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For weight loss surgery and the path to weight loss to be successful, the entire team is important. At New York Bariatric Group, we have a team of talented and caring office staff ready to help you in any way we can. Whether we are answering questions about the new weight loss balloon options, working with your insurance to figure out coverage, or scheduling a nutrition consultation, you will feel supported and encouraged throughout your journey.

Donna Franco, RPA Physician Assistant

Donna Franco is an expert in the field of bariatric surgery. She has worked with bariatric patients for almost a decade, and feels fortunate to work with patients on their journeys to weight loss. You’ll likely meet Donna during both your pre-op and post-op processes. She follows patients and helps guide them towards their weight loss goals.

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Sharon George MS, RD, CDN

Sharon George is one of the most experienced bariatric surgery nutritionists in the country. She joined New York Bariatric Group over 10 years ago, and thrives on helping patients with obesity to reach their weight loss goals. Guided by a strong desire for education, Sharon completed 2 bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree with honors. In addition to working with patients, Sharon writes as a nutrition expert. She has been published in OH Magazine and Bariatrics Today. Sharon will be an important part of your journey regardless of which weight loss procedure or treatment option you choose.

Eva Pilchman PA

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Kelly Lewis PA

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Jacqueline DiGangi PA

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Chantal Keypour PA

Chantal Keypour recognized her desire to practice medicine as a Physician Assistant early on. She graduated from the accelerated program at St. John's University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Her passion for the field of Bariatrics grew quickly as she began to encounter patients who were successful in striving towards their personal health goals. She enjoys developing relationships with each patient throughout their surgical journey. Chantal encourages and motivates every patient to embrace and explore their new lifestyle, she is grateful for the opportunity to witness the outcome.

Willo Wisotsky PhD

Dr. Willo Wisotsky is a NY State Licensed Psychologist who received her Clinical Health Ph.D. from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Wisotsky is a faculty member at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and Suffolk Community College. Dr. Wisotsky has committed her research and clinical practice to the field of eating disorders and obesity with its related medical and mental health comorbidities.

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Rachel DanielsMS, RD, Nutritionist

Rachel Daniels aims to share her passion for nutrition and provide guidance to help clients make lasting changes. Using a realistic approach to healthy living, Rachel provides clients with the knowledge, support, and tools necessary to accomplish personalized goals. Rachel received her BA from Yeshiva University Stern College. She completed her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education and dietetic internship at Teachers College Columbia University. Rachel used her range of experience to develop a unique, approachable style and is committed to helping you succeed on your weight loss journey.

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Joseph R. Gaudio MD

Dr. Gaudio is a board certified anesthesiologist. He works with the surgeons to ensure every patient has a safe and comfortable experience during their bariatric procedure. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gaudio works with patients who choose surgical procedures such as the band, bypass, or sleeve, as well as those who choose a non-surgical approach like the weight loss balloon.

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Jonathan M. Waxner MD, FCCP, FAASM

Dr. Waxner is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He joined New York Bariatric Group to work specifically with our patients who have sleep disorders including sleep apnea. Low quality sleep can interfere with almost every aspect of life from your energy level to your body’s ability to lose weight. Dr. Waxner is an expert in helping patients understand sleep problems and their treatments.

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Our team is happy to speak with you and help you understand any of the treatments we offer, or answer any questions you have. Please call and speak with us at 800-633-8446, or read more about the surgical and non-surgical options we offer here.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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