A 3-day event to inspire, motivate and educate you after weight loss surgery without leaving the comfort of your own home.
""This symposium was BEYOND amazing to get input from so many different professionals that we don't have access to all the time.""
On September 10th-12th you’ll have access to over 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 coming together to put on one of the best events of the year.
They're here to discuss everything weight loss surgery related including supplements, exercise, weight regain, hormone changes, gut health, cannabis, plant based nutrition and more.
Anyone that has or is considering bariatric surgery will find this event valuable. I'm excited to be your host, Kristin Willard, Registered Dietitian from Bariatric Meal Prep.
""All I have to say is WOW. I am just speechless and in awe of these speakers!"
Cost considerations and how to understand what you're getting
How to choose which procedure is best
""This whole series is PHENOMENAL!" "
September 10-12th each of 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.
No worries! 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.
If you said yes to three or more of these, I can't wait to see you at the symposium.
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.
Elizabeth A. Dovec, MD, FACS, FASMBS is the CEO, co-founder, and co-creator of NewTri Health, a trusted, standardized, state of the art, virtual pre-operative education system to prepare patients for bariatric surgery. She is a bariatric surgeon with AdventHealth in Central Florida. She completed her fellowship training with Vanderbilt University’s Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Program. Through novel approaches, focusing on the patient experience and sustainable results, she leads one of the busiest programs in the nation. A Board-Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and a Diplomate in the American Board of Surgery, she is passionate about diminishing the staggering obesity epidemic.
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.
Dr. Maher El Chaar is the Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Director for the weight management center at St. Lukes University Health Network. Dr. Maher El Chaar is an active member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). In addition, Dr. EL Chaar is a member of the national Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). Dr Maher El Chaar is also an active member of the Clinical issues Committee (CIC) of the ASMBS, a committee responsible for the development of guidelines and recommendations for the practice of bariatric surgery. He is the author of two books, Dr E’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery and Bariatric Surgery Made Easy.
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.
Janice Newell Bissex is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and cookbook author. After her dad found relief from his pain using medical cannabis it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief using CBD and cannabis.
Janice completed training and certification through the Holistic Cannabis Academy and the Cannabis Fundamentals Certificate Program at GreenFlower. She teaches cannabis therapy and is Co-Program Director, Cannabinoid Medical Sciences at John Patrick University School of Integrative and Functional Medicine. She wrote Simple Guide to CBD: Fact, Fiction, and a Path Forward to educate consumers on the potential benefits of CBD and cannabis therapy.
Sam graduated (BS in Human Nutrition) and completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in December of 2018. He became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in March of 2019 and has over two years of experience as a dietitian within the field of Weight Loss Surgery/Bariatrics. You can find him on Instagram as @BariatricChefBoyRD. His passions including fitness, cooking, reading, and trying different cuisines/restaurants
Helen Kimmel has been a Registered Dietitian for over 25 years. She had Bariatric surgery nine years ago and has maintained her 100-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 pre-ops and post-ops on their WLS Journeys. Helen provides a concierge level one-on-one service for her clients.
Katie Chapmon, MS, RD is an award winning Registered Dietitian specializing in the field of bariatric nutrition, digestive issues and hormone health since 2008. She is the proud recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Weight Management Practice Award and 2010 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Katie is currently updating the Bariatric Surgery and Pregnancy chapter in the 3rd Edition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery and has presented educational webinars for various organizations. She has written numerous articles surrounding bariatric surgery and nutrition for both professional and consumer publications. Katie also served as education co-director, as well as presented at several American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference sessions. Katie is currently the Chair of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee.
Dr. Nicholas Isaac Jones, MD, FACS (@drnipandtuck) is a double-boarded certified plastic surgeon specializing in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the owner of Nip & Tuck Plastic Surgery (@drnipandtuck) in West Paces Ferry. Dr. Jones is a native of New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and his medical degree from Louisiana State University. While at XULA, he pledged as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He completed surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and his plastic surgery fellowship at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Jones has advanced training in microsurgery from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. After completing his training, he did a clerkship with Dr. Marcelo Araujo, a world-renowned cosmetic surgeon in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.” His philosophy is to provide high quality aesthetic and functional results while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and uncompromising safety and comfort.
Faith Flaherty is a registered bariatric dietitian in Chicago, IL. She has over 5 years of experience in nutrition therapy for bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss. Her mission is to help individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery improve their quality of life by nourishing their body with food to meet their weight loss and health goals.
In 2016, she was featured as a recipe contributor in the book Total Body Diet for Dummies. Most recently, she has conducted research on barriers to vitamin and mineral supplementation after surgery set for publication in the medical journal Surgical Endoscopy.
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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 and transitioned to a very large center in Indiana where she still enjoys counseling patients part-time. This has allowed her to counsel tens of thousands of weight loss surgery patients.
She published her first food guide “Bariatric Innovations” in 2005, that sold more than 5,000 copies. She has since founded her website WLS Gut Health, the Gastric Health Show Podcast & supplement line Gastric Health dedicated to restoring digestive health after weight loss surgery. She is passionate about using a whole body approach to health using with whole real foods and quality supplements.
Dr. Kristin Lloyd, PhD, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and focuses on lifestyle change to equip bariatric patients with mindset practices and life skills/tools after weight loss surgery guiding them to cope better and maintain their weight loss. She is also a certified Reiki Master, an EFT/Energy Psychology Practitioner, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Mindset Coach, speaker, and a prolific writer. Kristin had VSG surgery in 2013 and has lost 200lbs and has kept it off. She has authored several books including the Amazon Bestsellers, Bariatric Mindset Success: Live Your Best Life and Keep the Weight off after Weight Loss Surgery,Release Your Regain. You can connect with Kristin at her website Bariatric Mindset, her popular Facebook Group, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube profile.
"What an amazing symposium this was. I have learned a lot which will help me once I get my surgery. I'm trying to prep and this is all so helpful for my journey."