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About us NJ Top Docs is proud to present some of New Jersey’s Top Doctors for Women’s Health. All of the following profiles feature a question and answer style layout providing answers to frequently asked questions and some important “at a glance” information (such as area of practice, what services they provide, their education, training, etc.). At NJ Top Docs, we strive to assist you in finding the very best healthcare in the state. All of the providers featured in the following pages and on www.NJTopDocs.com have gone through a rigorous application and review process prior to being approved based on merit and features. Utilizing the profiles featured in the Top Doctors for Women’s Health section of this magazine, along with additional hundreds of profiles residing on our website, we invite you to become better acquainted with our NJ Top Docs. Presented by


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New Jersey Spine Specialists

EDUCATION + TRAINING Mark D. Drzala, MD University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ — New Jersey Medical School Residency at UMDNJ Fellowship training at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco (affiliated with Stanford University) Mitchell F. Reiter, MD University of Miami (six-year combined BS/MD Honors program) Residency at University of MiamiJackson Memorial Hospital Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Emory University

SERVICES Cervical and lumbar disc replacement (arthroplasty) Minimally invasive spinal surgery including lumbar microdisectomy Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) Cervical and lumbar laminectomies and laminoplasty Anterior and posterior spinal fusion XLIF – Extreme lateral interbody fusion Spinal deformity (Scoliosis) surgery

CONTACT INFO Mark R. Drzala, MD & Mitchell F. Reiter, MD New Jersey Spine Specialists 33 Overlook Road, Suite 305 Summit, NJ 07901 | (908) 608-9619 33 N. Fullerton Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042 www.NJSpineSpecialists.net View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com

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How do you make each procedure personal?

Spinal problems are often complex and can cause debilitating pain, reduced mobility and loss of function. The team of nationally recognized, board certified spinal surgeons at The New Jersey Spine Specialists takes the time necessary with each patient to help determine the source of their symptoms and come up with a comprehensive treatment

plan. Each patient’s individual goals are considered and whenever possible, non-surgical treatment methods are pursued. By taking a careful history, performing a thorough physical exam and utilizing the most advanced imaging techniques, Drs. Drzala and Reiter are able to make an accurate diagnosis. Once the source of a person’s pain is

COUNTY: Union / Essex SPECIALTY: O  rthopedic Surgery, Spinal Disorders


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identified, many spinal disorders can be treated by nonsurgical methods, such as exercises to relieve pressure on spinal nerves, physical therapy, medication and spinal injections. “The human spine has a remarkable ability to heal when proper treatments are applied,” says Mitchell Reiter, MD, the current president of the New Jersey Orthopaedic Society. For some, however, surgery is the most reasonable treatment option. “Spinal surgery — or any surgery for that matter — should not be taken lightly and should only be considered after noninvasive therapies have been exhausted,” says Mark Drzala, MD. The good news is that in addition to traditional procedures, there are new, state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques for treating a variety of spinal problems. While using the latest techniques whenever appropriate, Drs. Drzala and Reiter strike a balance between adopting newly introduced technologies while always ensuring that there is enough supporting data from reputable scientific studies demonstrating a procedure’s safety and effectiveness. That being said, the New Jersey Spine Specialists are at the forefront of their profession. The perfect example of their commitment to

excellence is the cervical disk replacement procedure. Traditional treatment for a cervical disc herniation that is causing pressure on a person’s spinal cord or nerve roots frequently involved a spinal fusion surgery which forces two bones to grow together. A cervical fusion results in a permanent loss of motion in the neck and places additional stress on a person’s remaining discs. Cervical disc replacement is an FDA-approved procedure that preserves motion in the cervical spine and has been shown to be an effective alternative to cervical fusion. While Drs. Reiter and Drzala waited until high-level data was available showing the safety and effectiveness of cervical disc replacement, there are few surgeons in the region with as much experience as The New Jersey Spine Specialists with this technique. “Cervical disc replacement preserves motion while avoiding many of the downsides of cervical fusion surgery including the need to use cadaver bone grafts, plates and screws, as well as the risk of the fusion not healing,” says Dr. Reiter. Dr. Drzala says that what really sets them apart is their passion for what they do and the extra mile they go to get the job done. “Chronic pain is a serious problem and you

“The fact that we treat only spinal conditions makes us better at what we do, says Dr. Drzala” don’t want someone to become dependent on narcotics when there’s a viable surgical solution available. The fact that we treat only spinal conditions makes us better at what we do,” says Dr. Drzala. The goal of any treatment plan at New Jersey Spine Specialists is always for patients to get better and improve their quality of life.


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Baxt CosMedical


EDUCATION + TRAINING Dr. Rebecca Baxt University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Dr. Saida Baxt New York University Medical School

SERVICES Acne and rosacea treatments Botox/Dysport Chemical peels Fillers (Belotero, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptra, Voluma) Fraxel laser surfacing Isolaz acne treatments Laser hair removal Photorejuvenation/ Photofacial Sclerotherapy for leg veins Skin cancer screenings Vbeam laser


Rebecca Baxt, MD, FAAD Saida Baxt, MD, FAAD Baxt CosMedical 351 Evelyn Street, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201) 265-1300


How does Baxt CosMedical help patients achieve clear skin?

Baxt CosMedical is a renowned facility for providing state-of-theart care for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery patients throughout the tri-state area for over 35 years. By combining these two aesthetic specialties under one roof, they let the experts do what they are best at — plastic surgeons perform surgery, and dermatologists practice dermatology. They have only board certified physicians. Their outstanding physical facility houses a vast array of advanced technology equipment and the first certified ambulatory office-based Surgi-Center in the state of New Jersey. They pride themselves on being at the forefront of the advances in aesthetic medicine. Dr. Rebecca Baxt and Dr. Saida Baxt, both board certified Dermatologists, are experts in managing acne and rosacea. Adult acne and rosacea affect millions of women in their 20’s-50’s and can be debilitating if not treated aggressively. They use both traditional therapies as well as

many laser and light treatments to give everyone clear skin. They have available Smoothbeam Laser, Isolaz and Photodynamic therapy for acne, as well as Vbeam laser and Photorejuvenation for rosacea. “We treat patients of all ages, everyone deserves to have clear skin, and acne is not just for kids,” says Dr. Rebecca Baxt. Drs. Baxt are also well known for honest consultations and natural results with Botox and Fillers, and were some of the first doctors to use Voluma for mid face rejuvenation. “Our patients look just like themselves, only younger, happy and well rested,” says Dr. Rebecca Baxt. “No one should or would know that they had any injections.” Drs. Baxt also perform Fraxel Laser Resurfacing, Laser Hair Removal, Leg Vein Injections and Chemical Peels, as well as mole checks and skin cancer screenings and treatments. The doctors at Baxt Cosmedical see both adults and children and have same day appointments available.

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Bergen Medical Associates & Bergen Gastroenterology

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How does your approach to patients differentiate you from other practices?

Bergen Medical Associates and Bergen Gastroenterology take a full body approach to facilitating comprehensive health care. Their team of over 40 practitioners, nurses and highly trained staff represent eight specialties: including Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Physiatry, Endocrinology, Allergy and Gastroenterology that oversee the highest level of personalized attention at every step along the way. “Everyone on our team goes to bat for a patient,” says Dr. Holly Cullen, MD, a board certified gastroenterologist. “If the patient has an issue that needs comprehensive care, the physician is there the whole way. Our office is dedicated to helping you get well.” A collaboration of specialists and highly qualified doctors is what makes the practice so unique. Half of the physicians and medical staff are women, offering patients numerous options as to whom they can choose for their healthcare. Under one roof, physicians utilize innovative technology to provide preventive


care, state-of-the-art procedures and comfortable screenings. To this point, the office is constantly investing in new technology to deliver high quality treatment. For instance, at the Bergen Gastroenterology practice, patients can ingest an endoscopy capsule — or a PillCam, the size of a calcium tablet — that takes thousands of HD photos as it harmlessly passes through their lower intestine. For female patients, the office can perform bone density screenings, stress tests and ultrasounds, with two gynecologists that have recently joined the practice. A simplified database that shares medical records across specialties means physicians can recommend the finest care for patients in-house, streamlining the process. “Over the course of the day, one of the most important parts of my job is helping patients understand what they can do to help themselves ‘be and stay’ healthy,” says Dr. Cullen. “They come away informed and empowered.”

Allergy and Immunology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Nephrology, Physiatry

SERVICES Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Cardiology, Allergy and Immunology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Nephrology, Nutrition, Physiatry, Rheumatology, Weight Management, Hospital Care

CONTACT INFO Bergen Medical Associates Bergen Gastroenterology 466 Old Hook Rd., Suite 1 Emerson, NJ 07630 (201) 967-8221 www.BergenMed.com www.BergenGastro.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Bergen SPECIALTIES: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Nephrology, Physiatry

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EDUCATION + TRAINING Pharmacology, Georgetown University of School of Medicine (Ph.D) Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD) Residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

SERVICES Egg donation Gestational surrogacy Preimplantation genetic diagnosis In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Lite IVF Family balancing Fertility preservation Shared donor cycles Refund and multi-cycle programs

CONTACT INFO Susan Treiser, MD, Ph.D IVF NJ Fertility Center 81 Veronica Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873 (732) 220-9060 3379 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 105 Hamilton Township, NJ 08619 (609) 799-5666 495 Iron Bridge Road, Suite 10 (2nd Floor), Freehold, NJ 07728 (732) 577-6500 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 2D, Short Hills, NJ 07078 | (973) 258-4081 5 Walter Foran Blvd, #4001 Flemington, NJ 08822 | (732) 220-9060 www.IVFNJ.com View Full Profile at

IVF New Jersey Fertility Center

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What are the catalysts behind continually posting such high success rates in your programs?

At the IVF New Jersey Fertility Center, a team of specialized, board certified physicians provide personalized service for each of their patients. In 1990, when co-directors Susan Treiser, MD, Ph.D, and Dr. Michael Darder, MD, founded the Center, it was their vision to establish an infertility practice that combined state-of-theart medicine with the individualized care of a private setting. Today, their In Vitro Fertilization and egg donation facilities combine to form one of the largest and most successful centers in the U.S. But compassionate, tailored care still stands as a top priority. To that end, physicians are constantly communicating with their patients, and each patient or donor is assigned a personal nurse concierge to assist them through the entire process. Billing counselors also help couples and future mothers through the pitfalls often associated with coverage. These positions are part of a larger, caring team that provides information and support at every

step along the way, with the overall goal of making the patient feel empowered. Educating patients and screening donors have been the underlying principles since day one. To date, their egg donor program’s 71 percent success rate stands well over the national average and continues to put them in the 5 percent of fertility clinics nationwide. Dr. Treiser also emphasizes fertility preservation, guiding young women to freeze their eggs as an insurance policy, and letting older patients know there’s no right or wrong way to have a family. “There are so many options available right now,” says Dr. Treiser, “It doesn’t matter how you conceive, just like it doesn’t matter how you give birth.” “Just the other day I was in the hospital and I saw a patient that we helped get pregnant 18 years ago. She said to me, ‘you brought the most joy to our lives; our lives would not have been complete without you.’ To know that you brought added happiness to their family — it’s immensely satisfying.”

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SPECIALTY: Infertility / Reproductive Medicine

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Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey

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In what ways do you help your patients rebound from their injuries?

The mechanism for injury, or the combination of factors that result in a sprain or tear, can be debilitating for athletes and non-athletes alike. For Dr. Laurie Glasser, MD, on the other hand, it’s a fascination and a life-long study. With three board certifications that include Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dr. Glasser helps patients rebound from injuries and reach their full athletic potential. “I like to approach each of my patients individually,” says Dr. Glasser. “I address not only their clinical condition, but also nutrition, recovery and the biomechanical deficits that led to the injury.” At the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey, Dr. Glasser uses a tailored approach to treat patients non-surgically. After taking a careful history, a comprehensive physical examination is performed. An in-


“I like to approach each of my patients individually” office ultrasound allows Dr. Glasser to diagnose many sports injuries without the need of an outside MRI. By staying on the cutting edge, Dr. Glasser offers procedures in the field of regenerative medicine believed to accelerate healing time. Innovative treatments include platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, stem cell injections and Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT). EPAT involves the application of a wand that emits pressure waves inviting growth factors to rush to the site of injury, promoting healing with no downtime for the athlete. Dr. Glasser sees patients with all types of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She also participates in sports herself and enjoys running, weight lifting, cycling, swimming, triathlons, yoga and surfing.

Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

EDUCATION + TRAINING Emory University (BA) Emory University Medical School (MD) Internship, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University Hospital Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University formally known as U.M.D.N.J.

SERVICES Nonsurgical treatment of sports injuries Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Platelet rich plasma injections (PRP) Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) Diagnosis and treatment of acute and overuse injuries (such as tendonitis/ tendinosis and stress fractures)

CONTACT INFO Dr. Laurie Glasser Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey 2315 Highway 34, Manasquan, NJ 08736 | (732) 974-0404 www.OrthoInstitute.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Monmouth and Ocean

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SPECIALTY: Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Sports Medicine


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The Plastic Surgery Center MATTHEW KAUFMAN MD, FACS BOARD CERTIFICATION Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology

EDUCATION + TRAINING SUNY Syracuse (MD) Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital Fellowship at UCLA medical Center

SERVICES Facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), browlift, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), Ear reshaping (otoplasty), chin/lip surgery Skin resurfacing, liposuction Breast augmentation, breast lift /reduction and abdominoplasty


Dr. Matthew Kaufman, MD, FACS The Plastic Surgery Center 535 Sycamore Avenue Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 (866) 263-9123 30 Rehill Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876 (866) 263-9123 www.Looknatural.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com

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What types of procedures do you offer your patients, specifically those undergoing breast cancer surgery?

“For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it represents a very stressful time in their lives,” says Dr. Matthew Kaufman, MD, FACS. “As a plastic surgeon, I’m often one of the first people they will see after diagnosis, and it’s tremendously rewarding to be a part of their recovery.” A board certified plastic surgeon at The Plastic Surgery Center’s Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, Dr. Kaufman takes an individualized approach to each patient. While he has expertise in all types of reconstructive procedures, his primary goal is to achieve the patient’s expectations through individualized care. “While it may be very unnerving to anticipate the bodily changes that occur after mastectomy, we have the capability to recreate form in a very natural and elegant manner. Achieving optimal results using advanced reconstructive methods can help alleviate the psychological and emotional trauma that

accompanies breast cancer,” says Dr.Kaufman. Though breast reconstruction surgery is his most common procedure, Dr. Kaufman is also a board certified OtolaryngologistHead and Neck surgeon. This unique skillset allows him to perform complex cosmetic and reconstructive operations on a range of issues concerning the head, face and neck; many of which in the past have gone undertreated. For example, he has pioneered a revolutionary surgical treatment for diaphragm paralysis — paralysis of the respiratory muscles. He is also among a handful of surgeons nationally that perform nerve surgery for headache disorders, such as migraine and occipital neuralgia. Dr. Kaufman received his surgical training at both the Mount Sinai Hospital and UCLA Medical Center. Beyond clinical practice Dr. Kaufman is an accomplished guitar player, a talent requiring both technical skill and creativity for mastery, two things he expertly combines in his chosen field.

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Princeton Center for Reproductive Medicine

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What does PCRM offer to enhance successful treatment for infertility patients?

Althea M. O’Shaughnesssy, MD, FACOG, is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology/ Infertility and Medical Director at Princeton Center For Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) in Pennington, NJ. Her experience spans the last 26 years, providing excellent care to women and couples in the Mercer County area as Medical Director for the last 17 years. At PCRM, Dr. O’Shaughnessy provides state-of-the-art advanced reproductive technology including In Vitro Fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, embryo genetic testing and egg freezing. The center also offers other infertility treatment options at the Pennington facility such as fertility drug therapy, intrauterine inseminations and donor sperm inseminations. Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s success in the field of reproductive medicine stems


from her individualized approach to patient care. A careful assessment of each patient’s unique medical and gynecologic history allows for an appropriate treatment protocol resulting in a higher success rate. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is an experienced gynecologic surgeon treating conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids. She also treats women of all ages for reproductive hormonal disorders such as menopause, irregular cycles, abnormal uterine bleeding and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. O’Shaughnessy has lectured in the field of reproductive medicine throughout the world and has written numerous published articles. She has admitting privileges at both University Hospital of Princeton at Plainsboro and Capital Health System at Hopewell.

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Subspecialty: Reproductive Endocrinology

EDUCATION + TRAINING Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine & Dentistry Fellowship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn NY

SERVICES IVF Oocyte Cryopreservation Donor Oocyte Gestational Carrier Fertility Drug Therapy Intrauterine Inseminations Donor Inseminations Menopause Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Fibroid Uterus Endometriosis Irregular Menstrual Cycles

CONTACT INFO Althea O’Shaughnessy, M.D. Princeton Center for Reproductive Medicine 65 South Main Street, Building C, Suite 100, Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 818-1114 www.PrincetonFertility.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Mercer

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Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey DR. WILLIAM ZIEGLER & DR. JESSICA SALAS MANN BOARD CERTIFICATION Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics and Gynecology

EDUCATION + TRAINING Dr. Ziegler University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery Residency at the Medical Center of Delaware Fellowship at the University of Vermont Dr. Mann University of Florida School of Medicine Residency at the New York University Langone Medical Center Fellowship at the University of Connecticut

SERVICES Female fertility evaluation and treatment Male fertility evaluation and treatment Infertility Counseling Surgery Sperm donation, egg donation, assisted hatching, PGD In Vitro Fertilization

CONTACT INFO William Ziegler, DO, FACOG & Jessica Salas Mann, MD, FACOG Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey


234 Industrial Way West Suite A104, Eatontown, NJ, 07724 (732) 918-2500 www.FertilityNJ.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Monmouth / Ocean SPECIALTY: Infertility / Reproductive Medicine

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How does your Center combat infertility issues?

In the U.S., approximately 15 to 20 percent of married couples will experience some degree of infertility. But with the help of Dr. William Ziegler, Dr. Jessica Salas Mann and the passionate team of experts at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, patients with fertility issues can expect to be treated in a calm, comfortable environment that produces a high degree of results. Dr. Ziegler, a board certified specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and Medical Director of the Center, began his career with a fellowship in reproductive medicine and surgery at the University of Vermont. During his fellowship, he was involved in establishing the very first egg donor program in Vermont. A native of Union, NJ, Dr. Ziegler decided to bring his superior success rates to his home state. Establishing the first egg donor program in Monmouth and Ocean counties, the Center now posts some of the highest success rates in New Jersey. Dr. Ziegler attributes this consistency to three things: expertise, counseling

and screening. The other pillar that supports the foundation of the Center is a highdegree of expertise, exemplified by Dr. Mann. She completed her fellowship at the University of Connecticut and is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her clinical work is centered around patient selection, various IVF protocols and OHSS prevention. While at New York University, she was awarded Outstanding Resident Paper by the New York Obstetrical Society on two consecutive years. Dr. Mann’s areas of clinical interest and expertise are pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, In Vitro Fertilization, polycystic ovarian syndrome and third party reproduction. “I am honored to be part of the RSCNJ team. We aim to provide excellent pregnancy rates while treating each patient as an individual.” “I recently received an invitation to the high school graduation for one of our small miracles,” says Dr. Ziegler. “When you get something like that it gives you a feeling that you are making a difference in people’s lives.” Use this QR Code for More Information

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Spine Centers of America and Orthopaedic Assoc.

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How do you provide patients with the most advanced care?

A board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and early adopter of minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery, Dr. Bryan Massoud is among the most experienced surgeons in his field, having performed thousands of procedures to treat the broadest array of spine conditions, including disc herniations, stenosis, fractures and scoliosis, at all spine levels. “I don’t treat the X-Ray or the MRI, I treat the patient,” says New Jersey native Dr. Massoud. “Accurate diagnosis is critical. I look at all the factors in their lives -- work, activity, stress and the physical elements -- that may be impacting their condition.” “We focus on the journey to the cure,” he explains. “We consider all non-surgical and surgical options, tailoring the treatment plan to fit the needs of each patient, whether that be modifying activities and living habits to physical therapy and the most advanced surgical procedures.” To stay ahead of the curve, Dr. Massoud and his team conduct extensive research on emerging trends and technologies to

provide patients with access to the forefront of healthcare. An example: While the broader adoption of endoscopic-assisted spinal surgeries is fairly recent, Dr. Massoud has been an expert at it since 2006 and instructs orthopedic residents and colleagues how to perform them. He is now exploring stem cell therapies. In late 2014, Dr. Massoud will publish his book and online resource that marries his extensive medical expertise with his own research and experiences as a back pain sufferer to teach patients how to address mental and physical aspects of minimizing back pain and improving their health. Dr. Massoud notes, “Everybody has different body types and goals, so no two are alike. Our job is to educate patients and help them engage in maximizing their good health.” He is affiliated with Spine Centers of America and Orthopaedic Associates in Fair Lawn, Union and Old Bridge and, in-mid 2014, will open a state-of-the-art facility in Glen Rock.


EDUCATION + TRAINING Muhlenberg College Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, (MD) Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Fellowship at the Texas Back Institute

SERVICES Anterior Cervical Corpectomy Artificial Disc Replacement Bracing Endoscopic Microdiscectomy Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF, ALIF, PLIF, TLIF) Minimally Invasive Surgery Spinal Cord/Spine Surgery Spinal Fusion (Cervical/Lumbar) Stem Cell Therapies

CONTACT INFO Bryan J. Massoud, M.D. Spine Ctrs. of America/Orthopaedic Assoc. 15-01 Broadway, Suite 20 Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410 (877) 722-6008 www.SpineCentersOfAmerica.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com

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Dr. Scott A. Spiro


EDUCATION + TRAINING UMDNJ Internship, Stony Brook Hospital Residencies at St. Barnabas Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine Fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital Cedars Medical Center and the University of Miami

SERVICES Cosmetic breast surgery, augmentation, lift, reduction Body contouring-tummy tuck, body lift Liposuction & nonsurgical fat reduction Facial cosmetic surgery-face, neck, eyelid Non-surgical injectables — Botox and Fillers Facial medical peels Breast reconstruction after mastectomy

CONTACT INFO Scott A. Spiro, M.D., F.A.C.S. 101 Old Short Hills Road Suite 510, West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 736-5907


How do you personalize your high quality care for each of your patients?

With well more than 20,000 procedures having been performed to date, how does Scott A. Spiro, MD, FACS, of Spiro Plastic Surgery in West Orange, NJ, make sure he provides the same high quality of care to each one of his patients? “Every person is unique, every body is unique,” is the mantra, says Dr. Spiro, a board certified plastic surgeon. “I look at each case as an opportunity to blend a keen eye and thought in decision making, surgical skill in technique and execution and artistry to make the best possible outcome. That’s the challenge and I look forward to it.” At Spiro Plastic Surgery, safety and sincerity have also been fundamental principles from the very beginning. No two treatments are exactly alike. On his website, Dr. Spiro (while respecting his patient’s privacy) showcases the before and after pictures from recent procedures. The results have to be seen to be believed. Dr. Spiro specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body contouring, facial aesthetic surgery

and breast cancer reconstruction. After receiving a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark Medical School, he underwent a Surgery Residency and Chief Residency in General Surgery at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Finally, he undertook a two-year Residency in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of Miami School of Medicine and an additional fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital Cedars Medical Center and the University of Miami. Aside from his extensive medical career, Dr. Spiro is also a critically acclaimed artist that has illustrated book chapters and numerous articles in medical literature. A selection of his works can be found throughout the office. According to Dr. Spiro, plastic surgery, “allows for the ultimate blending of art and science, creativity and the demands for technical excellence, and then in the end you get to share that with the patient. There’s no better feeling.”

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SPECIALTY: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery

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Summit Breast Care

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When breast cancer is found, does that mean a woman will always need a mastectomy?

“Believe it or not, it is actually uncommon for a woman to require a mastectomy. The survival rate for women who choose breast preservation and radiation is the same as those who have a mastectomy. Additionally, the rate of reoccurrence is also similar. If you test positive for the BRCA gene mutation, having mastectomies will decrease your chances of getting cancer. Your survival rate, however, will be no different than that of a woman who chooses close surveillance. A mastectomy may be recommended if a patient is elderly or ill and can’t be compliant with radiation, if radiation is not available and/or if the woman has had previous radiation for breast cancer or another condition. It also is indicated if there’s a simultaneous diagnosis of two breast cancers far away from each other”, says Drs. Jan Huston, Michelle O’Shea and Tamica White. During her tenure as a general and vascular surgeon – and the only female physician in her practice – Dr. Huston was highly sought after by female patients dealing with breast cancer and the implications of the diagnosis. Over time, the magnitude of this growing health issue coupled

with her expertise in treating it led Dr. Huston to leave her practice and establish Summit Breast Care. Dr. Jan Huston is the Director of Summit Breast Care and has been since she founded the center in 1999. Along with her highly trained associates that include, board certified surgeons, Dr. Michelle O’Shea and Dr. Tamica White; Summit Breast Care offers state of the art care in a kind, calm, caring manner. Summit Breast Care has locations in Montclair, Sparta, Springfield and Newark. Dr. Huston has been taking care of women with breast concerns and breast cancer for over twenty five years. Dr. Huston also serves as Medical Director of the breast center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, New Jersey. Summit Breast Care is committed to treating breast cancer with the most advanced, minimally invasive procedures: such as sentinel node and stereotactic biopsies, as well as oncoplastic surgery – or rebuilding the surrounding breast tissue after a lumpectomy. Dr. Huston writes a blog on www.TheKernelOfTruth.org Use this QR Code for More Information



Dr. Jan Huston Michigan State University (BS) Western Michigan University (MA) Michigan State University (MD) Dr. Michelle O’Shea The College of Saint Elizabeth (BS) University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ – New Jersey Medical School (MD) Dr. Tamica White Johns Hopkins University (BS) University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ – New Jersey Medical School (MD)


Abnormal mammogram counseling & treatment Breast biopsy Diagnosis, counseling & surgical treatment of breast cancer Diagnosis and treatment of benign breast disease Oncoplastic partial mastectomy Portacath insertion Cyst aspirations BRCA testing Screening and appropriate follow up planning of high risk patients

CONTACT INFO Summit Breast Care 1 Bay Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 89 Sparta Avenue, Suite 210 Sparta, NJ 07871 (908) 762-0058 www.Breastline.com www.TheKernelOfTruth.org

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Women’s Own OB/GYN



EDUCATION + TRAINING University of Bombay (MBBS, MD) Residencies at the BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Bombay, India; William Harvey Hospital, England; and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, New York

SERVICES Minimally invasive surgeries Vaginal surgeries Adolescent and menopausal care Multiple pregnancies and Pregnancy with Advanced maternal age

CONTACT INFO Hetal Gor, M.D., FACOG 180 Grand Ave Englewood, NJ 07631 (201) 541-6868 www.GorMD.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Bergen SPECIALTY: Gynecology / OBGYN



How does your approach differ from other infertility specialists and sole practitioners?

Hetal Gor, MD, FACOG, is a board certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. At her Englewood, NJ, practice, Dr. Gor provides her patients with personalized and compassionate care. As a sole practitioner, she is committed to getting to know each and every one of her patients by being there for them around the clock whenever care is needed. Dr. Gor’s unique specialty gives her the ability to monitor and perform procedures at every step along the way: from puberty, prenatal care to delivery and postpartum care to menopause and beyond. She is also one of the few OB/GYN specialists in the U.S. that performs minimally invasive surgery to correct fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterovaginal prolapse, perimenopausal and hormonal dysfunctions. Her world-class training, with a career spanning education at universities in India, England and the U.S., has given her comprehensive experience in OB/GYN surgery. She is an expert in state-of-the-art robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomies, myomectomies, vaginal hysterectomies and blood-less

surgeries. “I chose this specialty because not only do I take part in the happiness of delivering a baby, but I can also use my surgical training to alleviate and treat gynecological conditions my patients may have,” says Dr. Gor. After obtaining her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Bombay in India, Dr. Gor completed residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at BYL NAIR Hospital in Bombay, India, The William Harvey Hospital in Britain and the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York. While working at the Center, she was awarded several honors including Resident of the Year two consecutive years in a row. She has her own medical talk show called Dr. Gor’s Show. Dr. Gor is the winner of Compassionate Doctor awards 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and winner of Patients Choice Awards 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Dr. Gor is the author of three articles on WebMD. She is involved with lots of charitable non-profit organizations. Use this QR Code for More Information

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Jeffrey Schiller, MD


What types of cosmetic procedures do you perform, and how do you make each personal?


“I’m a perfectionist,” says Dr. Jeffrey Schiller, MD, FASOPRS. “My feeling is that each of my patients deserves my very best work.” Dr. Schiller is a member of only 500 physicians that specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face. Performing over 10,000 operations to date, his unique lower eyelid and cheek-lift rejuvenation technique was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and as a result, he now lectures at major cosmetic surgery meetings around the world.

JEFFREY SCHILLER, M.D. BOARD CERTIFICATION Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology EDUCATION + TRAINING Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School Yale University SERVICES Laser Eyelift Blepharoplasty Cheek Lift Endoscopic Forehead and Brow Lift Asian Blepharoplasty Sculptra Botox Radiesse Restylane Juvederm CONTACT INFO Jeffrey Schiller, M.D. 101 Old Short Hills Road West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 228-7760 www.BeautifulEyes.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY:


SPECIALTY: Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

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Lisa M. Silbret, MD


How do you provide personalized care?


Dr. Silbret immediately puts you at ease and takes away any fear you may have about your visit by listening to your concerns and getting to know you personally. For fourteen years Lisa Silbret, MD, has been known for her compassionate and personalized attention that she gives each patient. At Dr. Silbret’s and Dr. Schechter’s office, these board certified dermatologists offer ​cutting edge dermatological care and individualized cosmetic procedures that help women achieve a natural and youthful appearance.

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LISA M. SILBRET, MD, FAAD BOARD CERTIFICATION Dermatology EDUCATION + TRAINING University of Pennsylvania Albert Einstein College of Medicine Cornell Medical CenterThe New York Hospital Montefiore Medical Center Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology Member of the American Board of Dermatology

SERVICES Fillers: Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Belotero Toxins: Dysport, Botox, Xeomin Skin tightening and Laser therapy Skin cancer screening & treatment Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis treatment CONTACT INFO Lisa M. SIlbret, MD, FAAD 26 Plaza 9 Drive, Manalapan, NJ, 07726 (732) 303-1500 www.DrLisaSilbretMD.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY: Monmouth SPECIALTY: Dermatology


JANET M. NEIGEL, MD, FACS BOARD CERTIFICATION Ophthalmology EDUCATION + TRAINING Douglas College, Rutgers University (BA) University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (MD) Internship, Internal Medicine College Hospital Residencies at UMDNJ and Affiliated Eye Residencies of New Jersey Fellowship at the University of British Columbia SERVICES Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, Belotero Balance, Radiesse, Sculptra, Pelleve Facial Skin Tightening, Pellefirm Body Skin Tightening, Laser Vein Treatment, Laser Hair Removal, FX Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment. Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. Laser Blepharoplasty, S-Lift, Endoscopic Brow Lift, Fat Transfer, Skin Cancer Surgery. CONTACT INFO Janet M. Neigel, MD, FACS Neigel Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Old Short Hills Road, Suite #204 West Orange, NJ 07052 | (973) 325-7779 www.Eyelid.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY:


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Neigel Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery

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At the Neigel Center, Medical Director Dr. Janet Neigel, MD, FACS, oversees a caring and committed team of certified specialists who naturally restore cosmetic issues. Dr. Neigel is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic oculofacial plastic surgery and treating the eyes: orbit reconstruction, eyelid and facial surgery, socket surgery and trauma. “Each patient is treated as an individual,” says Dr. Neigel. In this respect, function and aesthetics are paramount, including cosmetic surgery from the neck up.

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SPECIALTY: Plastic Surgery

NIKESH PATEL, MD BOARD CERTIFICATION Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery EDUCATION + TRAINING Wake Forest School of Medicine - MD Albany Medical Center – Plastic Surgery Residency UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Surgery Residency Cosmetic and Breast Fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic SERVICES Cosmetic breast surgery Laser Liposuction Abdominoplasty Laser & Skin Rejuvenation CONTACT INFO Nikesh Patel, MD New Reflections Plastic Surgery 1001 West Main Street Suite A, Freehold, NJ 07728 (732) 354-3792 www.NewReflectionsps.com

What types of specialty cosmetic procedures does your practice provide?

New Reflections Plastic Surgery


How do you make sure each of your procedures is personal?


Nikesh Patel, MD, is an award-winning board certified plastic surgeon who takes an honest approach to achieving results. Performing a combination of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, Dr. Patel utilizes modern and innovative techniques. “What inspires me is the chance to use my expertise to help people achieve true results.” says Dr. Patel. “I customize each procedure based on the vision of my patient, so that I achieve real outcomes that are exceptional.”

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Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey


For women who are looking to get their body back after pregnancy what would your advice be?


Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has developed a sterling reputation for bringing the highest level of technical expertise, service and care to the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experience. Dr. Glatt specializes in post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures, performed separately or in combination as a “mommy makeover”. These include tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift and/or augmentation. Non-surgical options may include CoolSculpting.

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BRIAN S. GLATT, MD, FACS BOARD CERTIFICATION Plastic Surgery EDUCATION + TRAINING University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD) Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center SERVICES Aesthetic surgery of the face, breast and body Cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery Body Contouring, including Abdominoplasty, Liposuction and CoolSculpting Botox and injectable fillers Non-surgical facial and body rejuvenation CONTACT INFO Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey 310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100 Morristown, NJ 07960 | (973) 889-9300 www.DrBrianGlatt.com View Full Profile at www.NJTopDocs.com COUNTY:


SPECIALTY: Plastic Surgery

We would like to congratulate all of our Healthcare Providers who qualified to be profiled in 2014



Total Awareness

Mammograms and Breast Health By Simon Murray


ther than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It’s estimated that every year more than 220,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 of those diagnosed will die from this terrible disease. Statistically, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, which is why many of us have friends and family members who count themselves as breast cancer survivors. Because of the worldwide prevalence of breast cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) and

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the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have labeled breast cancer a “global burden” that “claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year, while affecting countries at all levels of modernization.” But enough of the scary facts. Breast cancer can be stopped, and doing so begins with awareness. According to the CDC, death rates from breast cancer have been on the decline since about 1990, due in part to early detection, increased awareness of breast health and the continual improvement of treatment options. To promote breast health, women should have regular mammograms, which may lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. Treatment has the highest chance of success when

cancer is found at its earliest stages, so do ctors urge patients to go early in life and get regular screening. The CDC advises women 50 to 74 to have a mammogram every two years. For women ages 40 to 49, it’s imperative that they speak to their doctors about when and how often to get a mammogram. While the CDC is working to increase breast cancer awareness across all ages, it’s worth noting that about 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age. For that reason, it’s important for women of all ages to understand screening and diagnostic tests for breast health, which include selfexams, clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast ultrasounds.

BREAST CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN: Who Has a Higher Risk? Some women are at higher risk for breast cancer at a younger age. If you are younger than 45, you may have a higher risk if any of the following apply:

> You have Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. >Y  our chest or breasts were treated with radiation therapy during childhood or early adulthood.

 ou have close relatives (a parent, a sibling or chil>Y dren) who were diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer when they were younger than 45, especially if more than one relative was diagnosed, or if a male relative had breast cancer.

>Y  ou have had breast cancer or certain other breastrelated health problems, such as lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), atypical ductal hyperplasia or atypical lobular hyperplasia.

>Y  ou have changes in certain breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) or have close relatives with these changes.

>Y  ou have been told, based on a mammogram, that your breast tissue is dense. Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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EARLY DETECTION A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. A regular mammogram is the best test doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. When their breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.

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MAMMOGRAM TIPS > A void scheduling a mammogram for the week before your period or during your period; your breasts may be tender or swollen then.

> On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume or powder; these products can show up as white spots on the x-ray.


Weekend Rejuvenation By Simon Murray


ejuvenation takes on a different meaning, depending on whom you ask. For those among us who are looking to cool the jets, turn off the phone and quickly forget the laundry list of daily responsibilities, a sensual massage and spa treatment is balm for the soul. But for people who want to get the blood pumping, a fitness-focused, full-body boot camp can be as appealing as pampering—and just as cathartic. Whatever your mind–body escape looks like, we have the perfect local retreats to help you relax, whether you want to turn up the tempo or slip into a me-time oasis. NEW JERSEY ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, Harry Dunham Park, Liberty Corner, NJ. More of an extended “weekend retreat,” this four-week

outdoor program will leave your body sculpted like a Roman statue. Certified fitness trainers provide nutritional counseling and motivational training. In return for a one-hour commitment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, participants can expect a 5- to 12-pound weight loss and a 3- to 5-percent reduction in body fat. But, most of all, it’s a chance to meet like-minded people. Set your alarm—camp starts at 5:30 sharp. www.njbootcamp.com CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT, Sussex County, NJ. There’s never been a better time than right now to get away and get pampered. At Crystal Springs Resort’s two awardwinning spas, Elements and Reflections, guests can choose from an array of treatments for the senses.

Our favorite? The Wine Down Spa Package, which features accommodations at the Grand Cascades Lodge, complete with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, a 100-minute Red & White Wine Signature Facial and a 50-minute full-body Vinotherapy Massage. www.crystalgolfresort.com OCEAN PLACE RESORT & SPA, Long Branch, NJ. A stone’s throw from the beach and the shops at Pier Village, the spa at Ocean Place is a premier escape that offers a complete spavacation experience. Whether you choose The Getaway or invite the romance with a Couples Get Away, the spa packages include coastal rooms with a view, Swedish deeptissue massages, an organic deepcleansing facial and reflexology foot treatments. www.oceanplace.com

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Cover Story

Giuliana Rancic

The Reality of a SURVIVOR By Simon Murray


n October 17, 2011, Giuliana Rancic followed through on a difficult decision. The face of E! News, and an upbeat analyst on Fashion Police, E! Entertainment’s pullno-punches, celebrity haute-couture litmus test, Rancic appeared on the Today show. Ostensibly, she was there to talk about the cliff-hanging season finale of her reality show, Giuliana & Bill, which chronicles the lives of Giuliana and her husband, Bill, leading to speculation that she was about to gush over her newfound pregnancy. But instead of revealing the success of her in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Rancic revealed much more somber news: The star had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Rancic, who patrols the red carpet

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with unflappable gusto, even when interviewing the most eccentric Hollywood characters, appeared visibly shaken. But she was also resolute as she recounted the circumstances that saved her life. Giuliana Rancic was born Giuliana Depandi on August 17, 1975, in Naples, Italy. At the age of seven, Rancic moved with her family to Bethesda, Maryland. After arriving in the United States with a limited English vocabulary, Rancic spent hours in front of the mirror, practicing her newly adopted language as she pretended to be local NBC anchorwoman Barbara Harrison. Rancic’s desire to become a news anchor led her to overcome the language barrier and eventually earn an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the American

University School of Communication. Through her career at E! News, Giuliana met Bill Rancic, the original winner of The Apprentice, Donald Trump’s “You’re fired!” series. Bill was hired by Trump at the show’s conclusion, becoming the first reality star to be hired on national television. Following his success on the show, Giuliana interviewed Bill. Sparks grew to flames, and the two were married in September 2007, during a televised ceremony. When it came to conceiving a baby, the road was rocky for the couple. And it was far from private. Every twist and turn in attempting to have a child was documented on Giuliana & Bill, which first aired on the Style Network but has since moved to Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central on E!. Two IVF treatments, one of which resulted in a miscarriage at eight

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weeks, led the couple to a third attempt to get pregnant. But before going forward, Rancic was diagnosed with the unthinkable: breast cancer. Used to working and living in the spotlight, it was only natural that Rancic would take her battle with breast cancer public. If her doctor hadn’t been adamant about screening for breast cancer, Rancic is certain she wouldn’t have had a mammogram until she was 40 years old, believing that was the customary age to begin screening. She was 36 and about to go for another round of IVF, which would have accelerated the cancer, had it been left undiagnosed. Rancic now preaches a proactive approach to maintaining good health and stresses the importance of early screenings, self-detection and communication with your doctor. And she didn’t give up on that dream of having a baby. Following a double lumpectomy, radiation and a double mastectomy—something she calls “one of the toughest, if not the toughest, decisions I’ve had to make in my life”—a revitalized Giuliana joined Bill on the Today show on April 23, 2012, to tell the world some good news for a change: With the help of a gestational carrier, the couple was finally expecting with Edward Duke Rancic, who celebrates his second birthday in August of this year. An egg retrieval before undergoing radiation has given Giuliana the ability to realize her wish of a big, happy family.

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COVER STORY Q+A Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HEALTHIEST HABITS THAT YOU CAN’T GO A DAY WITHOUT? A: Honestly, I try to live a very healthy, clean lifestyle. I’m a big snacker, so it’s really helpful to keep only healthy snacks around. I love KIND Bars—they’re great because they’re made with all-natural ingredients. It’s really important to me to avoid artificial ingredients in my food. And I always keep a bag of raw almonds in my purse for days when I am on long shoots or traveling. Also, we love to go on hikes and long walks around our neighborhood as a family. Duke loves being outdoors, and we try to live a very healthy, active lifestyle, so those are perfect activities for us to do together.

Q: AFTER TRYING SO HARD TO GET PREGNANT, WHAT’S IT LIKE TO FINALLY BE A MOM? A: There is nothing else like it in the world. Being a mom to Duke is the greatest joy I have experienced in my entire life. Every smile, laugh and even cry melts my heart, and I am just so grateful to be his mom. He is the greatest gift in the world.   Q: YOU’RE NOTORIOUS (WE SAY THAT TONGUE IN CHEEK) FOR HAVING A REALITY SHOW WITH BARELY ANY DRAMA. WHAT CAN AUDIENCES LOOK FORWARD TO FOR THE SEVENTH SEASON OF GIULIANA & BILL? A: You’re going to be seeing a lot of baby Duke this season! Bill and I always joke that Duke is a real scenestealer, but it’s true—he loves the camera. You’ll also see us building our dream home in Chicago, balancing our work and family life and planning our future. It’s our best season yet, in my opinion.

a double mastectomy, plus five years of medication. Deciding to have a double mastectomy was one of the toughest—if not the toughest—decisions I’ve had to make, but I knew that I didn’t want to be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. I wanted to go with the procedure that would give me the best odds at never having breast cancer again.

Q: YOU’RE AN INSPIRATION NOT ONLY TO WOMEN UNDERGOING BREAST CANCER TREATMENT BUT ALSO TO THOSE BATTLING FERTILITY ISSUES. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE CELEBRATED FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AS MUCH AS FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE? A: It’s incredible! It’s the greatest feeling in the world when someone comes up to me and tells me that they got their first mammogram because they heard my story and felt compelled to be proactive about their health. Or when a woman or couple tells me that they, too, struggled with IVF and thanks me for giving this trying circumstance a voice. My decision to go public with my health issues was not an easy one, but I decided that if I could help even one person by sharing my story, then it would be worth it.


SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER, HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFESTYLE IN ANY WAY? A: I’ve always tried to live a very healthy lifestyle, with both my diet and exercise, so nothing has really changed. Of course, now, with the little guy in our lives, Bill and I want to be as healthy as possible so we can be around for a very, very long time.




INTERVIEW AT E! NEWS? A: If I had to pick just one, I would say that interviewing Oprah Winfrey has been the most memorable. She is such an inspiration to me. Not only is she an incredible businesswoman and entrepreneur, but she’s also an incredible humanitarian.

A: My cancer was actually discovered by a mammo-

gram that my fertility doctor made mandatory before going into the final phases of IVF. My first procedure was a double lumpectomy. Unfortunately, the margins weren’t clear after that procedure, so the next step was

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The New Food Triangle

The “Healthy Eating Plate”




he food triangle has had a difficult run. Since 1992, the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid has been hopelessly controversial. The compartmentalized, spatially challenged pyramid has been the cause of continuous debates by government officials, nutritionists and the food industry at large. But, the average citizen took it as gospel, FOOD GUIDE PYRAMID, 1992 The controversy started with the Food Guide Pyramid’s first failing: it appeared as if you were supposed to eat more foods from the bottom than from top, which caused infighting at the highest levels and prompted interest groups to attack the merit of the design. At the bottom of the pyramid, the section that included bread, cereal, rice and pasta recommended a whopping 6-11

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By Simon Murray eating their way to bad health under the guidance of the government. “For no-nonsense, rock-solid nutrition information, people often look to the Food Guide Pyramid,” wrote Dr. Walter Willet, MD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition chair in the department of nutrition at Harvard University, in his book, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating. “That’s a shame, because the USDA

Pyramid is wrong. It was built on shaky scientific ground back in 1992. Since then it has been steadily eroded by new research from all parts of the globe. Scores of large and small research projects have chipped away at the foundation (carbohydrates), the middle (meat and milk), and the apex (fats).” In June 2011 the triangle was reshaped into a new food icon: MyPlate. The plate shape promotes core servings per day. Nutritionists were up in arms, claiming that eating too many servings of grains encouraged obesity. The pyramid was reconstructed on a new foundation. MY PYRAMID, 2005 The MyPyramid that replaced the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid was even worse. Doing away with the hierarchical design, the USDA came up with a spectrum of colorful food categories that were difficult to decipher without going online. (Its minor,

food groups: fruits, grains, vegetables, protein and a small side of diary, and it does so in proportion to the space they should occupy in our basic diet. It is simplified and easy to understand. But Dr. Willet and a team of experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School argue that the plate still doesn’t offer the complete picture underrated success was in implementing stairs on the side of the pyramid with an exercise component, adding, “Sixty to 90 minutes of daily physical activity may be needed to prevent weight gain or sustain weight loss”). But this pyramid, too, was deemed unsound and criticism was unabated. MYPLATE, 2011 The colorful, modern-day iteration of the food guide was turned into a plate offering a clear breakdown of what

when it comes to basic nutrition advice. Instead, they have come up with their own version, the Healthy Eating Plate. This update on the update is based on the best available science unhindered by political or commercial pressure from food industry lobbyists. “MyPlate does not give adequate guidance about the most important choices we make on a daily basis,”

Dr. Willett wrote to Healthy Living in an email. “Our plate gives more specific information about the optimal types of grains, protein sources, vegetables, fruits and fats. It also emphasizes water over milk.” For more on Dr. Willett’s revised food guide and a history of the USDA’s Food Pyramids, check out the sidebar. an average plate should look like. However, critics argue that it still doesn’t clearly indicate what types of nutritional choices should be made, and doesn’t distinguish between how much to eat of certain foods (e.g.: red meat or potatoes). MyPlate also lacks an activity message and is silent about fat, an omission that could steer consumers towards an unhealthful low-fat, high-carb diet.

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A BALANCED BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER Dr. Willet the co-author of Thinfluence, a new book about the external factors that influence our weight, says there is “no single change we can make that will lead to successful weight control; this involves putting together multiple elements of a healthy diet and incorporating physical activity into our daily lives.” However, the single most important thing we as consumers can do is to limit or avoid soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages; for some people, this alone can make a great difference.

DR. WILLET’S HEALTHY EATING PLATE TIPS: > Make vegetables and fruits a significant part of your meal  — ½ of your plate: Aim for color and variety, and remember that potatoes, because of their negative impact on blood sugar, don’t count as vegetables on the Healthy Eating Plate.

> G  o for whole grains — ¼ of your plate: Whole and intact grains—whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice and foods made with them, such as whole wheat pasta —have a milder effect on blood sugar and insulin than white bread, white rice and other refined grains do.

> Protein up with power — ¼ of your plate: Fish, chicken, beans and nuts are all healthy, versatile protein sources—they can be mixed into salads, and pair well with vegetables on a plate. Limit red meat, and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.

> Include healthy plant oils — in moderation: Choose healthy vegetable oils such as olive, canola, soy, corn, sunflower and peanut, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which contain unhealthful trans fats. Remember that low fat does not necessarily mean “healthy.”

> Drink water, coffee, or tea: Skip sugary drinks, limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and limit juice to a small glass per day.

> S  tay active: The red figure running across the Healthy Eating Plate’s placemat is a reminder that staying active is also important in weight control.

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pring is in the air, which means the brilliant flowers that have lain dormant during the long winter are finally in bloom. Activities are sprouting up in our incredible local arboretums and botanical gardens. These are fun events the whole family can enjoy amid the dew fresh blooms. Just remember to bring your childlike sense of adventure.

Spring Peonies at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

DUKE FARMS On 2,740 acres in Hills-

borough, Somerset County, NJ, Duke Farms is one of the largest privately owned parcels of untouched, undeveloped land in the state. Open to the public six days a week (every day except Wednesday) for free, the Duke Farms Foundation invites everyone to take in the beauty of nature, the diversity of wildlife and participate in their educational programs. Guests will find more than 20 miles worth of hiking, biking, walking/running and exploring. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: The Dawn Chorus (May 4); Tomatoes: 2 Part In-Garden Series (May 10); Sunday Mystery Walks (May 11) 


This year, from spring through fall, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their renowned Children’s Garden by hosting youth education programs in support of their exhibit, 100 Years and Growing: A Century in the Children’s

Garden. With classes and workshops aimed at both adults and kids, there is enough to do for the whole family. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: Kids’ Discovery Stations have been expanded to 5 days a week from April through October. At Sproutfest (June 7), the public can tour the Children’s Garden, which has historically only been open to kids.


An iconic garden packed full of renowned landscapes, collections and landmarks that bloom in early spring. Come experience the azaleas with a garden tour or take a nature walk through the Rock Garden. Families are invited to celebrate the greatest American gardens of the 20th century designed by influential women in landscape architecture as well as garden

photography and writing in the Groundbreakers exhibit. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party (May 10 & 11); Groundbreakers (May 17 – September 7); The Rose Garden Celebration (June 7 & 8)


Across a resplendent 127 acres, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum on East Hanover Avenue in Morris Township has more than just beautiful flowers of every shape and size on its grounds. Its beautiful colonial revival mansion also serves as headquarters for the Morris County Park Commission, and includes the Haggerty Education Center, which provides ongoing horticultural educational programs to the public. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: A Gardener’s Guide to Hydrangeas (May 17); Fairy Day (June 29)

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Anti-aging B

Arsenal By Terry Ward

est Face Forward: The battle against fine lines, sun spots and other irksome threats to your outer glow can be a smooth one when you employ high-quality products made from natural ingredients specifically targeted to tone, firm and tighten your delicate facial tissue. We’ve done the legwork to source some of the best items worthy of a place in your personal anti-aging arsenal.

The KG System by Kari Gran, www.karigran.com, $140: Trust this Seattle-based eco skin care line for a daily cleansing regimen that leaves your skin baby-soft, hydrated and glowing. The three-part system starts with a cleansing oil infused with organic lavender, avocado and sunflower oil that you apply with a hot towel for a sort of infusion steam bath for your face. Next, mix the hydrating tonic and serum rich with ylang ylang, rose oil and nourishing aloe vera leaf in your palm and pat over your face for a flawless finish. Tilth Eye Wondrous Serum, www. tilthbeauty.com, $62: This gluten and toxin-free line founded by a former Elizabeth Arden exec is a favorite with the Beverly Hills set. Tilth’s Eye Wondrous Serum gets particularly high marks since it’s made with both peptides and encapsulated Retinol (rare for an eye cream). Apply the serum regularly around your eyes and you’ll notice a reduction in those bothersome wrinkles. Celtic Complexion Youth Infusion 7 High Potency Serum, www.celticcomplexion.com, $97: Target brown

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spots, acne scars and fine lines with this anti-aging powerhouse of a serum rich with rare and vital nutrients such as Indian rose (which lifts oxygen to your skin’s surface), sandalwood and carrot seed, which has been called nature’s Retin-A thanks to its bountiful vitamin A assets.

Stemology Cell Revive Serum Complete, www.stemologyskincare. com, $189: Pesky amplified pores and slackening facial skin are put in the bullseye with this stellar serum made with daisy flower extract and collagen pre-peptides to help stimulate collagen synthesis and lighten dark spots. Plus, stem cell proteins plump sagging skin and increases elastin. Diamond Ice-Lift by Natura Bissé, www.naturabisse.com, $155: Formulated by celebrated Barcelonabased beauty house Natura Bissé, this rich mask should be applied to your face twice a week for 20 minutes for surprisingly quick results that smooth the contour of your face, minimize wrinkles and even your skin’s overall texture. The product employs a luxurious marine DNA component for a tightening and firming effect that protects your skin from cellular aging. DECLÉOR EXCELLENCE DE L’ÂGE Regenerating Eye & Lip Cream, www.DecleorUSA.com $79. This natural anti-aging skin care line from Paris uses active plant ingredients and aromatherapy to heal timetried skin. We love a product that can multi-task, and the best of the bunch is this eye and lip cream specially formulated for women in their 50s.


CHOOSING A SUB-ACUTE REHAB is just as important as choosing the right doctor. The Health Center at Crane’s Mill is devoted to each resident’s



All folks pictured are actual Crane’s Mill residents.

Make an informed decision about your health. Take the first step at: cranesmill.org/rehab SERVICES INCLUDE: Physical, Cognitive, and Occupational Therapy

Speech, Language, and Swallowing Therapy

Conditioning Programs

Wound Care Treatment

Pain Management

I.V. Therapy

459 Passaic Avenue | West Caldwell, NJ 07006 | 973-276-3016 | www.cranesmill.org


Our doctors will see you now in:

Whether you’re looking for a family doctor to manage your primary care or a specialist to treat a serious illness, our network physicians are where you need them most. With offices in Bergen and Hudson counties*, we’re adding new practices and specialties all the time. So give one of our network physicians a call. You’ll benefit from their collaborative relationships with others in the network, as well as easy access to the comprehensive resources of Holy Name Medical Center. For a referral, call 1-877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626) and ask for a Holy Name Physician Network practitioner. Or find an office near you at holyname.org/network.

Physician Network service specialties include: Breast Surgery

Radiation Oncology



Primary Care

Neurology/MS Center


Breast Imaging


General Diagnostic Radiology

Obstetrics/Gynecology Hematology/Medical Oncology

Interventional Radiology Sports Medicine

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*Not all specialties offered at all locations.

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