About Our Team

The New Life Wellness Team

At New Life Wellness Center, our unique approach to wellness blends the best of neurological science, nutrition, chiropractic and other holistic healing modalities that help our patients to achieve balance in their brains, their bodies and their lives.

Our multidisciplinary wellness team is pleased to provide our patients with a spectrum of holistic services to help optimize their overall health naturally.

Darlene Ryan, LMHC, CASAC-T

Darlene is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings to the New Life Wellness team an expertise in counseling for adolescents, couples and families.  She specializes in alcohol and substance abuse counseling, helping her clients heal, grow, transform and bring balance to their lives.


Stacey Spata

Stacey Spata

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Stacey is a Licensed Clincial Social Worker specializing in anxiety, depression and addiction disorders, as well as bereavement and relationship issues. She brings to the team over 15 years of experience in counseling.  Stacey previously served as Clinical Director of the YMCA Family Services programs for substance abuse and maintained her own private psychotherapy practice. Stacey works with adults and adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health issues, helping her patients establish healthy coping mechanisms that strengthen and enrich their lives.


Alaina White

Licensed Massage Therapist
Alaina brings to the team her experience providing therapy in the gym, spa, and studio settings. Her comprehensive therapeutic massage techniques include deep tissue, prenatal and sports massage and are tailored to meet the individual needs of her clients, whether it be for general relaxation and stress management or to address complications from certain conditions, injuries or surgeries.

Christie Caligiuri

RN and Authorized BrainCore Technology Technician
Christie is a New York State Registered  Nurse specializing in Dementia/Alzheimer’s care, geriatric care, subacute nursing and rehabilitation. Christie originally joined our wellness team as a chiropractic assistant and since then has become an authorized BrainCore technology technician, providing cutting-edge neurofeedback therapy in our Smithtown BrainCore therapy clinic.

Dr. Andreas Michaelides

Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Michaelides is a clinical psychologist offering individual and group therapy for weight loss, traumatic brain injuries, depression/anxiety and other life transition problems. In addition to his position on the New Life Wellness team, Dr. Michaelides is also the Director of Psychology and Behavioral Research at Noom, a mobile health technology company, where he leads a team of clinicians and researchers who investigate novel ways to impact behavior and lifestyle changes for weight loss. Dr. Michaelides is also a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Master Trainer and has helped translate the delivery of the DPP program to a virtual platform.

Lori Fortunato, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist
Lori is a NY state licensed and nationally board-certified practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. A graduate of New York College of Health Professions’ Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, she is experienced in the treatment of orthopedics (back, neck, knee and muscular injuries), fibromyalgia, sciatica, lyme disease, addictions, gallbladder disorders and anxiety as well as other conditions. She also specializes in facial rejuvenation for sagging skin, wrinkles and age spots.