Your Weight Loss Team
Peter F. Lalor, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Surgeon & Medical Director is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatrics. 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.
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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.
Eric Nicely, Ph.D., is our bariatric psychologist. Dr. Nicely works out of his offices located in Wood County Hospital and Toledo. All patients will be required to undergo a mental health evaluation. Dr. Nicely has extensive experience in bariatric psychology and has evaluated thousands of patients in preparation for surgery.
Deb Dawley, RN, BSN, CBN is our bariatric nurse clinical coordinator with a longstanding experience in working with bariatric patients. She is certified as a bariatric nurse by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Deb supervises the office and clinical program. She has a 40 years history of experience as a surgical nurse and has led one of the longest standing bariatric support groups in the country for more than 20 years.
Jessica Gagen, RN, CBN Jessica is one of our office nurses. She co-leads the support group with Deb and is the coordinator or pre & post operative care.
Leah Herber, RD, LD is a registered dietitian experienced in managing patients going through bariatric surgery. She provides you with education and support before surgery, during your hospital stay, and at each of your follow-up appointments. Leah is a valuable sources of dietary information throughout your weight-loss experience.
Ginger Caris, RD, LD is a registered dietitian experienced in managing patients going through bariatric surgery. She provides you with education and support before surgery, during your hospital stay, and at each of your follow-up appointments. Ginger is a valuable sources of dietary information throughout your weight-loss experience.
Kristina Elling is the office manager for the bariatric program. She oversees day to day office operations and handles the coordination within the program.
Paula Mowery is the bariatric surgery coordinator. She assists patients in working through the insurance process prior to surgery.
Lauren Coppes is the Center for Weight Loss receptionist. She prepares the office, answers phone calls, schedules appointments and is the friendly face at the window when patients check in for appointments.