Dr. Pulnik has been a healthcare provider for more than 25 years. She is a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified naturopathic physician trained in one of the five accredited schools for naturopathic medicine in North America.
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine — College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport
Master’s degree in Human Nutrition — Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport
Bachelor's degree in pharmacy — University of Connecticut
Licensed Acupuncturist, Dipl. NCCAOM
Member — Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA)
In addition, Dr. Pulnik has been on the teaching faculty at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture Institute at the University of Bridgeport, and has given many presentations on natural medicine.
Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers, and Dr. Pulnik has experience with conventional medicines and treatments. However, unlike conventional physicians, who listen to patients for an average of less than 30 seconds, Dr. Pulnik works with each patient to design an effective, personalized treatment plan — which is only possible after careful listening, review of your medical history, and interpretation of your symptoms.
In addition to drawing on the principles of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Pulnik utilizes Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, acupuncture, vitamin therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathic remedies, stress reduction, laboratory testing, and other natural, holistic techniques to provide patients with non-invasive modes of healing. Trained in several different areas of holistic medicine, Dr. Pulnik is able to work with patients to achieve powerful results — no matter what your affliction.
As a Naturopathic Physician and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Pulnik expertly prescribes dietary therapy and nutritional supplementation along with clinical and laboratory diagnosis to return you to a healthier balance.
Glastonbury Naturopathic Center and Wholistic Spa™, offering naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and Wholistic Spa™ treatments all under one roof, is currently accepting new patients. Please contact us with any questions, to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about any of our services.
To help cover the cost of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Pulnik accepts Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna and Connecticare Insurances.
Teresa Spano, ND is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Her four years of training included naturopathic philosophy, and the prevention and treatment of illnesses though natural remedies including homeopathy, nutrition, botanicals, mind-body medicine, among others.
Dr. Spano has completed over 1200 hours of clinical shifts in areas such as general medicine, integrative oncology, physical medicine, classical homeopathy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and First Line Therapy, a personalized, science-based nutritional program. She has expanded her studies through continuing education focusing on Functional Medicine, Detoxification, and UNDA Biodrainage Therapy.
Her passion and extertise as a Naturopathic Physician is finding the underlying cause of disease and treating each patient through nutrition, and personalized Naturopathic medicine
Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Spano grew up in the state of New York, and earned her bachelors degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor, pre-medicine concentration at SUNY Oneonta, in central New York. She spent hours volunteering at different medical venues until ultimately finding her passion in naturopathic medicine, being initially attracted by nutrition and finding the underlying cause of disease.
In her spare time Dr. Spano enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She enjoys staying healthy and active through numerous outdoor activities, sports, fitness classes, and cooking.
Dr. Spano accepts most insurances, and is now accepting new patients.
Dr. Charles Lerner is a very accomplished Acupuncturist, who offers expert Acupuncture care for acute and chronic problems, both internal medical concerns and pain management.
His acupuncture techniques include painless needle insertion and he is familiar with a large variety of Oriental medical approaches, enabling him to choose the exact acupuncture technique that is most effective for each patient. He gentle, compassionate and treats his patients as whole beings, not symptoms or diseases.
Dr. Lerner graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, and went on to earn his Master's Degree in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine In New York City. He donates his time and acupuncture skills each year to helping the poor and needy at the Hospital De La Familia, a missionary hospital in northwestern Guatemala.
Dr. Lerner is now accepting new Acupuncture patients at Glastonbury Naturopathic Center.
Cyndi began her healing arts journey back in the late 90’s with some meditation courses and Reiki classes. She followed her Reiki education from Master Usui Reiki, to Master Karuna Reiki to Crystal Star Healing. Reiki had such a positive impact on her life that she felt compelled to be able to “touch” more people with Reiki.
A second buyout in the corporate world opened up an opportunity to embark on some education while her children were still young at home. Cyndi studied Massage Therapy at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and graduated with high honors in April of 2010.
Her first job was at a Chiropractic Office. She is a long-time believer in Chiropractic and to be able to combine Chiropractic with her passion for Massage and Reiki seemed like a dream come true. Her sessions were often very clinical, working on specific joints to lessen pain and increase motion. She has experience working with a variety of different pathologies.
With such a passion for energy work CranioSacral therapy was of high interest so Cyndi took a workshop in September of 2010 and enjoys incorporating this modality in her therapeutic sessions as well. Cyndi has always been a big believer in the healing power of the body and the body/mind connection.
Cyndi then went on to work at a Naturopathic Center/Spa. The serene environment of a spa allowed her to combine her clinical knowledge into a nurturing relaxing massage, creating a luxurious experience for the client. She also enjoys incorporating Reiki and Aromatherapy into Massage, Bodywrap and Bodyscrub sessions creating an incredibly pampered experience for each client.
Cyndi combines the client’s health goals, her clinical knowledge and intuition to craft a specialized session for each client. Each client is different and each session for that client is different. Everything is always changing and evolving. “The healer is always healing.”
After building a creative design career in the arts and corporate environment, Marianne chose to pursue a career in the health and fitness field. Her interest in massage peaked after a week-long bike ride with 2000 riders, during which she took advantage of a tent dedicated solely to massage and found pain relief and healing as well as improved performance for the next day’s ride.
Marianne is a graduate of Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy, Newington, CT, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She provides a personalized massage guided by your individual needs and preferences and through any of a suite of modalities, including Swedish,Therapeutic, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, Thai on the table, acupressure, sports massage, as well as spa body wraps. Her training and intuition will help you relax, slow down, and reduce pain and everyday stresses — a comprehensive healing experience that goes beyond the relief of physical symptoms.
18 School Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Acupuncture & Naturopathic Medicine
Monday-Friday, 10-5 pm, call for Saturday hours
Spa Services at Wholistic Spa™
Please park in the BACK of 18 School Street and use the main entrance to the office at the front of the building. The reception room is directly through the entryway.
Please do not park in the parking area to the left of 18 School Street because it is the parking area for 24 School Street.
This document outlines Glastonbury Naturopathic Center LLC, Dr. Helene Pulnik and its healthcare providers’ Policy related to use of Social Media. Please read it to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist and how you can expect me to respond to various interactions that may occur between us on the Internet. If you have any questions about anything within this document, I encourage you to bring them up when we meet. As new technology develops and the Internet changes, there may be times when I need to update this policy. If I do so, I will notify you in writing of any policy changes and make sure you have a copy of the updated policy.
I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former patients or clients on any social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our doctor/patient relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can talk more about it. I keep a Facebook Page for my professional practice to allow people to share my blog posts and practice updates with other Facebook users. All of the information shared on this page is available on my website. Note that you are able to subscribe to the page via RSS without liking the page and without creating a visible, public link to my Page.
I publish a blog on my website and I post health and wellness news on Facebook and Twitter. I have no expectation that you as a client will want to follow my blog or Twitter stream. My primary concern is your privacy. Use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow me. Note that I will not follow you back. I only follow other health professionals on Facebook and Twitter and I do not follow current or former clients on blogs, Facebook or Twitter. My reasoning is that I believe casual viewing of clients’ online content outside of our doctor/patient relationship can create confusion. In addition, viewing your online activities without your consent and without our explicit arrangement towards a specific purpose could potentially have a negative influence on our working relationship. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with me, please bring them into your sessions where we can view and explore them appropriately, during the office visit.
Please do not use SMS (mobile phone text messaging) or messaging on Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to contact me. These sites are not secure and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion. Do not use Wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with me in public online if we have an already established doctor/patient relationship. Engaging with me this way could compromise your confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart. If you need to contact Dr. Pulnik or any of our health care practitioners between office visits or sessions, the best way to do so is by phone. Please contact the main office at 860-657-4105 during normal office hours, which are Monday Thru Saturday from 10am-5pm.. If you have a true medical emergency after office hours, please go directly to your nearest Emergency Room or call 911.
To schedule or change appointments with Dr. Pulnik or any of our health care practitioners, the best way to do so is by phone. Please contact the main office at 860-657-4105 during regular business hours, Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm.
Thank you for taking the time to review my Social Media Policy. If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures or regarding our potential interactions on the Internet, do bring them to my attention so that we can discuss them.