steroid injections which reduce inflammation and pain, but sometimes prevent healing, platelet rich plasma is made from your own blood.
The procedure involves drawing several tubes of blood from you, and then placing it in a centrifuge for varying amounts of time. The resulting product includes red blood cells at the bottom of the tube, plasma on top, and a layer in between called the buffy coat which contains platelets, stem cells, and some white blood cells. This buffy coat is then drawn up into a syringe, and after careful preparation and evaluation of the problem area using ultrasound, it can be injected in sterile fashion into a knee or shoulder joint, rotator cuff or elbow tendon, and other body sites to help improve healing.
While still classified by the FDA as an experimental procedure, the use of PRP has become mainstream medicine and is performed in virtually every major medical center. For the appropriate candidate, it can sometimes relieve the need for surgery either temporarily or long-term. Individualized therapy, created by your body, modified to help you heal.
Injections of platelet rich plasma into the scalp have also been shown to improve hair growth, and interested patients are encouraged to research this more on their own, and discuss with the provider.
Tobacco use is a very complex problem, and arguably one of the most important problems faced in medicine today. Virtually all tobacco users will suffer medical problems directly related to the habit. Treatment of this complex issue requires very individualized analysis. Nicotine replacement products, medications to help deal with stress, medication to help control appetite to avoid weight gain after tobacco cessation, etc. are all important considerations. In some cases counseling is necessary. But in all cases, a very individualized approach needs to be taken. Whether we begin with acupuncture and end with Zyban, the approach has to fit the individual. All the resources are available at AgeLess, except for one…The desire of the patient to begin. Fill in that blank, and progress begins.
Ultrasound Vascular Screening
There are many programs that travel through the community and offer ultrasound vascular screening. These images are captured on a digital record and evaluated by physicians from afar. Our ultrasound vascular screening occurs during your physical examination, and the provider evaluates the procedure in real time as it is being done. This allows for a very individualized exam, with the ability for extra care to be taken examining problem areas. We are able to evaluate your carotid arteries as well as your abdominal aorta, and scan organs including liver, gall bladder, kidneys, spleen, and pelvic organs. Additionally, a basic cardiac ultrasound or echocardiogram can be seen. This type of visualization of your internal structure can provide important new information.
The AgeLess weight management program has been established for nearly 20 years, and has demonstrated excellent success. Through a combination of natural and medicinal approaches to appetite suppression, careful attention to an appropriately low carbohydrate diet, customization of an exercise regimen, and most importantly a focus on metabolic function and management, long-term weight loss success can be achieved.
More Information on our Weight Management Program