Registered Dietitian Donna Simon explains how it feels to help bariatric surgery patients meet their weight loss goals at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
When I see patients succeeding at Banner Gateway’s bariatric program, I mean life, I mean awe, I mean because, I mean it is a hard thing.
They have been battling for years with their weight and then they come back and they have lost the 150 pounds or they’ve got their BMI down to the 25, it’s just a good feeling I have that I have accomplished something, that I made them get where they wanted to, I helped them achieve their goals.
That I think is really important to me, letting them achieve their goals, but I mean it’s a happy feeling. It really is, I mean I can talk from personal experience.
My husband had the surgery here, but at Mesa, five years ago. And just seeing the difference in him and knowing that he is going to be around to see my son grow up.
So any patient that comes back to me, and it doesn’t even have to be at my program sometimes because they come to my support group and we cheer them on.
I mean it’s a great feeling knowing that they have lost, even if it’s only 75 pounds or a 100 pounds, it doesn’t have to be but any type of weight loss that they are happy with or a goal that they have set for themselves, is a great feeling.
I mean I can’t think of anything better for any patient, I really can’t.
About Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D., earned her B.A. in Food and Nutrition and her M.S. at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She practiced extensively in the state of New York. She was a Dietetic Technician at St. John's Hospital in Elmhurst. She held the position of Food Service Supervisor at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, and Food Service Supervisor and Dietitian at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.
Ms. Simon worked as Director of Dietary Services and Dietitian at Nesconset Nursing Home in Nesconset, and as a Dietitian at Patchoque Nursing Center in Patchoque. She was a Consultant Dietitian at Long Island Development Center. She served as a Registered Dietitian at Parkview Nursing Home in Massapequa, and at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview. Ms. Simon was a Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Nutritionist at Banner Mesa Medical Center in Mesa, and is presently Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
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Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Weight Management, BMI, Body Mass Index, Portion Control, Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Food Journal
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234
Expert: Registered Dietitian Donna Simon, Donna Simon, R.D., Clinical Dietitian Donna Simon, Bariatric Nutritionist Donna Simon
Expertise: Bariatric Nutrition, Food, Nutrition, Eat Right, Healthy Eating, Dietetics, Meal Planning, Caloric Restriction, Diet, Weight Management