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Meet Dr. Pelechaty!

Published December 7, 2014 by Maryanne

Dr. PelechatyDr. Orest Pelechaty (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Several month ago I had a nagging pain in my shoulder area. It was getting so bad that I was having trouble putting my coat on. At 51, I wouldn’t accept that this was part of growing older. I was always active in many things: yoga, biking, swimming, light weights, Pilates, kickboxing, etc. Plus, I’m not a couch potato by any means. I’m the person who rarely says “no” to invites. So when this arm issue kept getting worse and worse, I complained more and more to my husband, Dennis, who suggested going to Dr. Pelechaty — an acupuncturist that not only got rid of my husband’s pain, but his severe allergies!

I was no stranger to acupuncture, as I already went to several of them, though none felt like “home” to me, until I met Dr. Pelechaty. He was incredibly down to earth … in order words, he spoke my language, and I felt comfortable immediately. Whatever was wrong with my arm, it did take some time to heal, but with consistent acupuncture treatments and Young Living Oils, I’m now 99 percent healed! After months of suffering, I can now: do my yoga shoulder stands again; put on a coat without excruciating pain; and I can hug friends without re-arranging my arm to feel the least pain possible.

Of course I’m not the only person who sings praises for Dr. Pelechaty. Check out the testimonials on his web page:

You can also learn more about holistic health on his You Tube channel. In this first video, he teaches the benefits of water:

For the past few months I’ve been representing Dr. Pelechaty and getting him booked into libraries in the area. If you’re interested in having Dr. Pelechaty speak at your library or event, you may contact me directly at or call 908-276-1514.


Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Pelechaty will be presenting “Successful Weight Loss” at the Mountainside Library, 1 Constitutional Plaza, Mountainside, NJ.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Dr. Pelechaty will present “Stay Healthy with the Seasons” at LindenĀ  Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, NJ.

Billy Cat Update!

Published July 16, 2013 by Maryanne


Billy, 19, has thyroid issues and arthritis, but is not in pain.

My husband has been taking him for acupuncture treatments in order to help him walk, as his hind legs have been giving out. He’s been staying in one spot behind the couch for several weeks now, unable to climb stairs, unable to lift his paws into the litter box.

He’s been making leaps and bounds with his holistic treatments. He’s making the effort to walk. His body is FINALLY absorbing all the nutrients so he gained five ounces back! We have him on B-12 vitamins and both holistic and thyroid medications.

The holistic vet is pleased with his progress and so are we. Today the vet used aqua-puncture, which is hypodermic needles filled with vitamins, shot in acupuncture areas for healing. He’s doing so well, his regular acupuncture treatments will now only be once a month.

But it’s still very sad to have an old, sick pet, that isn’t what he used to be. It breaks our hearts.

His illness is truly taking a toll on us, as the stress has been affecting my back. I went to the chiropractor twice this week, after not having to go for two months.

But we are doing our best to make Billy as comfortable and happy as possible. Sacrificing portions of our Sundays together to stay home with Billy and make sure he’s okay. Whenever we spend a lot of time with him, he really makes the effort to improve.

Tonite, we’re treating ourselves. Going to an outdoor concert with a few of our friends. Mommy and Daddy need a night out.


I Believe in Good Omens

Published June 19, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1220My beautiful Billy Cat, age 19

My heart has been breaking into pieces this past week as I’m watching my kitty’s health get worse and worse. He’s been back and forth to the vet so many times. The main issue is arthritis and thyroid trouble. About a month ago we had to put an additional litter box downstairs because Billy couldn’t climb the stairs anymore. He lost so much weight, he’s like a little bag of bones. Now he’s having the worst time walking.

Dennis and I are babying him, but also trying to encourage him to walk to help build up strength. His new “home” is hiding behind the sofa. We put a little cat bed back there, along with a stuffed animal and an electric blanket. Last night my husband massaged Billy’s backside as he laid on the living room floor. I laid next to him and he was holding me with his paw. Billy and I fell asleep together.

Tomorrow he’s going to an animal hospital that has a veterinary acupuncturist on staff.

I’m a firm believer in acupuncture. It cured my husband’s allergies. It got rid of my pre-menstral breast pain. It always helps when I have back pain or sciatica — so much so that I don’t have to go again for months. Here’s an article I wrote about acupuncture for a health column I used to have:

Interesting, just a few hours after my husband told me about Billy’s appointment, I received a phone call from one of my editors asking if I’d cover a story at the children’s hospital tomorrow.

And guess what the story is about? Little cancer patients who are gaining strength through acupuncture and other natural therapies! What a coincidence and what a good omen. This is definitely God’s way of telling us there is always HOPE.

I am ecstatic and honored to write such a positive story! Tomorrow will definitely be a celebration of natural remedies. I think my Billy will be on the road to a new life in his golden years!

I’m so excited for him!