New UMPA at Esplanade Wellness Center Offers Specialized Care to Seniors


NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2012 – St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals (SLR) and University Medical Practice Associates (UMPA) are pleased to announce the opening of a new wellness center located at The Esplanade, an independent living residence for seniors on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. UMPA at Esplanade Wellness Center is open to residents living at The Esplanade as well as those living outside the facility in the local community. Services include primary care, geriatric medicine, and specialized services (gastroenterology and cardiology) from New York’s leading physicians and geriatricians.

UMPA at Esplanade Wellness Center provides personalized services in a familiar environment. One-on-one consultations and follow-up visits may be conducted either in the office or directly in resident apartments (upon request). Community members are invited to visit Bettina Chrysofakis-Baiduc, MD, a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatrician and internist, who is available for on-site appointments throughout the week.

Angela Palazzo, MD, FACC brings her vast experience as a highly distinguished cardiologist to The Esplanade Wellness Center. Dr. Palazzo is the Associate Director of Cardiology at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, specializing in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases. Il Joon Paik, MD, an expert in general and geriatric gastroenterology, also joins the practice as the Director of the Comprehensive Gastrointestinal (GI) Center for Aging at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, where he oversees one of only three certified GI Motility Laboratories in New York City. Dr. Paik is the sixth specialist in NYC to be trained and certified in motility and neurogastroenterology disorders, focusing on swallowing difficulties, constipation, reflux, dyspepsia, and fecal incontinence.

UMPA at Esplanade Wellness Center also welcomes to this new facility physical, occupational, and speech therapists from Fox Rehabilitation. Built on the novel foundation of Geriatric House Calls™, Fox Rehabilitation clinicians provide focused restorative treatment to senior living communities, adult medical day cares, and outpatient clinics, in addition to compassionate in-home therapy. Dedicated to the mission of rehabilitating lives by believing in the strength of people, Fox therapists emphasize evidence-based interventions in their best practice guidelines. For more information about Fox, please visit or call 1.877.407.3422.

In addition to annual wellness visits The Esplanade Wellness Center is open for the following: preventive care, including flu shots and other immunizations; wound care; care for acute and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart failure; care for GI motility and functional bowel disorders; GI motility tests; feeding tube care and replacement.

UMPA at Esplanade Wellness Center is located at 305 West End Avenue at 74th Street, 2nd floor, Suite 214 in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, please call 212.523.CARE (2273) or visit

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