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Weight Loss in South Florida by CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists

CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists is South Florida’s most trusted Cardiologist Supervised weight loss program.

Weight Loss Program

Our Medical Director, Dr. Schiff, and his qualified weight loss center staff will help you overcome the roadblocks that prevent you from meeting your weight loss goals and keeping a healthy weight. This cardiologist supervised weight loss program has helped so many people in South Florida maintain healthy weight. You can be one too!

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Why Choose CardioMender?

We are more than just a diet doctor, diet clinic or diet program

No contracts! No special foods! No more fad diets

No gimmicks, HCG, surgery or quick fixes. We are an evidence based program

Our patients receive on-going weight loss counseling and nutritional diet planning

Patient Reviews

EXCELLENT
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Alfred Aycart
Alfred Aycart
September 10, 2022.
Verified
My journey with CardioMender started on June 20th 2022. Two weeks previous to that day I was outside with my son and his friends playing basketball, we were playing a game of 2 on 2 and after a couple of minutes I was out of breath and light headed. I couldn't tell my son that so I kept playing until the game was over. I went inside and told my wife I needed to do something with my health. Several of my coworkers had been to Cardiomender and had seen amazing results. So I made an appointment. I was weighing 295 pounds and was at the worst health condition of my life. The two weeks leading to the first visit I lost some weight , basically starving myself, because I was embarrassed to go in weighing close to 300 pounds. I walked into the office and was immediately greeted and made feel at home, not an ounce of shame, I actually felt very confident. I was helped by Moises, an amazing man with plenty of energy, knowledgeable and very motivational. On my intial visit I did blood work, got my meal plan and we discussed how this plan would work. It was very easy and straight to the point, you need to be commited, eat right and follow the steps, the results will come. I started the program at 294 pounds my lab work came back at pre-diabetic, high blood pressure and cholesterol was through the roof. I was lucky I didn't have a heart attack. As of today, less than 3 months later my lab results (taken 3 weeks ago) are back to normal, blood pressure is good, no longer pre-diabetic, and cholesterol is at a normal level. I'm currently weighing 247 pounds, more than 40 pounds lost, but most importantly I feel healthy and have the energy to spend time with my family enjoying the outdoors. The staff at Cardiomender is amazing I couldn't have done it without them. The support they give you, the premier service, food suggestions and knowledge make them the best weight loss company in Florida. I drive over 25 miles to go see them and its worth every minute. If you are looking to change your life, lose weight and feel better about yourself, you need to go check them out, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Team Cardiomender!!!
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Michael Ayala
Michael Ayala
July 29, 2022.
Verified
CardioMender is rated by me 10 stars!!! Where should I start? All my life I’ve struggled with my weight, since the age of 5 that I can clearly recall. Fast forward to my weight loss journey topping to 295lbs, looked into different avenues on loosing weight, from Nutrisystem back in the day to other weight loss methods, to going under the knife and having had Gastric bypass surgery! I ended at 167 pounds! Having have gained close to 30 pounds after gastric and wanting to re commit to a healthy eating lifestyle I came across CardioMender MD through a Co worker and I wish I would have know about them years ago! I swear I would’ve never had gastric! Today I’m at a healthy weight of 165lbs and all the thank you goes to CardioMender!!! From day 1 the staff is Amazing!!! Profesional, caring and vested in your health Journey From Shari your first point of contact, to Moises one of their Nutritionists, To Dr Felix, to the front desk staff, they are fully committed and available in this amazing health Lifestyle. I highly recommend you to stop thinking and just call, make your appointment and you’ll see the Amazing transformation your Mind and your body will take as you embark in this health Journey. So what are you waiting for?????
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Danielle Martinez
Danielle Martinez
July 10, 2022.
Verified
I've been struggling for quite a few years to find the eating regimen that would keep me satisfied but help me drop some weight. From the start CardioMender's plan did not seem unreasonable. They pushed me to eat more often but smaller portions and drink plenty of water and liquids. They incorporated health, they added some supportive supplements which is something new to me. From day one I haven't been hungry. I haven't had any difficulty following the plan. I eat almost entirely my own foods, using some of their food products more for ease on the go. I've even gone away and was able to stick to the eating plan. I've tried other programs but for me CardioMender has been the program that works. I'm down over 21 lbs and still have more to go. But I am really happy I made that decision to try them.
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Annie Dumareille
Annie Dumareille
July 3, 2022.
Verified
I start my program 7 weeks ago , very happy so far losing , feeling great . The team is great , have been followed with lots of help & caring . No doubts this time I found the right place & treatment . Looking to reaching my goal . Would recommended highly. 😀 Thanks a lot feeling myself again
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Rosa Elena Nunez
Rosa Elena Nunez
June 21, 2022.
Verified
This is a great program and easy to follow. The first days are tough, however it starts to get better and easier. The staff is great, they explain everything in detail the first visit. They are attentive to our specific needs and try to understand as much as they can our eating habits and patterns. They do a thorough examination. I am very happy so far with this center and the program is working !!!
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Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith
June 21, 2022.
Verified
I started this weight loss program last May 2021. I lost 32 lbs within a matter of months. The program is easy. You can purchase food and snacks from the pantry or buy your own foods or a combination. I mainly purchase my snacks and breads from the pantry because it is much healthier when I am craving sweets which is a rare since I started the program. You can purchase the supplements. The staff members are extremely friendly. I have had various staff members assist me when my regular weight loss specialist (Julie) is not available. Moises is excellent because he puts together a meal plan and schedule for you. If you follow it, you will definitely loose the weight. Shari is awesome because she is constantly suggesting new snacks for me; i.e. she introduced me to the honey bread and I buy it regularly. She also introduced me to the "cakes" and I love them. There are 2 in the package and I had the lemon and it was delicious. I buy the protein shakes because when my schedule is too busy and I cannot get around to eating a meal, a quick protein shake is very filling. I would recommend this weight loss program to all. The center is conveniently located, it is clean, and the staff members are ALL amazing. If you get off track, they do not ridicule you, they simply design a plan that will meet your needs. They also have low carb healthy recipes that you can make using their products. I have created my own healthy muffin by using their low carb Carbquik mix. You can make pancakes, cakes, and all sort of deserts. It is delicious. The recipes are posted on their website. They are constantly getting new products which they provide samples for you to try. The hours are convenient and the staff members (Marie/Omar) calls you to remind you of your appointment. If you need to cancel and reschedule, there is no cancellation fee. I would recommend this weight loss program to everyone.
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Nicole Skei
Nicole Skei
June 4, 2022.
Verified
Looking forwarsto reaching my goals with Dr. Schiff and their team. They really care about their patients. Can’t wait for my results
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Diana Garcia
Diana Garcia
May 19, 2022.
Verified
I can honestly say I was thrilled to go to Cardio Mender, upon arrival I was still extremely pleased the staff was genuinely so nice and encouraging. I later got to meet J and she was fantastic really helped me with my weight loss journey and broke down steps easier than others. I never ever felt judged even at times when I didn't meet the weight goal I always felt supported especially by J she deserves a raise! and The manager Shery certainly deserves a raise as well I maybe spelling her name wrong but she was absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately someone had made a mistake which happens and she happily comped me a visit and added extra shots which would help and they did I saw results right away when following the program. It is pricey but nothing is more important than your health. I currently haven't been able to go back due to health issues but the minute I can I certainly will. I 100% recommend Cardio Mender. Their weight loss isn't easy but it works if you put the effort to make it work. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!
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Emily Perez
Emily Perez
May 7, 2022.
Verified
As someone who was trying to lose weight for more than half my life, you could imagine all of the tactics and diets I had gone through to try and achieve my end result. Almost nothing seemed to be working for me. After going to cardio menders and having help from their supportive and lovely staff, I have not only achieved my end weight loss goal, but I have maintained it and feel very happy! While I did put a lot of my time and effort into my own journey, the people there also showed that they genuinely cared about my goals too and were always helping me and encouraging me when I needed it most! I couldn’t have done it without them and I wouldn’t have changed a single part of my journey with them! 🙂
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Oscar Orta
Oscar Orta
February 27, 2022.
Verified
I recommend cardiomendez as the best program to lose weight, they are excellent professionals and a first class service if you want to lose weight they are the best
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Our Medical Team

Omar Longa

Omar was born in Venezuela and moved to Miami with…

Barry Schiff, MD, FACC
Barry H. Schiff, MD is proud to serve as our weight loss program’s Founder and Medical Director. His interest in weight management evolved from observing his patients experience the vicious cycle of recurring health issues.
Felix Baez Alonso, FNP-C
Felix Baez Alonso, FNP-C, brings years of experience in the medical field. He will deliver to our patients the best practice medical treatments and weight loss strategies as part of a holistic, healthy weight loss program.
Gloria Arias, FNP-BC
Gloria Arias, FNP-BC, attended Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2015. She has a background in adult medical-surgical cardiovascular care, newborn intensive care, and adult-gerontology primary care.
Shari Unger
Shari Unger has provided over twenty-five years of high-quality management in the healthcare and banking industries. She is highly focused on ensuring the customer experience is always the highest quality possible.
Jannara Stevenson
Jannara always wanted to help others feel great about themselves and live a healthier life. Working at CardioMender, MD has been the perfect place to help patients achieve a better life as a result of a healthier lifestyle.
Hilda Zamora
Hilda is from Venezuela, where she studied for four years at the Medical School at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Hilda believes in preventive medicine and that a “good” lifestyle is the key to a healthy life.
Moises Hernandez
Originally from Cuba, Moises was educated in Florida and has worked in the medical field for over 15 years. His experience is in renal care, HIV care, mental health and elderly care.
Julie Barrera
Julie’s passion for health care has led her down many paths in the health and fitness industry.
Sigal Tsur
Sigal was born in Israel and came to the US at the age of 21, after serving in the Army for two years. She started working at CardioMender, MD in November 2018 and feels very passionate about working at a Wellness Center.
Carmen Lopez
Carmen is a medical assistant and graduated from Concord Career College in 2003. Ever since graduation, she has been working in the medical field. The medical field excites her because there’s always something new to learn.
Nicole Zigler
Nikki was the first of her Venezuelan family to be born in the United States. She is happy to be part of the CardioMender team, where she supports people on their weight-loss journeys and makes their lives healthier.
Jonathon Zigler
​Jonathon was born and raised in South Florida. He graduated from FIU after double majoring in Biological Sciences and Natural & Applied Sciences. Now he seeks his Medical Assistant license to work as a Physician Assistant.

Our Recipes

Appetizers
Treat yourself! Ingredients: 3 to 4 oz of precooked Shrimp (you can also replace langostino) 3 tablespoons Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar Half a tablespoon of Cardiomender, MD Blood Orange or Mandarin Orange Ultra-Premium Olive Oil Fresh Orange Wedge Cracked black pepper Serve over a bed of arugula Directions: Take…
Short on time? Our versatile High Protein Bacon and Cheese Soup is the perfect staple to add to your Thanksgiving dinner or any other celebratory events. Used as a dip, sauce, or soup, this dish will not disappoint. Dip To use the Bacon Cheese soup as a dip, use 1…
Crispy and delicious, air-fried zucchini strips make a great snack, appetizer or side dish. Ingredients: Cooking spray 1 medium zucchini 1/4 cup CarbquikTM 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/8 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1 tbsp. water ½ cup of our Zero-Net-Carb Plain or Zero-Net-Carb Italian Breadcrumbs Italian Herbs, salt and pepper to…
Ingredients: 1⁄2 Cup No Fat Greek yogurt 1⁄2 Cup Reduced Fat Crumbled Blue Cheese 1 tsp Worchester Sauce 1 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise 1 tsp garlic powder Juice of 1 lemon Salt and Pepper to taste Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix until evenly blended. Enjoy! Doc’s Blue Cheese Dip goes perfectly…
Beverages
Stay hydrated in the most tasty and tropical way by combining the delicious flavors of strawberry and mango. Quick and easy to make, you’ll find yourself enjoying this cool shake on those hot summer days.  Prep Time: 1-2 min, Cook Time 3-4 minutes Ingredients: 1 CMMD High-Protein Tropical Mango Shaker…
Satisfy your tropical sweet tooth with this taste-bud-temping meal replacement smoothie made with on-plan ingredients that you can find right in our store.    Prep Time: 1-2 minutes, Cook Time 3-4 minutes Ingredients: 1 CMMD High-Protein Tropical Mango Shaker 1 chilled Ready-to-Drink CMMD Vanilla Meal Replacement Shake 6-8 frozen strawberries…
No matter where you are, feel like you are on a tropical vacation with Doc’s delicious Mango Slushy. Super easy to make, you will be tempted to indulge in this frozen treat all summer long! Prep Time: 2 min, Cook Time 1.5-3 hours. Ingredients: 1 CMMD High-Protein Tropical Mango Shaker…
Enjoy a creamy, earthy, flavorful cup of hot or iced Matcha to get a healthy dose of antioxidants, any time of the day. Ingredients: 1 ¼ teaspoon Matcha green tea powder 1 tablespoon hot water 1 CardioMender, MD Vanilla Protein Shake (Exchange = 1 VLP) Stevia or Whole EarthTM to taste Optional: Walden Farms…
Breakfast
Try this delicious breakfast, a weight loss substitute for classic matzah (matzo) brei. Keep your favorite holiday breakfast and stay on plan.It’s another of our healthy recipes! Ingredients 3 eggs 1/3 Cali’flour crust, cooked per CMMD recipe for Faux Focaccia or Substitute Matzah Optional: sweetener such as stevia, black pepper to taste Directions Mix/…
Try this delicious breakfast, or perhaps snack. It’s another of our healthy recipes! Ingredients 1/2 cup no-fat Greek Yogurt (unsweetened and no fruit) 1/3 cup ProGranola, available in our CardioMender, MD pantry Optional: drizzle of CardioMender, MD Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar, or any of our dark balsamic vinegars Directions Combine granola with yogurt.…
Looking for a great low carb recipe for Blueberry Pancakes? Here it is. You will not believe this is a low carb pancake, and is “on plan”. And it includes a pancake topping, a syrup substitute that is delicious! Ingredients: 1 egg 1/4 Cup fat free Greek yogurt 1/4 Cup…
Ingredients 2 pieces of Paleo Coconut Bread (Available in our Pantry) 2 Tablespoons of Phili fat free cream cheese Walden Farms Strawberry Jelly – Zero calorie (Available in our Pantry) This paleo sandwich counts as 2 Very Lean Proteins (VLP’s) ENJOY!
Dessert
Try Doc’s warm, autumn-inspired recipe! This simple and delicious dessert is the perfect addition to your fall dinner plans. Try it tonight and share it with your friends and family! Prep Time: 5 min, Cook Time 45-50 min. Ingredients: 1 medium to large apple of your choice 1-2 tablespoons CardioMender,…
If you love mousse, then try this recipe which is rich, creamy and oh so delicious. A hint of Amaretto or raspberry, your choice, makes it special. Ingredients: 1/4 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbspn flavored CMMD hot chocolate mix, such as Amaretto or Raspberry, found in our pantry…
Candy on a weight loss program? You bet!! Make your own gummy candy using our CardioMender, MD flavored gelatin and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 packet CMMD High Protein Gelatin 2 packets Unflavored Gelatin 1/3 cup water Directions: Combine Gelatin packets Add water Let stand 10 minutes Microwave on high for 30…
Enjoy this cool, refreshing chocolate pudding on a hot day, or make it your favorite dessert any day your sweet tooth kicks in! You will simply love its rich and creamy texture. Don’t forget to try all of our healthy and tasty desserts. Ingredients: Double Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix found in…
Entrees
3 ounces of pickled herring contains 578 IU of vitamin D and is also a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, making it a delicious and nutritious meal to satisfy your cravings. Add Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt to this dish for half the fat…
Enjoy this light, easy to prepare meal. Ingredients CardioMender, MD Fusili Pasta Meal Starter 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil 1/2 Cup chopped Zucchini 1/4 Cup Chopped Mushrooms 1 Tablespoon of water 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon crumbled feta Directions Bring at…
Tired of a dry, flavorless turkey? Try this flavorful, juicy, and delicious Thanksgiving turkey recipe that everyone will rave about during your holiday dinner. Stuffed with Doc’s Holiday SmartBun Stuffing, this recipe won’t disappoint.   Ingredients: 1 10-12-pound turkey ¼ cup minced fresh parsley 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil 1…
Warm up your taste buds with this spicy take on sautéed kale. Red pepper flakes add a fiery kick of flavor sure to satisfy your taste buds while providing your body with much-needed antioxidants, which help to combat toxic, free radicals! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of CardioMender, MD Ultra-Premium Olive Oil…
Salads
Looking for the perfect partner for your chicken tortilla soup? Try this delicious, refreshing, and healthy southwest salad that can be ready in minutes! Ingredients: Salad 4 cups torn salad greens ¼  cucumber  ¼ cup diced red sweet pepper ¼ cup thinly sliced onion 1 tsp lime juice 1 tsp…
There could not be a more simple recipe for croutons on your weight loss plan. Each delicious serving provides 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Ingredients: 1 bag Toast Parisien, cut up 1-2 Teaspoons CMMD Extra Virgin Olive Oil, flavored. Our favorites for this recipe are Garlic,…
This delicious turkey ham salad pairs well with our crunchy toasts, toasted smart buns or rolled up with some lettuce and cheese in one of our wraps. Ingredients, per serving Jennie-O® Lean Turkey Ham (use ¼ of a 32 oz package for total of 8 oz) 1 tbsp diced pimento…
Ingredients: Doc’s Grilled Salmon recipe found on our website (can substitute boneless canned salmon or tuna in water) For each 4 oz. of salmon: ½ Tbspn olive oil or light mayonnaise Fresh lemon or lime, a few sqeezes ½ Tbspn celery, finely chopped ½ Tbspn red onion, finely sliced then finely…
Side Dishes
Try this unique twist on a classic side dish! Brussel Sprout Slaw contains just the right amount of crunch to complement your main course while also being tasty enough to snack on between meals.  Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time 1 hour Ingredients: 1 large bag (2 pounds) of Brussel…
Short on time? Our versatile High Protein Bacon and Cheese Soup is the perfect staple to add to your Thanksgiving dinner or any other celebratory events. Used as a dip, sauce, or soup, this dish will not disappoint. Dip To use the Bacon Cheese soup as a dip, use 1…
This is the perfect comfort food, and it allows you to stay on plan. Ingredients: 1 packet CardioMender, MD High Protein Mashed Potatoes, either Garlic or Sour Cream & Chive 1 scoop CardioMender, MD High Protein Aged Cheddar Cheese mix (use more or less to taste) – This item is…
Crispy and delicious, air-fried zucchini strips make a great snack, appetizer or side dish. Ingredients: Cooking spray 1 medium zucchini 1/4 cup CarbquikTM 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/8 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1 tbsp. water ½ cup of our Zero-Net-Carb Plain or Zero-Net-Carb Italian Breadcrumbs Italian Herbs, salt and pepper to…
Snacks
Cottage cheese is much more than boring diet food. It can be enjoyed in many ways — on its own, with salad or on our Toast Parisien, Zero-Net-Carb Bread, or Bagels! Fresh cottage cheese with a peach for breakfast in a bowl on white wooden planks. Selective focus. Healthy eating.…
Candy on a weight loss program? You bet!! Make your own gummy candy using our CardioMender, MD flavored gelatin and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 packet CMMD High Protein Gelatin 2 packets Unflavored Gelatin 1/3 cup water Directions: Combine Gelatin packets Add water Let stand 10 minutes Microwave on high for 30…
Chia Seed Pudding is Power-Packed Chia seeds are a power-packed food high in protein, phytonutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber in the right proportions. They are a low glycemic index food. Chia is a gluten free grain. People with known sensitivity to gluten or…
Take our CMMD Toast Parisien and top it with our CardioMender, MD Garlic infused olive oil and CMMD Sicilian lemon balsamic vinegar. Or top with one of our many flavors of ultra-premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils and your favorite herbs or spices, like cinnamon or Herbs de Provence. Customize it…
Soups
Short on time? Our versatile High Protein Bacon and Cheese Soup is the perfect staple to add to your Thanksgiving dinner or any other celebratory events. Used as a dip, sauce, or soup, this dish will not disappoint. Dip To use the Bacon Cheese soup as a dip, use 1…
French Onion Soup is a classic that takes a new twist here – high protein. Enjoy it on your CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists plan. Ingredients: 1 packet (1 serving) of CardioMender, MD Beef Bouillon, available in our office pantry and online store 7 oz. water Quarter-slice of toasted, zero-carb…
You can read about the benefits in our article on cucumbers, then enjoy this recipe from Doc: Ingredients: 3 large cucumbers, peeled 1 cup Chobani™ non-fat plain Greek yogurt 2 tbsp minced garlic ¼ large yellow or Vidalia onion ½ tsp MortonTMLite Salt ½ tsp pepper 3 tbsp white wine vinegar…
Ingredients 4 medium stalks celery 1 medium yellow onion 1 large green bell pepper with seeds removed 2 medium cucumbers, unpeeled 2 tsp chopped garlic 4 sprigs cilantro 2 cups chilled Swanson™ Organic Chicken Broth 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp Tabasco™ Green Chile (jalapeño)…

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