We have assembled a team of experts that specialize in Bariatric procedures including our surgeons, physician assistants, medical assistants, nutritionists, insurance coordinators and office staff members.
Our physicians have developed a team of experts that have designed a comprehensive and multi-dimensional weight loss program which addresses all aspects of the patient's life. We believe that postoperative nutritional and psychological support and exercise are essential elements to the success of our bariatric program. Counseling in these areas contributes to our patients' success in achieving and maintaining their goals. They are provided with monthly support groups for psychological, nutritional and exercise counseling. Preoperative and postoperative nutritional assistance is provided by registered dieticians, specializing in helping obese patients achieve their desired weight loss results and optimal health.
AMANDA CHRISTIE, PA-C
Amanda Christie is a board certified Physician Assistant who is seeing patients in both our Norwalk and Shelton offices.
Prior to joining Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, Amanda worked in an urgent care and internal medicine setting, treating patients of all ages for both acute and chronic medical issues. Her main clinical interests include lifestyle counseling, nutrition, and diet and exercise education. She values the development of patient relationships and takes great pride in working closely with patients on their weight loss journey.
Amanda earned her Bachelors degree from Antioch College and her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Bridgeport’s Physician Assistant Institute, where she graduated with honors. During her physician assistant training, she performed research and wrote her clinical thesis on the importance of nutritional education throughout the lifespan.
Amanda is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and she is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
LYNN HOLMBERG, M.S. R.D., C.D.N. Registered Dietitian
Lynn Holmberg is a Registered Dietitian specializing in Bariatric Surgeries. She has extensive experience in both pre- and post-op counseling for those patients undergoing the Gastric Bypass and LAP-BAND® procedures. In addition to individual counseling, Lynn provides nutrition support groups for all patients within the bariatric practice. She is licensed within the state of Connecticut and is an active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Connecticut Dietetic Association (CDA). Lynn holds both a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Marymount College and a Master's degree from New York University.
TAMARA SWETT, RD, CD-N
Tamara Swett RD, CD-N is a registered dietitian and has been an Out-Patient Dietitian at Norwalk Hospital since June of 2006. She received her first degree in Community Health at Western Connecticut State University and then followed her passion for nutrition by continuing her education at Saint Joseph's College where she received her degree in Nutrition. Tamara Swett is also involved in the childhood and adult weight loss programs offered by Norwalk Hospital. Ms. Swett provides nutrition counseling for individuals preparing for weight loss surgery.
She runs one of the bariatric support groups at Norwalk Hospital, which is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Various topics are covered during the support group sessions that are related to staying on your meal plan after surgery, including getting enough protein and fluid, coping strategies, recipe exchanges and discussions on the importance of specialized bariatric supplements to long-term health, including brain and nerve function.
Lisa Mandelman, MA, LMFT
They say that life should have a purpose, and for the past 18 years working as a Marriage and Family Therapist has been mine. My approach is eclectic because everyone is an individual so my work is tailored to you and your specific needs, though I do practice cognitive behavioral therapy (what you think is what you feel) solution focused therapy and a holistic approach of mind, body, and spirit teaching proper nutrition (certified weight management specialist) and yoga (certified yoga instructor) as a form of spirituality helping you to get centered and find balance in this hectic world of multiple responsibilities and stressors.
Some of my areas of specialty include eating disorders working at Silver Hill Hospital and The Renfrew Center. I also have years of experience treating substance abuse (Director of a substance abuse clinic) and a myriad of other mental health issues and life transitions including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, and couples counseling.
NANCY MURPHY, MS, RD, CDE, CD-N
Nancy Murphy's M.S. in Clinical Nutritionist from N.Y.U. was followed by more than ten years of clinical and research experience at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. As an obesity research nutritionist at St. Luke's and Lifestyle Coach for the Manhattan site of the (NIH-funded) Diabetes Prevention Program, Nancy had the unique opportunity to be involved with groundbreaking research in the areas of obesity, diabetes, metabolism, body composition and eating disorders. Her own original research and writing reflect a particular interest in eating patterns and behaviors unique to obese individuals, most specifically the night-eating syndrome.
Nancy is an advocate for a healthy diet as part of a healthy lifestyle and is not inclined to put her clients on diets. She strongly believes that successful weight and disease management are based on the following 1) understanding basic nutrition, 2) identifying how nutrients or nutrient combinations affect a given individual and 3) realistic goal-setting. She takes pride in her ability to raise her client's nutritional awareness by identifying and modifying particular behaviors which will provide the greatest long-term benefits.
As her family grew, Nancy's decision to work locally led her to a position as Director of Nutrition & Lifestyle Programs at Health Extenders, a wellness facility in Norwalk, CT. An overwhelming need for nutrition professionals knowledgeable in bariatrics has led Nancy to become a nutrition expert in the areas of the laparoscopic Roux-and-Y gastric bypass and Lap-Band procedures.
Nancy's professional desire to see more emphasis on lifestyle modification as the most rewarding alternative to improving one's physical and emotional well-being has prompted her decision to start her own business, Fairfield County Lifestyle Consultants (FCLC). While nutrition is her area of expertise, Nancy believes that physical fitness and emotional well-being are equally important in establishing a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Thus, she chooses to work with many experienced professionals in the complementary fields of exercise physiology and psychology.
Nancy Murphy conducts nutrition support groups where the main purpose of this post-op nutrition support group is to provide our patients with reliable, accurate and understandable information about their post-op dietary needs and lifestyle challenges so long-term success will be the anticipated outcome.