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Introducing FemiLift!


Patient Survey


National Heart Month


High Levels of Flu in NJ


 Healthy Living: Healthy Snack Month


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New Madison Office Hours


Pay Your Bill Online


Office Announcements  


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Our Offices
101 Old Short Hills Rd
Atkins-Kent Building, Suite 101
W. Orange, NJ 07052

33 Overlook Rd.
MAC Building
Suite 108
Summit, NJ 07901

340 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

731 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002

67 Walnut Avenue, Suite 101
Clark, NJ 07066

Robert J. Rubino,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Audrey A. Romero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Lisa Abeshaus,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Jacqueline Saitta, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Allan D. Kessel,
M.D ., F.A.C.O.G.
Diana Huang,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Priya R. Patel,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.,MPH
Meryl Kahan,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Abigail Whetstone
D.O., jF.A.C.O.G.

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Medical Fact
 "I didn't know that!

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade,  only 54%  of women recognize that heart disease is the  number one cause of death.

Heart disease is responsible for 10 times more deaths than breast cancer.

February is the last full month of winter! It also includes the much anticipated Valentine's Day to recognize those you love. Enjoy every minute.

In this issue of our newsletter, we are happy to announce the latest innovative specialty procedure, FemiLift, now available at our practice. We also remind you to please part-take in our patient survey. Your opinion is very important to the success of our practice. We recognize February as National Heart Month and share important facts on heart health. We also include a recent article on high levels of the flu in NJ.  In our Healthy Living section, we recognize Healthy Snack Month with a list of 20 healthly snack options. Please note our  new Madison office hours and staff (updated since last month). We remind you to "Like" our Facebook page in front of one of our receptionists to get a small treat!  And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

If there is topic you would like covered in our newsletter, please e-mail us at
As always, we will continue to provide topics that are current, informative and important to your good health.  

The Rubino OB/GYN Group
Introducing Femilift femilift

We are excited to announce a new, innovative procedure offered at The Rubino OB/GYN Group called FemiLift. 

You may have already heard of the FemiLift or MonaLisa Touch procedures. They both use laser therapy technology to treat several conditions including painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness known as 'atrophic vaginitis'. 

Vaginal laser resurfacing also offers an alternative to hormonal therapy. "Dr. Romero and I have been evaluating this European technology for over year now and we are pleased with the efficacy. We think this is a unique therapy option that expands the choices for our patients who suffer from painful intercourse and other conditions," says Dr. Robert Rubino. 

This simple 5-minute, state-of-the-art FemiLift procedure is performed in the comfort of The Rubino OB/GYN Group office and requires no post-procedure downtime.

Patients report a near-immediate return to activity.

FemiLift is used for:
  • Vaginal issues caused by childbirth
  • Vaginal laxity
  • Involuntary leakage of urine
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Alternative to estrogen treatment for menopause
  • Sexual dysfunction

FemiLift can dramatically improve sexual dysfunction, loose vaginal tissue and help restore a healthy sex life. 

To read more about the procedure, visit our website.

The versatile FemiLift technology can also be used for facial resurfacing to significantly diminish signs of aging and lack of elasticity. 

Call today to make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss if FemiLift is right for you: 973-736-1100.
Your Input Is Important! survey
Patient satisfaction is our top priority at The Rubino OB/GYN Group. 

We recently sent out an email survey requesting your participation.
Your input is extremely valuable. 

If you have not already done so, please complete this short,      
5-minute survey.  Your suggestions and comments will be considered for the practice.

We will send a follow-up letter once we compile the results of the survey to share with you changes that will be incorporated.

Please note, your identity will remain anonymous.

Thank you in advance.
The Rubino OB/GYN Group
National Heart Month heart
We all know that February includes the much anticipated  Valentine's  Day, as we see hearts in abundance in stores and advertisements. The heart serves a second symbolization, as recognition of February as American Heart Month. 

We all know the importance of heart health, but here are some facts that you may not realize:
  • Aging - as people age, their risk of CVD (cardio-vascular disease) increases. Women see an increase in risk from ages 55 years to 64 years - when most have gone through menopause.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) can damage the vessel walls. Damaged areas provide an ideal place for plaque to form. High blood pressure is a key risk factor for CVD in women and is the most common risk factor for stroke. Women should have their blood pressure checked regularly and get treatment if it is high. Lifestyle changes as well as medications are used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Abnormal triglyceride - most common form of fat in the body which provides energy for activities, and cholesterol levels- the building block for cells and hormones. High-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good cholesterol") helps prevent heart disease. It picks up cholesterol in the bloodstream and takes it to the liver where it is broken down. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad cholesterol") can collect in the walls of blood vessels. Too much LDL in the walls of the arteries can trigger a response by the body's immune system called inflammation. Inflammation can lead to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and eventually to atherosclerosis.
  • Diabetes mellitus - Diabetes causes high levels of glucose in the blood. Health problems, including CVD, can arise if blood glucose levels are not controlled. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight, lack of exercise, abnormal cholesterol levels, and a higher-than-normal level of glucose in the blood (a condition called prediabetes).
  • Lifestyle factors - Smoking, lack of exercise, and being overweight are risk factors for CVD.
  • Gestational hypertension-Having high blood pressure during pregnancy increases the risk of having CVD and high blood pressure later in life. The risk of serious blood pressure-related complications with a future pregnancy also is increased.
  • Preeclampsia-This disorder can occur during pregnancy or after childbirth. If it is not diagnosed and treated, it can lead to serious health problems. Women who have had preeclampsia are at greater risk of developing CVD.
  • Gestational diabetes-Diabetes that first appears during pregnancy increases the risk of developing diabetes and CVD after pregnancy. Women who have had gestational diabetes should be tested for diabetes 6-12 weeks after childbirth and then every 3 years.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-PCOS is a leading cause of infertility that can affect all areas of the body, not just the reproductive system. Having PCOS increases the risk of diabetes and may increase the risk of CVD.
  • Certain autoimmune disorders - Diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, which are more common in women, are associated with an increased risk of CVD. Screening for CVD is recommended for women with these disorders.
  • Hormonal birth control methods - Combined hormonal birth control methods contain both estrogen and progestin. They include the birth control pill, patch, and vaginal ring. Women using these methods have a small increased risk of stroke compared with nonusers. This risk is higher for women 35 and older who smoke; women with additional risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure; and women who have migraine headaches with aura. These methods are not recommended for women with these risk factors.
  • Hormone therapy for menopause - Both combined hormone therapy and estrogen-only therapy are associated with a small increased risk of stroke, breast cancer and coronary artery disease.
All women need to have regular screening tests for diabetes and cholesterol levels and to have their blood pressure and weight measured. When and how often you should have these tests depend on your age and risk factors. If you are at risk of CVD, lifestyle changes usually are recommended first. If lifestyle changes alone are not enough, or you are at high risk of CVD, your doctor or other health care professional may suggest medications to treat high blood pressure or lower your cholesterol levels.
NJ - Highest Level Of Flu FLU
According to OB/GYN News, five states were reported to be at the highest level of influenza-like illness (ILI) activity for the week ending Jan. 21, compared with three states the week before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alabama, Kansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and South Carolina were at level 10 on the CDC's 1-10 scale of ILI activity, with Oklahoma reaching that level for the third consecutive week. Georgia (level 9) and Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee (level 8) were also in the "high" range, the  CDC reported .

Overall, outpatient visits for ILI - defined as fever (temp of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater) and cough and/or sore throat - were at 3.4% for the week ending Jan. 20, matching the high point for the season, which was previously reached in the last week of December. The national baseline for outpatient ILI visits is 2.2%, the CDC noted.

To read the full article, visit our Facebook page.
Healthy Living: Healthy Snack Month healthyliving
February is also healthy snack month. Below we have compiled a list of 20 healthy snack options.
  1. Organic Greek yogurt w/organic granola and or oatmeal sprinkled on top
  2. Smoothie: Frozen organic berries, milk, honey and banana 
  3. Bars - many bars are overly processed. Some great options include Kit's Organic, Macro, Lara and Kind bars.
  4. Banana with organic peanut or almond butter
  5. Organic broccoli dipped in guacamole 
  6. Hummus and organic veggies
  7. Organic cheese & whole wheat crackers
  8. Homemade baked chickpeas
  9. Raw nuts
  10. Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  11. Latte with organic milk
  12. Food For Life organic sprouted whole grain English muffins with ghee butter
  13. Hard boiled eggs
  14. Organic oatmeal
  15. Homemade banana bread (bananas, eggs, coconut flour, honey, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda)
  16. Avocado with a little salt & pepper
  17. Bare apple chips
  18. Roasted veggies
  19. Fruit or veggie kabobs
  20. Cheese stick and fruit
Healthy snacks help promote energy, keep your blood sugar stable and keep you content until your next meal.  
New Madison Office Hours & Doctors officehours
Our Madison office hours have been expanded and now include the following team of talented physicians: Drs. Huang, Abeshaus, Whetstone and Kahan. 

Address and hours are as follows:

340 Main Street, Suite 2
Madison, NJ 07940

Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am -4:00 pm
Wednesday:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday:   9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Monday from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

You can   make an appointment online or simply by calling 
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Easy Access To Lab Reports labreports
There are two major clinical laboratories for most patient tests: LabCorp and Quest

You can simply register on their websites for access to your personal records or use the conv enient links to both sites on our website:   The Rubino OB/GYN Group  

Our patient portal is specific to your records from The Rubino OB/GYN Group only and allows you to access your health history, update your profile page, request a prescription, submit a clinical question and access upcoming appointments. If you have not already received a username and password, please request one from our office.
Pay Your Bill Onlinepayonlinebills

You can pay your Rubino OB/GYN Group bills online right from the checkbook-pen.jpghomepage of our website. Simply click on the button at the top of the page that says "New! Pay Your Bill Online!".

Options include paying by credit card or  echeck. It is an easy one-time registration to create a password.


For easy reference, the direct link is: Pay My Bill

Office Announcements  announcements
8 AM Appointments
For your convenience, 8 am appointments are now available. Please call our main number 973-736-1100 to schedule. 

Pay Your Rubino OB/GYN Bills Online
Patients can pay their bills online at the following web site: 
Options include paying by credit card or echeck. 

Emmi Video Tutorials
Emmi is a free, online video tutorial that makes complex medical information simple and easy to understand. Emmi provides clear and concise step-by-step information on common health topics and procedures right on our website. Click here to find out more.

"Important Announcements" on Our Website
You can find important new developments and time-sensitive announcements (such as office closings) right on the upper right hand portion of our  home page .
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