Dr. Julie Conner, RD, CDN, BCHN, MPH, IFMCP, PhD

CEO, President, Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN), Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach, Board Certified IFM Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFM-CP) and Certified Adult Weight Management Specialist

Dr. Julie Conner, R.D., C.D.N., M.P.H., IFM-CP, Ph.D., has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and a M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College. She completed her doctorate in Holistic Nutrition with High Honors at Clayton College of Natural Health.  She completed her internship at Westchester County Medical Center. Dr. Julie C. Conner is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Dr. Conner is a Certified Health Coach and is Certified in Adult Weight Management. Dr. Conner is also a Board Certified IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) Functional Medicine Practitioner. In 1987, Dr. Conner was honored by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. She has both authored and co-authored numerous publications for nutrition professionals. Dr. Conner has co-hosted a weight management video, titled “Double Team Your Weigh Down.” Dr. Julie Conner has been in private practice since 1983. Presently, Dr. Conner provides nutrition counseling services and functional medicine evaluations to over one hundred physicians of all specialties in both the New York and Connecticut areas.

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William (Will) Conner 

Vice President, CFO and Director of Operations

Will has been the loving husband of Dr. Julie Conner for over 39 years. Will and Julie are the co-founders of Healthy Weighs Wellness Center.  They met at Cornell University in 1979 where Will was also attending the university and majoring in Animal Science. They got married three weeks after they graduated! Will has a Masters in Computer Science from Pace University.  Will is also a Wealth Management Advisor for LPL Financial and was the General Contractor for the renovation at our center. When he isn’t crunching numbers, you will find Will with his dogs. He takes Link and Jodi with him around town. 

             

         

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Dr. Brian Conner, DC, CKTP,CNS, CDN, IFMCP

Medical Director, Chiropractic Physician, Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN), Health Coach, Certified Medical Examiner, Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), Certified in Meridian Autonomic Testing (MAT), Certified Myofascial Dry Needling Practitioner, Certified in Full Body Active Release Technique (ART), and a Board Certified IFM Functional Medicine Physician

Dr. Brian Conner started working at Healthy Weighs, his family’s business, when he was just a young child.  He did everything from stocking shelves with supplements to providing support to the front office staff. When he was in high school, he computerized and digitally archived the Healthy Weighs office. Dr. Conner completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY Cortland as a Biology major in the Pre-Chiropractic program. In 2012, he received his Doctorate in Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York.

As a chiropractic intern, Dr. Conner worked at the New York Chiropractic College Campus Health Center and Seneca Falls Health Center. He provided care for veterans at the Bath, New York Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, the New York State Chiropractic Association, and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Brian is Certified in Kinesio Taping, Active Release Technique: Full Body (ART), 3D Computerized Custom OrthoticsMeridian Autonomic Testing (MAT), and Myofascial Dry Needling. Dr Brian is a Board Certified Functional Medicine physician through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist. He has an Advanced Certificate in Sports Science and Human Performance. He is a CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care Provider through the American Heart Association. Dr. Conner is a NRCME Certified Medical Examiner and a Chiropractic Physician with licenses in both New York and Connecticut. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport teaching Chiropractic technique and Orthopedic/Neurologic testing. 

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Colleen Wall, RD, CDN

Registered Dietitian/Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

Colleen Wall, R.D., C.D.N. graduated with a B.A. in French and a minor in Sociology from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA in 2004. After working as a bilingual customer service representative for a year and a half, she chose to go back to school to study nutrition. She graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA in 2012. She also completed her dietetic internship program with Highest Commendations through Cedar Crest College in May 2013.

Colleen has been working at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center since 2014 as an Associate Nutritionist.  She is married to her wonderful husband, Jim, and they are proud parents to their two sons, Cameron and Spencer.

Colleen’s Nutrition Philosophy. “After reviewing your initial paperwork and performing some non-invasive nutrition testing at your first visit, I’ll use the data to determine a general meal prescription for you. We may also discuss using all-natural, whole food-based supplements to complement your dietary intake. For medical nutrition therapy purposes, I often refer to the Institute of Functional Medicine therapeutic diets to help manage certain conditions.  I tend to use Choose My Plate guidelines when working with children to guide them in general balance and needed nutrients. I will not tell you to remove whole food groups from your diet. I am very interested in mindful and intuitive eating practices, rather than unnecessary restrictions.”

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Greg Nardine, LMT, CMLDT, CES

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist, Corrective Exercise Specialist

Greg Nardine is a licensed massage therapist (CT #7871) with experience in both medical and spa-based environments. Greg’s holistic approach to treatment places a priority on cultivating a deep relaxation during each session to allow the client’s mind to benefit along with the body. Using a blend of Eastern and Western manual techniques, Greg has helped clients achieve positive results in treating a wide variety of issues such as tension headaches, migraines, pre- and post-operative joint replacement management, tendinitis, sciatica, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), TMJ issues, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle tension, traumatic injury recovery, Lyme disease and many others.

Greg is comfortable working with clients in a one-on-one capacity or in collaboration with other healthcare providers, such as clients’ physical therapist or orthopedic physician, and of course the other members of Healthy Weighs Wellness Center’s integrative team. He can readily tailor his personal style of therapeutic bodywork to the needs and tolerances of each client.

A certified massage instructor, Greg has taught courses in basic and advanced massage techniques, anatomy & physiology, kinesiology and pathology. He has also overseen student clinics, mentoring future massage therapists as they begin to develop client/therapist relationships and create plans for treatment.

Greg graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and was awarded the Certificate for Academic Achievement for his 4.0 GPA before passing the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork with a perfect score of 400. He trained with The Manual Lymph Drainage Institute International to earn his certification in lymph drainage, and attained the certification of Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

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Dorothyann Crisci-Freifeld, LMT

Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist

Dorothyann Freifeld is a Licensed Board Certified Massage Therapist. She graduated with a Certification in Massage Therapy in December 2012 from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport with Dean’s List honors for her 4.0 GPA. Dorothyann is still affiliated with CCMT by tutoring massage students in all areas of study.

She is a highly polished and professional Licensed Massage Therapist with more than four years of experience. Dorothyann has extensive training and continued education in Headache & Migraines Massage, Arthritis Massage, Prenatal Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Replacement Massage, Sports Massage, Oncology Cancer Massage, and Pediatric Cancer Massage. Dorothyann is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Dorothyann loves providing a customized therapeutic massage to each client based on their wants and needs. She specializes in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Prenatal Massage, Stretching, and Sports Massage.

Dorothyann feels that it is an honor and privilege to help people to feel the best they can be. She believes massage therapy treats the whole person (mind, body and spirit) and keeps us all balanced. Book an appointment today to receive your very own customized massage.

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Cynthia Buczek, LC

Licensed Cosmetologist

Cynthia Buczek is the Licensed Cosmetologist at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center. Cynthia has been in the business of providing spa services for 39 years. Each facial is a little different and is personalized to meet your skin’s needs. That’s why her facials consistently produce lasting visible results. You should definitely consider treating yourself to a facial! Your skin will love you for it. A wonderful gift would be a gift certificate for a relaxing facial for your loved ones.

“As the Licensed Cosmetologist, I welcome all of you to experience and enjoy the most advanced skin care line in the industry that is on the market today! Image Skincare! Please allow me to guide you on a skin care regimen journey that will make your skin the healthiest and most radiant. Your best skin ever!”

Warm Regards,

Cynthia Buczek

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Csilla Zakarias

Certified Ingham Method Reflexologist Meridian Therapist

“Reflexology works by relieving stress and pain throughout the body by focusing on the hands and feet and there are no needles involved. There are pressure points in these areas that correspond to other parts of the body that are not normally reached with a normal massage. This is a great way for the practitioner to access a specific area that is giving you trouble without touching the area.

In 2007, I became a certified Ingham Method Reflexologist with the State of Connecticut. Early on in my training, I had great success. I had a friend whose husband had suffered severe spinal injury in an auto accident. I was sure Reflexology would help him physically and emotionally, so I convinced him to be a case study for me. It did work! His wife was so impressed with the results of my treatment that she went to school and later opened her own health center where we worked together for 10 years. Her husband? He has never had to return to the medication he was previously dependent on!

In 2016, I learned from Lilian Tibshraeny-Morten from South Africa, the author of Moving the Energy: Reflexology and Meridian Therapy. I invite you to experience reflexology and make an appointment to see me at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center.”

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Christine (Chris) Falkl

Office Manager

“I am the Healthy Weighs Wellness Center Office Manager. I retired from IBM after working there for over 30 years as a secretary/administrator. I was a patient of Dr. Julie Conner’s for over two years. I had lost a lot of weight due to a medical condition plus personal stress. I never went to a nutritionist before, so I didn’t have any idea how to find one. My insurance company gave me a list of potential nutritionists. As I went through the process of searching each candidate to see who would best fit my needs, I came across Dr. Conner’s website. I knew then that I didn’t need to look any further. As I read the details of her practice, I could tell that she was the right person for me. My first visit with Dr. Julie confirmed my belief. Dr. Julie is a very warm and compassionate person. She treated me as if I was part of her family…very concerned with my well being. I am truly grateful for the time she spent with me in turning my health around. I now have the honor to work at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center.”

William (Billy) Conner

Office Manager

“I am the Healthy Weighs office manager, and I am also Dr. Conner’s oldest son. My siblings (Kristi and Brian) and I have worked at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center for our entire lives.  I was born after my mom had already established her nutrition practice, so I was raised in the world of healthy eating and nutrition counseling my entire life. I have worked at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center since I was old enough to stock shelves and copy papers. In high school, I was in charge of the food drives and Christmas gift drives, as well as to help Dr. Conner’s assistants with anything they needed done. I graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development. I’ve always wanted to go to Cornell because both of my parents and my grandfather went there. As a requirement for my degree, I worked at Cavite State University in Indang, Philippines doing research on diversified farming and helping banana farmers improve their farming techniques.

During that time in the Philippines, I realized that there were so many street children living on their own with no food and no education. I enjoyed making such a difference in their lives. After spending months in the Philippines, I was inspired to get an M.Ed in Elementary Education. My goal was to teach young children how to read and write. My desire to work in a research lab and pursue advanced education in agricultural research did not hold the same meaning to me anymore. I really enjoy working here with our treatment team and all of our wonderful patients. Our staff helps so many people make positive changes in their lives.

Trust me…it does not matter how poor your motivation is for improving your eating habits; Dr. Julie and her Nutrition team will turn that around and have you eating your fruits and veggies. We are all here to help you succeed in achieving your nutrition and health goals every step of the way. Cheers to good health!”

Cathy Iannone

Office Assistant

“As a Brookfield resident for over 50 years, I welcomed the opportunity to join the Health Weighs staff as an Office Assistant this August. I have always been a health advocate, seeking alternative treatments and I’ve been curious about the services offered at the practice, driving past their model structure every day. Upon entering, I felt a warm and comforting presence within the atmosphere…just the experience I’ve been looking for!

Having spent many years in the corporate arena with a background in publishing, advertising, and retail, I felt a calling to the healthcare field, and joined the ranks of CNAs at a local skilled care facility in 2012 and was promoted to Respiratory Technician. I am also an Election Moderator for our town. I was a Care Plan Manager to both my parents and provide support and companionship to any friends in need.

As a member of the Brookfield Lions Club and Friends of the Brookfield Library, I gain much joy and fulfillment in giving back to the community . A classically trained pianist, I was a member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians for 13 years and have performed for the residents of several nursing homes in the area. As a mentor for DSABC for 13 years, my student was entitled to a $2000 scholarship under my tutelage. There’s a special place in my heart for Veterans and children with special needs, and I support the organizations that care for these individuals and their families.

I’m currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts Business Administration Degree program at Strayer University and scheduled to graduate in 2022.

I am “mummy” to my kitty Pepe, who was named after Pepe’s Pizza in New Haven, in honor of his grandpa’s favorite restaurant. He brings me a lifetime of comfort and cuddles that make my life complete. His many aunts and uncles love to come to visit and bring him Christmas presents every year!

I am looking forward to getting to know all of our gifted staff, learning as much as I can, and growing within my role, while helping our patients meet their health goals to achieve a better quality of life.”

Patricia Bowden-Luccardi

CTT, CNMT

Patricia Bowden-Luccardi has been a life-time student of integrative health and wellness, having studied and taught a variety of natural health modalities and therapies. For over 20 years she has been teaching and providing private consultation on health protocols customized to her clientele’s personal needs.  Since 2012, Patricia has focused her expertise on the natural prevention of breast cancer. She is a professional advocate for the promotion of radiation-free thermography.

Her public seminars and lectures are designed to educate women about the serious health risks of environmental toxins and endocrinal disruptors. Her natural protocols, including diet, supplementation, and lifestyle changes, have revealed extraordinary results that have been later visibly confirmed by thermographic imaging.

Patricia holds licensed certifications in Thermographic technology, Clinical Massage Therapy, Food as Medicine and Whole Health Education™ and lifestyle and wellness coaching. Earlier, she was a Neuromuscular Therapist and Breath Educator at Canyon Ranch Medical Spa in Lenox, MA. Patricia has lectured widely to professionals in the medical field and the public.

She is also a professional member of Breast Thermography International and the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology. She is a published author with her latest publication being: Thermography and the Fibrocystic and Dense Breast: A Radiation-Four Happy Healthy Breasts.

Patricia is pleased to offer Thermography screenings at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center throughout the year. Please call 203-775-1819 for the next thermography screening date.