As part of the bariatric surgery process, you are required to see a nutritionist and a psychologist prior to surgery. To maintain consistency, with rare exceptions, we require you to seek assistance from the following individuals only. As independent professionals with NO financial ties to University Bariatrics and extensive backgrounds in bariatric surgery, their unique inputs and perspectives provide an extremely valuable service to our program. We do welcome contact by other similar professionals who are interested in joining our additional affiliates group.
Dr. Heather Gibson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in obesity, weight management, and eating disorders, including in inpatient and residential settings. The bulk of her practice has been with bariatric surgery patients, helping them prepare for surgery and make cognitive and behavioral changes to support long-term weight maintenance. Her practice is primarily located in the Thousand Oaks area. Tel: (805) 297-5473. www.heathergibsonphd.com
Erika Wong, MS, RD, earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Tufts University while completing her dietetic training at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She has experience in adult weight management and obesity from the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center where she worked with the Harvard program’s weight loss surgery patients. Erika has extensive experience counseling patients for weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease from the California Health & Longevity Institute in Westlake Village. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. Her practice is in Thousand Oaks area and she can be reached at email@example.com or (805) 657-9602. www.kaya-health.com
Alona Geller, MS, RD, is a full time clinical dietitian with several year history of treating bariatric surgery patients as part of bariatric surgery programs in Southern California or as an independent practitioner. She is a passionate nutrition educator in health prevention and nutrition intervention environment. She works closely with patients to improve overall health and prevent disease via nutritional intervention. She can be reached via www.nutrition-heals.com or at (310) 903-1827.
Yasmin Firouzman, RD, has an extensive experience in working with bariatric surgery patients. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Glendale Memorial Hospital. She joined the UCLA Bariatric Surgery program over a decade ago and was responsible for nutritional education and follow-up of over a thousand patients. Yasmin is currently in a private nutrition consulting practice and works with both the UCLA Bariatric and the Kids Fit for Healthy Weight programs. She maintains active membership with the American Dietetic Association and has completed CDR certificate of training in childhood and adolescent weight management. You can obtain more information about her via: www.nutritionnook.com and contact her at (818) 648-3097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should major geographic limitations exist, the University Bariatrics program does work with several other professionals in the greater Los Angeles area whom have consistently shown a deep commitment to bariatric surgery patients. We will provide you with that list during your initial surgical consultation.