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Our Bariatrics Team

Our teams are built around your needs. We are specially-trained, accredited in weight loss procedures and care about you as a person. Count on our surgeons, nurses, clinical professionals and educators to be part of your team that is dedicated to helping you through a weight-loss program, surgery, recovery and beyond.

Surgical weight-loss experts

The hope and promise of a more active and healthy future is what brought you here, and it’s what inspired our doctors and surgeons to specialize in bariatrics.

Our comprehensive bariatric program is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a collaborative accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This means our bariatric surgeons provide patients with safe, high-quality care that is measured through a rigorous review process.

Our bariatric team includes:

  • Bariatric surgeon – Our surgeons are trained and board-certified in bariatric surgery and procedures. Due to the number of weight-loss surgery options, your surgeon will meet with you to help you decide what bariatric surgery is the best option for you.
  • Certified bariatric nurses - Certification provides patients with validation that the nurse caring for them is an expert in their field and has achieved a recognized standard of knowledge and clinical expertise in the specialty of bariatric surgery.
  • Exercise specialist – This team member works with you to develop an exercise plan. Remember, exercise will be a vital component in your new, healthier life.
  • Nutrition expert – This team member will help you learn how to make healthy food choices, including what to each, when to eat and how to prepare healthy food.
  • Patient coordinators – Experienced staff provide support from your initial visit, discuss registration options and navigate payment and insurance decisions.
  • Psychologist or psychiatrist – Most insurance companies will require a psychological evaluation to determine your readiness for bariatric surgery. These experts are also available to help you deal with self-image issues that may accompany bariatric surgery.
  • Registered nurses – Our nursing staff specializes in bariatric medicine and is key in your support and education, from admission, through surgery and the post-operative process.

Attend a weight loss surgery seminar to meet our team and explore a future with bariatric surgery.

Kathleen T Baskett, MD

Specialties: Bariatric Medicine
Primary Location:
SVP Weight Management Clinic
2900 12th Ave N Ste 160W
Billings, MT 59101-0101
Phone: (406)237-4580
Fax: (406)237-4584
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

George K Bentzel, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Surgery General, Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgery Thoracic
Primary Location:
Surgical Associates PC
2900 12th Ave N Ste 355W
Billings, MT 59101-7506
Phone: (406)238-6470
Fax: (406)238-6499
Accepting New Patients Yes

Michael K Bergen, MD

Specialties: Hematology and Medical Oncology, Medical Oncology
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
Lutheran Oncology, Hematology & Oncology
3550 Lutheran Pkwy # 100A
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: (303)403-7333
Fax: (303)403-7335
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Audrey Bolanowski, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Franklin
2045 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (303)861-3400
Fax: (303)861-3273
Accepting New Patients Yes

Frank H Chae, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
Weight Loss Surgery Center
1960 Ogden St Ste 550
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: (303)318-3240
Fax: (303)318-3248
Accepting New Patients Yes

Eric J Hanly, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General, Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
General Surgeons of Western Colorado
2440 N 11th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501-8102
Phone: (970)243-0900
Fax: (970)245-4235
Accepting New Patients Yes

James J Hanosh, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General, Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
General Surgeons of Western Colorado
2440 N 11th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501-8102
Phone: (970)243-0900
Fax: (970)245-4235
Accepting New Patients Yes

Kathryn F Hatch, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Surgery General, Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgery Thoracic
Primary Location:
Surgical Associates PC
2900 12th Ave N Ste 355W
Billings, MT 59101-7506
Phone: (406)238-6470
Fax: (406)238-6499
Accepting New Patients Yes

Karen P Hatfield, NNP

Specialties: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
St Mary's Hospital Neonatal ICU
2635 N 7th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501-8209
Phone: (970)298-2279
Fax: (970)298-2694
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Katayun Irani, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
Surgical Specialists of Colorado
400 Indiana St # 200
Golden, CO 80401-5027
Phone: (303)940-8200
Fax: (303)940-8400
Accepting New Patients Yes

Dennis W Maier, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Surgery General, Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgery Thoracic
Primary Location:
Surgical Associates PC
2900 12th Ave N Ste 355W
Billings, MT 59101-7506
Phone: (406)238-6470
Fax: (406)238-6499
Accepting New Patients Yes

Starla D Maier-Walford, OTR, CHT

Specialties: Occupational Therapy
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Medical Group – Wheat Ridge
9830 I-70 Frontage Rd S
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: (303)467-4100
Fax: (303)403-6901
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

John G Raheb, DO

Specialties: Surgery, General
Area of Focus: Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Franklin
2045 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (303)861-3400
Fax: (303)861-3273
Accepting New Patients Yes

Teyen P Shiao, MD

Specialties: Surgery, General, Bariatric Surgery
Primary Location:
General Surgeons of Western Colorado
2440 N 11th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501-8102
Phone: (970)243-0900
Fax: (970)245-4235
Accepting New Patients Yes

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