Lap-Band Florida
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Lap-Band Florida

Thinking about having lap-band surgery?

Take the following steps:

Lap-Band Florida: Surgeons

If you're looking for a surgeon, you want one who has been doing Lap-Band for awhile...and doing it quite often!

Studies show that the more often a surgeon performs a particular surgery, the better the average outcome.

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Interview Your Potential Lap-Band Florida Surgeon.

Finding the name of a lap-band surgeon is only the beginning. Let the interrogation begin!

Ask a prospective surgeon (or his/her office staff):

  • How many surgeries he's performed
  • How long he's been performing the surgery
  • Where he performs the surgery

Ask where you'll be getting your gastric lap-band fills performed, and also what will happen if you move?! Will your surgeon help you find someone to get your fills in a new hometown?

Get a feel for the office staff as well, since you're likely to be seeing more of them than you will of your surgeon. Do they make you feel cared for...or do they make you feel like a number?

Another thing you should do is research your Lap-Band surgeon. Check out his/her record!

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Lap-Band Florida Seminars

Now, many lap-band Florida surgeons offer free seminars to prospective patients. I do recommend attending these, but I also recommend taking them with a grain of salt!

You'll get some valuable information, but remember that surgeons offer these seminars because they want your business! Attend the seminar with the same mindset you would if someone were trying to sell you something. Shop around and attend a few seminars to see what your options are.

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Lap-Band Florida: Dietitians

Remember, Lap-Band surgery is not a magic bullet! It's going to require lifestyle changes and getting the right nutrition in the right (smaller!) proportions.

Surgeons may know surgery, but dietitians know food. Even if your insurance doesn't pay for it or require it, a visit with a dietitian (and even ongoing visits) is important.

Having a good bariatric dietitian...like me...who's familiar with the ins and outs of the diet after Lap-Band surgery to support you and motivate you might be just what you need to keep you on track or to get you "back on track" when you stray.

I'd be happy to work with you!

I provide:

  • Post-surgery Nutrition Counseling
  • Personalized Menu Suggestions
  • Balanced Meal Planning
  • Help with stalled weight loss and/or weight gain
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and accountability

However, I'm located in Tucson, AZ and you're in Florida! While we both have good weather, we're a bit far apart to work together. If you'd like to work with me, it's possible only via telephone consultations. (Contact me to set up an appointment.)

If you prefer meeting someone face to face, I'd suggest meeting with the dietitian associated with your bariatric clinic or interviewing a few dietitians in your area and scheduling a meeting.

Lap-Band Florida: Registered Dietitians who work with weight loss surgery patients (as of 2/09)

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Lisa Siemens
Boca Raton
561-809-5472

Victoria Selkirk, RD, LD
Bradenton
941-745-6897

Darina Neel MNS, RD, LD (Lee Canter for Weight Management)
Cape Coral
239-573-5729

Barbara Correll MS, RD, LD, CLC
Clearwater
727-796-8927

David Kellenberger
Colleyville
817-581-6100

Lisa Eichenbaum MS, RD, LD
Coral Gables
305-445-4959

Alix Landman MPH, RD, LD
Coral Gables
800-549-2549

Juliana Maggio, RD
Coral Gables
305-728-7023

Alix Norman, PhD (Nutrition Smarts)
Coral Gables
954-792-7656

Dianne Allen
Daytona Beach
386-254-4223

Kim Koevenig, RD (Halifax Wieght Mgt. Center)
Daytona Beach
386-254-4223

Anne Schreiner RD (Joslin Diabetic Center)
Dunedin
727-734-6888

Abbe Breiter MS, RD, LD
Fort Lauderdale
954-755-4443

Mary Kozolis RN, BSN, MS, RD
Ft. Lauderdale
954-566-9339

Lisa Levy, RD
Fort Lauderdale
954-234-4055

Linda Glanzmann, BS
Ft. Pierce
772-464-1133

Leslie Berry
Jacksonville
904-367-4443

Tina Reynolds RD
Jacksonville
904-202-2140

Mary Branagan RD, LD
Gainesville
352-265-0400

Patricia Gregory RD (Center for Obesity Surgery in Gainsville)
Gainesville
352-331-5255

Vivian Tiegen, RD (Surgical Weight Control Center)
Jupiter
561-743-5067

Claudia Range, RD
Lakeland
863-284-1888

Lonna Forss RD, LD
Largo
727-742-6969

Karen Beerbauer MS, LD, RD
Maitland
407-629-5504

Lucille Beseler MS
Margate
954-972-2123

Carolyn Flynn MS, RD, LD
Margate
954-972-2123

Ann Davies RD, LD
Melbourne
321-676-0255

Susan Glatter
Melbourne
321-504-4000

Melissa Kaplan
Miami
305-585-8603

Caroline Randolph
Miami
786-537-1330

Andrea Groves RD, LD
Naples
941-348-4000

Joyce Strickland
New Port Richey
727-848-6338

Christine Bandy
North Palm Beach
561-625-3287

Rebecca Bilodeau RD, LD
Ocala
352-402-5142

Jennifer Canganelli
Ocala
352-291-5055

Carrie Chapman MS, RD, LD (Munroe Regional Medical Center)
Ocala
352-402-5295

Jeanne Mazat, RD
Ocala
352-620-8600

Sharie Youmans, RD
Ocala
352-622-1593

Linda Lockett Brown
Orange Park
904-276-8050

Cathy Mozo
Orange Park
904-215-8484

Janice Bader RD, LD
Orlando
321-841-1319

Meredith Luce MS, RD, LD
Orlando
407-303-5600

Sheila Dean MS, RD, LD, CDE
Palm Harbor
727-781-4326

Rosa Becerra, RD
Pembroke Pines
954-447-1444

Dolly Cedeno, RD
Pembroke Pines
954-447-1444

Amy Hughes RD, LD
Pensacola
850-469-5004

Traci Sipperly, RD (Sacred Heart Health System)
Pensacola
850-453-4275

Leanne Littrell MS, RD , LD (Surgical Associates of Charlotte County)
Port Charlotte
941-766-4228

Linda Bethel RD
Punta Gorda
942-624-5002

Sabrina Hernandez RD, LD, CDE (Raben & Feldman, M.D.'s & Associates)
South Miami
305-665-0585

Melissa Dancer-Brown (Capital Health)
Tallahassee
383-3511

Jennifer Broder-Katz RD, LD, CNSD
Tampa
813-835-5882

Barbara Correll MS, RD, LD, CLC
Tampa
813-289-3555

Fran Rinchuse RD, LD
Tampa
813-870-4420

Michelle Stracke
Tampa
813-870-4643

Bobbi Sheffield RD, LD
Tarpon Springs
727-942-5000

Lilian Craggs, RD, LD
Weston
954-659-5824

Gina Sweat RD, LD
Weston
954-659-5874

Betty Wedman
St. Petersburg
727-391-6198

Don't forget...you can always ask your bariatric clinic for a referral too!

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Lap-Band Florida: Support Groups

Lap-Band Florida: LIVE SUPPORT GROUPS

Beginning the Journey
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
400 Celebration Place
Celebration, FL 34747
Phone: 407-303 4641
Contact Person: Krista Castleberry, LCSW

Florida Hospital Bariatric Program Support Group
Conference Room #1 and or #2
400 Celebration Place - Conference Room #2
Celebration, FL 34747
Phone: 407-303-4425
Meeting Times: 1st Wednesday: 6:30pm, 2nd Wednesday: 7:30pm, 3rd Wednesday: 6:30pm
Contact Person: Jessica

Memorial Regional Hospital/ Surgical Consultants of Hollywood
Esther Grossman Women's Center
4320 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-985-5889
Meeting Times: 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm
Contact Person: Tiffany Bass RN, BSN or Teddy Speropoulos, LCSW

Jacksonville Bandsters Lap-Band Support Group
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Phone: 904-886-0486
Meeting Times: Main Meeting is 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 6 - 8pm; we also gather for various group physical activities at other times/days
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/JacksonvilleBandsters
Contact Person: Jennifer Anderson

The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group of Jacksonville
The Safe House
7256 Merrill Road
Jacksonville, FL 32277
Phone: 904-755-5085
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10-2
Contact Person: La Wanda Hill, Founder/Support Group Leader

Dr. Jessee's Patients
Anona Church
Indian Rocks Road
Largo, FL 33774
Phone: 727-244-2880
Meeting times: 1st Thursday each month
www.shedthepounds.com
Contact: Paulette Massari, LCSW

ObesityHelp - Mid Pinellas County
10500 Ulmerton Road, #620, Largo Mall
Largo, Florida 33771
Phone: 727-461-2635
Meeting Times: Every 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact Person: Michael Eak

The Weight's Over of Central Florida (WOCF)
Herndon Library
4324 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-267-4529
Meeting times: Monthly, 7-8:45 pm
www.WOCF.org
Contact: Monica Ramos

Tallahassee WLS Support Group
Meeting times: Various meeting times
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/wls_tallahassee/

Tampa Bariatrics Support Group
Town & Country Hospital
6001 Webb Rd., 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
Meeting Times: 6:30 pm - Last Thursday of each month
Contact Person: Melissa & Dan Parish

Florida Obesity Surgical
Florida Obesity Surgical Associates office
37840 Medical Arts Ct.
Zephyrhills, Fl 33541
Phone: 813-788-5569
Meeting Times: Second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm
Contact Person: Barbara Davis

Lap-Band Florida: ONLINE SUPPORT

Start Your Own Online Lap-Band Blog for Support!

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Lap-Band Florida: Must Have Books

The Gastric Band Companion: 3 Month Food and Exercise Journal written by Bariatric Dietitian, Suzette Kroll, RD.

Record keeping is one of the most successful behavioral techniques for weight loss and maintenance. The best way NOT to lose weight is NOT to pay attention!

The Gastric Band Companion is designed specifically for lap-band patients and helps you use your surgery to lose the weight you want by helping monitor diet and exercise.

Read more on why/how to keep a lap band food journal.

Cookbooks

A must have for any post Lap-Band surgery kitchen! Stay on track by keeping your taste buds excited!

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Do You Know of Other Florida Gastric Lap-Band Resources?

My goal is to provide an all inclusive list of gastric band resources in the Sunshine State.

If you know of a resource...a meeting, a good book, a clothing exchange, etc. in Florida that I've missed, please add it here.

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