271 Grove Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Biology, Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women
Bachelor of Science, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Medicine, Rutgers University
Basic Life Skills/First Aid Certified
NIH Stroke Certification
Helping Others Live Healthy Lives Is This Nurse Practitioner’s Passion
“I love that a primary care practice allows us to help patients during every stage of their lives.”
As a nurse practitioner, Michelle Benrimon is working her dream job every day. “Nothing makes me happier than helping others and making them smile,” she says. “I’m very fortunate in that I don’t need to retire to do what I love.”
Michelle was inspired at a young age to pursue a career in healthcare after seeing Patch Adams. “That movie was about treating the whole person and not just the disease,” she said. “I saw the great joy, in addition to the medical expertise, that you could bring as a practitioner.”
She chose nursing and completed an advanced degree that allows her to teach other nurses, yet she most enjoys working directly with patients. “It’s more fulfilling to be able to talk with a patient and address his or her specific needs and concerns. In addition, you can have a great impact. When I teach about healthy lifestyles, patients bring that knowledge back to their entire family.”
Patients tell Michelle that they like her joyful and positive outlook. They tell her that she’s a good listener and takes the time to provide thorough, easily understood explanations. “I want to empower my patients with the tools they need to stay healthy,” she says.
Helping others is a way of life for Michelle, who went on a medical mission to Kenya for her 30th birthday present to herself. She volunteered in a maternity clinic there, helping establish a medical records system for continuity of care in an orphanage. “It was very chaotic, but also very fulfilling,” she said. “It makes me eternally grateful for running water and for the state-of-the-art medicine that we are able to practice here.”
When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and playing guitar. Photography continues to be an area of interest, though it isn’t a current hobby. She is a regular volunteer at soup kitchens and for Habitat for Humanity.