A spirit of inquiry and critical thinking on the part of the practitioner is essential. While Integrative Medicine incorporates the best of conventional medicine, it also respects the body’s inherent ability to heal. As such, it also makes use of modalities which encourage the body’s healing response. The integrative physician works in partnership with you, the patient, looking at your whole person and your health quest in the context of the whole.
Sometimes the best in life comes through fusion. Integrative Medicine brings together traditional and alternative, ancient and modern, body and mind.
A graduate of Tulane University Medical School, Dr. Claudia Cooke has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is currently certified by the Board of Physicians and Surgeons. She also has Physician Certification in Acupuncture in New York State. Dr. Cooke was previously honored with election to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Cooke honed her clinical skills for over twelve years in emergency medicine and is deeply versed in emergency care and its varying perspectives. Five years were spent in one of New York City’s busiest ERs where she cared for over 20,000 patients in the acute care setting.
She held an appointment as an Affiliate Physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Columbia division for 24 years where she served as Clinical Preceptor both in Physical Diagnosis at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for 22 years and in the past in Acupuncture to the previously existing UCLA School of Medicine’s Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course. In 2022, she retired her Columbia appointment to dedicate herself fully to her medical practice and to writing.
Dr. Cooke’s lineage extends back through five generations of physicians in her family. Her great grandfather Henry was a physician in two of the biggest battles of the Civil War. Her grandfather Robert Anderson Cooke pioneered the field of allergy, opening the first allergy clinic in the US, and publishing the first textbook of allergy. Her personal addition to the family’s medical pedigree is that of the combined approach, one founded upon traditional medical theory and training, and which draws upon alternative medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, nutrition, hypnosis, and other individualized techniques and modalities.
Dr. Cooke welcomes those who want to be proactive in their health journey.
Dr. Cooke speaks French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Meet the team
A lover of nature and music, Dr. Cooke believes in aligning people with their natural rhythms. Some of the most accessible resources we have for such connection are animals, trees, and flowering plants. The beautiful garden view from her office, its quietness, and the frequent presence of her dog Peep, all create an environment conducive to such alignment.
Consulting RN, Anzhela has been with us since August of 2019 and brings a solid background in ER and hospital nursing to the practice. She runs the IV treatments and does a great job of making her patients feel at ease and cared for.
Carolina has a way of making each caller feel welcomed on the phone and in the office and is bringing higher levels of computer savvy to the practice. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University, CA, and aspires to become a medical doctor in the future.
The Doctor Whisperer, Sharon Fekete has worked remotely with the practice since 2016 as Practice Management Consultant. I think of Sharon as my first mate on board the boat that is the medical practice. You can learn more about Sharon on her website at www.thedoctorwhisperer.com
Listen to her recent interview with Dr. Cooke:
Chong, IT guy for the office, has been in the background as IT angel for 10 years now. He has a steady hand on the rudder when cyber storms hit that I couldn’t navigate without him.
Therapy dog in training, enjoying the garden view between patients.