Diet & Nutrition

Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to one’s diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage and support a healthy pregnancy. A healthy and balanced diet can play an important role in fertility and pregnancy, particularly with the management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Our registered dietitians work closely with your Clinical Care Team to provide personalized nutrition counseling and dietary education classes in each of our RMANJ office locations.

At RMANJ our comprehensive health and nutrition program embraces the importance of proper diet and nutrition:

  • Maintaining a healthy BMI is associated with regular ovulation and increased IVF success rates

  • Having a low carbohydrate, portion-control diet helps reduce insulin levels which supports weight loss

  • Getting 30 minutes of exercise helps lower insulin levels and optimizes fertility

  • Having adequate Omega-3 in your diet promotes cycle regulation and improves fertility

  • Getting enough micronutrients, especially antioxidants, increases the chance of getting pregnant and fosters a healthy pregnancy

RMANJ's Registered Dietitians

Desiree Martin, RDNDesiree Martin, RDN

Desiree Martin has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University in Pennsylvania where she graduated with summa cum laude honors. She then continued her journey at Montclair State University where she successfully completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice. Desiree became a registered dietitian in 2014 and began working as a clinical dietitian at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold shortly after.

“I believe that each new meal and snack is a brand new opportunity to make smarter, more informed choices to better improve our bodies and overall well-being.”- Desiree Martin, RD

Martin worked closely with both inpatients and outpatients at CentraState. She facilitated monthly group classes for the pulmonary rehabilitation patients and provided individual nutrition counseling for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Martin has acute care experience in: general medical/surgical, oncology, cardiac/telemetry, critical care, mother/baby, orthopedics and the psychiatric unit. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the New Jersey Dietetic Association. Her approach is to work with the patient to create an individualized meal plan and balanced lifestyle that accommodates the patient’s specific nutrition goals using scientific and evidence based information and education tools.

She sees patients in RMANJ’s Freehold, Eatontown, and Hamilton offices.

Leda Ristovic, MS, RD  

Leda Ristovic holds Bachelor & Master of Science degrees in Nutrition/Dietetics, from Montclair State University. She became a registered dietitian upon successfully completing 1200 hours of supervised practice with Iowa State University’s Dietetic Internship program.

“Investing in our health and being able to influence some kind of change is incredibly empowering”-Leda Ristovic, RD

Prior to beginning her career at RMANJ,Ristovic has worked with a variety of populations including prenatal care, maternity, infant and pediatric nutrition, elderly/long term care, and acute care. She also holds a certificate of training in adult weight management, obtained a four part breastfeeding training, and is a certified food safety manager. Her ultimate goal in her career is to educate others on how to make healthier choices and lead balanced lives, using scientific and evidence based information. And of course…world peace!

Ristovic sees patients in  RMANJ’s Englewood, West Orange, and Morristown offices.

Gabrielle Rutenberg, RDNGabrielle Rutenberg, RDN 

Gabrielle Rutenberg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from Montclair State University. She successfully completed her dietetic internship with the Sodexo NY/Metropolitan Area internship program, which consisted of 1200 hours of supervised practice with an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy.

“It’s amazing what our bodies are capable of when we provide it with whole nutritious foods” – Gabrielle Rutenberg, RDN

She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Rutenberg has experience in an acute care setting at Clara Maass Hospital and has covered all areas of the hospital including medical/surgical, intensive care unit, cardiac/telemetry, OB clinic/prenatal care, orthopedics, and psychiatric. She is also affiliated with Be Well Morristown where she provides outpatient nutrition counseling. Her goal is to educate and empower her patients to make healthier food choices. She believes in a whole food nutrition approach and that we can heal ourselves and reach optimum health with healthy diet/lifestyle change.

She sees patients in  RMANJ’s Basking Ridge, Somerset, and Springfield offices.

sweeny_headshotMarisa Sweeney, RD 

Marisa Sweeny, is the Director of Wellness Services at RMANJ, has been a registered dietitian since 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics from Montclair State University and is a member of Nutrition and Dietetics and New Jersey Dietetic Association.

“What you eat, and even what you do not eat, can have a profound effect on your fertility. Finding a well-balanced healthy meal plan that fits your lifestyle can help prepare you for fertility treatment and a healthy pregnancy.” – Marisa Sweeny, RD

She works closely with our RMANJ physicians and nurses to develop a nutrition program focused on optimizing fertility and fostering healthy pregnancy.

She sees patients in RMANJ’s Lehigh Valley office.

Meet Our Entire Wellness Team

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