The WBI Bariatric Surgical Team & Support Staff

Western Bariatric Institute houses two board certified surgeons who are committed to the care and comfort of their surgical weight loss patients. With two surgeons, one of them is always on call. In addition to our surgeons, our clinic houses a highly trained Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Registered Dietitian, a patient advocate staff, schedulers, insurance authorization specialists and a talented support staff. Our clinic is built around providing the highest level of patient care possible to make the process towards weight loss a smooth one.

Our bariatric surgeon‘s level of expertise can be showcased through their extensive surgical experience. Since our program’s inception in 2000, our surgeons have completed over 4,000 surgical cases, helping many in our community to attain their weight loss goals! Our surgeons perform Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive surgery, on all the weight loss procedures.

We understand that choosing the right bariatric surgeon, surgery and clinic is very important to you. For this reason, Western Bariatric is committed to providing our patients with all the information and resources they need to make an informed decision that will suit their needs. By doing your research and ensuring that you are not only a candidate for bariatric surgery, but you have made the correct decision in which surgery you have chosen to undergo, we will help you to further understand the upsides and downsides of weight loss surgery, as well as provide you with a diet, exercise plan, and things to expect to change in your life after surgery.

Learn more about our talented team

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John Ganser MD, FACS

Mark Kozar MD, FACS

Support Staff

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Vicki Bovee, MS, RDN, LD
WBI Dietitian

Laurie McGinley, DNP, MS, CNS, APN, CBN
Curtis Smith, PA-C
Mason Hermosillo, Patient Advocate
Mason Hermosillo, Patient Advocate