Dr. Elissa Ann DeBenedictis passed on September 18, 2019. She was born on March 19, 1970 in Mount Vernon, NY to the late Angela and Elia DeBenedictis.
Elissa graduated from Our Lady of Victory Academy in June 1988, from Manhattan College in 1992, and from New York Chiropractic College in 1995. She was a practicing chiropractor in Mount Vernon for 17 years. She worked at American Academy McAllister Institute for 22 years as a Professor, Director of Academic Support and Coordinator of Clinical Embalming. She was fondly referred to by her students as “Dr. D”
Elissa is the loving sister of Stephanie and Danny Zito, Anthony and Lauren DeBenedictis. Beloved aunt to Frank, Sereena, and Eliana Zito, Avanna and Anthony DeBenedictis.
Elissa was also a beloved niece and cousin who was devoted to her family. She touched the lives of many friends, colleagues, and students and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Family will receive friends at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, 418 Bedford Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 2-5 & 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at St. Theresa Church 1394 Pleasantville Rd. Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 on Monday at 10 AM. Entombment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY.
In Lieu of flowers, American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service has established the Dr. Elissa DeBenedictis Achievement Award. Donations may be made to: AAMI 619 West 54th Street, 2nd Floor NY, NY 10019. Please note achievement donation in memo section.