|Alae Zarif, MD
Surgeon Alae Zarif, MD, who 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.
Angela Simmons, CRNP
Angela Simmons, CRNP, has worked in nursing for nearly 10 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 earning her Master's degree in Nursing from Salisbury University, she became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and gained her National Accreditation through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Though she originally haled from Baltimore, she has lived and worked on the Eastern Shore since 2000 and currently resides with her family in Berlin, Maryland.
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.
Shelly Geis, Bariatric Coordinator
Shelly Geis became involved in bariatric care after having LAP-BAND surgery, and wishing she could help others become just as successful with their weight and diet control. She assists with bariatric patient education and support group meetings, and is the author of The Plus Side, a weblog focusing on bariatric services and weight control.
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