Meet Our Team
At the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss our team consists of board certified weight loss surgeons, a nurse practitioner, medical assistants, patient advocates, and dietitians who are experienced in evaluating and counseling patients to prepare them for this life-changing, lifesaving procedure and help ensure long-term success. We provide a sensitive and comfortable environment to address all of your needs.
Janell Gill – Lead Patient Advocate
Janell has been with the Center for Surgical Weight Loss since 2008. She was promoted to Patient Advocate and has helped define this important role.
She will guide you through the entire process from seminar to surgery. She will assist you in making appointments, scheduling needed tests, and will act as a liaison between our office and your doctor’s office if needed in order to obtain all appropriate documentation for insurance approval. Janell is highly skilled at facilitating the quickest path to surgery while ensuring that all of the requirements are met. A personal plan will be laid out for you in order to ensure your success.
Janell enjoys the opportunity to work with this group of patients that make life changing decisions to improve their quality of life. Her exclamations at her patient’s progress can be heard in the hallway as they meet healthy weight goals. Her caring attitude makes the process a very pleasant one.
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Phyllis Randolph – Patient Advocate
Phyllis has been a Patient Advocate with the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at SFMP since October 2018. She comes with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Healthcare and Social Services. Her main objective in the role as a Bariatric Patient Advocate is to assist patients in meeting their insurance and clinical requirements to speed time to surgery and to provide direction as well as support toward the journey of weight loss. She serves as an excellent role model for customer service and exemplifies the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence standards. Phyllis is also committed to making each patient’s experience with Bariatric Surgery as pleasant as possible.
Phyllis received her Master of Health Science Degree from Governors State University located in University Park, Illinois. She has over 20 years of direct patient care experience, 7 plus years working with insurance companies and obtaining authorizations. She also has a comprehension of medical terminology, DSM-5, ICD and CPT coding.
She is motivated to assist patients in fulfilling their requirements to surgery and is compassionate to putting the patient first.
Meloney Broadway – Patient Advocate
Meloney is knowledgeable healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She recently moved from Chicago and joined Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.
She possesses outstanding communication and leadership skills with the ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at a time while maintaining focus on providing high-quality patient care. Meloney received her Bachelor degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She worked at University of Chicago Medical Center in the Gastroenterology Department for 10 years.
Meloney will provide meticulous instruction through the whole process for bariatric surgery.
She will process referrals, ensured accurate and timely processing of all requests. Meloney will coordinate appointment for patient. She enjoys working with and helping patients improve their quality of life.
Hannah Osterndorf – Dietician
Kristen Chambers – Dietician
Betty Coble, Practice Manager
Vanessa D. Williams, FNP-BC Nurse Practitioner
Vanessa is a nurse practitioner with 6 years experience in caring for weight loss surgery patients. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University. Vanessa works closely with Dr. Wegner to coordinate the pre and post operative phases of the weight loss surgery program customized for each patient. She performs gastric band adjustments and follows up with gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients after surgery.
In addition to medical care, Vanessa is instrumental in coaching patients with their life style changes in order to achieve maximum success. She enjoys watching their lives change in wonderful ways. Vanessa is excited about and committed to supporting patients through the many levels of change that come with weight loss surgery.
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Susie Bowles, Practice Coordinator