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Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that emphasizes patient-centered care and the importance of the physician/practitioner – patient relationship. Its focus is on the whole person, rather than segmented areas, and makes use of a multitude of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and healing disciplines to achieve recovery from illness and restoration of optimal health.


Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.


Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. - Information from


Steven J Bock, MD has been practicing integrative medicine for over 40 years. He attended New York Medical College and received his MD in 1971. He was Board Certified in Family Practice in 1977 and is certified in Acupuncture.  Dr. Bock is also the current President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.


Dr. Bock was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Rhinebeck Health Center. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Practice, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Acupuncture and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  


Dr. Bock’s medical practice merges traditional medicine with alternative and complementary medicine, combining the modalities of acupuncture, functional and nutritional medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine and environmental medicine into an integrated medical model for optimal wellness.


Books and Press

“Stay Young the Melatonin Way” was Dr. Bock’s first book, published in 1995 by Dutton. He has co-authored 2 books entitled “Natural Relief of Your Child’s Asthma”, published in 1999 by Harper Collins and his third book “The Germ Survival Guide”, along with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH as well, published in 2003 by McGraw-Hill.


Dr. Bock has written for local and national newspapers, and lectured locally and nationally. He has appeared on local and national media including the ABC news show, 20/20, and various other radio and TV programs

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