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HENRY VAN PALA, MD RPH

Dr. Henry J. Van Pala, Yale University is the collaborative physician for InnovaMed. He is a trained and board certified Internal Medicine physician and board certified Gastroenterologist, serves as the Medical Director for North Hills Internal & Integrative Medicine and also the Medical Director for the Assure Wellness Group. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Van Pala earned a degree in Pharmacy from St. John’s University School of Pharmacy in New York, New York in 1974. Dr. Van Pala practiced as a registered Pharmacist for two years, specializing in compounding pharmacy. In 1980, Dr. Van Pala graduated from Michigan State College of Human Medicine and proceeded to train for five years in the Yale University School of Medicine residency and fellowship program from 1980 to 1985. Dr. Van Pala first became licensed to practice medicine in 1983 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Van Pala perfected his desire to achieve medical excellence by passing the challenging Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Exam in 2010 and the rigorous Full Certification Exam in Gastroenterology in 2013, a remarkable feat considering Dr. Van Pala first became licensed to practice medicine over thirty years ago. Over the years, Dr. Van Pala has maintained his expertise by completing 2,500 hours in Category 1 Continuing Medical Education.

From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Van Pala spent an additional year in advanced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at Georgia Regents University, formerly known as Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta Georgia, which afforded him the opportunity to interact with research and medicine at a level only a leading academic institution can provide. At Georgia Regents University, Dr. Van Pala trained to master the most modern medical technologies and treatment systems and received additional, comprehensive training in the fields of gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonology, infectious disease, endocrinology, nephrology, rheumatology, general internal medicine, critical care medicine, and geriatrics. Dr. Van Pala recently completed a difficult restorative medicine course and became a fellow-candidate among an elite group of physicians in a program entitled A4M, the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Van Pala has also become an expert in men and women’s wellness, hormonal therapy, nutrition balance assistance, and, most notably, creative, integrative, and highly personal weight loss solutions. Dr. Van Pala’s philosophy is that in order to understand and treat the patient as a whole, he must not only innately understand the complexities of modern medicine, but also must address deficiencies in the individual and diagnose and correct the underlying problem. Dr. Van Pala is uniquely qualified to diagnose and care for the complete patient in an integrative manner, utilizing modern treatments to help patients lose weight and become hormonally balanced, helping them restore their stamina and sexual vitality, and enabling them to live more rewarding and satisfying lives. Because of his academic, internal medicine, and gastroenterology training and specialization, as well as his passion for proving a holistic treatment approach for each of his patients that few doctors possess, combined with his years of intense clinical and real-life experience, Dr. Van Pala is well qualified to treat today’s most complicated medical problems in an integrative manner, his patients’ overall health and wellness his primary focus.

Dr. Van Pala is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.

Educational Background:
• St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY–Bachelor of Sciences in Pharmacy
• Michigan State College of Human Medicine, MI–Medical Doctorate

Residency, Fellowship & Training:
• Affiliated Yale School of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital, CT–Gastroenterology Fellowship
• Yale School of Medicine, Danbury Hospital, CT–Internal Medicine Residency

Certifications & Affiliations:
• Passed all 4 parts of American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Obesity Medicine and Primary Care
• Current CME-Category 1-over 2,500 hours. NEJM CME Program–Minimum 100 hours, annually
• Member, A4M and Fellow-Candidate. Attend CME conferences annually.
• Proficient: EMR, Cerna Power Net, E-Clinical, Practice Fusion, Athena, Springchart
• Recertified American Board of Internal Medicine–Current in Maintenance of Certification
• Passed American Board of Internal Medicine


 Durham Healthcare Team

CRAIG SILVERMAN LMBT #11649

Craig Silverman is a graduate from the State University of New York at Cortland. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1994 he moved to Florida and began networking in the Health and Fitness Industry. It wasn't long before the stress and physical demands lead him to massage therapy as a client. It was at that time he knew where his Journey was going next. He enrolled in the Massage Therapy program at the Florida College of Natural Health and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in2002. He began working at the Neuromuscular Pain Relief Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, treating clients suffering from pain associated with migraines, automobile accidents, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, surgery degenerative disc disease, arthritis, sports injuries, poor posture and stress. I After 15 years in Florida he decided to move to a place that had climates other than HOT. So, in 2009, he moved to become a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT) in NC. His style is one that incorporates a blend of over 16 years of experience and attending hands on workshops that include Swedish, relaxation, sports, myofascial release, trigger point, acupressure, neuromuscular and other deep tissue techniques. Craig enjoys working with clients that are new to the powerful healing benefits of massage as well as those who have been receiving massage as part of their ongoing wellness plan in achieving a better quality of life. Make an appointment today and see for yourself what massage therapy can do for you.


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