Our strong interdisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. Our team delivers surgical, medical, nutritional, and psychological care, and looks at lifestyle changes following surgery. In addition to your surgeons, we have a high-quality group of professionals working with you on your journey.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Care Team Physicians
For all patients considering bariatric (weight loss) surgery and seeking a new initial appointment, please call the office directly at 843-792-3046. For patients who have already had bariatric surgery, please call the number listed below for your surgeon. If you are interested in learning more about the intragastric balloon program, please contact the metabolic and bariatric surgery coordinator at 843-876-7211.
Our Care Team
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Lauren Timmerman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C| Bariatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner
Lauren is a certified family nurse practitioner who joined the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery team at MUSC in 2019. Lauren graduated from University of North Georgia with her Masters of Science in Nursing, and she has a background in family medicine as well as general surgery while practicing as an RN. Prior to moving to Charleston, she grew up and went to school in north Georgia. Working with the bariatric population, she is excited to combine the holistic approach of her background in primary care with her years spent caring for patients around the time of their surgery. Lauren works closely with our team of surgeons, nurses, care coordinators, and dieticians to help provide the best lifelong care to our patients.
Lauren can be contacted at 843-876-4868.
Beth Fogle, MHA, RN, CBN | Nurse Coordinator
Beth has been an RN for over 30 years and has joined the MUSC family as our Bariatric Nurse Coordinator. Beth’s previous experience includes ER, OR, Clinical Sourcing, Bariatric Program Manager, and Legal Nurse Consultant which included being the lead consultant to Bariatric and General Surgeons. Beth is passionate about nursing and caring for the bariatric population and has spent the past 10 years focused on the bariatric surgical patient. She has maintained her CBN, Certified Bariatric Nurse certification for the past 8 years. Beth’s role includes collaborating with the entire bariatric team to ensure optimization of the bariatric surgical patients – from entry into the program to the post-operative phase. She works closely with the Program Coordinator on compliance requirements, policies, and patient/staff education to ensure continuation of accreditation from MBSAQIP, the accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers.
Beth can be contacted at 843-876-7920.
Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Registered Dietitian
Amanda graduated from Virginia Tech University in 2006 with a degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. She joined the MUSC Bariatric Surgery Program in July of 2014 and thoroughly enjoys meeting with patients individually, teaching the nutrition classes, co-facilitating the monthly support groups and just being a part of this awesome team. Prior to this, Amanda was working with bariatric surgery patients through a program in Reading, Pennsylvania. Amanda believes in an individualized style of counseling, as she realizes that every Bariatric surgery patient is different and will have different goals before and after surgery.
Amanda can be contacted at 843-876-4867.
Molly Jones, RDN, LD | Registered Dietitian
Molly came to Charleston for her dietetic internship at MUSC after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in dietetics. She quickly fell in love with Charleston, and MUSC and became the dietitian for MUSC’s childhood/adolescent weight management program (Heart Health). Four years later, she excitedly joined the Bariatric Surgery Program in 2016 and is now one of the two Registered Dietitians dedicated to the program. Molly loves helping to educate and empower others, and looks forward working with patients individually in clinic, and in group-settings at nutrition education classes and support groups.
Molly can be contacted at 843-876-4307.
Sharlene Wedin, PsyD, ABPP | Bariatric Psychologist
Dr. Wedin received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and MA in counseling psychology at the University of Denver. She is currently an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-behavioral Medicine and sees bariatric surgery patients at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic for pre-operative evaluations and post-operative counseling. Dr. Wedin’s clinical practice specializes in psychosocial evaluation and management of metabolic and bariatric surgery patients and coping with chronic medical conditions. She specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help patients improve their functioning and quality of life. In addition to patient care, she is involved in clinical research and resident education.
Lillian Christon, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist
Dr. Christon received her doctoral degree in in clinical psychology and developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently a faculty member in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine and sees bariatric surgery patients at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic for pre-operative evaluations and counseling, and post-operative counseling.
Dr. Christon enjoys working with our adolescent and adult patients before and after having weight loss surgery.
Rebecca Kilpatrick, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist
Dr. Kilpatrick received her doctoral degree in clinical health psychology from East Carolina University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship with a specialization in behavioral medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine and sees patients pre- and post-bariatric surgery for evaluations, health behavior change, and long-term weight maintenance. She also works in our post-surgical interdisciplinary clinic and sees all patients for behavioral medicine check-ups shortly after surgery.
Lauren Carter, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist
Dr. Lauren Carter is an Assistant Professor and licensed clinical psychologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Carter’s clinical practice specializes in eating and weight disorders, metabolic and bariatric surgery, and women’s health populations. She enjoys working in integrated settings and as part of interdisciplinary teams, including the MUSC Metabolic and Bariatric surgery team! In addition to patient care, she is involved in clinical research and resident education.
Taylor Crouch, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist
Taylor Crouch obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at MUSC. She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Crouch sees bariatric surgery patients in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic for pre-operative evaluations and pre- and post-operative counseling.
Nina Crowley, Ph.D., RDN, LD | Program Coordinator
Dr. Crowley has been with the program since 2007, first as the bariatric dietitian, and currently as Program Coordinator. In addition to her passion for facilitating behavior change with patients on their weight loss and maintenance journey, Nina’s has presented and authored publications on weight regain after bariatric surgery, health-related quality of life, binge eating behaviors, and food cravings. In her current role, Nina oversees and coordinates all aspects of our Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), ensures continuous compliance with requirements, maintains policies, procedures, and processes, patient education, outcomes data collection, and quality improvement and research efforts. She serves as the liaison between the facility and the community, our bariatric team and our patients.
Nina can be contacted at 843-876-7211.
Janine Garey | Patient Liaison
Janine has been with the program since 2014, but has been with MUSC since 2008, formerly as a unit secretary on 6 East of Ashley River Tower where bariatric patients go after their surgery. Janine has a bachelors in biology, and she hails from Buffalo, New York. As the patient liaison, she works with patients after the new patient consultation, coordinating and submitting clinical information to insurance and scheduling surgery and preop visits. Janine works with every patient like they are her number one priority.
Janine can be contacted at 843-876-7226.
Natalie Pelaez | New Patient Coordinator
Natalie joins the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program as our New Patient Coordinator after working as a Systems Analyst and Vice President of Operations for CNT Foundations, and as a Patient Experience Manager for Crothall Healthcare at MUSC for 4 years. Customer Service has always been her specialty and she enjoys being the 'voice' of our program - the very first person you speak to when you inquire about bariatric surgery with our program.
Natalie can be contacted at 843-876-4264.