About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to decrease the amount of chronic disease and its effects in our community.

Our goal is also to share the science with our healthcare colleagues about lifestyle medicine and the incredible impact it has on the lives of our patients.

Knowing the science and seeing the results brings us hope that you can live a healthy life without physical restrictions.  Hope that we can make our patients better.

Chronic disease plagues over half the American population and costs over a trillion dollars…that’s with a T.

The top two professions prone to burnout are doctors and nurses.

We need to do something about it.

And we are.  By creating a space in our community where we are providing the tools for the pillars of lifestyle medicine.

Join us.

Who we are

We are health care professionals who understand the importance of living a quality life. 

We read the science, and we clear the confusion.  

We provide evidence-based options and common sense tools to address your health. 

We come from the hospital, the clinic and the bedside – we understand these chronic diseases that plague you and we also provide solutions that heal you.

Dipak N. Patel, DO

Dipak N. Patel, DO

Co-Founder, Family Physician

Dr. Dipak Patel, DO is a board certified family medicine physician and has practiced full spectrum family medicine, including pediatrics and women’s health.  For the past 10 years, he has worked at the Community Health Center in Meriden as a family medicine physician and onsite medical director.  

He has further certification and experience with addiction medicine and mental health conditions. Dr Patel also works as a hospitalist physician at Midstate Medical Center.   

In 2017, Dr. Patel earned his most precious board certification – from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. 

He knows that the vast majority of diseases that people suffer from could be prevented, treated or reversed with lifestyle medicine and wants to help those people who want to restore their lost health.  

Dr Patel has lived in Middletown, Connecticut for the past 10 years with his wife and 3 young children.

Catherine O'Rourke, RN

Catherine O'Rourke, RN

Co-Founder

Catherine O’Rourke, BSN, RN has been a nurse since 2005, where she’s had extensive experience as an ICU nurse and in other acute care areas.

As she’s worked with this acutely sick patient population, she realized the growing need and importance for prevention of disease. 

Catherine has earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and has completed studies on “Diet and Lifestyle Intervention” from Wellness Forum Health.

Along with her husband Doug, Catherine is raising four young children, so she is no stranger to the busy family dynamic! 

Anne S. Bingham, MD

Anne S. Bingham, MD

Team Member, OB/GYN

Anne S. Bingham, MD, FACOG, DipABLM has worked at Crescent Street OBGYN for over 20 years, where she is seeing more obesity, more diabetes and more hypertension in her women patients.

As the daughter-in-law of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Anne has witnessed the results of his research and listened to his message from the start (1980’s).

Anne, too, has earned her board certification from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

With her incredible experience, Anne is joining us to bring the knowledge and science of lifestyle medicine to our patients and healthcare collegues.

Together, with her husband Ted Esselstyn, they have lived the plant-based life and raised their three (mostly grown) children the same.

What we offer

Improved quality of life 

We create a comprehensive, you-focused program by taking the time to understand you and your environment.

Choose your level of treatment from personalized lifestyle medicine services to a primary care membership.

We bring you support and community.  We’ll be with you every step of the way.