"This was just what I needed. I am 18 months out and starting to lose my "why" and I have not had a support group. I've been very shy/shameful about the surgery. This symposium allowed me to see and realize that I am normal, and what I am experiencing is normal. "
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with fifteen professionals to provide you with the tools you need to navigate your life after weight loss surgery.
And let's be clear. These are not just any health professionals. Many are top online professionals in the field of bariatrics that came together to put on one of the best events of the year.
They will be discussing so much more than just "what to eat" after surgery. You'll learn how to address emotional eating, tame your inner critic, manage your cravings, create new food traditions with your family, practice self care and more!
Anyone that has or is considering bariatric surgery will find this event valuable. For those of you that don't know me, I am Kristin, Registered Dietitian and Founder of Bariatric Meal Prep and I will be the host for this event.
"This symposium was hands down one of the best trainings I have attended - personal or professional!"
(Each day starts at 12 pm Eastern/9am Pacific & ends at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific)
Where your inner critic came from
Why the inner critic persists
How you can begin to work with your inner critic
"This is the most information I’ve had at hand in the eleven years since my surgery. I’m looking forward to next year."
On September 9-11th the presentations will be aired "live" over Zoom. You'll get the opportunity to make comments throughout the presentation and connect with others who have undergone weight loss surgery. At the end of each presentation there will be a designated 15 minute question and answer period with the speaker.
You'll get to communicate in real time with these health professionals.
You'll also have access to a private Facebook Group with like minded individuals to connect and share your experiences with.
Once the symposium is over you'll be given access to watch them anytime you want, as many times as you want, for an entire year.
Pretty awesome, right?
Register today to claim your spot.
You can check out the time of each presentation here.
Yes! All of the presentations will be recorded and you will have access to watch them at your own leisure for one year.
Nope. You'll be able to watch the presentations live via Zoom. The Facebook Group provides an extra layer of support for the community but it's not necessary. You will continue to have access to the recordings for an entire year.
Absolutely! With all the knowledge in this symposium you will be confident and prepared for surgery.
Absolutely! You will gain motivation and knowledge in this symposium to empower you to take charge of your health.
If you said yes to three or more of these, you're going to love what's inside the symposium!
Stephanie Wagner MS, RD/LD is a bariatric dietitian with experience working for seven bariatric surgeons in three bariatric clinics since 2009. Steph is the owner of https://www.bariatricfoodcoach.com an online bariatric nutrition resource owned and operated by Steph and her husband Kevin. The membership site offers nearly 600 WLS recipes, meal plans and meal planning tools, educational videos and a supportive online community for their members. Steph's primary aim is to empower patients in their journey after surgery and to help her followers find freedom from weight struggles and food addictions. She loves cooking and loves to show patients that healthy food can be easy, taste great and keep them on track with their goals.
Helen Kimmel has been a Registered Dietitian for over 25 years. She coached her first Bariatric client 20 years ago. She had VSG surgery ten years ago and has maintained her 120-pound weight loss. Her exciting work has included being the first Nutritionist at a major NYC restaurant (The Rainbow Room) and collaborating as Nutritionist on several James Beard Award winning cookbooks. Helen has appeared on TODAY, Food Network, and CNN. She started a virtual Bariatric Nutrition practice to support and guide the Bariatric community on their WLS Journeys. Helen provides a concierge level one-on-one service for her clients.
Kara is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer that specializes in helping nurses stop workplace weight gain. She believes in balance over perfection! That means reaching your nutrition goals so you can feel confident in your food choices and comfortable in your own skin, without giving up your favorite foods. After working in different clinical environments, she noticed a pattern of her colleagues (nurses specifically) taking amazing care of their patients but giving none of that care to themselves. So she founded Kara Wilson Nutrition in 2019 so she could help nurses fill their cups so they could keep pouring their selflessness, compassion, and kindness into others!
Jamie is a Registered Bariatric Dietitian and Coach. Jamie helps women after weight loss surgery overcome their doubts and limiting beliefs in order to truly make the mindset shifts that are necessary to change their relationship with food and their body after having weight loss surgery. Jamie had weight loss surgery in 2017 and since then has maintained over a 100 lb loss. She knows what it's like firsthand to struggle to find balance on this journey, which is why it is her mission to be able to provide women with the support and resources they need to be successful long term on their journeys. She is the creator and founder of the T.R.I.B.E. Membership Program (The Real Insights of Bariatric Eating) which provides nutrition materials and resources, work outs, recipes, and more than 15+ live support groups every month. Jamie never wants anyone to feel alone in their struggles, which is exactly why she created the T.R.I.B.E. community.
Carla Parson is a Full-time Healthcare Worker, Bariathlete, Group Fitness Instructor, and Mental Health Awareness Advocate. She enjoys teaching WLS patients how exercise plays an important role post-surgery, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, as well. As she continues to press toward her goals, Carla's desire is to assist others along the way. Her motto is: Be Resilient. Be Triumphant. Be Steadfast. Be Healthy.
Haley is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. You may know her as @theguacwarddietitian on Instagram! She has worked with bariatric patients for over 5 years. She is an avid runner, weight lifter and dog mom. She loves food and believes it should be enjoyed!
As a dietitian, her goal is to help her clients create a balanced and positive relationship with food as they navigate their new lifestyle! She supports both pre and post-op bariatric patients in reaching their goals. This journey looks different for everyone and it’s so important to her that she help's you find what works for you!
Megan Wolf is a New York City based Registered Dietitian, bariatric expert, cookbook author and mother. She is the voice behind @womens.bariatric.nutrition which is home to everything bariatric surgery for women on Instagram.
Monica is one of the co-founders of Bariatric Surgery Nutrition. She has extensive experience working with bariatric patients. She worked at the Montréal General Hospital’s bariatric clinic for 3 years before joining the team at Weight Loss Surgery Inc / Chirurgie Perte de Poids Inc. (a private surgical bariatric clinic in Montréal) where she has worked for going on 7 years.
Julie Vandal is a Registered Dietitian and a bariatric patient on her own weight loss journey. She worked in public health in a local foodbank for many years and then transitioned into childhood obesity prevention and then to the treatment of childhood obesity for the last 15 years at her local children's hospital. She helps prepare teens and young adults for bariatric surgery. Julie is a T.R.I.B.E Leader with the Sleeved Dietitian and loves working with people in the bariatric community to change their lives with this amazing tool.
Kate Fuss, PA-C is a Surgical Residency trained Physician Assistant from Yale / Norwalk hospitals in Connecticut. She obtained her Masters of Medical Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine in NC.
Kate has over 9 years of clinical and operative experience in Bariatrics and Plastic & Reconstructive surgery. She is additionally Board Certified as a Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management.
Her passion lies in serving weight loss surgery patients throughout their entire operative journey. She is founder of Banana Bariatrics, LLC; a concierge membership support group for bariatric patients. Kate believes that patient success lies in strong support, connection, and education.
She carries a special interest in bariatric patients struggling with post-operative weight regain through her “Back On Track” weight loss program.
Career aside, Kate is a mom to a little girl and enjoys traveling the world with her family to experience new cultures and cuisines.
Dawn Boxell is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has been in the field of bariatrics for over 25 years. She started her career in one of the very first bariatric centers in the Midwest.
Dawn was able to gain tremendous insight into the root cause of common symptoms suffered by many weight loss surgery patients including low energy, digestive issues, gut imbalances, hormone dysregulation and regain.
These experiences coupled with Dawn’s passion to help weight loss surgery patients live their best life propelled Dawn to start her own company, Gastric Health.
Gastric Health is dedicated to helping gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patients get healthy and achieve their weight loss goals. We use a whole body approach. Combining decades of bariatric patient experience with the power of whole real foods and quality supplements. Our focus is to optimize metabolism by improving gut health, digestion and hormones.
Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida, working as a therapist for over 12 years. Ashlyn has been working with bariatric clients for the past 7 years in her private practice, Advance Bariatric Counseling, just outside of Orlando, FL. Ashlyn is passionate about helping clients prepare for and adjust to bariatric life. She herself is a bariatric patient, celebrating 10 years post off this past June (2022), been through some ups and downs but has found herself in a place where less than 5% of bariatric patients will find themselves, she has kept off 100% of her excess weight at a 10-year follow-up. She is also an aspiring social media false information demystifier- as there is a lot of bad information out there on what bariatric is, and what it is not. She is a member of the ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery), which helps her stay up to date with research and knowledge, as this field is constantly changing and evolving in ways she couldn’t have even imagined 5 years ago. She has been working with ASMBS to ensure that mental health providers have a place at the table through advocacy and involvement.
"What a supportive community! Well worth the investment! I learned something valuable from every presentation."