Amy Hendel PA
New York City & Tarzana, CA | hendel.amy @ gmail.com
As a Physician Assistant, with a specialty in Internal Medicine and Dependency Medicine, I began my career at the Brooklyn Veterans Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where I was the lead medical officer on the Psychiatric/Alcohol Rehabilitation unit for two years. I subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, joining the staff at Lincoln Hospital, a small private 50 bed hospital in East Los Angeles, where I worked for five years.
While at Lincoln Hospital, I was in charge of all admissions, as well as a first-assistant in General Surgery. I established the first antibiotic control protocol at the hospital, monitoring antibiotic usage, and initiated a pre-surgical antibiotic protocol. With the focus of my professional duties focused on caring for patients with acute and chronic lifestyle-related diseases, I ultimately established myself as an expert in wellness coaching and lifestyle prevention. I left the hospital to start a private Health Coach/Lifestyle Counseling practice, using a referral base of physicians and corporate clients. To date I have helped hundreds of individuals including children, teens, single adults and families, to lose weight and improve their health profile.
License and Memberships
NY Physician Assistant License #001632
International Association of Fitness Professionals Personal Training Track, August 1995
Member American Association of Dietetics and Nutrition (formerly ADA)
Member, American Diabetes Association
Private Health Coach/Lifestyle Counselor, CA and New York
(January 1996 - present)
Areas of expertise:
Family history disease assessment
Screening to assess risk factors for lifestyle related disease
Goal setting for weight loss, weight maintenance, improved health
Personalized diet and exercise programs
Weekly personalized nutrition support sessions
Personal training programs
Personalized support materials including menu plans, shopping lists, label reading education, healthy food preparation, and weekly dietary support
Ongoing long distance Skype sessions and/or phone support for nutrition and exercise
Behavioral therapy to restructure habits and food relationships
Physician Assistant, Manager - Antibiotic Quality Control Manager, Lincoln Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
(August 1982 to March 1985)
Physician Assistant, Internal Medicine.
Physician Assistant, First Assistant, General Surgery
Physician Assistant, Lifestyle Counseling - Weight reduction, lifestyle modification
Manager, Antibiotic Quality Control with implementation of protocols for pre-surgery administration of antibiotics and post-surgical daily assessments of antibiotic therapy protocols
Chief Medical Officer, Psychiatric and Alcohol Detox Unit, Brooklyn Veterans Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.
(June 1981 to June 1982)
Chief Medical Officer on Dependency Unit:
Medical Assessments of incoming patients
Initial detox protocol
Daily medical follow up
Referrals to specific specialists as needed
Protocols for diet and vitamins (as needed in chronic alcoholic patients)
Member of behavioral therapy support team
Education and Training
Long Island University - The Brooklyn Hospital PA Program - Brooklyn , N.Y.
Bachelor of Science - Physician Assistant (B.S. - PA)
Board Member American Heart Association, West Coast Division (2012)