Our Office Team
We understand that your decision and potential need for surgery can be stressful. We work together to try our best to alleviate sources of stress and uncertainty in your surgical care.
The members of our team work together in our office to provide patients a comfortable and professional environment throughout the entire surgical process. Our professionalism extends to our ability to coordinate with your referring physicians and other medical specialists. Our office team and our convenient location serve as important resources for your surgical pre-operative and postoperative care. We share a dedication that allows us to ease your concerns and answer your questions as much as possible.
Yesenia Gaviria Catano is instrumental in guiding our patients through the surgical process. Her role includes gathering all necessary documentation and precertification required for surgery. Yesenia provides our patients with pre-surgical guidelines, schedules office visits and organizes physician referrals and paperwork necessary for your operation. Her nearly ten years of healthcare experience allows her to effectively manage day-to-day operations and keep the office running smoothly. She ensures a smooth and effortless process in conducting behind the scenes tasks.
Yesenia has a diverse background. Starting in 2010, she worked as a customer service representative for Beth Israel and St. Luke's Hospitals. Since that time, she has also worked at a leading Spanish cultural educational institution. She recently earned her BS/MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in 2020. Her cultural perspectives as well as her experience working with bariatric patients throughout every stage of the process from initial consultations to post-surgical visits helps her understand the many issues involved.
Jennifer Matte completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior with a minor in Human Development at the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Jennifer worked with patients at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland and at a private primary care and cosmetic dermatology office in Berkeley, California.
Jennifer’s work after her undergraduate studies helped prepare her for her career in medicine. She returned to the East Coast, where she grew up, to earn her Physician Assistant degree at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences where she specialized in surgery.
A passion for healthy eating and cooking led Rita to pursue a career in dietetics. Since 1995, Rita has helped clients with weight management, diabetes, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and prenatal nutrition.
Rita’s whole food approach to nutrition will have you eating and feeling better while achieving your weight loss goals. Specifically tailored to your tastes and lifestyle, her individualized approach to weight management will teach you to build on your strengths and transcend your weaknesses. Instead of a diet she will guide you through making a lifetime commitment towards better eating.
Rita’s dedicated approach and over twenty years of experience in dietetics makes her a very valuable member of our team. She is also fluent in Spanish.