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.
Meagan Butler, R.D.
Meagan Butler is a registered dietitian and serves as Nutrition Coordinator, providing nutritional counseling for bariatric surgery and medical weight loss patients in the Springfield and Hoboken locations. Meagan leads the New Jersey Bariatric Center® Support Group on the third Tuesday of the month at the Springfield office and conducts a weekly pre-operative education class for surgical patients. She has experience with weight management and its related illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. She has also completed a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dana Babeu, R.D.
Registered dietitian Dana Babeu provides nutrition counseling on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 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 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.
Tia Hagins, R.D.
Tia Hagins is a registered dietitian who has been the community nutritionist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Campus since 2002. In this role, she provides personal nutrition counseling and develops individualized meal plans for bariatric surgery patients as well as patients with heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, high blood pressure, metabolic disorders, HIV, renal insufficiency and food allergies. She also conducts community education programs on various nutrition topics.