Our Bariatric Team
From left: Krystle Lewis; Meshach Heenatigala, MD; Angela Simmons, CRNP;
Alae Zarif, MD; Cheryl Aydelotte; Amy Gehrif; Xin Zhong, MD; Daniel Hakeem, PA-C.
Alae Zarif, MD, F.A.C.S.
Medical Director of Surgical Services, Alae Zarif, MD, performs the gastric
sleeve procedures for Atlantic General 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.
Xin Zhong, MD
Xin Zhong, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates and
the staff of Atlantic General Bariatric Center from North Shore University
Hospital in Manhasset, NY, where she completed a minimally invasive surgery
fellowship in robotic and bariatric procedures. She is a fellow of the
American College of Surgeons and specializes in advanced laparoscopic
procedures, hiatal hernias, complex abdominal wall hernias, and bariatrics.
Angela Simmons, CRNP, Bariatric Coordinator
Angela Simmons, CBN, CRNP is a seasoned nurse of 15 years. She is credentialed
as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
and is a certified bariatric nurse. Angela has worked with surgical patients
for the past six years and serves as the program coordinator for Atlantic
General Bariatric Center.
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.