The Medical Staff

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation, and is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, for which he serves on the medical advisory board.

An internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman is also a health and fitness enthusiast, whose athletic background gives him a keen insight into the importance of diet and physical exercise. Before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Fuhrman was a world-class figure skater who placed third in the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship.

Dr. Fuhrman devotes his life to nutritional research, staying up-to-date on the thousands of articles published in scientific journals, and working with nutritional researchers around the world. His expertise includes 25 years of experience caring for more than 10,000 patients with serious medical conditions and in most cases facilitating their recovery via nutritional methods. His books have no preconceived philosophy, agenda or bias; they are an uncompromising assessment that offers the gold standard of nutritional excellence to foster the greatest potential for disease prevention, reversal and extending human lifespan.


Jay Benson, D.O.

Jay Benson, D.O. is a board-certified family physician and is the patient care director of Dr. Fuhrman Medical Associates. Since 2010, he has successfully used Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional and natural protocols to help patients reduce or eliminate their need for medications, regain their vibrant health, and achieve maximum longevity.

Dr. Benson’s approach to patient care is to treat the body as an integrated whole, with an emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle changes. His passion for medicine is driven by the bonds he builds with his patients and the enjoyment that holds in keeping them healthy and well.

Lifestyle medicine
Throughout his career, Dr. Benson has treated patients ranging in age from children and teens to adults and senior citizens. Using Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian guidelines, he has designed lifestyle intervention for patients battling conditions including autoimmune diseases, heart disease, digestive issues, diabetes, nutrient deficiencies, and osteoporosis.

Dr. Benson also works with patients who are looking for expert and personalized nutritional guidance, rather than medical advice. He has created dietary programs for athletes who want to achieve peak performance, and provided detailed advice on supplements for people who need to rectify deficiencies that may be caused by their diet style.

Personal approach
As part of Dr. Benson’s compassionate, “whole body” approach to medicine, he focuses on wellness and prevention, instead of just treating an illness. He takes the time to educate his patients on the Nutritarian lifestyle, answer their questions, and offer encouragement. He and Dr. Fuhrman believe that the initial step in the journey to lifestyle change is understanding why it is necessary.

Licensed to practice in 12 states
Dr. Benson offers in-person consultations in the Flemington, N.J. office, as well as Telemedicine appointments via telephone or internet-connected devices. He is licensed to practice in 12 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. He works side-by-side with Dr. Fuhrman on nutritional research, lectures, and answering questions in the Ask the Doctor Community.

Dr. Benson graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and finished his residency training at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Benson lives with his wife and four children in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.


Randi Carbone, R.N.

Under Dr. Fuhrman’s direction, Randi Carbone, R.N. leads the Success Program. She is highly experienced in helping patients who are struggling with food addiction and other eating disorders. In conjunction with Dr. Fuhrman, Randi developed a successful program that enhances patients’ results by teaching them life skills that enable them to maintain nutritional excellence and overcome food addictions. Previously, Randi worked within a multi-disciplinary team to manage both inpatient and outpatient addiction services for adults and adolescents battling addictions.


Kathleen Murray, L.C.S.W.

Our Food Addiciton Recovery Counselor, Kathleen Murray, L.C.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with significant clinical experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields. After undergoing further training with Dr. Fuhrman and his clinical team, Kathleen has developed a specialty in food addiction counseling. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, motivating individuals to improve their health. Kathleen has worked with addiction in all age groups and in various settings, including individuals and groups.


Jill Rosenthal, M.D.

Jill Rosenthal, MD is a Harvard and Stanford educated physician who retired after a 35+ year career teaching and practicing medicine at Tufts Medical School and Group Health Cooperative/Kaiser Permanente and began a second career as a weight loss and wellness coach specializing in helping clients eliminate emotional eating.

Dr. Rosenthal truly understands the issues her clients face, having dealt with her own weight issues and their complications, including breast cancer. She considers her adoption of the Nutritarian diet to have played a big part in turning her life around and ensuring a long, healthy life, and feels better than she has in years. She is determined to use her knowledge of Dr. Fuhrman’s teachings and the Nutritarian diet and lifestyle to help others avoid the problems caused by chronic stress, weight gain, and lack of self-care so that they can live the life they dream of and deserve.

Dr. Rosenthal’s passions include her family, her 3 rescue tabby cats, and her volunteer work at a large local community theater, where she spends many hours, and where she is a member and secretary of the board of directors.


Johanna Stefano, M.S.

JohannaJo-Jo” Stefano, M.S. is a Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and has completed Dr. Fuhrman’s advanced coursework in Nutritarian studies. Jo-Jo is highly trained in Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian approach making her well equipped to help you adopt this program into your current lifestyle. Jo-Jo's goal is to empower her clients to transform their relationship with food, their body, and their health. She guides and assists clients in attaining sustainable weight loss, reducing food cravings, increasing energy and managing stress. As a wife and working mother of two young children, Jo-Jo understands the challenges of developing and maintaining a healthful and balanced lifestyle and is committed to help you overcome the obstacles in your path.