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Dr. David Kim Kim Bariatric Institute

Meet Our Team

Kim Bariatric Institute Staff

The Kim Bariatric Institute is very proud to have a team of caring, committed employees who share his enthusiasm and passion for bariatric treatment. All of our team members are very skilled at what they do and offer a high level of friendly, personalized care. Learn more about who will be helping you to live life again!

Pam – Bariatric Nurse Coordinator

Pam has worked with the Kim Bariatric Institute since the inception of our Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco-area bariatric surgery practice. She is a certified bariatric nurse specialist and a patient advocate throughout all the stages a patient experiences. She has tremendous clinical knowledge, which she applies with care and compassion. Pam is in charge of our pre-operative teaching and education program, Bariatric University. She also leads our follow-up care programs and support groups for patients after their procedure. Her sister was operated on by Dr. Kim and is one of our practice’s many satisfied patients. Pam has personally seen every Kim Bariatric Institute weight loss surgery patient.

Clinic Staff:

Allison – Registered Dietitian

allisonAllison chose to focus on bariatrics after witnessing the major physical and mental impact weight loss surgery had on individuals’ lives during her dietetic rotations while completing her Masters at Oklahoma State University in 2012. She graduated with honors from Texas Tech University in 2010 with a bachelor’s in Nutrition Sciences and has been a Registered Dietitian since 2012. Allison loves to cook bariatric friendly recipes, so look for her to share a few select ones with you in the future.

Christine – Certified Physician Assistant

christineChristine graduated with honors from The University of North Texas in Fort Worth with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Christine chose bariatrics with Dr. Kim because first and foremost, she wanted to be a part of a team that demanded excellence, skill and compassion for the benefit of their patents. She is dedicated to making a difference and has learned the immense rewards of changing the lives and future health and happiness of our patients. She stays motivated by being surrounded by the other highly trained and motivated Kim Bariatric Certified staff members that inspire and fuel her passion for changing the lives of all the patients.

Hayley – Certified Physician Assistant

hayleyHayley completed her Masters in Physician Assistant studies at South College in Knoxville Tennessee after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee. She joined Kim Bariatric Institute because they shared her commitment to building a relationship with each patient to identify the best plan of care for them. The only thing she likes more than a UT Lady Vol’s win, is sharing patient success stories.

Amanda – Certified Physician Assistant

amandaAmanda received her Masters in Medical Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A native New Yorker but raised in Florida, she enjoys water sports, reading, and cooking. Amanda was inspired to pursue bariatric surgery after witnessing a close family member dramatically improve their health thanks to the gastric sleeve. She looks forward to being a part of your weight loss journey and always strives to help facilitate success.

Medical Assistants:

Cindy – Medical Assistant

Cindy is a patient of Dr Kim’s who had weight loss revision surgery in May 2011. She is now a Registered Medical Assistant helping with patient assessment and intake. Her personal experience with weight loss surgery helps her to be able to relate to our patients and their post bariatric care. Her revision history is an invaluable resource for patients considering which operation to choose.

Amy – Medical Assistant

Amy’s smiling face can be seen rooming patients and assisting with patient histories. She has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 2004.

Kristen – Medical Assistant

Kristen, a Certified Medical Assistant, has been with Kim Bariatric Institute since 2006. With over a decade of experience working with bariatric patients she is a valuable resource to our patients.

Laura – Medical Assistant

Laura always has a smile on her face and is never lacking in her willingness to help patients. She is compassionate in helping our patients with their weight loss journey. Laura completed her Medical Assistant studies at Sanford Brown and worked for eight years at a family medical practice and urgent care before joining the KBI staff.

Bariatric Insurance Coordinators:

Tiffani – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator

Tiffani first came to Kim Bariatric Institute as a patient receiving gastric sleeve surgery in Jan 2012 and has lost 90lbs. Drawing from her experience as a patient she will guide you through the payment options with the goal of making your weight loss journey as positive and successful as her own.

Melissa – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator

Melissa has the valuable experience that is necessary to gain approval from insurance companies. Her efforts and hard work make it possible for many of our patients to go through with bariatric surgery and to receive the life-changing benefits that are possible with treatment. Melissa also had bariatric surgery by Dr. Kim and, as a patient herself, she understands the insurance and financial concerns that patients experience.

Sophia – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator

Sophia has been working in Bariatrics since 2005, and happily utilizes her experience to help our patients navigate the insurance requirements for their surgery. She looks forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your journey.

Lindsay – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator

Lindsay came to Kim Bariatric Institute in 2015 from North Carolina where she worked as a coordinator at a bariatric practice for four years prior. She has insurance authorization experience, knowledge of insurance criteria, and she provides excellent customer service to all of our patients. She is super bubbly and eager to help patients work toward their weight loss goals!

Whitney – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator

Whitney joined the KBI team in April of 2016. She has extensive knowledge regarding the bariatric process regardless of which pathway our patients take to get to surgery. Whitney is extremely helpful and can’t wait to help her patients achieve success through their personal weight loss journey!

Summar – Scheduling Manager

Summar is the manager of the Bariatric scheduling office. Our patients can expect attention to detail and some TLC as Summar gets them scheduled for surgery. Summar has lost over 180lbs since her own personal experience with weight loss surgery, so she understands the issues patients face while getting ready for their turn.

New Patient Coordinators:

Lisa – New Patient Coordinator

As New Patient Coordinator, Lisa will be one of the first people you talk to when you contact Kim Bariatric Institute. She will take you through the initial steps to becoming a Kim Bariatric Patient and answer questions about requirements, surgeries, and insurance before scheduling your initial appointment.

Sara – New Patient Coordinator

Sarah will utilize her knowledge of referrals and insurance gained from her four years of experience in the medical field to help you start your journey to Bariatric Surgery. She will take you through the initial steps to becoming a Kim Bariatric Patient and help you answer your questions regarding requirements, surgeries, and insurance.

Mindy – Insurance

Mindy works directly with the insurance companies to work out the last minute details of patient coverage including remaining deductibles and pre-surgical amounts due to the office.

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Contact the Kim Bariatric Institute

Please contact the Kim Bariatric Institute for more information on the treatments we offer, or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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