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Erika Cappelluti MD, PhD, MA, FCCP, ABOIM
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Erika Cappelluti MD, PhD, MA, FCCP, ABOIM

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Erika Cappelluti MD, PhD, MA, FCCP, ABoIM, ABIHM, is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care, and integrative medicine (IM). She began her career as a research scientist, obtaining a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia where she later completed her medical training. She was a resident, chief resident, and fellow at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, then joined Connecticut Multispecialty Group (CMG, now called Starling Physicians) in 2004.

She became a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine in 2008, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine in 2015, and obtained a Master of Arts degree in IM in 2009. She founded and was the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Health and Healing, the integrative medicine division of CMG. In 2013, this program merged with the 20-year old Hartford Hospital integrative medicine program and is now known as the Center for Healing Arts, located in Avon, CT.

She is currently the Medical Director of this program where she has a clinical practice, conducts research studies, and lectures regularly to students, residents, fellow physicians and the public in the greater Hartford area. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Medical School and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards from the University of Connecticut Internal Medicine residency program. In addition, she has authored many scientific articles and abstracts and has written many articles about IM.

Under her directorship, the Center for Healing Arts offers full integrative services: IM consultations, naturopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, biofield therapy, nutritional counseling, hypnosis, art therapy, MBSR, and yoga. The practice accepts all forms of insurance, includes community services, and has some cash-based offerings. The practice recently transitioned from paper charts to EPIC, an electronic medical record system adopted across the Hartford Healthcare System.

Dr. Cappelluti also serves as the Medical Director of the Respiratory Care department at Hartford Hospital where she spends clinical time. She incorporates integrative modalities in the medical ICU and on all inpatient floors. Her goal is to see IM services included in bundled care protocols throughout Hartford Hospital. She has helped Hartford Healthcare customize integrative medicine programs for the Bone & Joint Institute, the pain management group, the Ayer Movement Disorders Center, the Headache Center, Iora Health, the women’s health center, and CT Children’s Medical Center.

In her leisure time, she is an avid exerciser, enjoys cooking, drawing and painting, woodworking, and playing the piano while sharing quality time with her three dogs, Alex, Gabby and Henri.