From left to right:
Dr. Olsofka, Jessica Walker, Kirk Evans, Debbie Wedding, Lana Sartini, Dr. Lusco, and Lin Gant
Lana Sartini, RN, BSN and Debbie Wedding RN, BSN are the coordinators of the Bariatric Program at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth. They have 18 and 11 years of nursing experience respectively, and each have recent experience as operating room nurses at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Their role is to assist patients through the program, beginning with the informational seminar. They provide assistance with the insurance approval process, coordinate scheduling for preoperative assessments/evaluations, preoperative testing, surgery scheduling and also work with the surgeon’s office staff in scheduling preoperative office visits. Debbie and Lana also educate patients both pre- and postoperatively and conduct monthly support group meetings.
Jessica Walker MS,RD,LD is the dietician for the Bariatric Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and also holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jessica has worked at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth for almost 10 years as a clinical dietician and in pulmonary rehab as a dietician/exercise physiologist. She also has her certificate of training in Adult Weight Management. Jessica meets with LAP-BAND® System patients preoperatively to educate them on their pre- and post-operative diets. She also conducts dietary evaluations as required by some insurance companies. Post-operatively, Jessica continues to be available for any additional guidance that patients may require.