We have built a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to guiding you through comprehensive management of severe obesity using weight-loss surgery since 2003. Tri State Bariatrics specializes in Lap-band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass surgery.
Our team of dedicated and experienced professionals includes Nurse Practitioners, Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists, Psychiatrists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Registered Nurses. We believe it is extremely important to provide all of our patients with a comprehensive approach to surgery to ensure the safest and most effective weight loss journey both before and after surgery. In addition, learning necessary permanent lifestyle changes is not easy, but it is accomplished with the help of our team.
Education/Training Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Board Certified Surgeon Specialty Areas: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Peter Kwon is a board certified surgeon specializing in General and Bariatric surgical procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
He has over 25 years of experience in laparoscopic surgery. He has performed over 3,500 laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. Dr. Kwon and his entire team are deeply committed to the long-term success of all individuals seeking weight loss and a healthier, longer life.
Dr. Peter Kwon is the founder of Tri State Bariatrics.
Dr. Ramon Rivera, FACS
Education/Training Medical School: Upstate Medical University at Syracuse Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA Laparoscopic Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis
Dr. Ramon E. Rivera is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He specializes in Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Gastrointestinal surgery. He specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases including esophagus, stomach, biliary tract, colon and weight loss surgery for morbid obesity. He is a published author on the topic of laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery and has presented his results for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is an active member of the American college of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Rivera is licensed in New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Rivera has over 20 years of laparoscopic surgery experience and has been performing bariatric surgery for over 15 years. He is the founder and director of RecoverHealth Bariatrics, which recently merged with Tri State Bariatrics. His primary interests lie in minimally invasive surgery and the study of longterm weight loss success with his entire team at Tri State Bariatrics.
Dr. Wayne Weiss, FACS
Education/Training Medical School: New York University Residency: New York University and Bellevue Hospital Centers
Board Certified Surgeon Specialty Areas: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, and GI Endoscopy
Dr. Wayne Weiss is a board certified surgeon specializing in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Bariatric Surgery procedures. He is a trauma surgeon for over 25 years with an established record of excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Dr. Weiss has over 20 years of laparoscopic surgery experience. He has been performing bariatric surgery for over 10 years, performing over a thousand bariatric surgeries, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Lapband. Dr. Weiss and his entire team are deeply committed to the long-term success for all individuals seeking weight loss, and a healthier, longer life.
Dr. Jaime Cepeda, FACS
Education/Training Medical School: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Internship/Residency: Pitt County Memorial Hospital, NC Residency: St Vincent’s Hospital, NY
Board Certified Surgeon Specialty Areas: Advanced Laparoscopy, General and Bariatric Surgery Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish
Dr. Jaime Cepeda Jr. is a board certified surgeon specializing in General, Bariatric and Vascular surgery procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr Cepeda has over 15 years in general and laparoscopic surgery. He has been performing Bariatric surgery since 2008 performing hundreds of bariatric surgeries, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Lapband.
Dr. Cepeda’s warm personality creates a safe and nurturing environment for his patients, where their needs are always a priority. He continues to attend conferences across the country to further his knowledge in the field of surgery. This commitment provides him the knowledge to continue to care for patients with a broad spectrum of health issues, including but not limited to breast, biliary and colon diseases. Dr. Cepeda and his entire team are committed to the long-term success of all of his patients seeking weight loss and a healthier life overall.
Dr. Jaime Cepeda is Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Bon Secours Community Hospital.
Dr. Alisha M. Fuller, DNP, CBN, FNP-BC
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 served as President and is Chair of the Annual Conference and has been on the Education Committee since 2007.
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.
Jody MacHugh,FNP-BC, CBN, RNFA
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, Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Luke’s Community 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.
Jeanne Karson,ANP-C, MSN, CBN
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
Jeanne Karson 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 group 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.
Laura De Andrade,MSN, ANP-BC
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 Tri State in 2014. 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 Tri State, 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.
Lauren Lundy, MSN, FNP-C
Education/Training Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation: University of Florida Master of Science/FNP: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, NY
Board Certified: American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Bariatric Nurse: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2010 Certifications: Certified Medical Examiner, ACLS, BLS
Lauren joined Tri State Bariatrics in 2017 after practicing as a nurse practitioner in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, and family medicine. As a registered nurse, she practiced primarily in emergency medicine, with additional experience in neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Prior to joining the field of nursing, she worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with patients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Brain Injuries.
Lauren remains dedicated to adhering to the needs of her patients, but remaining updated in her chosen field by attending conferences that expunged upon her accomplishments. Her soft spoken voice and caring manner, provides a satisfying environment for patients committed to their weight loss journey.
Elizabeth Handler,MSN, ANP-BC
Education/Training Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY Master of Science: Hunter College, New York City, NY
Board Certified: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Elizabeth is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who joined the Tri State Bariatrics team in 2017. Before joining Tri State, she worked as a Primary Care NP in Adult Health. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth worked as an RN in the PACU and Cardiovascular Special Care Unit at NYU Medical Center. Elizabeth is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is currently working on obtaining her Certification as a Bariatric Nurse.
Elizabeth brings to Tristate Bariatrics a unique blend of nursing savvy and compassion to each other of her patients. While she continues on the path to completing her Bariatric Nursing Certification, Elizabeth continues to focus her efforts on helping her patients to become the best version of themselves by adopting a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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Susan K. Manez,MS, RD, CDN
Education/Training Undergraduate: 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.
Vincenza Garcia,RD, CDN
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
Certifications: 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.
Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN
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
Certifications: 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.
Lisa Deguzman, RD, CDN
Education: Associates Degree in Business Administration:Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition: Mary Mount College of Fordham University, Tarrytown, NY
Training: 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
Certification: 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.
Laura Greaney, MSN
Education/Training 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.
Matthew Abel, MS, RD
Education/Training Teachers College, Columbia University Master of Science – Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Dietetic Internship: Teachers College, Columbia University
Professional Affiliations Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition – Dietetic Practice Group Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietetics Association
Matthew is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Matthew is one of the newest team members at Tri State Bariatrics, working as both a bariatric dietitian and exercise physiologist. Matthew also works closely with the practice’s Spanish-speaking population, offering nutrition counseling in Spanish. He has enjoyed prior experience in the fields of diabetes management, acute care, and Division-I collegiate sports nutrition. Matthew has a deep passion for working with and empowering patients to achieve their health and weight loss goals.
Becky Aschoff, RN, BSN, CBN
Education Monroe County Area Vocational Technical School: Licensed Practical Nurse Orange County Community College: Registered Nurse University of Phoenix: Bachelors Degree in Nursing
Becky has over 25 years of nursing experience. Over the years she continually thrived on furthering her knowledge as a nurse through schooling and specialty nursing certifications because she knows knowledge is key the success of her patients. Her first job as a nurse was caring for individuals who had sustained a traumatic head injury. One of her life lessons she learned was to never give up hope for anyone no matter what. She then worked in an acute care rehabilitation center where she attained her certification as a rehabilitation nurse. Then she took on a new challenge as the quality improvement coordinator at a hospital which provided her with a whole other world of nursing knowledge. Becky joined the Tri State Bariatrics team in 2005. As the Bariatric Program Manager one of her heart felt priorities is an advocate for her patients. Becky is constantly seeking new information to provide the best quality of care to her patients. She is a Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN), attends national bariatric conferences, and has presented at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Society’s national convention. Her desire for knowledge is passed onto her patients to empower them about bariatric surgery and the necessary lifestyle changes.
Tara Rivera, RN
Education Associates Degree:Reading Area Community College
RN License:New York State
Affiliations:American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Tara L. Rivera is a registered nurse in the state of New York. In 2001, she completed her nursing degree in Reading, Pennsylvania. She moved to Philadelphia to advance her nursing career and skills in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital. She traveled to St. Louis where she had the opportunity to work at Barnes’ Jewish Hospital and Medical Center as a cardiac intensive care nurse. In 2004 she settled in Rockland County, New York where she continued to work as an ICU nurse and in the Post Anesthesia Care unit. After starting a family, in 2009 she settled into practice management in a new bariatric office where she coordinated the design and build-out of the office space to be compliant with Center of Excellence status. She was also involved in helping the practice achieve this status which entailed detailed maintenance of patient and case load records along with implementing standard bariatric office code compliance. She developed personalized marketing strategies for the practice and became involved in community outreach. She had taken on human resource responsibilities for hiring, credentialing, payroll and accounting as well as implementation of all policies and procedures for the practice. She became proficient in billing with ICD and CPT coding where she later negotiated contracts between the practice and insurance companies to maximize reimbursement. She continually maintains the upgrading of EMR/EHR systems for the practice to keep up with new and ever-changing healthcare requirements. Being involved in office management, she never wanted to give up nursing and patient care. She continues to help ensure patient safety and quality care from pre to post-operative surgery by providing seminars and support groups as well as updating educational materials and always being available for a hug when needed.
Jessica Basso, RN, BSN
Education Dominican College: Bachelors Degree in Nursing
RN License: New York State
Affiliations: American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Jessica graduated from Dominican College with her bachelors of science in nursing. She is a registered professional nurse in the state of New York and a member of the American Nursing Association. Her previous work experience in the healthcare setting has allowed her to be able to assist with patient care in both the administrative and clinical aspects. Her compassion for nursing and helping others brings a positive attitude to the office. As a part of the multidisciplinary team at Tri State Bariatrics Jessica strives to provide and deliver quality patient care as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle. She educates patients on the surgical procedures, assists in the pre-operative workup phase, and truly enjoys encouraging and supporting all her patients while on their weight loss journeys.
Jeff Braisted, ASRT (R) Primary Stroke Center
Jeff graduated from The University of Charleston with a degree in Radiologic Technology. He has over 25 years of experience and joined our program in 2009. Jeff has a very upbeat personality. He helps our patients feel calm and comfortable while helping them understand what they are viewing on the x-ray.
The Value of Fluoroscopy to a Bariatric Surgery Practice
At Tri State Bariatrics we are pleased to offer our patients in office radiologic evaluations to evaluate both before and to assess their progress after weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgical patients require occasional radiologic evaluation of the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine. The timely availability of this capability allows us to rapidly and many times definitively diagnose and treat conditions related to weight loss surgery. Previously, patients came to the office and might have been sent to a radiology center for evaluations. This invariably resulted in delays and logistical problems for our patients. The information we received was not always what we needed and our patients always lost valuable time in the process.
Patients with lap-bands particularly benefit from the ready access of fluoroscopy which allows us to immediately detect issues related to the lap-band and optimize adjustments for it. Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass patients also benefit greatly.
We believe that in office radiology evaluation is just one of a number of services that Tri State Bariatrics offers that distinguishes us from other practices.
At Tri State Bariatrics Jeff is our program’s Radiologic Technologist. Jeff has over 25 years of experience and is licensed by the State of New York and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. His knowledge and expertise helps make our patients feel comfortable.
He also has a knack of bringing a personal touch into the care he provides to our patients. When the time comes to have an Upper GI x-ray you will be asked to sip a very small cup of non radioactive oral contrast; He has found a way to make it more palatable. You never know what flavor of the week you will get!
Tammy Schuler Williamson Radiology Technician
Behavioral Health & Psychiatrist
Education/Training Medical School: Albany Medical College Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center Internal Medicine: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified Psychiatrist Specialty Areas: Bariatric Psychiatry for Adults and Adolescents
Dr. Kristin Allison is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and adolescent bariatric patients. She has over 10 years of experience working with those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. She received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and has led group therapy sessions. Dr. Allison is committed to helping guide individuals with continued support both before and after weight loss surgery. She is a member of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She is a member of the Bariatric surgery special interest group in the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Allison is proud to be a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Tri State Bariatrics.
Inviting Front Staff
Kris has been with Tri State Bariatrics since 2005. She likes to see the joy and excitement in our patient’s eyes as they are losing weight and changing their lives. She is one of the most outgoing staff members at Tri State Bariatrics and makes all our patients feel at home.
Since Jessica’s arrival at Tri State Bariatrics in 2016, she’s brought a light heartedness to the staff. She greets all new patients with a lively exterior and genuine interior for each to achieve successful weight loss. With a background as a customer service, Jessica is able to aide all patients, both new and old in answering all questions regarding the program. Jessica enjoys making each patient happy when they’ve reached a milestone on their weight loss journey and shares in their excitement because she knew she played a role in their success.
Angela joined our Tri State Bariatrics team in 2005. She has over 10 years of experience in phlebotomy. Many patients appreciate how gentle she is when drawing blood. She is very proud to offer this convenient service to our patients in the Middletown office.
Medical Records Specialist, Phlebotomist
Shannon enjoys working in various roles at Tri State Bariatrics since she started in 2007. She feels her role in medical records is vital to the continuity of patient care. She treats our patients just like family and is a cheerleader for them at any time when they need it most.
Claudia Harrison Patient Service Representative
Angely Varella Guillen Patient Service Representative
Susan Bushelon Patient Service Representative
MaryLynn joined our program in 2008. She is a very compassionate person who enjoys helping patients feel confident. She loves to see the transformations that occur in our patients during their weight loss journey and the positive effects on their lives.
Alexis enthusiastically joined the Tri State Bariatrics team in 2012. She has a cheerful personality that radiates a positive attitude that is contagious. She finds it personally rewarding each time she helps a patient make an appointment around their busy schedule. Her goal is to make patients feel accommodated.
Alma studied at the Orange Ulster Career and Technical Center in Middletown, New York where she earned a certificate in Education and Management. As a patient navigator, Alma diligently guides all patients through the Tri State Bariatric program. She gives her full attention to all patient’s making certain every question asked is clearly answered is a concise manner. Alma’s infectious smile and caring nature, creates an environment where each patient feel they’ve made the right choice in choosing Tri State Bariatrics.
Jen enjoys watching and supporting our patients as they make their personal goals along their weight loss journey. She joined Tri State Bariatrics in 2008. Patients have said that Jen is very approachable because of her upbeat friendly personality and always has a kind word of encouragement to help make their day.
Maria acquired an AAS in Business Management from SUNY Orange and is a certified NHA Electronic Health Record Specialist, Billing and Coding Specialist, and Health Information Technician, from Orange Ulster Boces. Maria provides the tools necessary for each patient to navigate through the program successfully. With her warm smile and friendly disposition, she provides a safe and comfortable environment for each patient.
Amanda eagerly joined Tri State Bariatrics in 2013. Her passion for greeting patients with a warm and friendly smile keeps patients coming back for more. Her upbeat and organized personality helps to keep patients on track before and after surgery. She takes pride in making a difference in each patient’s life.
Insurance and Financing
Patty is very honest, and reassuring, and has a way of making all of our patients feel at ease. She enjoys the challenge of getting our patients approved for surgery but finds the most pleasure in letting a patient know they have been approved for bariatric surgery. Patty joined Tri-State Bariatrics in 2005.
Keri studied at SUNY Cortland and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She joined Tri-State’s team in 2009. Her determination to obtain insurance approval for each patient is essential to our team. Nothing makes her happier than to see a patient’s joyful smile as she tells them they were approved for surgery.
Gina has over 20 years of experience in billing and joined our program in 2010. She is very understanding of each patient’s unique financial situation. She works diligently to ensure patients can focus on their healthcare while being informed of their insurance needs.
Veronica studied at Rutgers University where she earned a BA in Psychology and Biology. She also acquired a Surgical Physician Assistant from Cornell Medical College and is a certified NHA Billing and Coding Specialist and Health Information Technician from Orange Ulster Boces. While Veronica works behind the scenes at Tristate Bariatrics, she has the painstaking job of making sure all the insurance companies take care of their end of the billing process. With her charming wit and charismatic voice, Veronica provides all the necessary information to both the patient and insurance companies. With her persistence, she’s receives satisfaction when a patient is approved for surgery by an insurance company.
Jill came to Tri-State’s team in 2009 offering over 20 years of medical billing experience. Her friendly and supportive nature helps patient’s feel comfortable to discuss any financial concerns. She is responsible for submitting claims and following up with insurance companies on a daily basis to ensure accurate account payments, charges, and payments.
Courtney began her career at Tri State Bariatrics in 2003 when Dr. Peter Kwon, the Founder of Tri State Bariatrics opened Tri State Bariatrics. As the oldest employee at the practice, Courtney lends her talent of bookkeeping and human resources to the staff at Tri State Bariatric.