At Brighten Up!, we believe in offering the full spectrum of treatments available to compliment traditional medication of mental illness. Each of these experts believe in the mission and vision of Brighten Up! to bring mental health out of the darkness and into the “Bright Side” of life.
Dr. Sloane grew up in Niskayuna, NY, earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire, and her Doctorate Degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1999. She became a chiropractor because she embraces the concept of wellness and promoting health from the inside out, and believes that the body is designed to heal itself, often without the need for medications or invasive medical procedures.
After graduation, she worked for two different chiropractors for 2.5 years before founding Select-Care Chiropractic, P.C. in Clifton Park, NY in August of 2002. Since then, Dr. Sloane has built one of the most reputable, and well regarded chiropractic practices in the area. She prides herself in putting the needs of patients first while still operating a busy and successful business. Patients have expressed that Select-Care Chiropractic, P.C. is more thorough, peaceful, caring, and effective than most other chiropractic practices.
Dr. Sloane is passionate about her profession and business because she believes that: “When one supports the body and all of its functions with chiropractic and other holistic lifestyle choices, disease has so much less power over an individual. Chiropractic teaches people not to live in fear of poor health; as a victim of circumstance, but, rather to take control of their body and their choices to support the body so that it can heal and recover and function and thrive. I really love working with pregnant moms and then their babies, as well as with adults who understand health and wellness and want to incorporate my program of chiropractic care into their lives." In her free time, “I love relaxation and having no schedule or plans. There’s something to be said for clearing our schedules and allowing the day to evolve as it will. I especially enjoy being outdoors. I am most relaxed while at home with my family, dog, garden and chickens. Although, I do love beaches and oceans and sun and warm weather. I enjoy cooking, fine wine/dining, reading, napping, and country music concerts. I have a soft spot for animals, both wild and domestic, and regularly donate to charities that help those that are abused and neglected.”
Dr. Sloane is the proud mother of a son born in 2011. She is raising him in the holistic, wellness, and chiropractic lifestyle and is seeing the benefits of this first hand. She can credibly share and discuss the benefits of holistic childcare with her patients as the evidence for it greets her with a healthy and happy smile every day.
Webster Certified. Webster is a technique that combines pelvic adjustments and round ligament massage help release an in-utero constraint, so that a baby can freely turn into the head-down position for birth.
Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (C.C.W.P.). This is a post-graduate program that includes evidence-based information in nutrition & natural health, physical fitness & spinal hygiene, and state of mind & emotional health, as well as insights for generating & supporting patient lifestyle changes. It also teaches advanced approaches to patient wellness assessment, clinical case management strategies for optimal wellness, and recent research findings on clinically relevant lifestyle choices & epigenetics.
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, New York Chiropractic Council, International Chiropractic Association Council on Wellness Science
Although 12 hours of continuing education are required each year, the Dr. routinely attends 12-36 hours per year.
Watch Dr. Sloane's webinar presentation, "Chiropractic and Mental Wellness," on Brighten Up!
Marlene M. Reil
BSN, PhD, RN
Dr. Reil is a licensed psychologist and registered nurse who specializes in co-occurring mental-health, substance use, and physical-health disorders. Using a variety of evidence-based and promising practices, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, contemplative psychotherapy, and integrated wellness self-management, Dr. Reil helps her clients build on their own inner strengths and enhance their capacity to cope with life’s stressors. She has a PhD in psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from the New School for Social Research in New York City and has been trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy . Dr. Reil uses a harm-reduction approach to treating substance use disorders which entails working with clients to develop and progress towards their goals without the requirement of abstinence.
She is an energetic speaker and educator on mental health and substance use topics as they relate to at-risk individuals and those with chronic health disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Reil consults with public and private organizations and individuals to design and deliver educational materials that are interactive, engaging, and reflect the most recent evidence-based and promising practices. She has developed and delivered training materials for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and urban community-based organizations as well as to militaries in Central America including the Belize Defence Force and the Armed Forces of El Salvador.
Watch Dr. Reil's webinar presentation, "International Survivors of Suicide," on Brighten Up!
FNP-C, RMT, CHHC, AADP
Deb Dittner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and Holistic Nutrition Counselor has been a longtime advocate and provider of integrative and holistic practices. She has experience in family health, sports medicine, holistic nutrition, pediatrics, women’s health, college health, and holistic counseling. Deb was the nutrition consultant for several players on the Adirondack Phantoms, now the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, professional AHL hockey team. Her work with them lead to the publishing of her book, Body Balance Empowering Performance, in which she explains nutrition in the simplest way using common sense so you can choose your foods wisely.
Deb received her BS in Nursing from Western Connecticut State University, her certificate as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Albany Medical College, and Reiki Master Teacher certificates from the Reiki Room of Saratoga Springs, NY. She is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in NYC in 2009, which combines the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts of different dietary theories. Deb continued at IIN through the Immersion program in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while counseling students enrolled in the professional training program. She has been honored in Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and has been affiliated with Saratoga Integrative Practitioner’s Network (SIPN) since its inception in 2001.
Deb strongly believes in supporting men and women to improve their health and wellness through a variety of lifestyle changes including but not limited to high quality nutrition, physical activity, relationships, family, career and community. Deb emphasizes a holistic approach towards creating optimal health through integration with medical protocols. She will personalize your daily nutrition while exploring the necessary tools needed to create a lifetime of balance. Food changes everything. Imagine what your life would be like if you had clear thinking, energy, and excitement every day. For more information, you can go to www.debdittner.com or call 518-596-8565.
Tiffany Thoen has been a nurse for 10 years. While caring for others has always been a personal passion, overworking in the hospital lead to burnout. This motivated her to begin her own personal wellness journey. On her path to health, she discovered Integrative Nurse Coaching. Her true passion was born-coaching real wellness. She loves helping people transform their lives by nourishing their mind, body and spirit. Her clients report feeling more vibrant and finally enjoying the life they work so hard to create.
Watch Tiffany's webinar presentation, "Simply Be," on Brighten Up!