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Benjaman Mendoza

Medical Assistant & Program Manager

From your first phone call to our office, through the process of getting ready for surgery, and during your recovery, you will be greeted and assisted by Amelia, our friendly and resourceful program manager. Whether you are preparing for an outpatient procedure or a major surgery, you will need the help of someone like Amelia who has an in-depth knowledge about the process of obtaining authorization from your insurance company, scheduling surgery, filing for disability, retrieving medical work-up, etc. With his help, you can be assured that you will have a pleasant and stress- free experience throughout the process of your surgery. That is why patients often call to say hello or chat long after after they have completed their surgical journey with us.

You can contact Amelia directly at 408-358-1855.

Dana Schroeder PhD (c) RN, CBN

Bariatric Coordinator at Good Samaritan

As a bariatric surgery patient herself, Dana Schroeder, the Bariatric Coordinator and Certified Bariatric Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital provides invaluable service to our patients through her support groups, teaching classes, and personal interactions. She is a Certified Bariatric Nurse and an accomplished educators of bariatric surgery patients in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area. With 28 years of experience in healthcare education and management, she is currently writing books on topics of weight loss surgery and success strategies to find balance and joy in everyday living.

You can contact Dana directly at 408-559-2514.

Karen Thomes RN, BSN, CBN

Bariatric Coordinator at EI Camino Hospital

Karen Thomas is the Bariatric Program Coordinator at El Camino Hospital. She is a Certified Bariatric Nurse with 17 years experience in healthcare and education. Karen will guide you through your pre-op education as well as provide assistance during your hospitalization and continued follow up through monthly support group meetings. Karen is a great source of inspiration and help. With her approachable demeanor, she is often found walking with patients around the nurse’s unit and helping them as they recover.

You can contact Karen directly at 650-988-7563.