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RICARDO J Part – 2

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.

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.

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

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

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.

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 ONE

CASSANDRA ROBINSON

I had the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery exactly 2 years ago and I started at 250 lbs. I am now down to 119 lbs with a perfect BMI. I did this surgery for myself and my family because I want to be able to live a healthy life with my new grandbabies (twins). I am so thankful to Dr. Eslami for giving me this new life and I am so proud of myself and my ability to keep the weight off. I have so much more confidence and my will power is great since I want to stay this.

KATHY JONES

Before I had the my Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in April 2011 I weighed 242.4 pounds. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and all the aches and pains that go along with carrying all that extra weight around. I had a hard time walking even short distances. Now since I lost 113 pounds I am not taking blood pressue medication, no longer have sleep apnea and can walk up six flights of stairs without getting winded. Bariatric surgery has changed my life. I love my new look and all the energy that I have. I feel like a new woman. This was the best thing I ever did for myself.

JANICE LEMBACH

I had the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass on 6/8/11 and at the time I weighed 245 lbs with a BMI of 38. I had diabetes, high cholestrol, and severe arthritis in my knees that I needed a disabled placcard to park. Now, I’m at 145 lbs with a BMI of 23, I’m able to walk 3 miles a day and I’m taking NO medications. Dr. Eslami changed my life with bariatric surgery. The staff and Dr. Eslami are always there to help and I just love them . They saved my life and I will for ever be grateful…. Thank you Dr. Eslami and Staff I am trully blessed that you came in to my life.

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!

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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CAROL DIMAGGIO PART – 2

BARIATRIC COORDINATOR

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS – PART 1

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.

 

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.

 

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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AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D. BARIATRIC SURGEON – PART 2

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.

SLAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

Laparoscopy is commonly performed procedure to Investigate and some key hole surgeries on abdominal and pelvic organs.

Laparoscopy is direct visualization of the abdominal cavity and intra-abdominal organs by using a laparoscopy. The laparoscope is a long thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up the inside of the abdomen or pelvis. Fibreoptic fibres carry images from a lens, also at the tip of the instrument, to a video monitor, which the surgeon and other theatre staff can view in real time.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is put into the abdomen through a special needle that is inserted just above the navel. This gas helps to separate the organs inside the abdominal cavity, making it easier for the physician to see the the intra-abdominal organs during laparoscopy. The gas is removed at the end of the procedure.

LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING

In Adjustable gastric banding procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Tube Gastrectomy) procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach with a stapling device. It can be done laparoscopically ( keyhole surgery) but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach sack.

LAPAROSCOPIC GASTRIC BYPASS

In Gastric Bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.

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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS – PART ONE

SHARON ANDERSON

This is, by far, the hardest lifestyle change I have experienced. I had the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass. In 18 months, I have lost 112 lbs, no more high blood pressure, GERD, and my thryoid is normal. Meds have pretty much gone by the wayside. Exercise, such as walking up and down stairs are so easy. No more loss of breath. I have experienced a reaction to the protein powders, so I have to rely on my diet to ensure my protein levels. Thanks, Dr. Eslami and staff for all your kind care and understanding, during and after my recovery.

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.

CASSANDRA ROBINSON

I had the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery exactly 2 years ago and I started at 250 lbs. I am now down to 119 lbs with a perfect BMI. I did this surgery for myself and my family because I want to be able to live a healthy life with my new grandbabies (twins). I am so thankful to Dr. Eslami for giving me this new life and I am so proud of myself and my ability to keep the weight off. I have so much more confidence and my will power is great since I want to stay this.

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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS – Part 3

SARA

After almost 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I would lose up to 80 pounds at a time to only gain most of it back, my doctor recommended that I get off the yo-yo track once and for all and introduced me to Dr. Eslami and his team. My highest weight ever was 260 and at the time of my gastric sleeve surgery in January 2013, I was 230 pounds, a weight I was stuck at for almost 2 years despite dieting and exercise.

Eight months later and over 50 pounds lighter, I feel like a new woman. I have the freedom to eat what I want, within the healthy sleeve limitations. I have so much energy and am thrilled that while I’m still around 20 pounds from my ultimate goal, I’m fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn for years.

I give Dr. Eslami, Rondi, Amanda, and Lynette my utmost appreciation and respect for helping me get to where I am today. Thank you!

TAVIZON

Hi, my name is Isabel, Icame to Slim Life Solutions weighing 273 lbs and very unhappy, I am a cook at a correctional training center and so it was very challenging for me to lose weight even though I worked out I felt defeated, my sister informed me about bariatric surgery, and so here I am a year later & a 100 pounds lighter, and so very happy. Thank You so much Dr. Eslami and all the team at Slim Life Solutions.

HEATHER

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery on September 12, 2012 and today is April 25, 2013 and i have lost 140lbs and I couldn’t be happier! I am not even a whole year out and I am a completely different person. When I see my old clothes and old pictures I don’t even recognize that person anymore. I 100% recommend this life changing surgery to everyone struggling with their weight. I am so happy and would do it all over again!! Thank you Dr. Eslami you changed my life!!

JENNIFER

I had the gastric sleeve surgery 6 months ago on October 3, 2013. Since my surgery I have lost 77 pounds and have gone from a size 22 to a size 14. I have not felt this good since high school. i still have 40 pounds to lose, but I have no doubt that I can do it. I am working out 3-4 times a week and it feels great. This was the best decision I have made. I am never hungry and feel wonderful. Dr. Eslami and his team is wonderful. Lynette took the time to explain every step and kept me informed of all my results. Rondi was a great support and kept in touch with me after the surgery. She was available for all my questions and concerns. They are a wonderful group and I would recommend them to anyone. I am ready to start the next chapter of my life healthier and happier.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Weight loss surgery, Obesity, Gastric banding, Gastric bypass, Medical weight loss

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D. BARIATRIC SURGEON – PART 3

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.

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.

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

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

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

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.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Weight loss surgery California, Sleeve gastrectomy, Obesity surgery California, Weight loss, Medical weight loss California

PATIENT TESTIMONIALS – Part 3

JENNIFER

I had the gastric sleeve surgery 6 months ago on October 3, 2013. Since my surgery I have lost 77 pounds and have gone from a size 22 to a size 14. I have not felt this good since high school. i still have 40 pounds to lose, but I have no doubt that I can do it. I am working out 3-4 times a week and it feels great. This was the best decision I have made. I am never hungry and feel wonderful. Dr. Eslami and his team is wonderful. Lynette took the time to explain every step and kept me informed of all my results. Rondi was a great support and kept in touch with me after the surgery. She was available for all my questions and concerns. They are a wonderful group and I would recommend them to anyone. I am ready to start the next chapter of my life healthier and happier.

CASSANDRA ROBINSON

I had the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery exactly 2 years ago and I started at 250 lbs. I am now down to 119 lbs with a perfect BMI. I did this surgery for myself and my family because I want to be able to live a healthy life with my new grandbabies (twins). I am so thankful to Dr. Eslami for giving me this new life and I am so proud of myself and my ability to keep the weight off. I have so much more confidence and my will power is great since I want to stay this.

KATHY JONES

Before I had the my Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in April 2011 I weighed 242.4 pounds. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and all the aches and pains that go along with carrying all that extra weight around. I had a hard time walking even short distances. Now since I lost 113 pounds I am not taking blood pressue medication, no longer have sleep apnea and can walk up six flights of stairs without getting winded. Bariatric surgery has changed my life. I love my new look and all the energy that I have. I feel like a new woman. This was the best thing I ever did for myself.

JANICE LEMBACH

I had the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass on 6/8/11 and at the time I weighed 245 lbs with a BMI of 38. I had diabetes, high cholestrol, and severe arthritis in my knees that I needed a disabled placcard to park. Now, I’m at 145 lbs with a BMI of 23, I’m able to walk 3 miles a day and I’m taking NO medications. Dr. Eslami changed my life with bariatric surgery. The staff and Dr. Eslami are always there to help and I just love them . They saved my life and I will for ever be grateful…. Thank you Dr. Eslami and Staff I am trully blessed that you came in to my life.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Weight loss California, Obesity California, Gastric banding California, Gastric bypass California, Medical weight loss California

AFSHIN ESLAMI, M.D. BARIATRIC SURGEON – PART 2

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.

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.

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

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

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

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.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Weight loss surgery, Gastric banding, Gastric bypass, Medical weight loss, Obesity surgery