The Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center 

Comprehensive Care Exclusively for Women 

December 2014 

Issue #48

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Happy Holidays from your friends at Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Centers. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy through the New Year. 

Holiday Allergens

By: Maria Mazzotti, D.O., Board Certified Physician 

at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center


I often tell patients to wait for the first cold week of the fall/winter season to stop their allergy medications.  And while that works for a lot of people, I am forgetting that the holidays can also be a source of allergy flares.  This is due to exposure to mold, dust mites, seasonal greenery/decorations live and artificial and foods.  

During the holiday season, the weather gets colder so we tend to keep the doors and windows shut more than in the other seasons, so the usual indoor allergens (pet dander, mold and dust mites) may be higher.  Another reason is that during this time of the year pets tend be indoors more, increasing our exposure.  Also, we are bringing in live plants/trees  that may have mold spores and mildew which thrive in the damp evergreens.  The sap on the aromatic evergreen trees can also be source of skin irritation. When opting for the artificial decorations, keep in mind that these are also often stored in dusty/moldy basements which can be a problem for those reasons.  The sometimes potent Potpourri aromas can also be a problem for asthma patients.   And we often overlook the effects of stress which can also trigger asthma symptoms for some of us. Click here to continue reading about holiday allergens.

Tips to Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday


Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and holiday parties; the last couple of months until the end of the year can test the limits of even the most disciplined weight watcher. Our dietitian, Theresa Shank, has provided us with simple tips to avoid weight gain during the holiday.


Stay Mindful: Try to remember that the holiday season is about more than just food. Next time you go to a holiday party, take time to admire the decorations. If there is entertainment, be sure to enjoy it. Focus on visiting with friends and family whom you haven't seen in a long time. That said, be honest and acknowledge that it would be unrealistic not to indulge in some holiday treats. The key is to do it mindfully, and in moderation.

Avoid a Winter Workout Slump

With the arrival of winter, most of us are guilty of allowing our workout routines to hibernate. Our specialists here at RWWC composed this list of tips on how to avoid that winter workout slump. 


1. Get a flu shot: The flu is a surefire way to immediately put your workout on the back burner. It is far worse than the common everyday winter's cold and with symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough, you can almost guarantee you will throw off that perfect schedule you have been dedicated to the past few months. Once your routine has been sidetracked, we all know how hard it is to get back into your daily grind. If you are looking to keep your exercise routine on track this winter, get a flu shot so that you can avoid being out of commission for a week (or longer).

Learn how to avoid a winter workout slump.
Botox and Juvederm Event

December 1st: Pine Street office 2pm-6pm


Dr. Benjamin Lam

DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our popular, exclusive injectable party! All procedures are performed by certified physicians including plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Lam.


Every guest will receive a personalized skincare consultation from one of our Physicians in the privacy of our Medical Spa.   




With Botox treatments your skin will look smoother in a few days, giving you a younger, fresher look. These procedures take only a few minutes and are followed by no down time and minimal discomfort.


We hope you can join us for this event! For more details and to RSVP, see below.



BOTOX® Cosmetic Event Details:


Details: $11 per unit*


Call now - Space is limited!


Click here to RSVP

Juvederm Event Details:


Restore fullness to your cheekbones or lips, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or smooth away smile lines, worry lines and fine lines with Juvéderm™ Injectable Filler. Filler injections help to restore your youthful appearance with minimal recovery time. We use only Juvederm with lidocaine to minimize your discomfort.


Each attendee will receive $100 off each vial of Juvederm*!! 


Click here to RSVP


*Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount.

Membership Discounts



Our membership program includes exclusive discounts with our growing list of partners. This month we have added...


Real Food Works - Receive a  10% discount on entire order


Real Food Works Real Food Works is weekly/biweekly home delivery of fresh, plant-based, high-quality, delicious chef-prepared dishes.  Ideal meal service for yourself or a friend, to boost health or support weight loss. [Learn More]

Looking To Turn Back the Hands of Time?
New Aesthetic Procedure Can Help

ThermiTight is the first of its kind aesthetic procedure that delivers controlled thermal energy under the skin to reverse the effects of aging. It's great for problem areas of the face, neck, tummy and thighs and has been featured in Elle and Allure Magazines as well as on the popular television show, The Doctors.  

All procedures are performed by our board certified physician, Dr. Joanna Kakaty-Monzo, who is currently a member of the Clinical Advisory Council of Thermi Aesthetics, and was one of the first physicians in the US to offer ThermiTight. [Learn More]

Treat Yourself This Black Friday
 at DermaCenter
Call today to receive this exclusive special! 215-735-7990
December Specials at DermaCenter!

Office Hours & Closures This December

Attention Patients:


Below are a list of office hours & closures for this December. Please take note of the changes.


December 16 - closing at 7:00pm

December 24 - office closed
December 25 - office closed
December 26 - office opens at 9:30 am
December 31 - office closes at 4:00 pm
January 1 - office closed

Attention Members!

Your Guide on Accessing the Portal

Q: What is the best way to contact my doctor directly? 

A: In order to contact your doctor directly, please use your patient portal. Your doctor will respond within 24 hours of your submission.


Q: How do I access my portal?

A: Please go to and click on "my wellness sign in" located in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will bring you to the portal log in page where you will need to enter your username and password that was sent to your email. 


Q: What happens if I do not have my log in information?

A: Please email and request this information directly. You will then receive an automated email with your username and password. 


Q: Once I log in, what can I do?

A: Once you log in to your patient portal account, you will be able to see any upcoming or past appointments you may have had - this will be displayed on your homepage. You can also view any previous blood work results, schedule your annual physical or GYN, request refills, referrals and ask your doctor any private questions that you may have. You can access these options on the left hand side of your screen.


To request your new  patient portal log in and password, please email  


Request Your Portal Information Today!


Our patient portal allows patients to be able to view your labs, print your radiology prescriptions, reference your visit summary, schedule routine appointments, request prescription refills, request referrals and more.



To request your new patient portal login and password, please email  


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The Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center provides primary care including routine gynecology, medical & aesthetic skin care, nutrition, fitness and emotional well-being exclusively for women. Our goal is to provide our patients with an integrated approach to health and well-being.