Our Bariatric Team
Alae Zarif, MD, F.A.C.S.
Medical Director of Surgical Services, Alae Zarif, MD, performs the gastric
banding and gastric sleeve procedures for Atlantic Bariatric Center, joined
Atlantic General’s medical staff in April 2006. He has been in practice
since 1996 when he finished his residency at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut,
a Yale-affiliated surgical training program. Dr. Zarif is certified by
the American Board of Surgery and performs multiple advanced laparoscopic
procedures and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Angela Simmons, CRNP, Bariatric Coordinator
Angela Simmons, CRNP is a seasoned nurse of 15 years. After receiving
her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mount Saint Mary's
College in 1998, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing
from Salisbury University in 2002 & eventually her Master's degree
in Nursing in 2009. She is credentialed as a Family Nurse Practitioner
through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Angela has worked
with surgical patients for the past 6 years & is a certified bariatric nurse.
Amy Gehrig, RD, LDN
Amy Gehrig, RD, LDN is a licensed and registered dietitian operating a
professional practice since 2000. She provides training, expertise and
education in the food and nutrition fields. Amy received her BS degree
in nutrition and completed a comprehensive dietetic internship at the
University of Maryland Medical System. She worked as a clinical dietician
at John Hopkins Hospital and started a private practice, Healthy Habits
in Nutrition, shortly after.
Amy provides individual and group counseling to help clients achieve healthy
eating habits for optimal health. Amy is a member of the American Dietetic
Association and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. As a professional
dietitian, Amy hopes that she can coach individuals to make healthy food
choices, learn how to become ‘mindful eaters’ and achieve
successful weight loss.
Amanda Buckley, RD, LDN
Amanda Buckley, RD, LDN is a licensed and registered dietician providing
clinical counseling, training, and education in food and nutrition. Amanda
completed nutrition coursework and research at James Madison University,
University of London, Birbeck, and University of Ghana, Legon, completing
a BS in Nutrition at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, culminating
in a comprehensive dietetic internship through Iowa State University.
She currently works as Clinical Nutrition Services Coordinator for inpatient
and outpatient services at Atlantic General, as well as lending expertise
to Bariatric Services. Amanda is a native of the Eastern Shore.
Jennifer Kukel has been an advocate for healthy living for the last ten
years. She successfully maintains her 65 pound weight loss with her children
as her main motivation. Setting a healthy example for her family through
food and exercise is her first priority. After losing her dad to obesity
and cancer, she has experienced first-hand the painful effects of unhealthy
living. Her passion is working with people to get their weight under their
control and to maintain their hard work in an attainable lifestyle. She
strives to educate and support others as they begin their journey on the
road to good health, because everyone's path is different. Jen specializes
in large weight losses, children's fitness training, aerobic training,
nutrition counseling and she is also a running coach. She is committed
to providing her clients the care and support needed for their individual
fitness/weight loss journey.