The Collaborative Wellness Team at RMANJ provides judgment-free emotional and physical support during your cycle. Our compassionate experts can be a helpful sounding board whether you’re thinking about infertility treatment for the first time, in the middle of a treatment cycle, or deciding which third party reproduction options are best for you. You can learn more about infertility by reading our blog.
The Collaborative Wellness Team at RMANJ provides counseling, acupuncture, yoga, nutritional guidance, and other natural interventions to complement your clinical care with our fertility doctors in NJ. If you’re looking for someone to talk to about the ups and downs of treatment as an individual or couple, our counseling experts are here to listen. For patients dealing with the loss of a pregnancy or coping with cancer and the need for fertility preservation, counseling could provide the right perspective at the right time.
Our Collaborative Wellness Team offers natural interventions to complement your clinical care:
“To provide our patients with the guidance and support that they need by providing counseling, acupuncture, yoga, nutritional guidance, and other natural interventions to support their fertility care.” – Paul A. Bergh, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Marisa Sweeney, RD
Marisa Sweeney, is the Director of Wellness Services at RMANJ and owner of Be Well Wellness Center in Morristown, NJ. A Registered Dietitian since 2009, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics from Montclair State University and is a member of the 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 works closely with our RMA physicians and nurses to develop a nutrition program focused on optimizing fertility and fostering healthy pregnancy.
Judith Kottick, LCSW
Judith Kottick, A recognized expert in the field of reproductive counseling, Judith developed the original psychological services program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and she has served as a consultant in the field throughout the tri-state area. She is currently the Director of Mental Health Services at RMANJ and maintains a private practice in Montclair, New Jersey.
“The longing for a child is one of the most fundamental desires we have as human beings. Whether you are married or have a life partner, are a single parent-to-be or a same sex couple, fertility treatment can be a daunting undertaking and for some people, it is a life crisis.”
“It is important to take care of the mind, body and spirit during this process and support has been shown to lessen anxiety and stress for anyone undergoing medical treatment. We welcome the opportunity to act as guides and counselors to the RMA family building community.”
Gestational carrier and gamete donor arrangements are particular areas of expertise and are frequently the topics of symposiums and workshops Judith is invited to give for both professionals and patients. She created the popular Family Stories Workshop, which helps recipients of gamete donation gain the tools and techniques necessary for talking to children about their donor origins.
Judith draws upon her postgraduate training as a psychotherapist and in behavioral medicine from the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School to provide a personalized approach to helping people cope with the challenges of fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, adoption, and parenting. Involved as a past mentor for Resolve Northeast region and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, in addition to serving on the Mental Health Advisory Council of the Path2Parenthood, Judith has written numerous articles for professional organizations, and has also contributed a chapter to the book “Frozen Dreams.”
Jennifer Gamper Meenan, BSN, RN, MSW, LCSW
Jennifer has worked as a pediatric nurse at St. Barnabas Medical Center, a social worker in the Collaborative Wellness Team at RMANJ and is a Member at Large for the Mentor and Mentee Committee of the Mental Health Processionals Group of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
“Having worked at RMANJ first as a nurse and then as a social worker, I have an important vantage point for helping others through fertility treatment. Patients often feel a loss of control and need help regaining their equilibrium, a challenge that friends and family members do not necessarily understand. Talking with a professional can be a way to make your voice heard and understood.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to listen to people’s stories and help patients face the next challenge with hope and confidence.”
Jennifer currently runs a private psychotherapy practice in Basking Ridge, NJ and serves as a consultant for RMANJ. She brings a unique combination of experiences in nursing, social work, infertility and adoption to the practice.
Lauren Foley, L.AC
Lauren Foley is a Counselor with the Complementary Care mental health team at RMANJ. She earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University. Her work focuses on supporting individuals and couples in infertility treatment.
“Infertility can be a time of great uncertainty and distress. It is a privilege to be able to work with and support RMANJ patients as they navigate their journey.”
Prior to working at RMANJ, Lauren spent two years with The New Brunswick Counseling Center providing counseling for individuals with substance abuse issues. Her passion for assisting those who need assistance in daily life brought her to RMANJ in July, 2015. Lauren is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Carolyn Raiman, L.AC
Carolyn received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Montclair, NJ and specializes in fertility and reproductive medicine. She is a member of the NJ Acupuncture Association and has been practicing for over 8 years.
“Without a doubt, the body and mind are inter-connected, and acupuncture is a modality that works to make this connection more seamless and integrated.”
“I enjoy helping patients through the challenging treatment process by working on their physical as well as emotional imbalances to make it an easier experience for them.”
Carolyn blends her knowledge of Western Medicine with a gentle Eastern approach to assist her patients through fertility treatment in NJ.
Marc Passmann, L.AC., SABORM
Marc is an expert in advanced acupuncture who specializes in working with women and men during treatment for infertility in NJ.
“For almost a decade I have exclusively practiced acupuncture focused on fertility and reproductive health. I have extensively studied medicine from both an Eastern and Western perspective and I feel that my experience and knowledge enables me to help patients to understand the treatment process and manage the stress that often comes along with their treatment.”
Marc custom-designs a course of fertility treatment that meets each patient’s individual needs. He often combines traditional therapies with advanced approaches, including gentler styles of Japanese acupuncture. Using these techniques he is able to target the specific causes of Qi imbalance and corrects them.
Marc holds a Master’s degree in acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle. He currently sits on the Governing Board of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and is a Fellow of the Board as well. He is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and a former board member of the American Fertility Association.
To make an appointment with our Collaborative Wellness Team, call 973-656-2865 or make an appointment.