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The Nursing Component

RN  Office Manager

Ms. Casey is a registered nurse and received her Associate Degree in nursing from Community College of Allegheny County; she also has an Associates Degree in Medical Records management. She is currently the Office Manager of our Sewickley office.

 

RN BSN  Bariatric Consultant

Ms. Dunn earned her nursing diploma at Sewickley Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at La Roche College. She is an Associate member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. She facilitates the Sewickley Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support Group, schedules information seminars and coordinates the Sewickley Bariatric Program. She sees patients at the Sewickley office and is a member of the Dependent Allied Professional Staff at Sewickley Valley Hospital.

The Nutrition Component

RD

Ms. Stuart is a key member of our comprehensive team; she has been a registered dietitian since 1978. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from West Virginia University. Her experience includes Chief Dietitian at Massillon State Hospital in Ohio, dietary consultant for the Wood Company in Pittsburgh and directing a weight loss program as a dietary consultant for a physician practice in Murrysville.

 

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL

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What a journey it has been! About a year ago, on my 39th birthday, I had an epiphany. I realized that I had a wonderful life. I was married to an amazing man; I had a great job, and was surrounded by lots of people who loved me. So why was I slowly killing myself? I had never had a weight problem...up until the age of 14 or so. From then on, it was all downhill, or in my case up on the scale. I graduated from high school at around 180 pounds. In college, while they talk about the freshman 10, I put on the freshman 40. Every year I'd put on a few more. But it's not like I didn't try to stop it. Over the years, I tried Weight Watchers countless times, Jenny Craig, Atkins, grapefruit, cabbage soup, and all the other fad diets out there. I don't think there is one I didn't try.. and fail at. So, as my confidence in myself went down, my weight went up until that 39th birthday when I weighed in at whopping 250. That is the day that I called my doctor who I'd seen for more than a decade for an appointment. When I finally got in to see her, she asked me if I was finally ready, as if she had been waiting for me to make this decision all along! She taled to me about Hope Bariatrics, and I was on my way to changing my life...at last. On the day of my surgery, I weighed 278 pounds, thanks to a few months of ice cream for dinner. I was very nervous, but I had my wonderfully supportive husband by my side. He kept telling me that he married me when I was a positively svelte 230 pounds and that no matter what happened, he would be with me. With those words, I went peacefully to sleep. The initial surgery went well, an I was home within a few days. I was incredibly nervous, but I had all the literature that Hope Bariatrics had given me to refer to. I followed the instructions to the letter, felt really good, and ready to go back to work. At that point I had dropped 10 pounds, and was feeling great. As the weeks went by, I began to notie that my clothes were fitting a little looser, and that people were beginning to say things about my weight loss. A few months in, and I ha to give all of my old clothes to charity. I also had to buy a belt, which I had never needed before. These days, I'm about 165 pounds, an even though I don't feel like I look that much different, to everyone else the change is dramatic. Recently, I had to give a presentation to a group of people at work that I had not seen since before my surgery. As I introduced myself, I heard a few gasps from the audience. Afterwards, at least a half a dozen people said they did not recognize me. So, that's my journey, and I have to say that even though there have been moments along the way where I questioned by decision, now that I've arrive at this wonderful place, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Thank you to Hope Bariatrics for all the support and encouragement you have provided along the way.
 

- Cleva



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