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Surgery Team

 

Headed by specially trained surgeon and medical director Amir Heydari, MD, this team includes physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, exercise physiologists and dietitians who have a singular interest in the problems caused by morbid obesity. The team combines a surgical approach with mental health support, nutritional education and physical activity to enhance weight loss. We work together to provide you quality care, genuine respect, passionate caring and a joyful spirit.

*Previous program participant success is not a guarantee of your results. Individual results will vary based on actual program participation.

Amir J. Heydari, MD, FACS

Dr. Amir Heydari believes the disease of obesity demands the attention of the community. He calls on his extensive background to treat this serious health condition using surgical and non-surgical approaches. Dr. Heydari is a board-certified surgeon who performs general, bariatric, ...

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Amanda Butler, FNP, NP-C, MSN

Amanda Butler, NP

Amanda Butler is a Nurse Practitioner-Certified with Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center and Centegra Surgical Associates. Amanda has worked at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock since 2007 in various patient care and administrative roles. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Calumet ...

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Susie Dirkx, RN, BS, CBN

Susie Dirkx, RN, BS, CBN

Susie Dirkx is a Certified Bariatric Nurse and has been a part of the Weight-Loss Surgery program since 2002 when she was the Team Leader at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. For 10 years, Susie, served as the Bariatric Coordinator and brought together all ...

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Betsy Felde, RDN, LDN

Betsy Felde, RDN, LDN

Betsy Felde is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist at the Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center. She has worked at Centegra since 2010. Betsy received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University with a minor in Psychology. She also completed an ...

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Richelle Gomez, MS, RDN, LDN

Richelle Gomez is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center and also an Inpatient Dietitian at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock since 2016. Richelle received her Bachelor in Family and Consumer Science from Western Illinois University and her Master of ...

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Jamie Patel, RDN, LDN

Jamie Patel, RDN, LDN

Jamie Patel is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist at the Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center. Jamie has worked at various departments in Centegra since 2012. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska. She also completed her ...

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Terri Penkava, RN

Terri Penkava

Terri Penkava has been a registered nurse since 1982 caring for many types of patients at Centegra Hospital- Woodstock. Terri also worked as the Surgical Coordinator scheduling patients for surgery and working very closely with the Anesthesiologists getting patients cleared ...

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Jenna Strombach, BSN, RN

Jenna Strombach completed her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at American Sentinel University in Colorado. Jenna started at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock in 2004. Jenna has experience on the Bariatric Surgical Team, working in the operating room and has focused continuing education within the ...

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