About The Center for Optimal Health

Dr. Cheikin opened the Center for Optimal Health in 2005 as a community where like-minded people can share ideas, information and healing.  All practitioners are either directly supervised by Dr. Cheikin or have independent licenses with at least five years of experience and a track record of excellence. For more information on Holistic Medicine, click here.

About Dr. Cheikin

Michael Cheikin MD is a holistic physician, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“Physiatry”), Pain Management, Spinal Cord Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, all recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

He received his M.D. magna cum laude from SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn NY) in 1980. He designed a special internship in both Family Practice and Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, to better understand the family as a unit of mind-body health. To pursue his interest in mind-body medicine, he served his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“Physiatry”) at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City.

He is also licensed in Medical Acupuncture since 2001 when he completed his training at the prestigious UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) program in Medical Acupuncture for physicians.

Dr. Cheikin has extensively studied yoga, the biochemistry of diet and metabolism, Ayurvedic, Chinese and energy medicine and other alternative modalities for 30 years. He designs balanced, natural, individualized health programs for his patients utilizing a combination of education and counseling, medical yoga, whole foods and supplements and medical acupuncture. He also uses special laboratory tests and diet plans for his patients with obscure, chronic and severe problems who have not responded satisfactorily to other methods of healing. He was called by Advance Magazine “the physiatrist you go to after you’ve been to all the other physiatrists” (click here).

For over 10 years, Dr. Cheikin served as the Medical Director of Chestnut Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, where he led the institution and it’s nursing home through numerous successful surveys by JCAHO, CARF, and other State and Federal reviews. While there, he developed programs for Chronic Pain, Wheelchair Evaluation and Prescription, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, Wound Care, Spasticity and Contracture Management, Workers Injury, Senior Assessment, Medical Yoga, and others.



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