Tri State Bariatrics Nurse Practitioners


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A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has graduated from an approved Master’s Degree program that provides additional education and experience in a specialized area of practice. This enables them to become licensed and sit for a nationally recognized certification exam. NPs must renew their license every three years and update their national certification every five years through ongoing education and training.

Nurse Practitioners diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for a patient’s condition that falls within their specialized area of practice. They provide high quality, evidenced based health care services, and are mainstream providers found in both primary and specialty care. Their focus is on health promotion, education, counseling and disease prevention. NPs work closely with patients listening to concerns, explaining health options and providing appropriate diagnosis and treatment. They provide individualized care resulting in high levels of satisfaction.

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Services provided by NPs include physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of illness, prescribing medications, ordering and interpreting laboratory/diagnostic tests, educating patients about healthy lifestyles and coordinating health care services.

The Nurse Practitioners at Tri-State Bariatrics are all well-trained in managing the weight loss programs of our Bariatric Surgery patients.

Nurse Practitioners’ Roles at TSB

  • Perform initial history and physical examination of every patient entering our program
  • Provide pre-operative education and supervision of weight loss prior to surgery
  • Perform pre-operative history and physical examinations
  • Assist with immediate post-operative care
  • Provide continuous long-term post-operative care and on-going patient education
  • Order and interpret appropriate diagnostic X-ray or laboratory tests
  • Diagnose complications and collaborate with our surgeons to coordinate treatments
  • Perform Lap-Band adjustments
  • Provide after-hours and weekend call coverage for patients with questions or problems

Two of our Nurse Practitioners are also Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFA), and are qualified to assist in surgery.

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Alisha M. Fuller
DNP, CBN, FNP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Education/Training
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Master of Science/FNP: Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Pace University, New York, NY
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Certified Bariatric Nurse: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Specialty Areas: Bariatrics, Geriatrics, Endocrine, Family Medicine

Dr. Alisha M. Fuller has been a board certified family Nurse Practitioner since 2003. She has been with Tri-State Bariatrics since 2007 and is the lead Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the ASMBS, Sigma Theta Tau, and NYS Nurse Practitioner Association where she is on the Board of Directors. She serves as Region 5 Director and is Co-Chair of the Annual Conference and has been on the Education Committee for the last 7 years.
Dr. Fuller is a published author in the area of group medical visits and their effects on Diabetes and obesity. She has presented nationwide at numerous conferences on obesity and is an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.

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Jody MacHugh
FNP-BC, RNFA Nurse Practitioner

Education
BS in Psychology:
SUNY New Paltz
BSN Nursing, MS Family Nurse Practitioner:Pace University
RNFA: University of Rochester

Prior to her nursing career, Jody studied Psychology and worked with autistic children using Applied Behavioral Therapy. She then went on to pursue a degree in nursing and worked as a staff RN in labor and delivery, post-partum, as well as the newborn nursery. She also worked in the operating room as well as the post anesthesia care unit.
While gaining experience as a registered nurse, she earned her Master’s Degree and became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She then went on to gain experience in the areas of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Pain Management.
Jody has been with Tri-State Bariatrics since 2009. Since that time, she has earned her RNFA certification which allows her to assist in surgical procedures. She has also become a Certified Bariatric Nurse. She is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Nurse Practitioner Association. Jody is privileged to practice as a Nurse Practitioner and First Assist at Bon Secours Community Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.
Jody has a special interest in physical fitness as well as nutrition. She has attended national conferences and enjoys learning about recent updates in bariatric/metabolic surgery. Jody is committed to helping each patient achieve their goals in order to improve health and overall quality of life.

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Jeanne Karson
ANP-C, MSN, CBN Nurse Practitioner

Education/Training
Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
SUNY, New Paltz
Master of Science in Nursing:Mount Saint Mary College
Affiliations:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
NYS Nurse Practitioner Association
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Certifications:
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
Certified Bariatric Nurse

Jeanne Meilak is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and has attained her Certification from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Bariatric Nurse. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and completed the certification for Trauma Nurse Core Curriculim during her 10 year tenure as emergency room nurse. Jeanne has also spent several semesters as adjunct professor and nurse preceptor for the Mount St. Mary College. She continues to attend bariatric conferences to expand her knowledge in bariatric practice. In addition, she is an active member in the NYS Nurse Practitioner Association with her local chapter here in Orange County.
Jeanne is committed to all the patients at Tri-state Bariatrics and strives to provide a welcoming and candid environment in order to ensure that patients attain their weight loss goals and maintain a lifelong, healthy lifestyle.

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Laura De Andrade
MSN, ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Education:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing:
Villanova University
Masters of Science in Nursing: New York University
Affiliations: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Laura is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She attained her
Masters Degree in Nursing from New York University. She joined Tristate

in 2014 and is the newest member of our team. Prior to becoming a nurse
practitioner, Laura worked as a registered nurse in a medical/surgical
unit and also the PACU and Cardiovascular Special Care Unit. Before
joining Tristate, Laura worked for four years as a nurse practitioner in
bariatric surgery in Manhattan.

Laura is passionate about her job and loves working with each patient to
help them succeed. She devotes her work to each patient in order to
help them adapt to new lifestyle changes and healthy behaviors.
Laura is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery and enjoys attending annual conferences to keep up on new
advances in bariatric surgery and primary care.

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