About Us

Dr. Erik Heyliger is the owner of the C.A.R.E. Health and Wellness Center. He graduated Magna Cum-Laude from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and has extensive knowledge of human biomechanics as he has earned his degree in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland

He is also a professor at Norwalk Community College where he teaches anatomy and physiology to pre-nursing students and other pre-health care professionals. This experience has heightened his profound understanding of the human body and its functional capacities.

Dr. Heyliger is also certified in Acupuncture, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has experience working with professional and collegiate athletes rehabilitating sport related injuries. He also has years of experience at Stamford Hospital’s Health and Fitness Institute located in the Tully Health Center as a Fitness Specialist and is a certified personal trainer. There he has formed many relationships with other health care professionals that he often collaborates with to optimize patient care.

Dr. Heyliger is a member of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, New York Chiropractic Association, and American Chiropractic Association. He has also earned his Diplomate from the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals and has expanded his expertise in medical legal cases. He believes that a healthy lifestyle can be maintained with a proper diet, personalized exercise routine, and regular visits with your team of health care professionals.


Dr. Paul Rizza is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Connecticut. He holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, both from the University of Bridgeport where he now serves as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member. He has also earned degrees form Bennington College and the University of Bologna, Italy. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. He has advanced training and certifications in Homotoxicology through the Society of Homotoxicology of North America, and in 2009 he completed a training program in European Biological Medicine through the Marion Foundation.

In addition to treating medical conditions with conventional naturopathic treatments such as herbal medicine and homeopathy, he includes various mind-body techniques to strengthen the response to herbs and supplements. As a child growing up in an immigrant Italian family, Dr. Rizza was instilled with a deep understanding of the powers of nature and the importance of living in harmony with the earth. Dr. Rizza understands the philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine as a continuation of these traditions and deep respect for the living world.

Melba Mintz is our onsite certified Aesthetician. She has held her certification since 2006 after receiving training at the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics in California. Melba is currently affiliated with the Marinello School of Esthetics in Connecticut, C.A.R.E. Health & Wellness Center in Stamford, CT; the Family Podiatry Center in Bridgeport, CT, and the Trumbull Oncology Associates in Trumbull, CT.

Recognizing the need and desire for total skin care solutions, Melba’s involvement in the beauty industry began in 1995 with training at Christian Dior and Estee Lauder in New York.
As a Certified Aesthetician in skin care and cosmetics with a proven track record of successful treatment options, Melba performs an assundry of esthetic services from facials, chemical peels, skin needling, scar reduction, waxing, lash extentions, reflexology, and more.

As a Certified PCA Skin Professional – NYC, PCA products are utilized in her practice and approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Naturepure Products and Arbonne Swiss formulated natural products are also available. Melba says “with MDM Skin Solutions, whether you’re in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s…your skin will never tell”.

Come and meet Melba, a caring Aesthetician, who will customize skin solutions to defy aging!

Dr. Sukhdeep Khaira (Sunny) is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Connecticut. She holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine where she now serves as the Dispensary Coordinator in the Naturopathic Dispensary at UB Clinics. She received a degree in Psychology from the University of Akron.  Dr. Sunny is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association. She has advanced training in classical homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy as well as certifications in CranioSacral Therapy, First Line Therapy and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.  She is also an active member in the Junior League of Greater New Haven.  She enjoys cooking and eating food, crochet and being outdoors.

Dr. Sunny provides primary medical care using natural therapies to help prevent and treat disease, with a focus on bringing the body back to balance by factoring in body, mind, spirit and lifestyle for each individual.  This is achieved using combinations of personalized diet, lifestyle modification, homeopathic remedies, herbal medicine and other mind-body techniques.

C.A.R.E. Health and Wellness Center

810 Bedford Street Stamford, CT 06901
Office Phone: (203) 295-3484
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