Tri State Bariatrics Dietitians


Pre and Post-Op Diets and Support

The Registered Dietitians at Tristate Bariatrics want work with you to create the best nutrition lifestyle for you. We are dedicated to providing you with quality food and nutrition services. As Dietitians, we prepare people to change their food lifestyles. When you come for monthly visits we will be discussing what you have for meals, when you have your meals, recipe ideas, and beverages that you drink.

Regular Plate / Bariatric Plate size difference
Regular Plate/Bariatric Plate size difference

We want to help you prepare for your new lifestyle after surgery and help you continue to make improvements with dietary choices. We understand that food has different meanings and holds certain memories for everyone. We take these feelings and experiences with food into consideration when working with you. Please browse the Dietitians’ page for information on preoperative and postoperative diet guidelines, protein supplement guidelines, recipe ideas, food journal, vitamin & mineral information, and eating technique tips.

Dietitian’s Advice

tri-state-bariatrics-dietitian1Are you excited to get started with your bariatric dietary lifestyle?! Please open any or all of the handouts directly below to give you guidance as you get started! If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with one of our Dietitians.

Grams of sugar in "common food"
Grams of sugar in “common food”
Pre Op Diet Eating Guidelines Food Categories
Phase I Post- Op Phase II Lapband Post Op Phase II Sleeve/ Bypass
Phase 2.5 Sleeve/Bypass Phase III Solid Food Supplement Information
Bypass/Sleeve Vitamins

Some recipes adapted for Bariatrics

Ranch OmeletTurkey TacoLemon Chicken SaladTurkey Chili
Chicken SkewersAcapulco ChickenChicken Summer SquashGarlic Chicken
Foiled FishEat your GreensFlavorful Grilled ChickenBeverage Recipes
Apple RecipesGrilled TilapiaStuffed Portabella MushroomsChicken Salad Stuffed Tomato

Photo of All TSB recipes in one .pdf file
All TSB recipes in one .pdf file

Feel free to download our “all in one” TRI STATE BARIATRICS recipe book. We will continue to add to it. If you have some of your own, send us an email with your recipe at

The dietians team.

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Susan K. Manez
MS, RD, CDN Nutrition

University of Delaware
Graduate: New York University
Dietetic Internship: Bronx VA Nutrition Program

Susan Manez is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. She has been working in the field of nutrition for 9 years and specializing in weight loss for over 7 years. Susan is an associate member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and has completed a certificate program in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Susan is also the first full-time dietitian to be employed by Tri-State Bariatrics.
Susan has been a member of the Tri-State Bariatrics team for over 7 years. She devotes her efforts to educating, preparing, and supporting individuals seeking weight loss to help them achieve their goals. Most recently, she has been working alongside the dietitians at local Shop Rites to provide practical, hands on education directly in the supermarket.

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Vincenza Garcia
RD, CDN Nutrition

Education and Training:

Bachelor of Arts in Food and Nutrition:
City University of New York at Queens College, Flushing, NY
Dietetic Internship:
C.W. Post Long Island University, Brookville, NY

Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in New York State
Certified Personal Trainer

Professional Affiliations:
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
American Council on Exercise

Vincenza Garcia is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition in May 2008 at CUNY Queens College and continued on to C.W. Post Long Island University to obtain her Certificate of Advanced Studies. While at C.W. Post, Vincenza participated in six different rotations that provided a variety of experiences in the field of dietetics. Sites included hospitals, community centers, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care units and food service organizations. Upon successfully completing the Dietetic Internship in June 2011, Vincenza has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Chilton Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in New Jersey. Her experiences at both facilities allowed her to gain experience with nutrition assessments and patient education on the Cardiac, Medical/Surgical and Maternity units. Vincenza began working as a Bariatric Dietitian at Tri State Bariatrics in 2012.

In addition, Vincenza is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) since 2009. Her work experience also includes Group Fitness Instructor at various health clubs.

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Susan Epstein

Education and Training:
Bachelor of Human Ecology in Foods and Nutrition:
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dietetic Internship:Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition:New York University, NY, NY
Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in New York State

Professional Affiliations:
American Dietetic Association

Susan has been working as a Bariatric Dietitian since 2007. She is also the facilitator for the bi-monthly Bariatric Support Groups at Good Samaritan Hospital. Prior to Bariatrics, Susan worked in a private practice for 7 years, counseling patients in various areas including Diabetes and Weight Management. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of nutrition. Susan worked in community programs including the Pascack Valley Wellness Center and was the High Risk Nutritionist at the Rockland County W.I.C. Program. She also has experience as a Clinical Dietitian, having worked at White Plains Hospital and United Hospitals Medical Center in New Jersey.

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Lisa Deguzman
RD, CDN Nutrition

Associates Degree in Business Administration:
Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition: Mary Mount College of Fordham University, Tarrytown, NY
Dietetic Internship:
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYC
Dietetic Fellowship in Nutrition Support on the Burn unit of New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC
Certified in Adult Weight Management
by the American Dietetic Association
Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist with New York State

Lisa is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, who has been in practice for 14 years. She has worked in a variety of areas in the field of nutrition, some of which includes; nutrition support, diabetes management, cardiac rehab and bariatrics. She spent the first 2 years of her career at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she began to develop her skills and knowledge of the metabolic needs of people. She also assisted in the creation of nutrition education materials, which are still being utilized today.

She spent the next 9 years of her career as a Registered Dietitian at St. Luke’s Hospital in Orange County, New York. She began as a staff dietitian, where she planned therapeutic diets and provided education to inpatients, outpatients and their families. She was quickly promoted to Chief Clinical Dietitian of the department, where she managed a large clinical staff.

In 2009, she went on to pursue her true passion, which is working in the field of weight management and wellness. She spent some time working at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY in both the inpatient and outpatient areas. After gaining experience with the bariatric population, she went on to fill her current position as an Outpatient Bariatric Dietitian at Tri-state Bariatrics.

As an avid distance runner and a self proclaimed “health nut”, she has a true passion for helping others improve their lives through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Lisa believes that eating a clean healthy diet, along with exercise is the fundamental building block to having a healthy mind and body. She hopes to continue to help her patients achieve improved health, weight loss and overall well-being through diet and exercise.

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Laura Greaney
Nutritionist Nutrition

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology:
SUNY Cortland, Cortland New York
Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition:
Montclair State University, Montclair New Jersey

Laura is a recent addition to Tri-State Bariatrics who brings much passion and energy in helping our patient’s reach their personal goals through her several years of experience in bariatrics. Her Bachelors Degree in Psychology which was obtained from SUNY Cortland in 2007 gives her a special touch with being compassionate towards her patients and is always giving positive reinforcements. Laura also has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science which was received in 2010 from Montclair State University making her a professional in helping our patient’s understand food, nutrition and their body. She is an enthusiastic staff member who is looking forward to helping you get where you want to be.