Your Weight Loss Team

 

 

Peter F. Lalor, M.D., FACS, FASMBS

Peter F. Lalor, M.D., FACS, FASMBS

Peter F. Lalor, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Surgeon & Medical Director is Board Certified in general surgery with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatrics. He is also Board Certified in obesity medicine. Dr. Lalor specializes in minimally invasive surgery, which includes the laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LapBand and Realize Band) laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, and revisional bariatric surgery.  He performs more than 250 bariatric surgeries annually, over 2,000 to date and over 4,000 general surgeries.

Dr. Lalor is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (AMSBS) and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lalor is also the medical director of the MBSAQUIP Comprehensive Center. He leads a dedicated team and program of bariatric and metabolic care.

To read more about Dr. Lalor's clinical experience, click here.

Laura Carder, MSN, NP-C, CBN

Laura Carder, MSN, NP-C, CBN

Laura Carder, MSN, NP-C, is a surgical nurse practitioner assisting Dr. Lalor in all components of bariatric surgical care. Laura has experience working with postsurgical patients and is an integral part of our comprehensive bariatric surgery program.

Abby Braden, Ph.D.

Abby Braden, Ph.D.

Abby Braden, Ph.D., is our bariatric psychologist. All patients are required to undergo a mental health evaluation prior to surgery.  Dr. Braden is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at BGSU.  She has a special interest in developing behavioral treatments for adults with obesity and using emotional regulation skills in obesity interventions.

Jessica Gagen, RN, CBN

Jessica Gagen, RN, CBN

Jessica Gagen, RN, CBN:  Jessica has worked for our office for 5 years as one of our nurses.  Jessica is a certified bariatric nurse who co-leads the support group with Linda. She performs intake at your appointments in the office including obtaining vital signs and pertinent history.  She is also available via phone can email to answer patient medical questions both before and after surgery. She can be reached at (419) 373-7699, option 2 and gagenj@woodcountyhospital.org

Linda Gill, RN

Linda Gill, RN

Linda Gill, RN: Linda is our newest office nurse.  She bring extensive knowledge of bariatric surgery through her experience as an operating room nurse.  Linda co-leads the support group with Jessica.  She performs intake at your appointments in the office including obtaining vital signs and pertinent history.  She is also available via phone and email to answer patient medical questions both before and after surgery.  She can be reached at (419) 373-7699, option 2 and gilll@woodcountyhospital.org

 

Leah Herbert, RD, LD

Leah Herbert, RD, LD

Leah Herbert, RD, LD: Leah has worked in our office for 5 years as one of our bariatric dietitians. She sees patients pre-operatively for our medically supervised weight loss program and post-operatively for nutritional support after surgery. She is also available via phone and email for patient questions at (419) 373-7699, option 3 and herbertl@woodcountyhospital.org

 

Ginger Caris, RD, LD

Ginger Caris, RD, LD

Ginger Caris, RD, LD:  Ginger has worked in our office for 9 years as one of our bariatric dietitians.  She see patients pre-operatively for our medically supervised weight loss program and post-operatively for nutritional support after surgery.  She is also available via phone and email for patient questions at (419) 373-7699, option 3 andcarisg@woodcountyhospital.org

Martha Gonzalez, RD, LD

Martha Gonzalez, RD, LD

Martha Gonzalez, RD, LD: Martha is our newest bariatric dietitian.  She brings a wealth of nutritional counseling experience and is currently in the process of obtaining her personal training certificate.  She sees patients pre-operatively for our medically supervised weight loss program and post-operatively for nutritional support after surgery.  She is also available via phone and email for patient questions at (419) 373-7699, option 3 and gonzalezm@woodcountyhospital.org

Kristina Elling

Kristina Elling

Kristina Elling - Kris has worked for the office for 12 years.  She has been the receptionist, bariatric surgery coordinator and currently is the office manager. She oversees day to day office operations, coordinates compliance with the nation accreditation, and manages all aspects of the bariatric program.  Kris is available via phone and email for questions at (419) 373-7699 ext. 1614 and ellingk@woodcountyhospital.org

 

Paula Mowery

Paula Mowery

Paula Mowery: Paula has worked for the office for 3 years as our bariatric surgery coordinator.  Paula coordinates the insurance process by assisting patients as they work through the program towards surgery.  Paula is available via phone and email for questions at (419) 373-7699, option 4 and moweryp@woodcountyhospital.org

Lauren Coppes

Lauren Coppes

Lauren Coppes: Lauren has worked for the office for 2 years as our receptionist.  She prepares the office, answers phone calls, schedules appointments and general surgeries and is the friendly face at the window when patients check in and out for appointments.  She is available for patient questions via phone and email at (419) 373-7699, option 1 and coppesl@woodcountyhospital.org