Bringing codeblue to our community

Two years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Saray Stancic at Plantstock in NY. She spoke to us about her journey as a physician and MS (multiple sclerosis) patient to Lifestyle Medicine.

What I love about her is her humility.

Do you know what it takes for a well-respected infectious disease doctor to look beyond her conventional training to use food and lifestyle tools to not only heal herself, but also to start a whole new practice?

Dr Stancic has since partnered up with filmmaker Marcia Machado to create this documentary, codeblue:

code blue follows a passionate physician, Dr. Saray Stancic, as she reflects upon her journey from a multiple sclerosis diagnosis to wellness through her own adoption of lifestyle medicine.  Dr. Stancic introduces us to expert physicians and scientists who are paving the way to make meaningful and necessary change in our healthcare environment, and in turn, empowering audiences to stand up and reclaim control of their health.


We are happy to screen the documentary this Thursday March 7th in partnership with the Community Health Center, Inc, here in Middletown, CT.

After we watch the movie together we will have a panel discussion with Drs Anne Bingham, Mahima Gulati, Dipak Patel and myself. (See brief bio on each of us below)

This is for anyone who wants to learn more about plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine and its important role in your health and the health of our community.

Whether you’re a health care professional or a lay person, you’ll get something out of it.

And of course we’ll have some delicious plant-based movie snacks for you to enjoy too!

Anne S. Bingham, MD

Anne S. Bingham, M.D., FACOG, Dip.A.B.L.M., has worked at Crescent Street OBGYN for over 20 years.  She received her BA from Yale University, MD from the University of Vermont and completed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.  Anne has also earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and has recently earned Board Certified Diplomate of A.B.L.M.  (Lifestyle Medicine).

From her experience in her own practice, and being part of the Esselstyn tribe as Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn’s daughter-in-law, Anne understands first hand the power of nutrition to heal and maintain good health in the broader population.

She and Catherine O’Rourke, RN  joined forces in 2016, hosting The Plantluck monthly and teaching seminars on the power of food as medicine.

Mahima Gulati, MD

Mahima Gulati, M.D., M.Sc. (Clinical Investigation), E.C.N.U., F.A.C.E., Dip.A.B.L.M., has finished an Internal Medicine (women’s health track) residency; and thereafter, completed fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism as well as Masters in Science (Clinical Investigation).

Dr. Gulati is highly experienced in thyroid nodule ultrasound guided biopsies; and has authored book chapters on gonadal hormone biochemistry. She holds a community faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac University’s Netter School of Medicine. She also directs the Endocrinology elective for Middlesex Family Medicine residency program; and serves of Graduate Medical Education committee for the residency program.

Dr Gulati is member of American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s National Task Force Working Group on Women’s Health.

Catherine O’Rourke, RN

Catherine O’Rourke, BSN, RN has been a nurse since 2005, where she’s had experience in the intensive care unit, SWAT Team, interventional radiology, hospice, cardiac cath lab and IV therapy.

Catherine has earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, has completed studies on “Diet and Lifestyle Intervention” with Wellness Forum Health and is a Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Since 2016 she has enjoyed working with her physician, and now friend and Plant Partner, Anne S. Bingham, MD to share and teach others about the benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Dipak Patel, MD

Dipak Patel, M.D., Dip.A.B.L.M., has been a family medicine physician with the Community Health Center, Inc (CHC) in Meriden, CT since 2009.  He currently holds the role of Onsite Medical Director the the CHC Meriden location and has also been a Hospitalist at Midstate Medical Center since 2009.

Dr Patel also has an undergraduate B.S degree in nutrition and recently became a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

He works hard to bring his patients the tools of lifestyle medicine, including cooking for them!

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