Birch Hill Natural Medicine

About Us

Birch Hill Natural Medicine is a continuation & transformation of Dr. Chuck Ventresca’s practice of 30 years. Alongside Chuck’s longtime staff and other practitioners, Christina Newman (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs) & Carol Valderrama (Massage), Birch Hill Natural Medicine is now offering Yoga Privates with Janice Ventresca (Yoga) as well as Nutrition & Ayurvedic Consultations with Jill Talve (Ayurveda). Together our team offers a powerful blend of knowledge, experience and many different healing modalities to provide effective and sustained health and relief for our patients.


Meet Our Practitioners

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avatar blankDr. Ventresca, D.C., Lic. Ac.
Dr. Chuck is a 1985 graduate of New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) and completed his training in acupuncture at the Tri-state Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. He is a New York state licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomate in Acupuncture of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Ventresca served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at NYCC from 1986 – 1991 where he instructed Clinical Orthopedic Diagnosis. He has also taught Neurology, Myology and Physiology for the New Center for Wholistic Health Education and Research. Dr. Ventresca has taught postgraduate courses in Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy at both NYCC and the University of Bridgeport. He has extensive experience working with athletes, and has treated the NY Jets, the NY Islanders and has served on the medical staff for the US Tennis Open since 1998. Dr. Ventresca maintains a full-time practice in Glen Cove, New York.

Christina Newman, LAc.

Christina Newman, LAc.
Christina holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Health Professions and is a diplomate in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Christina is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and holds a New York State License for Acupuncture since 2003. She practices Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and performs special therapeutic techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, and gua sha.
Christina has had extensive clinical training under some very prestigious Medical Doctors of China and continues to use this knowledge in her own practice. Christina is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY). She tailors her treatments to each individual’s needs and is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of her patients.

Carol Valderrama, LMT

Carol Valderrama, LMT
Carol began her career as a nurse. She first worked in hospitals, specializing in pediatric orthopedic departments, and later, as a home care nurse for terminally ill patients. In 1996, Carol returned to school and received her associate’s degree in Massage Therapy from New York College, and has been working as a licensed massage therapist since 1998. While her specialty is Swedish massage (also known as European), Carol is also well-versed in other popular techniques including Amma Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Gua Sha, Moxabustion, and Cupping. Many individuals practice shallow breathing and even hold their breath throughout their day. This can cause “tightness” in posture and eventually in your muscles, which causes stress – and it gets worse with time! Frequent massages can enable deeper breathing, which in turn can lessen stress levels. Most people do not realize the amount of tension that they carry until their shoulders are up to their ears, and they can no longer move their necks. Carol enjoys working with people and combining techniques to best serve her clients, and to help relieve the stress generated from today’s high-pressure, fast-paced world. She believes that the touch of the human body is physically, emotionally and spiritually comforting and healing.

Jill Talvé

Jill Talvé
Jill began on her path to Ayurveda in 2002, when she met a woman who was both an MD and an Ayurvedic practitioner under Maya Tiwari. From that point, Jill was guided through a transformational process which led to a healthy, happy life. After various workshops and seminars in both the USA and India, Jill decided to deepen her understanding of Ayurveda to a level where she can serve others and help to heal them.

She enrolled at California College of Ayurveda and found CCA as one of the most comprehensive, professional programs in the country for Ayurveda practitioner certification. Jill is determined to give the best Ayurvedic care possible to those she is given the privilege to see, combining the past, present and future of healing in all its forms.

Jill is also a certified yoga instructor, and is completing her Post-graduate work at the California College of Ayurveda.

Janice Ventresca, CYI

Janice Ventresca, Certified Yoga Instructor
BIO COMING SOON

Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Birch Hill Natural Medicine in Locust Valley, NY is the best place on Long Island for Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Chinese Herbs, Ayurveda, Massage, Yoga, Nutrition & Wellness Consultations. Dr. Charles Ventresca, D.C., LAc. and his long time staff have moved to this new location and transformed the practice into a Wellness Center where many different types of healing modalities are now offered. Joined by Christina Newman, LAc., Carol Valderrama, LMT, Jill Talvé and Janice Ventresca, CYI, Dr. Ventresca is pleased to welcome you to our new office!

Chiropractic Care at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Dr. Ventresca is the best chiropractor in the Tri State Region. In fact, some of his patients travel from as far away as Connecticut to see him. He has treated patients for over 30 years blending his knowledge of Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Overall Lifestyle Wellness to give his patients the best care possible.

Acupuncture at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Both Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman are accomplished and extremely knowledgeable Acupuncturists. Their understanding of causal relations between different systems in the body is immense and aides in their ability to provide the best Acupuncture on Long Island. Recently they were actually voted as Best Acupuncturists on Long Island!

Chinese Herbs at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

The use of Chinese Herbs goes back nearly 6,000 years to Ancient China when the healing properties of plants began to be used systematically to treat a variety of ailments concerning human health and well being. Dr. Chuck and Christina Newman are both studied herbalists and are certified and qualified to diagnose and treat many different conditions using Chinese Herbs. Gan Mao Ling, Yin Chiao, Relax Extract, Bi Yan Pian, Pe Min Kan Wan, Six Flavor, Liver Detox, Pill Culing, & more. Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman would be happy to speak to you regarding how Chinese Herbs can become part of your medicine chest and used at the first sign of illness. More complicated and customized combinations to treat specific ailments can also be blended especially for you! Visit our page on Chinese Medicine and feel free to reach out with questions!!

Massage Therapy at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Carol Valderrama is the BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST! A massage from Carol is a true treat! Carol stands at just 5’2″, but her mastery of the modalities she offers feels INCREDIBLE when you’re on her table. Carol also is certified in Cupping, Moxabustion and other topical healing modalities. Carol’s gentle energy and calm demeanor will leave you feeling relaxed and satisfied.

Yoga at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Janice Ventresca is offering Yoga Privates at Birch Hill Natural Medicine the same way you might have an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment. You get a private room where she guides your every move through asanas designed to challenge and open your body. Whether you’re a well-practiced Yogi or just a beginner, Janice will show you the moves to maintain your physical flexibility as well as open your mind to an attitude of grace and gratefulness.

Nutrition & Ayurveda at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Our diets determine much of how we feel and how healthy we are on a day-to-day basis. So why not learn how to eat for your constitution? Jill is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and offers consultations, cleanses, Ayurvedic Massage, Nutrition Consultations, and more. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? You’re in the right place! Birch Hill Natural Medicine has the information you need.