Nutrition & Wellness Counseling

The Nutrition & Wellness Program is Rothman Institute's medically-based, evidence-based, weight management program. We have collected some of the areas top leaders in orthopaedics and nutrition to create a state-of-the-art weight management program.

We have collected some of the areas top leaders in orthopaedics and nutrition to create a state-of-the-art weight management program. If you are looking for help with nutrition in Philadelphia or programs for overall wellness in Philadelphia, then Rothman is the right place for you.

Welcome to the Rothman Institute Nutrition & Wellness Program, the Delaware Valley’s medically-based, evidence-based, weight management program. We have collected some of the areas top leaders in orthopaedics and nutrition to create a state-of-the-art weight management program.

This program has been developed by physicians and dietitians to help clients lose weight safely and effectively. Clients are taught how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits for long-term weight management.

To learn more about our program and services, click here.

Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. We are excited here at the Rothman Institute to provide the skills for successful long-term weight management that will last a lifetime!

Multi-disciplinary Approach - Our team of physicians and registered dietitians, work together to develop a comprehensive plan tailored to the unique goals and lifestyle of its clients.

Customized - Clients receive a nutrition plan personalized to their unique goals and lifestyles.

Support - Clients receive individual and group support throughout the length of the entire program.

Evidence based Education - Rothman Institute Wellness Program education sessions are based upon the evidence-based Healthy Directions Program.

Accurate Assessment - Rothman Institute Wellness Program utilizes the MedGem® indirect calorimeter to quickly and easily measure the unique metabolism of each client. This FDA-approved device provides an accurate and scientific measurement of the number of calories that a person burns each day.

Small Classes - The Rothman Institute group classes are limited to 30 individuals per class.

Long-term Focus - The focus of the Rothman Institute Wellness Program is on safe and effective long-term weight management.

Results Tracking - The Rothman Institute Wellness Program tracks the results of each client on a weekly basis and reports those results (with permission from the client) on a periodic basis to the client's physician.

Registered Dietitians - All assessments and educations sessions at The Rothman Institute Wellness Program are conducted by Registered Dietitians, who are trained and certified in weight management.

Barbara Bender, RD, LDN, Wellness Dietitian - Barbara is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. She completed a Coordinated Undergraduate Program for Clinical Nutrition Specialists and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. Barbara has been working in the nutrition field for nearly 25 years. She has specialized in weight management for the past 12 years. Barbara provides group and individual counseling in our Center City Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA locations.

Ciara Beck, RD, Wellness Dietitian - Ciara is Rothman Institute’s newest dietitian. Seeing patients in our Egg Harbor Township and Manahawkin offices and serving the shore community, Beck will focus on disease management and prevention. She will work primarily with Rothman Institute patients on establishing food and exercise plans that promote weight loss and optimize surgical patients’ body mass indexes to produce the best outcomes following surgery. 

Program Options RI Wellness Weight Watchers Jenny Craig LA Weight Loss
Initial consult with RD(Registered Dietitian) YES NO NO NO
Physician supervised program YES NO NO NO
Group classes ran by RD YES NO NO NO
One-on-One follow-up with RD YES NO NO NO
“A la Carte” Items (nutrition consult, RMR etc) YES NO NO NO
On-line support YES YES YES YES
RDs certified in weight management YES NO NO NO
Complete nutrition profile YES NO NO NO


You have taken the first step towards achieving a healthier weight, and we congratulate you! The Rothman Institute Wellness program’s goal is to partner with you to form a successful long-term relationship. We will develop an individualized program of lifestyle change that we both will be proud of.

We ask each individual interested in our program to call 1-888-777-3077 or send us an e-mail, so we can review our program options, and develop a plan to help you reach your goals.

To save you time, we have several forms that you may fill out and bring to your initial appointment. All forms can be found on the forms page.

How much weight loss is expected?
Expected weight loss will vary from individual to individual. In general, though, our clients can expect to lose ½ to 2 lbs per week depending upon their starting weight, goals, and lifestyle factors.

Do I need to have any lab tests done?
Please bring in any copies of recent lab results. We may request additional lab testing if needed.

Does insurance cover these programs?
Please see our health insurance section for more information.

Do I need a referral to join a weight loss program?
Whether or not you need a referral is based on your type of health insurance plan.

How much exercise should I get while I am in the program?
Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle is an important component of the Rothman Institute Wellness program. Our goal is for clients to gradually increase their level of activity over time.

Can I still participate if I have other medical problems?
The dietitians at Rothman Institute Wellness work with your physician to determine if it is appropriate for each client to enter our program.

How long is the program?
The length of the Rothman Institute Wellness Program is dependent upon your individual goals.

How much does the program(s) cost?
Please contact us for program cost, our email address is: or call us at 1-888-777-3077.

Will my health insurance cover the Rothman Institute's Wellness Program?

Many insurance companies include nutrition counseling in their benefit package. You will want to contact your health insurance provider to find out if your plan covers nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. If nutrition counseling is covered, ask your provider how many visits you’re allowed and if you need a referral. Other questions you may want to ask include whether or not you need a specific diagnosis to receive coverage and whether or not you have a co-payment due at the time of service.

Our program participates with most insurance providers including Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Keystone, Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Personal Choice, and United Healthcare. Keystone and Personal Choice typically offer 6 visits per calendar year at 100% coverage to all members. Contact us for more information about your specific health insurance plan coverage.

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