The bariatric dietitians at New Jersey Bariatric Center® play a vital role in the weight loss journey. Both medical and surgical weight loss patients meet with a registered dietitian at their first appointment. The dietitian team does an in-depth interview to review what patients’ eating habits are like and to pinpoint trouble areas. They will set dietary goals and be there for follow-up before and after surgery. After weight loss goals are reached, bariatric dietitians are available to offer support and guidance to keep patients on the path of good health.
Dana Babeu, R.D.
Registered dietitian Dana Babeu provides nutrition counseling on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Springfield location. She has experience working with patients on issues related to weight management, food allergies and sensitivities, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, disordered eating and metabolic syndrome. Dana’s passion is partnering with patients to create holistic, goal-oriented, individualized plans to improve health and achieve a better quality of life.
Karen Kelly, R.D.
Kelly Beneduce, R.D.
Kelly Beneduce is a registered dietitian who provides nutritional counseling for bariatric surgery and medical weight loss patients the first and third Wednesdays of every month in our Springfield office. She also sees patients in our Somerville, East Brunswick and Hackettstown locations. Kelly also leads the New Jersey Bariatric Center® Tuesday Talks, a support group, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Somerville office. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Delaware where she also completed her dietetic internship. She obtained a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Clarissa Padua, R.D.
Clarissa is a registered dietitian who provides nutritional counseling for bariatric and medical weight loss patients. She has extensive experience in fitness and health education and is a certified personal trainer and specialist in fitness nutrition with certifications from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association).