Meet Our Team
Kim Bariatric Institute Staff
Dr. David Kim 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 Dr. Kim 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.
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Jeri – Registered Nurse
Jeri’s interest in bariatrics began in 2004 while working on a medical/surgical floor caring for Dr. Kim’s surgery patients. At the time she was suffering several health issues due to being overweight and after witnessing the successes of Dr. Kim’s patients decided to have weight-loss surgery. The experience has given Jeri the ability to relate to patients experiences, understand their struggles, and walk with them on their life long journey. She received her nursing degree in 2000 and worked as a NICU, Med/Surg, and PACU nurse before moving to bariatrics.
Allison – Registered Dietitian
Allison 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.
Nives – Certified Physician Assistant
If you need tips on starting an exercise regimen or spicing up an existing one, Nives is the best place to start. Not only is she a Certified Physician Assistant, but she is also a certified group fitness instructor and a certified lifestyle weight management coach. She has been an instructor at Lifetime Fitness since 2005, so she knows how to manage a full time job, while still getting in your needed time at the gym. After a family history of Obesity, Nives decided to get into Bariatrics and has been working with weight loss surgery patients since 2006. She is an expert in the art of Lap Band fills.
Christine – Certified Physician Assistant
Christine 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.
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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. As our resident bilingual staffer, Cindy also translates for our Spanish speaking patients. 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.
Layla – Medical Assistant
Layla is the newest member of our clinic staff assisting with patient intake and histories. She is excited to be back in the clinic after teaching Medical Assisting Certification courses at Kaplan College for the past five years. Layla became a Certified Medical Assistant in 1999. She also wants you to know Eric Clapton had it wrong it’s pronounced “Lie-La”.
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.
Summar – Bariatric Insurance Coordinator
Summar, with the kindness and empathy that comes from personal experience with weight loss surgery, will work for you with the insurance companies to get your surgery approved after you have met your requirements. In 2006 Summar had her own weight loss surgery and has since lost over 180lbs, so she understands how daunting the insurance process can be to a patient.
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.
Kathleen – Scheduling Manager
Kathleen is the manager of the Bariatric scheduling office. Our patients can expect attention to detail and some TLC as Kathleen gets them scheduled for surgery. After her own personal experience with weight loss surgery, she has been working in Bariatrics since 2005. Following years of struggling with her own weight, she is down over 200 lbs since her gastric bypass in 2002 and understands the issues facing patients getting ready for surgery.
New Patient Coordinators
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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.
Kat – New Patient Coordinator
Kat will notify you regarding your insurance and the Kim Bariatric Institute programs and available to you. She can also answer any additional questions you may have about the surgeries, insurance, and aftercare before your initial appointment. After years of helping patients start on their weight loss journey, Kat became a patient of Dr. Kim having Gastric Sleeve surgery in June 2014. You can see how well she is doing in our current commercials.
Laurie – Insurance
Laurie 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.