Dr. Malik is a board certified, fellowship-trained physician with a distinguished career in endocrinology. She is one of only 3 physicians in New Jersey to be additionally board certified in obesity management. This makes her uniquely qualified to both diagnose the cause of obesity, and to treat the condition. She has served as attending physician at prestigious institutions such as the Diabetes Endocrine Care and Resource Center, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY; West Penn Allegheny Health System, and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Buffalo, NY. Dr. Malik is licensed in the state of New Jersey and is as well known for her warmth and compassion as she is for her medical expertise.
Why is it so hard for most of us to lose weight as we age?
Our bodies go through hormonal changes as we age that often lead to unwanted weight gain and make it difficult to shed those extra pounds. For women in their 40’s and 50’s, either pre- or post- menopausal, hormones are out of balance and this can make losing weight especially difficult. For men as they approach middle-age, they may notice weight gain on the middle of the body that they can’t seem to lose no matter what they do. As an endocrinologist, hormones and the changes they cause are my specialty. Of course, increased weight can also be associated with disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, insulin resistance and some cancers, which need to be treated, and often may improve through weight loss. Whatever the source of the metabolic changes that cause weight gain, however, weight loss is most effectively achieved with the support of a physician-supervised approach such as our “The TrueU” weight management program.
How does your “The TrueU” weight loss program work?
I am pleased to offer my patients a medically directed and supervised strategy for weight loss that gets proven and sustainable results. It’s a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses behavior modification, nutrition education and counseling, physical activity, ongoing emotional and psychological support, and medical monitoring. One component of the program is the New Direction System® of nutritionally complete meal replacements, designed only for physician-supervised programs like ours. My patients are having very good success with our program, losing 2-5 pounds a week.
What should a patient expect when they first seek your help with weight loss?
I begin by meeting the patient individually to discuss their weight-loss problems and goals, followed up with a full medical exam including blood work, EKG, and other necessary diagnostics. We talk about their behavior and habits, and I do a complete review of their nutritional and diet history. As they embark on our The TrueU program with the New Direction meal replacement system, they receive weekly classes in behavior and nutrition and meet with a nutritionist once a week. I provide close supervision for each patient, and meet with them monthly for medical monitoring.
After a patient loses weight, how do they keep from gaining it back?
When a patient is within 5 to 10 lbs. of their target weight loss goal, they enter the adapting phase, where we slowly re-introduce regular grocery-store foods. They continue to learn and apply new behavior modification techniques to keep their diets in control during this phase. Next, they enter the sustaining phase, in which they are completely back on regular foods.We help them stay on track during this process by continuing weekly classes and physician supervision and support. I stay close with my patients throughout their weight-loss journey and in maintaining their success.
My goal is first and foremost to help patients lose weight and realize long term weight maintenance through lifestyle changes, behavior modification and nutrition education.
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Tottenville native Dr. Ronald Benitez, neurosurgeon, is president of Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS), a 58-year-old neurosurgical practice that brings the highest quality of treatment and care to Staten Islanders.
As he explains, “Our Morristown and Neptune offices are two of five locations in New Jersey that make it possible for Staten Island patients to receive outstanding personalized care from board-certified neurosurgeons, without the hassle and traffic of trudging into New York City.” ANS also offers access to other multidisciplinary non-surgical physicians including physiatrists, sports medicine physicians and rehabilitation experts.
ANS specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the brain, spine and neurovascular system. The largest neurosurgical practice in New Jersey and one of the most advanced in the country, ANS is known for its cutting-edge approach to medical therapies – many of which are non-surgical. “We specialize in innovative treatments that don’t necessarily involve surgery,” says Dr. Benitez. “And when they do – and if it’s possible – we use pioneering minimally invasive treatment strategies.”
ANS’ Neurovascular Center is at the forefront of ongoing research, delivering the latest innovative treatments to the most complex neurological disorders, including stroke and aneurysm. “Our success rate for treating strokes is higher than the national average,” Dr. Benitez says. “Our doctors are truly experts and innovators in the field, as well as surgical device research and stroke-related clinical trials.”
ANS’ Brain Tumor Center specializes in comprehensive treatments for benign and malignant tumors of the brain, skull base, spine and spinal cord. The in-house multidisciplinary team provides the expertise patients need to make sound, confident treatment decisions all in one place.
ANS’ Spine Center is dedicated to increasing function and improving the quality of life for patients by treating spine disorders with innovative non-surgical and surgical treatments, including minimally invasive techniques. ANS uses “Big Data,” a powerful tool that helps identify the right treatment for the right patient at the right time.
Dr. Benitez concludes, “ANS is devoted to our patients’ emotional well-being. This is why hundreds of patients and their caregivers have come to ANS when they needed the most hope and the best care.”
Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists
310 Madison Ave., Suite 300
Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 285-7800
Toms River, NJ – Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) has announced the opening of its newly expanded Toms River office, located at West Hills Plaza, 864 Route 37 West (behind the Mule Rd. turn). This full-service office will now provide:
* StandUp Open MRI
* WIDE Bore 3Tesla MRI
* Low Dose 128-Slice CT
* 3D Mammography (Screening & Diagnostic)
* Digital X-ray and Fluoroscopy
“These new services will provide our Toms River patients with more and better diagnostic options, which, in turn, will enable physicians to make more informed decisions about treatment options,” said Dr. Hiren Patel, Medical Director of the Toms River office.
“Our commitment to quality, service and compassionate care is unwavering,” added Dr. Patel. “We combine diagnostic imaging expertise, the most advanced technology and the best-trained physicians and staff to provide the most accurate and timely results to our referring clinicians and their patients.”
Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) is a quality-driven medical imaging practice committed to clinical excellence by providing innovative service and compassionate care. With 40 board certified radiologists, 450 staff members and 11 office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth Counties, AMI is the largest and most comprehensive provider of imaging services in central and southeastern New Jersey.
For more information, call (732) 223-XRAY (9729), or visit www.aminorth.com.