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Bariatric Surgeons and Staff

We've performed more than 1,000 bariatric procedures at Schneck Surgical Weight Loss. But to our team, you are more than just a number.

Our doctors, nurses, and dietitians will all take the time to get to know you personally and to understand your goals and struggles so they can create the best possible treatment plan for you. And they'll stick with you for life, helping you adapt your plan after surgery as needed.

Our weight loss surgery team includes experts in a number of medical specialties, all working together to help you make the leap toward better health:

Bariatric surgeons. Our expert surgeons are board-certified providers with experience performing the latest and most effective forms of bariatric surgery. 
 
Robert G. Cooper, MD, FACSRobert G. Cooper, MD, FACS









Dr. Brandon Millick, Scheck Surgical Weight Loss surgeonBrandon Millick, MD









Dr. Emanuel Nearing, II, Schneck Surgical Weight Loss surgeonEmanuel Nearing, II, MD






 


Nurses. Our nurse practitioner works closely with your bariatric surgeon and family doctor, and completes your comprehensive medical history. You'll also receive care from our certified bariatric nurse who helps conduct our support group and patient outreach. 


Cathy Hildebrand, nurse practitioner with Schneck Surgical Weight LossCathy Hildebrand, NP-C
Cathy has been a nurse practitioner for ten years and an RN for more than 30 years. Along with Lesley Kendall and Dr. Cooper, they developed the program from its inception and grew it into a regional leader in weight loss surgery. 






Sherry Forgey, certified bariatric nurse with Schneck Surgical Weight LossSherri Forgey RN, CBN
Sherri is a certified bariatric nurse. Primarily working with patients in the office, Sherri herself had surgical weight loss surgery in 2002. She is very active in the support group and patient outreach activities.






Dietitians. You'll begin meeting with one of our registered dietitians anywhere between three and six months before surgery and after the operation as needed. During your one-on-one sessions, you'll learn about nutritional guidelines you must follow and the dietary changes you need to make. Regular visits with your dietitian both before and especially after surgery are important for long term success.

Lesley Kendall, certified dietitian with Schneck Nutrition ServicesLesley Kendall
Lesley has 12 years of experience as a dietitian at Schneck and was instrumental in creating the program's nutritional plan during the program's inception. She is an integral part of the program through nutritional and dietary consultations with patients. 






Monica Adams, certified dietitian with Schneck Nutrition ServicesMonica Adams
Monica has seven years of experience as a dietitian at Schneck. She is an integral part of the program through nutritional and dietary consultations with patients. 






Jill Whitaker, certified dietitian with Schneck Nutrition ServicesJill Whitaker
Jill has ten years of experience as a dietitian at Schneck. She is an integral part of the program through nutritional and dietary consultations with patients. 






A psychologist. We have you meet our staff psychologist before and after surgery to increase your chance of weight loss success. Through counseling, you come to better understand your relationship with food and process the changes happening in your life. 

Dr. Aaron Banister, Schneck Surgical Weight Loss psychologistAaron Banister, PhD








 

Come meet the team

We invite you to come meet members of our team in person. Attend a free seminar to learn more.
 
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