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Locations: Brooklyn Heights – one subway stop past downtown Manhattan | Setauket – near Stony Brook University
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David Dunaief, MD
Medical Compass MD 

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE & LIFESTYLE MEDICINE LOCATED IN EAST SETAUKET AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN, NY

Reversing, Treating & Preventing Chronic Disease and Managing Weight by Connecting Conventional Medicine with Lifestyle Modifications


About Medical Compass MD
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David Dunaief, MD

About Medical Compass MD: David Dunaief, MD

Creator of the LIFE Diet: a quantum leap in whole food plant-based approaches


Medical Compass MD, led by David Dunaief, MD, is an integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine practice with offices in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, in New York City and in Setauket, New York, on Long Island.

Dr. Dunaief takes a plant-based approach to wellness as derived through nutritional medicine and lifestyle interventions that reverse, prevent and treat chronic disease. He takes an individualized approach to care, using cutting-edge medical research to guide his decision making.  

Medical Compass MD specializes in chronic care management, providing integrative medicine treatments for conditions like autoimmune disorders, diabetes, migraines, and heart disease. 

With a focus on preventive medicine, Dr. Dunaief’s integrative approach uses the low inflammatory foods every day (LIFE) diet — a plant-based, nutrient-dense, whole-foods approach to health and wellness.

Dedicated to improving health care for all, the practice produces cutting-edge research on the LIFE diet that has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

At Medical Compass MD, the focus is on reversing, treating, and preventing chronic disease by connecting conventional medicine with lifestyle modifications. This approach gives patients the ability to take a more proactive role in managing their own health.

For evidence-based medical care for optimal health, call Medical Compass MD or request an appointment online today.

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Why consider Integrative Medicine?
Integrative medicine simply means the practice of conventional medicine plus other components. In our case, we integrate and emphasize lifestyle modifications, including a high nutrient intake diet, fitness and stress management, to address systemic issues that can affect health. Other names for this approach are “holistic,” “lifestyle” and “functional” medicine.
Benefits of our approach include:
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Treat/reverse the causes of disease, not just symptoms
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Minimize or eliminate dependence on medications
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Reduce pain and inflammation
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Manage weight with ease
Diseases We Treat
CARDIOVASCULAR / HEART DISEASE
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
High Triglycerides
Heart Disease
Stroke Heart Failure
Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmia
Peripheral Artery Disease
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ENDOCRINE
Diabetes Type 1
Diabetes Type 2
Hyperthyroidism Hypothyroidism

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BONE
Osteoporosis
Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
Fracture
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AUTOIMMUNE 
Crohn’s Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis
Rheumatoid arthritis Inflammatory arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis Multiple Sclerosis - progressive
Multiple Sclerosis - relapsing-remitting Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Graves Disease Lupus
Psoriasis Celiac Disease
Eczema

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GI & STOMACH ISSUES
Reflux Disease
Gallstones
Hemorrhoids Diverticulitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation Diarrhea

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LUNG & PULMONARY 
Asthma Allergy
Seasonal Allergies COPD/Emphysema
Chronic Bronchitis

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ONCOLOGY / CANCER / BLOOD
Breast cancer Colorectal cancer
Prostate cancer Liver Cancer
Anemia Hemochromatosis - iron overload

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RHEUMATOLOGY
Fibromyalgia
Gout

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NEUROLOGY
Headache Migraine
Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
Alzheimer’s Vascular dementia

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PSYCHIATRY
Depression Anxiety

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KIDNEY & NEPHROLOGY
Chronic Kidney Disease Kidney Stones

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EYE
Glaucoma Cataracts
Uveitis Macular Degeneration

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SLEEP
Difficulty Sleeping Insomnia Obstructive Sleep Apnea Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Hepatitis Lyme Disease
Tick Borne Diseases

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UROLOGY
Overactive Bladder Erectile Dysfunction
Benign prostate hyperplasia

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SPINE
Disk Degenerative Disease Herniated disc

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GENERAL CONDITIONS
Long COVID-19 Obesity
Fatigue Alcoholism / Drug Dependency And Many More

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Our patients have reported:
✓ Increased energy/reduced fatigue
✓ Improved overall fitness
✓ Improved mood
✓ Reduced headache frequency/severity
✓ Increased flexibility and balance
✓ Better vision

✓ Improved sleep
✓ Improved stress, anxiety and depression management
✓ Improved memory
Credentials
physicians committee
american medical associations
american college of lifestyle medicine
american college of lifestyle medicine
Featured In
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Is Integrative Medicine with Medical Compass MD right for you?
Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

He practiced the art of medicine by putting the patient first, rather than the disease.

Dr. Dunaief is an M.D. with extensive additional training in nutrition and lifestyle modification. He has personally overcome many of the effects of cerebral palsy through lifestyle modification. We invite you to read his personal story.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the pillars of your whole body approach?

We focus on three areas: ensuring a high nutrient intake through diet, improving or ensuring your physical fitness, and equipping you with sound strategies for stress management. All three of these components impact your quality of life and your susceptibility to a wide array of physical ailments.

Of course, since Dr. Dunaief is a physician, he will also help you manage your medication regimen as you begin to see results from your efforts.
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Is disease reversal possible?

Absolutely! Study evidence has found this to be true, and many of our patients have experienced reversal of diabetes, autoimmune disorders, migraines, and cardiovascular disease, just to mention a few. In many cases, because of their exceptional results, our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate their medications.
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What should I expect during an appointment?

Each appointment lasts an hour. Your first appointment will include a thorough history, physical exam and baseline-setting using a body analysis scale. The scale will tell us your current body composition, which goes beyond body mass to focus on fat mass and fat percent, as well as hydration and muscle mass. If you have recent labs, we will review them. We will also prescribe new labs, such as those that measure inflammatory factors and nutrient levels, and we will discuss your challenges and goals. During your second appointment, we will review findings from your previous appointment and your new lab results. We will then customize a thorough lifestyle and medical plan.

Subsequent appointments include time spent reviewing where you are with your progress, including a review of lab results. We will discuss adjustments we might need to make to optimize your results, including modifying medications, referring you to specialists, if necessary, and adjusting dietary, exercise, or stress management strategies. You will leave each appointment with a clear plan for your next steps.
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Do you advocate the same plan for everyone?

No. No BODY is the same, and individuals have different health goals, starting points and lifestyles. We will work with you to design an individualized plan that helps you to achieve your specific health goals.
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Do you sell supplements or other products?

We do not. This is not a meal plan subscription, and we don’t sell supplements. We never want there to be even a hint that there’s a conflict of interest in our recommendations. In situations where we propose supplements, we will be happy to suggest the most reputable brands. Trust that we do not receive any compensation from them.

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What if I like my current physician?

That’s okay. We don’t seek to replace your current physicians. We often work in tandem with a patient’s primary care physician and specialists to ensure all aspects of your care are coordinated. In fact, it’s common for specialists, such as cardiologists, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, and oncologists, to refer patients to us for lifestyle changes.
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What makes us unique?

We produce and review cutting-edge research that reinforces and guides how we approach treating our patients. 
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Patient Reviews

Reversing Diabetes
My relatives all died from diabetes or the complications of the disease by the age of 57. I was on 4 diabetes medications including insulin when I started with Dr. Dunaief at age 55, but now I am on none. Plus. the numbness in my feet is gone and I am able to move my toes much better.
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Male, age 60
Autoimmune disease - Lupus
I have had lupus for 17 years, but three plus years ago my rheumatologist took me off plaquenil. This feels wonderful that I don’t have to take the drug that suppresses my immune system. On recent checkup, she said everything looks fine and continue to hold the medication. This is thanks to lifestyle modifications that reduced my inflammation and increased my nutrient levels with Dr. Dunaief’s help. (Ironically, a medical study showed Lupus patients can’t be off their medications for more than 3 months) 
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Female, age 70
Eczema, weight loss, reduced cravings and overall experience 
I am now free of cravings since focusing on a plant based nutrient rich diet. I don’t have to weigh my food or think about calories. My eczema has improved considerably, and I have lost 30 lbs., 26 lbs. of which were fat. I could not do this on my own and this is easy and enjoyable to talk about with Dr. Dunaief. Also, my back has not hurt for more than a year. Feels very good to follow the plan knowing that this is making a huge difference in my chemistry, energy and inflammation.
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Female, age 71 
Weight loss, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer
I have lost 135 lbs. and have kept it off for several years with the guidance, recipes and encouragement that Dr. Dunaief has provided. Also, my inflammation is way down. This means I was able to stop my medications – plaquenil and methotrexate – for rheumatoid arthritis with no more pain and swelling in my joints. I can now move my fingers normally, and I no longer have morning stiffness. This is a surreal experience. I also have also reduced my CA125 by 10-fold to well within the normal range associated with my BRCA1 ovarian cancer. 
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Female, age 59
Our Locations
East Setauket
47 Route 25A, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733
631-675-2888
Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn
41 Clark Street, , Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-924-2655
4.9 / 5
52 Total Ratings