068 Understanding Lipedema with Sarah Bramblette and Karen Herbst, MD, PhD

March 15, 2016

In this episode I bring you my conversation with Sarah Bramblette. As you are about to hear, Sarah is many things but above all she is an inspirational mix of hardwork, intelligence, grit, compassion, and determination. She is everything you would want in a loved one, a friend, a daughter, and an obesity advocate. Sarah’s […]

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067 The Bariatric Surgeon Episode

February 20, 2016

In this episode I bring you my interviews with six different bariatric surgeons. I conducted these interviews while I was at ObesityWeek in Los Angeles, CA in November 2015. I asked each surgeon one or two of the following questions: How do you help people decide which surgery to choose? And, If you could wave […]

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066 Connie Stapleton, PhD- Healing Your Relationship with Yourself

January 25, 2016

In this episode I bring you my conversation with clinical psychologist, Connie Stapleton, PhD. Dr Stapleton has been working in the field of bariatric surgery for 11 years and as you would image, and are about to hear, she has a wealth of information and insight and information to share with you. Discussed in this […]

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065 After the After with Nikki Massie

January 2, 2016

In this episode, I bring you my conversation with Nikki Massie. Nikki is many things within the bariatric surgery community including a bariatric surgery patient who had Roux-enY Gastric Bypass in 2008, the creator of the ever popular website Bariatric Foodie where she encourages you to “play with your food,” a prolific blogger, a storyteller, a […]

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064 Scott Monte, PharmD on Medications Just Before and Just After Bariatric Surgery

December 6, 2015

  In this episode I bring you my conversation with pharmacist, Scott Monte, PharmD. I met Scott at the 2015 Obesity Week conference in Los Angeles. Since 2009 Scott has worked as a pharmacist with the bariatric surgery program known Synergy Bariatrics in Buffalo, NY. After talking with him at the conference I knew I […]

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063 Pandora Williams on Feelings and Fitness

November 15, 2015

  After a lifetime of struggling with obesity, Pandora Williams underwent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on October 19th, 2010. Now, five years later and through a lot of hard work and dedication, she is a fitness and wellness coach, blogger, avid runner, and motivational speaker. In this episode with interviewer Rob Portinga, Pandora tells her story […]

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062 “I Have a Disease; It’s Called Obesity” Video Contest Winner!

November 1, 2015

  This episode is a quick update telling you about a video I produced called “I Have a Disease; It’s Called Obesity.” The video won the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery “It Starts Now” video contest! In this episode I tell you a little bit about how I came to write the script, […]

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061 Sandi Henderson: You are More Than Enough

October 18, 2015

  After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, in 2004 Sandi Henderson’s weight was up to 425 lbs. She had uncontrolled high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, and significant daily pain from bone-on-bone arthritic knees. After a significant health scare, Sandi decided it was time to make some lasting changes. As part of her decision to […]

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060 Pre-Op Education Part 2

September 28, 2015

  In this episode I go the second part of the Pre-Op education I teach to our patients who are getting ready for bariatric surgery. The focus of this second part is on the psychology of life after bariatric surgery. Discussed in this episode: The 7 right ingredients to live a Bari Great Life The […]

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A Thin Person Responds to Nicole Arbour

September 9, 2015

  I’ve attempted to avoid the whole Nicole Arbour  “Dear Fat People” thing. In general, 99% of the time I do not respond to hatefulness, whether it’s on the internet or elsewhere because I know that people who spew this kind of hatred are just energy vampires who feed off of other peoples responses, no […]

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059 MBSAQIP Accreditation

September 8, 2015

In this episode I am going to take you on a walk of sorts, an MBSAQIP walk. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you will soon. For starters, MBSAQIP stands for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. What you’re about to hear are my reflections, sort of “A day in […]

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058 Texas Tell ’em! Interviews from #YWM2015

August 24, 2015

  This episode I brought my mic to the people! Specifically the wonderful people at the Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Convention in San Antonio, Texas in August, 2015. While I was there I interviewed eleven different people about their bariatric surgery journey. Part of the interview included a game I invented called Texas […]

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057 Pre-Op Education Part 1

August 10, 2015

In this episode I go over the first part of the Pre-Op education I teach to our patients who are getting ready for bariatric surgery. The focus of this first part will be on the common early questions and concerns people have who have just undergone bariatric surgery. I have found that providing this education […]

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056 Randy Seeley, PhD: The Biology of Body Weight

July 17, 2015

In this episode I bring back Randy Seeley, Ph.D.. Dr Seeley is a research scientist at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. The focus of Dr Seeley’s work is examining how various hormones produced by the body work to influence the brain, food intake, and body weight. Dr Seeley and I last spoke one […]

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055 Catching Up with Jeff Newell

July 5, 2015

  In this episode, Rob Portinga and I have a conversation with Jeff Newell. Jeff is now 7 months out from having Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. This is our fourth conversation with Jeff along his Bari Great Life journey. Previous conversations have been episodes 042, 043, and 049. Discussed in this episode: Jeff’s journey so […]

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054 Looking Back and Forward

June 15, 2015

      June 13th was the 2 year anniversary of launching this podcast. In this episode I walk you through my journey of starting this podcast. I also share some of my thoughts about getting ready for bariatric surgery. It is all a journey of learning, for me, for you, for all of us. […]

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053 Dr Walter Medlin A Bonus Life

May 24, 2015

Dr Walter Medlin is a bariatric surgeon at the Bariatric Medicine Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr Medlin is also a bariatric surgery patient, having had gastric sleeve. In this episode Dr Medlin and I discuss: His personal history with the disease of obesity The influences that led him to become a bariatric surgeon […]

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052 Katie Jay- Just Never Give Up!

May 10, 2015

  Katie Jay is the founder/director of the National Association for Weight Loss Surgery. She holds a masters degree in social work (MSW), is a certified WLS life coach, and is author of  Dying to Change: My Really Heavy Life Story, How Weight Loss Surgery Gave Me Hope for Living. Recognized as a leading spokesperson for WLS, […]

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051 Rev. Philip Tanner: Start with Loving Yourself

April 20, 2015

  Rev. Philip Tanner, M.Div, M.Ed., had RNY Gastric Bypass on 6/24/2013. He views the surgery as one of the most important decisions of his life. Philip’s BMI went from 44.6 to 22.5 and he no longer has co-morbidities such as pre-diabetes, severe acid reflux, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia; however, he knows that surgery is […]

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050 Ten Obstacles to Bariatric Surgery with Rob Portinga

March 15, 2015

In this episode, I bring back our WLSP friend, Rob Portinga. Perhaps you remember Rob from episode 36 when I interviewed him about his experience with life before and after bariatric surgery. I am bringing Rob back to have a different kind of conversation and role with the podcast. In this episode, Rob and I […]

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