What are Medical Nutrition Therapy and Functional Medicine?

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored nutritional program devised and monitored by a registered dietitian or professional nutritionist. 

Functional Medicine

Concentrates around the needs of the patient not a condition or symptom. This approach ensures that the whole person is considered with their individual interactions among genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that influence health and disease.

Individualized Programs

Are created which may include specific recommendations in the areas of nutrition, activity, sleep and stress mitigation. Significant time will be spent with patients to understand their unique needs, formulate a plan, document patient goals, educate and monitor patient progress.



How Can Functional Medicine and Medical Nutrition Help?

  • Improve athletic performance
  • Creation of specific programs to arrest and reverse heart disease
  • Weight loss programs
  • Specific programs for adults and children with food allergies
  • Creation of nutritional approaches to prevent chronic disease
  • Medication reduction
  • Better blood sugar control in patients with Diabetes
  • Child and adolescent nutrition
  • Weight gain programs
  • Counsel on correct approach to specialty diets e.g. Vegan
  • Patient education and self-help techniques in order to control and eliminate lifestyle induced disease and promote improved quality of life



Treatment May Include the Following:

  • Physical Exam
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Food Allergy testing
  • Lab tests – blood, urine
  • Metabolic testing to improve athletic performance
  • Metabolic testing to determine exact caloric needs to plan for weight loss or gain 
  • Nutritional program creation
  • Specific menu creation
  • Recipes
  • Patient education in lifestyle induced diseases and prevention techniques
  • Assistance with sport specific nutrition and training. 
  • Education on how to eat for your sport while training and during competition
  • Avoidance diets for patients with food allergies



What is a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor?

Our Pilates Instructors are fully trained with approximately 500 hours of education, personal Pilates sessions, teacher observation and student teaching—all required in order to apply to take the comprehensive test with their educating body. Once the instructor passes the practical and written comprehensive test, they are issued a certificate of completion. Teachers are required to maintain continuing education hours with their school as well. Currently, our instructors are trained with Balanced Body, who provides an education steeped in the history of Joseph Pilates’ method woven with current concepts in movement science. Balanced Body is considered a global leader in contemporary Pilates Education and Equipment manufacturing. Who can do Pilates at Armonk PT? We can work with multiple special populations, including but not limited to: all types of post-rehab orthopedic patients, cancer patients, pre and post natal women, dancers, golfers, runners, musicians, voice and theatre clients, autistic and developmentally disabled individuals, teen, adult and off-season athletes.


For over 30 years, Dr. Sampino has counseled and treated patients with sport injuries and chronic illness. His holistic concierge approach combines science-based practices with patient education that is tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each patient. All programs are designed to identify, address and educate on the root cause of a specific condition(s) in a patient centered fashion. Dr. Sampino holds a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. He is certified in Adult Weight Management and Botanical Medicine.