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SKILLFUL HANDS, TENDER HEART


by Martin Miron


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi


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r. Juanita Jenyons, owner of Dr. Jenyons’ Medical Weight Loss & Rejuvenation Center, in Bayonne, has been in practice for 30 years, and uses minimally invasive procedures onsite to help patients lose weight, keep it off and sculpt their bodies to achieve beauty goals and counter the effects of aging. Jenyons moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic when she was only 10, but already her future career was taking shape. “Cir- cumstances in my community led me to pledge to myself that I wanted to help women,” she recalls. “Coming to this country afforded me the op- portunity to do so, and I wanted to do it through medicine.”


She was not daunted by her humble beginnings, saying, “This is the land of opportunity. People say, ‘You’re reaching pretty high, wanting to become a doctor.’ For some, when people challenge you it oppresses you, but for other people, when you are challenged it motivates you. It


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was my motivation to prove people wrong—that if I wanted something I was going for it. I worked very hard and studied and became a nurse first as a segue; I had to work my way up to medical school at Dartmouth.” Jenyons practiced first in NYC as an OB/GYN and even then, her ap- proach was holistic. “I know about doing things in a natural way. I was always aware of the side effects of prescription drugs,” she says. “Medi- cine is great, but if there is an alterna- tive, I’ve always been open to that.” Due to increasing demands on her time, she decided to concentrate her practice on gynecology, using natural approaches toward menopause such as supplementation and lifestyle mod- ification, instead of “going straight to the hormones.”


Jenyons leveraged her existing patient base and that of her physi- cian husband, who has an internal medicine practice, and moved from New York to New Jersey to open Dr. Jenyons’ Medical Weight Loss &


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