Welcome to Newton Integrative Health Services

Our treatment philosophy
The conditions we treat
Therapies and services
Your initial visit
Meet Dr. Katz

Our treatment philosophy

At Newton Integrative Health, we focus on functional medicine and natural ways to help patients in the Boston area to live lighter, healthier and happier. Three beliefs guide our care...

  1. Though trained and licensed in traditional physical medicine, we believe that your mental, emotional and spiritual health have as much to do with your overall well-being as does the condition of any part of your body.
  2. We believe that patients can greatly influence a wide range of their health and quality-of-life goals through natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments such as counseling, hypnotherapy and nutrition.
  3. We believe caring physicians across Massachusetts are forced by healthcare economics to focus nearly exclusively on our physical care, even if they'd like to help us more with what we think and how we feel about our lives and our conditions. We want to partner with them and with you to fill that gap.

The conditions we treat

You may have seen on our home page that there are four general situations in which our therapies are most effective...

Resolve recurring behaviors that you want to change but find to be difficult habits to break. Common situations are addictions to nicotine, alcohol, or drugs. Our therapies are also very effective with patients suffering from eating disorders, sexual addictions, gambling addictions and other unhealthful compulsions.

Manage through health challenges and other critical life events. We work closely with Boston-area patients and families coping through serious health challenges such as major surgery, cardiac event, cancer treatment, trauma or reportedly incurable disease. We’ll help you be in the best possible frame of mind going into and through treatment, recovery or hospice. We can also partner with your primary care physician to be your family liaison with specialists and healthcare institutions.

Unblock your full potential. Huge talent and professional potential are sometimes blocked by an anxiety, subconscious habit or distant memory. We can negate the effects of these through hypnotherapy and counseling for athletes, business executives, creative professionals and others. The same treatments are also highly effective for social anxiety and attention deficit-related disorders.

Live lighter, healthier and happier. We develop custom nutrition and long-term wellness plans for patients and their families. We provide marital and relationship counseling for individuals and couples. And we offer anger management and stress reduction therapies for adults, adolescents and children. If sleep is a problem, hypnotherapy is a powerful tool we can use to help you get the amount and quality of sleep you need to feel your best.

Our therapies and services

In our practice, we seek to match patients’ needs with specific therapies, regardless of whether we offer those therapies ourselves. After your initial visit, we’ll explain your therapeutic options and our recommendations, which may include referrals to practitioners of therapies that we do not offer. We do not accept referral fees from these practitioners.

At present, we offer a wide variety of counseling services, hypnotherapy, nutritional/dietary planning, family wellness, and family medical liaison services.

Though fully trained and licensed to practice all types of general and family medicine, we are not currently offering comprehensive physical examinations, nor do we diagnose or treat acute or chronic physical conditions. Instead, we partner with your primary care physician to ensure you get the most comprehensive health and wellness care possible, through sickness and good health. We prescribe medications in very limited circumstances and only when directly related to your ongoing therapy with us.

We are particularly pleased to adapt any of our treatments for families with special needs members.

Your initial visit

On your first visit to our office (30 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA) you'll meet Dr. Rachel Katz. This intake visit will be unique in that it is not a treatment session. Rather, it’s a discussion about you -- your history, your current health and healthcare, your concerns and goals. Depending on why you are seeking treatment, Dr. Katz may also conduct a limited physical examination. Once that is complete, Dr. Katz will explain your options and recommend one of four things:

  • You begin a course of treatment with us. Many goals can be achieved in just a few treatments. Some goals warrant extended or ongoing treatments.
  • We refer you to a third-party therapist. This will happen if Dr. Katz believes your needs are best served by a type of treatment that we do not currently offer.
  • We refer you back to your family physician. This will happen if Dr. Katz determines you need further physical evaluation or physical treatment before any non-physical therapies begin.
  • We’ll defer a recommendation either because Dr. Katz needs to evaluate you further before making a recommendation, or because we need to consult with one of your physicians, or need time to conduct further research. Please be patient – our priority is making sure you get the best possible care, and sometimes that requires follow-up to determine.

Meet Dr. Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz MD is a family physician, therapist, dietitian and hypnotherapist in Newton, Mass. Image coming soonDr. Rachel Katz is a Board-Certified Family Physician, a Registered Dietician, and a hypnotherapist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has also trained in functional medicine.

Dr. Katz trained at Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and The Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. In addition to her M.D., she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr. Katz has been member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1991, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine since 1996. She served seven years as Medical co-Director of the Wheaton College Health Service in Norton, Mass., providing primary care to students, faculty and residents in the surrounding community.

Dr. Katz is committed to ensuring that her patients’ mental and emotional healthcare is as strong as – and fully integrated with – their physical health care. She is also a passionate advocate for families with special needs members.

Dr. Katz lives in Newton with her husband and three children.