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Patient Testimonials Part Two

CYNTHIA

Dr. Eslami and his office saved my life. I was 100 plus pounds over weight and Type 2 diabetic. I had my monument and decided that WLS was the way I would have to go. I also knew better then most people because I am an RN. On May 1, 2013, I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy by the doctor and I have never looked back. I was 310 lbs at the start and as of Jan. 4, 2014 I hit my goal weight of 130 lbs lost. Dr. Eslami and his office have been with me every step of the way. The pre-operative and after care was the best. If you have a question they are right there to help. This surgery is not just a physical change its a mental and lifestyle change as well. I currently am off all medications for type 2 diabetes. My health is back and on top of it I look and feel better! I thank everyone at the office for their support and Dr. Eslami for his bedside manner and skill as a doctor.

JENNIFER

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy January 16, 2013. Prior to my surgery there was concern about whether surgery was possible due to abdominal scaring and adhesions I had from a birth defect. I appreciate Dr Eslami’s brutal honesty, even on the day of surgery, letting me know that even with all the tests and precautions he couldn’t promise I’d come out of surgery with what I wanted. In the end he was able to safely perform a sleeve.

So far I’ve lost over 65 pounds. I can’t say the road has been easy but the support from Dr Eslami and his staff is always there. Lynette is awesome with helping you navigate insurance and pre-operative stuff. Amanda is very accessible to answer questions. I even texted her while at the grocery store comparing yogurt for my pre-operative diet. I can not say enough about Rondi, the bariatric nurse. She’s a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful cheerleader. She even came to check in on me at the hospital. All of Dr. Eslami’s team are down to earth awesome people. Come to the classes and support group and you’ll get to know them even more.

PEREZ

I had Gastric Bypass in September of 2013 and In 6 short months I have regained my life back. I started at 263 pounds and as of today I am at 173 pounds so in a short 6 months I have lost 90 pounds, I have lost 12 pant sizes I started at a 22/24 and I am now in a size 10 not only have I regained my life for myself and my family. I have regained my health to be there for my family and watch my children grow. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Eslami and his amazing staff they are the ones who truly helped me in this next step of my life.

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D.

BARIATRIC SURGEON

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.

Dr Eslami 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). Dr Eslami 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 a piano player and he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

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Carol Dimaggio Part – 2

Over 10 years experience in health insurance and healthcare. She has a variety of credentials including Certified Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. Carol is a strong advocate of bariatric surgery and is a fantastic resource to her patients since she had Gastric Bypass surgery in 2009. Carol is caring, committed and extremely passionate about helping you achieve your health goals. She is excited to work with you from the beginning of your bariatric surgery journey, through all the pre-surgical requirements and beyond!

MANIA DELDAR DOUCETTE

Mania Doucette, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus are obesity, stress, anxiety, and depression. She began working with the bariatric population as an intern at Slim Life Solutions and has carried on with her passion for bariatrics through licensure. The majority of her practice involves conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and providing additional support for our patients through individual therapy. Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of various therapeutic modalities but with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy. Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the LGBTQ population.

AFSHIN ESLAMI, 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.

BRITTANY KEARNEY RD

Brittany is a Registered Dietitian with a bachelors of science in Genetics from UC Davis.

Brittany completed her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital with experience in community, childhood, clinical, oncology, diabetic, metabolic, and renal nutrition. She is truly passionate about helping people optimize their health and improve their lives through personalized nutrition and lifestyle choices. Brittany is well versed in the field of nutrigenomics and incorporates personalized genetic information into her nutrition plans when able so they are truly unique to each patient.

She is also a personal trainer certified in mat and standing pilates and works with gyms in the area teaching pilates and sports nutrition.

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Patient Testimonials Part – 3

JENNIFER

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy January 16, 2013. Prior to my surgery there was concern about whether surgery was possible due to abdominal scaring and adhesions I had from a birth defect. I appreciate Dr Eslami’s brutal honesty, even on the day of surgery, letting me know that even with all the tests and precautions he couldn’t promise I’d come out of surgery with what I wanted. In the end he was able to safely perform a sleeve.

So far I’ve lost over 65 pounds. I can’t say the road has been easy but the support from Dr Eslami and his staff is always there. Lynette is awesome with helping you navigate insurance and pre-operative stuff. Amanda is very accessible to answer questions. I even texted her while at the grocery store comparing yogurt for my pre-operative diet. I can not say enough about Rondi, the bariatric nurse. She’s a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful cheerleader. She even came to check in on me at the hospital. All of Dr. Eslami’s team are down to earth awesome people. Come to the classes and support group and you’ll get to know them even more.

JESSICA

Prior to gastric bypass surgery on 1/6/2011, I weighed 362 pounds. I was a size 28W and dropped to a size 12 and weighed in at 179 pounds. When I was asked what my goal weight was, I simply stated, “I wanna cross my legs and get on a roller coaster!” Not only have I went to Disneyland, Six Flags, Las Vegas, & Mexico, but I’ve gone horse back riding on the beach, jet skiing in the lakes, and 3 wheeling on the sand. I partied at all of the hottest clubs and wore my first dress! My life did a 360, Thanks to Dr. Eslami and all of his supportive staff. Without them, I would not be where I am today. 😉

CYNTHIA

Dr. Eslami and his office saved my life. I was 100 plus pounds over weight and Type 2 diabetic. I had my monument and decided that WLS was the way I would have to go. I also knew better then most people because I am an RN. On May 1, 2013, I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy by the doctor and I have never looked back. I was 310 lbs at the start and as of Jan. 4, 2014 I hit my goal weight of 130 lbs lost. Dr. Eslami and his office have been with me every step of the way. The pre-operative and after care was the best. If you have a question they are right there to help. This surgery is not just a physical change its a mental and lifestyle change as well. I currently am off all medications for type 2 diabetes. My health is back and on top of it I look and feel better! I thank everyone at the office for their support and Dr. Eslami for his bedside manner and skill as a doctor.

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Ricardo J Bariatric Coordinator

I am a loving husband to my wife Brittney Jimenez and a father to my beautiful daughter Anastacia Rose. My medical background is roughly 5 years in length and I have worn many hats: Medical Assistant, Lead MA, Clinical Office Manager to Regional Manager. I am currently in a position with Dr Afshin Eslami and the Slim Life team as a Bariatric Coordinator / Office Manager. I too went through the weight loss journey with the aid of Dr Eslami and his well trained team. My largest weight being 386 pounds and my current healthy lifestyle weight of 190. I live by the motto “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and patient care is my passion.

BRITTANY KEARNEY RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Brittany is a Registered Dietitian with a bachelors of science in Genetics from UC Davis.

Brittany completed her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital with experience in community, childhood, clinical, oncology, diabetic, metabolic, and renal nutrition. She is truly passionate about helping people optimize their health and improve their lives through personalized nutrition and lifestyle choices. Brittany is well versed in the field of nutrigenomics and incorporates personalized genetic information into her nutrition plans when able so they are truly unique to each patient.

She is also a personal trainer certified in mat and standing pilates and works with gyms in the area teaching pilates and sports nutrition.

MANIA DELDAR DOUCETTE

COUNSELOR

Mania Doucette, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus are obesity, stress, anxiety, and depression. She began working with the bariatric population as an intern at Slim Life Solutions and has carried on with her passion for bariatrics through licensure. The majority of her practice involves conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and providing additional support for our patients through individual therapy. Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of various therapeutic modalities but with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy. Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the LGBTQ population.

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D.

BARIATRIC SURGEON

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.

Dr Eslami 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) . Dr Eslami 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 a piano player and he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

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Patient Testimonials Part – 2

ROBYN VALENCIA

Hi my name is Robyn. I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I had my surgery in March 2011 with a starting weight of 322 pounds. Since my surgery I have lost over 150 pounds. Having Gastric Bypass Surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not mentally prepared and couldn’t find a surgeon I connected with. Dr. Eslami is an awesome surgeon. Right from the start he made me feel comfortable and he is extremely knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my son, lift weights and go zip lining. I even compete in 5K runs now. I continue to attend monthly support meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very beneficial for my ongoing success. Thank you Dr. Eslami you have given me my life back. I would also like to give a special thanks to Lynette and Rondi, thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout my weight loss journey.

TERRI L. FITTRO

Dr. Eslami gave me life back! It is like being reborn. On the day of surgery, I was 299 lbs and am now 167 lbs. I have lost 132 lbs…WOW.

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure on 12/21/11 and today 02/21/13 I feel like I am 20 again! Dr. Eslami is truly the BEST in this field. I will forever be thankful for being referred to Dr. Eslami.

The pictures speak volumes. prior to surgery I had high blood pressure, high everything, I also needed foot surgery, now all is good and I no longer take the mass quantity of prescription medication, that ultimately, due to obesity caused the need for these medications but because I decided to proceed with Bariatric Surgery I am medication free.

ELLIE DUFFY

As I sit here writing this testimonial I recall that a year ago today I was prepping for my gastric bypass surgery. My last and what I felt was a desperate act to reclaim my life for my children, my husband and most of all myself. I struggled for years to lose weight and live a healthy life. At the age of 39 and a height of 5’8″, I tipped the scales at 289 pounds. I used to joke that I weighed more than the heavy weight champion of the world and most NFL linebackers. But in reality I wasn’t laughing. Everyday I tried and everyday I failed to get my eating under control. It was a battle I couldn’t win.

The day that I walked into Dr. Eslami’s office was the day that my new life began. I made the connection, now I had to do the work. After classes, Dr. appointments, therapy and relearning how to eat I was ready for my surgery, totally informed and yet totally scared. Little did I know that this “desperate” act was the best decision that I ever made.

Today, exactly one year later, I weigh 165 pounds; that is 124 pounds down from my highest weight. I am no longer depressed, I am not on any prescribed meds and I am happier and healthier than I have ever been in my life. I exercise daily, eat sensibly and remember where I was and how I could be there again if I am not mindful and consistent in my new habits. The surgery is a tool, it is in no was an “easy fix”. I work hard to take care of this gift. I am running races and preparing for things that I never thought possible and loving every minute.

I want to thank Dr. Eslami and his wonderful staff from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing and have given me a new life. I also thank my beautiful and supportive family and friends. I couldn’t have gotten here without you all and I will forever be grateful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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RICARDO BARIATRIC COORDINATOR

E-mail : consult@slimlifesolutions.com

I am a loving husband to my wife Brittney Jimenez and a father to my beautiful daughter Anastacia Rose. My medical background is roughly 5 years in length and I have worn many hats: Medical Assistant, Lead MA, Clinical Office Manager to Regional Manager. I am currently in a position with Dr Afshin Eslami and the Slim Life team as a Bariatric Coordinator / Office Manager. I too went through the weight loss journey with the aid of Dr Eslami and his well trained team. My largest weight being 386 pounds and my current healthy lifestyle weight of 190. I live by the motto “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and patient care is my passion.

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D.

BARIATRIC SURGEON

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.

Dr Eslami 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) . Dr Eslami 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 a piano player and he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

IRINA OGAN, M.S., R.D. N

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

E-mail : dietitian@slimlifesolutions.com

Irina is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Irina graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. She completed her dietetic training there as well with the concentration in diabetic and metabolic nutrition. Irina received a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is certified in Adult Weight Management. Having worked in the field of Bariatrics for more than seven years, she is passionate about helping people optimize their health and improve their lives through personalized nutrition and lifestyle choices.

MANIA DELDAR DOUCETTE

COUNSELOR

E-mail : mania@slimlifesolutions.com

Mania Doucette, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus are obesity, stress, anxiety, and depression. She began working with the bariatric population as an intern at Slim Life Solutions and has carried on with her passion for bariatrics through licensure. The majority of her practice involves conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and providing additional support for our patients through individual therapy. Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of various therapeutic modalities but with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy. Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the LGBTQ population.

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IRINA OGAN, M.S., R.D. N

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

E-mail : dietitian@slimlifesolutions.com

Irina is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Irina graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. She completed her dietetic training there as well with the concentration in diabetic and metabolic nutrition. Irina received a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is certified in Adult Weight Management. Having worked in the field of Bariatrics for more than seven years, she is passionate about helping people optimize their health and improve their lives through personalized nutrition and lifestyle choices.

MANIA DELDAR DOUCETTE

COUNSELOR

E-mail : mania@slimlifesolutions.com

Mania Doucette, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus are obesity, stress, anxiety, and depression. She began working with the bariatric population as an intern at Slim Life Solutions and has carried on with her passion for bariatrics through licensure. The majority of her practice involves conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and providing additional support for our patients through individual therapy. Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of various therapeutic modalities but with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy. Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the LGBTQ population.

RICARDO J

BARIATRIC COORDINATOR

E-mail : consult@slimlifesolutions.com

I am a loving husband to my wife Brittney Jimenez and a father to my beautiful daughter Anastacia Rose. My medical background is roughly 5 years in length and I have worn many hats: Medical Assistant, Lead MA, Clinical Office Manager to Regional Manager. I am currently in a position with Dr Afshin Eslami and the Slim Life team as a Bariatric Coordinator / Office Manager. I too went through the weight loss journey with the aid of Dr Eslami and his well trained team. My largest weight being 386 pounds and my current healthy lifestyle weight of 190. I live by the motto “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and patient care is my passion.

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D.

BARIATRIC SURGEON

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.

Dr Eslami 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) . Dr Eslami 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 a piano player and he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

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Patient Testimonials – Slimlife Solutions

CAMPBELL

In April 2012, I had Roux-eny Gastric Bypass surgery. Before I had my surgery I was unable to walk without the aid of a walker due to a crushed hip. I wasn’t eligible for hip surgery because I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholestrol, and my weight was too high. After surgery, I no longer take any medication for the above ailments and was able to have hip surgery. I have never felt better in my life! I am in clothes sizes I have never been before and feel like a new person!

SALVIRIS

14 months ago, I had Roux-enY Gastric Bypass surgery. My starting weight was 283 lbs BMI of 48, now my weight is 159 lbs BMI is 28…I have lost 120 lbs and feel great. It’s the small things in life that one does not appreciate, for example crossings my legs was very difficult and I have not ridden a bicycle in over 30 yrs. Now I have accomplished both. Thank you Dr. Eslami.

PAIGE

After years of loving food I decided it was time to give my bad choices up. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to let go of the sugar and soda. Increasing your protein does amazing things to your cravings.

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery in November of 2012 and am down almost 70 pounds. The first 60 pounds came off in two months! Dr. Eslami is very skilled and I haven’t had any complications. I haven’t craved the bad foods, so I don’t experience much dumping or yucky feelings.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

SARAH

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in June of 2012. This is one of the best decisions that I have ever done in my life. I am so glad that I found Dr. Eslami. He is wonderful. He has given me a tool that has changed my life for the better. I was a long time dieter and after a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and after having 3 children I was morbidly obese. Prior to the surgery I could bairly move and was borderline diabetic. In less than a year,I have lost almost 100 pounds. Thank you Dr. Eslami and his staff for all of your help. If you choose Dr. Eslami you will not be disappointed.

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