Our Advanced Practice Nurse & Physician Assistant

Laurie McGinley, MS, CNS, APN Laurie Duquette McGinley, DNP, MSN, CNS-BC, APN, CBN – Nationally Certified Bariatric Nurse and Nationally Certified in Adult Health
Laurie graduated with a Masters of Science from the University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has been working exclusively with bariatric patients for over ten years in both hospital and outpatient settings. She started with Western Bariatric Institute in 2005, providing a strong background in research and teaching. Laurie enjoys the involvement that she has with both pre- and post-operative patients during our education classes and also through one-on-one meetings with patients during her three days of clinic per week. She is the past president of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses. Laurie is currently involved with the Nevada Nurse’s Association on the Legislative Committee and recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with honors.


Curtis Smith, PA-C Curtis Smith, PA-C – Certified Physician Assistant
Curtis received a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from California State University, Long Beach and worked as an athletic trainer for eight years. In 2005, Curtis completed his physician assistant training at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and earned a Bachelor of Clinical Health Sciences Degree. That same year, he passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam. Curtis worked at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic from 2005 – 2007, providing care for patients with sports injuries, arthritis, and fractures. In April of 2007, Curtis joined Western Bariatric Institute and provides care for patients in our clinic 1 – 2 days per week. He also assists with surgery and hospital care 3 – 4 days per week. In addition, Curtis will be developing and implementing a pre- and post-operative fitness and exercise program for our patients.