Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (ICR)
Our Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (ICR) powered by Pritikin complements the existing cardiac services we offer, enabling our practice to meet the diverse demands of our patients. With this program, we cater to patients’ unique needs after a cardiac event.
This evidence-based program aimed at improving cardiovascular health combines exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modifications, ensuring a personalized and effective journey towards improving heart health.
With the addition of this program, we elevate our standard of patient care by offering expert medical treatment and proactive measures to manage and prevent the worsening of heart conditions.
Our focus on both medical intervention and lifestyle changes ensures that, as a patient, you receive well-rounded, long-term support for your heart health journey.
Key Program Features
- Structured exercise routines led by our exercise physiologist in our gym.
- Nutritional guidance to promote heart-healthy eating habits from our registered dietitian, including cooking demonstrations.
- Lifestyle coaching for stress management and overall well-being from our licensed clinical social worker.
- Continuous monitoring and progress tracking by our team throughout the program.
MEET OUR ICR TEAM
Jennifer Cain, RN
Jennifer joins our team with 25 years of experience as a registered nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital. Her nursing career mainly focused on working with cardiology patients.
She worked in the Stony Brook Heart Institute, Cath Lab Holding Area, and in 2009, became a clinician of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
Jennifer is excited to bring her knowledge and love of cardiac rehabilitation to North Suffolk Cardiology's new ICR program!
Brittany Decker, LCSW
Brittany received her master's in social work from Stony Brook School of Social Welfare. She has experience working with patients of all ages and mental health diagnoses in outpatient and private practice settings. Brittany utilizes therapeutic approaches, including DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and supportive counseling, to assist patients in managing individual obstacles and improving symptom management.
Brittany looks forward to assisting cardiac patients in developing healthier, more positive life choices to improve their overall quality of life.
Veronica graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Hofstra University and received her Master’s in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology there as well.
With a background in physical therapy and traditional cardiac rehabilitation. Veronica is excited to connect with each patient to aid in bringing comprehensive, personalized care to establish healthy habits for their best life while cracking a dad joke or two.
Christina Di Lieto, RDN, CDN
Christina is a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist and received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Long Island University, Post Campus, where she went on to complete her dietetic internship. She has a rich background in providing nutrition education at the group level with individuals of all ages.
Christina looks forward to combining her love of nutrition and passion for helping others through her work at our Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Ashley received her associate degree in general studies from Suffolk County Community College, where she is pursuing a degree in psychology. She served as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Mather Hospital for five years before joining North Suffolk Cardiology as a Patient Coordinator. Ashley was recently promoted to Unit Coordinator of our ICR Program.
Born and raised on Long Island, Ashley loves to spend time with her friends, family, and, most importantly, her son, Lincoln. She loves her work and is dedicated to ensuring the ICR runs in tip-top shape.