Hilary Leitner is a New York State Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She has a Master’s in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She’s a certified massage therapist from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City. She is also a certified Integral Yoga Instructor. Hilary has been in private practice since 1994.
A lifelong New Yorker, Hilary is interested in holistic healing and practicing yogic principles since she was a teenager. She has studied many healing techniques such as: meditation, Zero balancing, Aromatherapy, Macrobiotic cooking, Shiatsu, Trager Technique, Body/mind connection and is always looking for ways to improve her sensitivity and refine her craft.
Trained as an artist at the High School of Music and Art in New York City and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, her visual receptivity and intuition along with her training as a body worker, engender a holistic approach to healing.
Hilary creates an extremely warm and accepting atmosphere, sensitive to the specific constitutional differences of each individual. She is passionate about sharing knowledge, offering a combination of approaches to promote physical, mental and spiritual integration and health.
I first became interested in healing through macrobiotics. I had a good friend in high school whose mother had cancer, and I watched as she cured herself solely by changing to a macrobiotic diet and lifestyle. This made a deep impression on me and catalyzed a strong conviction that given the right environment, the body and mind can create homeostasis. I took natural-foods cooking classes and healed myself from Meniere’s disease and chronic migraines through altering my diet and practicing yoga. I know from firsthand experience the kind of dedication and commitment it takes to change, but I also know that it is possible. I have been very fortunate to be able to use Acupuncture as a way to guide others towards this kind of shift.
I do not have children of my own, but I consider my work to be my “child”. I have dedicated my life to incorporating Acupuncture, massage and other modalities that have proven effective in my own life, such as meditation, yoga, Trager technique, Zero balancing, reflexology, relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, nutrition and good old-fashioned kindness.
I am also an animal lover and a vegan. In my free time I paint, cook, practice yoga and spend time in the Catskills listening to the frogs.
Lucas is a tiny (Chihuahua mix) rescue dog who has a very healing presence. He has been working with me as a “therapy dog” since he was eight weeks old. Lucas is sensitive to the work, and stays quietly on his bed during treatment times. There has been research about the benefits of the presence of animals on humans such as: lowering blood pressure, helping with psychological issues i.e. depression and anxiety, and lessening stress. People often say that Lucas adds to their experience of the treatment and they are always eager to see him.