Faculty and Staff
Raymond Teets, MD
Dr. Raymond Teets is faculty and Director of Integrative Medicine at the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine and Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As a Bravewell Fellow he graduated from the University of Arizona’s Associate Program in Integrative Medicine. In 2019 he was elected as one of four new members of the Board of Directors for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, representing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Teets is director of the program of the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR), an award-winning longitudinal curriculum developed at University of Arizona. He also helped develop Integrative services at IFH, including the acupuncture clinic for underserved patients. He has an integrative medicine practice at Cadman Family Practice at IFH, where he uses the electronic medical record to aid in providing integrative medicine for underserved patients. He has a strong interest in nutrition, dietary supplements, and mind-body medicine. With a background in philosophy, Dr. Teets is also interested in how the medical paradigm can be rethought to improve mind-body medicine, e.g., in situations where patients present with unexplained symptoms.
Red Schiller, MD
Dr. Robert “Red” Schiller is the Institute for Family Health’s Chief Medical Officer and the Vice Chairman and Associate Professor of the Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Schiller, who joined the Institute in 1987, oversees the delivery of medical, behavioral health, and dental services across the Institute’s network of practices. Also, he serves as the Institute’s Chair for Graduate Medical Education with overall responsibilities for the Institute’s training programs, including the Institute’s three Family Medicine residency training programs, and fellowship programs in Reproductive Health, Integrative Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Advanced Nurse Practice. Dr. Schiller maintains an active patient care as a family physician certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is Chair the Ethics Committee at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Schiller attended the New York University School of Medicine and he completed his residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he also completed a one-year fellowship in family medicine. He has a professional interest in homeopathy, acupuncture, and other therapies that complement conventional medical care. Dr. Schiller is the recipient of several awards including the Park-Davis Award for Teaching Medicine and the Paul Ramos Memorial Award from the Community Health Center Association of New York State.
Benjamin Kligler, MD
Dr. Benjamin Kligler is National Director of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Health Administration and former Vice Chair and Research Director of the Department of Integrative Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kligler is the founder of the Beth Israel Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine which accepted its first fellows for training in January 2002. He is former Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine, author of Curriculum in Complementary Therapies: A Guide for the Medical Educator, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Kligler completed a five-year Academic Career Development Award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH to expand his own research and the research program in the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine. In addition, Dr. Kligler is Chair of BraveNet, a 19-center practice-based research network for integrative medicine, and is co-principal investigator on a PCORI-funded clinical trial of acupuncture treatment for chronic pain delivered in a community-based approach to underserved populations in the Bronx.
Arya Nielsen, PhD
Dr. Arya Nielsen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. She developed and directed the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Her research includes treatment of chronic pain in underserved populations, acupuncture therapies for acute care and the inpatient setting and both the physiology and therapeutic effect of the traditional East Asian healing technique Gua sha.
Dr. Nielsen is the past Chair of the Policy Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, the member organization of 73 academic medical centers and health systems. In 2019 she was elected to serve as At Large Member of the Consortium Board. She served on a 2014 Joint Commission Stakeholder Panel on pain that led to their clarification (2015) that nonpharmacologic therapies be included in conventional treatment strategies in the hospital setting. Dr. Nielsen is a frequent peer reviewer for multiple medical journals.
Jaime Schehr, ND, RD
Dr. Jaime Schehr is Assistant Director of the Academic Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship, as well as the Interprofessional Program in Integrative Healthcare. She holds duel licenses as a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Dietitian, making her one of the few practitioners in the country with both. After receiving her undergraduate degree in health and nutrition, she pursued a masters in sports nutrition and ultimately her doctorate in integrative medicine. Dr. Schehr has been working with the Institute for Family Health for eleven years in both clinical and educational roles. Dr. Schehr’s philosophy is that health and wellness is highly individualized and that it is vital to incorporate physical, mental and spiritual practices.
Bryant Williams, PhD
Dr. Bryant Williams is a psychologist and Core Psychosocial Faculty in the Academic Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship, as well as core faculty in the Interprofessional Program in Integrative Healthcare. He is also faculty in the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine. Dr. Williams received his doctorate from Columbia University and completed his clinical training at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focused on factors that lead to clinical bias. Prior to moving to New York, Dr. Williams lived in Boulder, Colorado where he studied Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy at Naropa University. He trains medical residents and students on the role psychosocial factors play in health and illness. His clinical interests include stress and anxiety reduction, sexual dysfunction, medically unexplained symptoms, life transitions, promoting health behaviors and integrative medicine. In addition to teaching Dr. Williams maintains an active clinical practice in New York City.
Marsha J. Handel, MLS
Marsha Handel is Director, Informatics and Online Education, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a medical librarian specializing in Integrative Healthcare. As the Director of Informatics and Online Education at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, she developed eight educational websites, funded by the NLM/NIH and private foundation support. She conducts professional information research and writing/editing to support clinical practice, research, grant preparation/projects, presentations, journal and book publication, and web site development for patient and professional education.