Formal Education

AfshinEslami, M.D.

Dr. Eslami earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tehran in Iran. Upon graduation, Dr. Eslami completed two years of service in the military as a general practitioner. In 1999 he relocated to the United States and completed a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and was awarded a chief residency completion in both surgical trauma and intensive care shock trauma. He then went on to the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to complete his fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to his formal education, Dr. Eslami has been very involved with clinical research, and often presents his articles at various conferences around the country.

DrEslami is an active member of the medical staff at several Mercy Hospitals. He has obtained Board Certification in Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) .DrEslami is designated as a Center of Excellence- Bariatric Surgeon through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) of which he is an active member. Dr. Eslami is an avid runner, biker, and swimmer. He enjoys boating, spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

Lynette Saldana

Bariatric Coordinator

As Bariatric coordinator Lynette brings 10 years of experience. She has assisted hundreds of patients through the process of pre surgical preparation. Given Lynette’s experience & passion for bariatric patients and knowing the issues that obese individuals face she gives our practice the personal touch that they deserve. Lynette is always available to answer any questions you might have about steps to achieve your dream of weight loss.

Valarie Kane, RD

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Valarie Kane is a Registered Dietitian and earned her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from California State University of Sacramento. While completing her dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University, Valarie acquired extensive experience in both adults and pediatrics working in an inpatient hospital setting, as well as with various outpatient clinics. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Dietetics Association. She continues her education at various conferences and seminars throughout the country. Valarie has a special interest in gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, and weight management.

Valarie is currently working towards becoming a certified specialist in Adult Weight Management as well as Child & Adolescent Weight Management.

She enjoys traveling, new adventures, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys teaching nutrition education and helping people achieve their goals through behavior change, diet modification and creating a healthy lifestyle overall.

Mania Deldar Doucette

Counselor

Mania Deldar Doucette, MFTI, is a Registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern, Registration #73945, who is supervised by Leslie Baughman, LMFT Lic #41380. She received a Masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University Sacramento and graduated with honors.  She has received high praise for her ability to connect with clients and help them to achieve their therapeutic goals. In addition to her academic coursework and practicum placement, Mania has completed internships at prestigious institutions such as UC Davis CAARE Center and Head Start.

Mania is experienced in working with individuals (children, teens and adults), couples, and families. She specializes in working with individuals who are overweight and/or compulsively overeat as well as their families.  Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of therapeutic modalities with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) population.

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