I wanted to write about this recent find…her name is Dr. Keri Chiappino and she is a DAN Dr. located in Smithtown, NY. As many of you know by reading my blog, I have been to several DAN doctors as well as received some homeopathic advice. And, although each of them has helped my son, I have yet to find the right fit for us.
We have been to physicians that either only provide all inclusive programs that may not specifically fit the needs of my child or they spend too much time and many dollars later working on a few supplements without getting to the next level. And, although I do know there is no silver bullet for this diagnosis, I don’t want to be wasting time not trying to help my son with other strategies.
The right fit for us would be someone that could:
• Utilize existing (if the test are relatively recent) blood and urine test results without adding stress/anxiety for my son and extra costs for running new panels
• Focus on new areas of therapy without continuing programs that have been completed already—for example, not have to participate in visual training if a child has recently completed several months of visual therapy….just because it is part of an all inclusive program. I do understand that at times a child needs to repeat a type of therapy but all too often I have been told that the program put together for my son is unique to his needs…however, he has to take part in all of the therapies provided at the particular center.
• Provide guidance on supplements and special diets (if necessary for the child). Sometimes parents are given multiple supplements and sent on their way with minimal follow-up. And or parents are handed the physician’s recommended products but not given alternatives if the child won’t swallow pills, or is bothered by the taste of a particular product. I have even experienced being asked to remove a product because it was not the “best” on the market. When my child wouldn’t take the new one…I was left with no where to go—I can’t imagine what I was doing before was worse than nothing at all. This can be very frustrating.
So, I decided to take a different approach this time. Instead of just going to another DAN doctor I decided to do what I did before Tyler was born. Now, you may laugh but this is very common in NYC….I decided to interview doctors before I showed up at yet another office with another bill for blood and urine panels. After 3 other interviews, I finally found her….Dr. Keri Chiappino. I asked her some basic questions on how she handles new patients and she had all the right answers. She was exactly what we were looking for…Basically, it’s the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears, and she is “just right.” Not too fast providing an all or nothing program, and not too slow…getting your child to the next level. She will work with you and your child and REALLY provide unique strategies to address the underlying causes. She is planning to come out and talk to the group about Special Diets and Biomedical/Supplement Strategies this summer. I hope you all come out and hear her speak. To contact her for more information about her practice you can call She also has an office in NYC!
323 Middle Country Rd.
Smithtown, NY 11787