Losing significant weight is a complex, formidable challenge. Patients who choose weight loss surgery do best when they have comprehensive support from a knowledgeable staff that recognizes and meets their individual needs with customized treatment.
The staff members of Marina Weight Loss, located in Marina del Rey, including doctors, nurses, a dietitian, a psychologist, and a physical therapist, work together with you towards one common goal: helping you succeed in overcoming obesity. Our staff members are fully accredited in their respective areas of specialty, and each gives important support to all our patients’ weight loss efforts.
Visit our Media Center to see videos of our staff discussing their experience and the Marina Weight Loss program.
Dr. Jeremy Korman is our medical director and weight loss surgeon. He is experienced in performing gastric bypass, lap band, gastric sleeve, gastric imbrication, and revision procedures. We also employ cardiologist John M. Kennedy and cosmetic surgeon David Stoker to help you with cardiovascular health and aesthetic results, respectively.
Nurse Coordinator and Clinic Staff
At a preoperative meeting in Marina Del Rey, you will learn about the upcoming procedure, what is required of you, expected results — all the relevant information about the process. The bariatric nurse coordinator, Bridgette Agee, works with you on these matters and supports you and your loved ones. While you are at our Los Angeles center, Bridgette visits you every day to make sure you’re comfortable and recovering well. After you leave, Bridgette will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to your doctor so you get the appropriate care.
Our entire staff is trained and experienced in caring for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. They understand what bariatric patients require and will strive to assist you in any way possible.
Before surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital, and after discharge, our dietitian, Julie Oldenburg, takes care of your nutritional needs. She will explain what changes you will need to make in your eating habits for the surgery to be a success. Bariatric patients’ dietary requirements are very specific and can even be different from patient to patient. Julie will ensure you are informed about these requirements and will help you avoid falling back into habits that can cause you to regain weight even after bariatric surgery.
Believe it or not, such a drastic change, even a positive one, can be emotionally challenging. We employ a clinical psychologist, Dr. Marylin Calzadilla, to help you manage the emotions surrounding obesity. Dr. Calzadilla will meet with you during your preoperative visit, where you will discuss your feelings about weight and weight loss. She will be there for you after the operation, as well, if needed, or she can refer you to different agencies that can also help you with support.
The day you come to Marina Del Rey for surgery, you’ll meet with a registered physical therapist, Kerry Willard-Beuth, who will help you to get moving again as quickly as possible. It is important to start moving soon after surgery; Kerry will help you with this part of recovery. Kerry also helps patients get in the habit of exercise, which is crucial to any sustainable weight-loss effort, and will show you how to continue with a safe, effective, personalized exercise program.
Los Angeles residents looking for help to conquer obesity: Contact us at (310) 577-5540 or schedule an appointment to find out more. We offer informational seminars at our Marina Del Rey office, where you will find answers to many of the questions you may have.
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