Interdisciplinary Team

MUSC Bariatric Surgery Team

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.

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Lauren Timmerman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C| Bariatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Timmerman

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. Lauren works closely with our team of surgeons, nurses, care coordinators, and dieticians to help provide the best lifelong care to our patients. With a background in family practice and a passion for empowering people take charge of their health. She believes that with the right tools and good support team, our patients can maintain their weight loss long term. Check out her provider profile video

Beth Fogle, MHA, RN | Bariatric Nurse Coordinator

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Beth has been an RN for over 34 years and is our Bariatric Nurse Coordinator. Beth’s diverse experience includes caring for the bariatric population for over 14 years. Beth is passionate about nursing and caring for the bariatric population.  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.

Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Registered Dietitian

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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.

Haley Brimmer, MPH, RDN, LD | Registered Dietitian

Haley Brimmer

Haley is a Charleston native who graduated from Clemson University in 2016 with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of New Hampshire, before completing her Master’s in Public Health at MUSC. She worked in clinical nutrition with geriatrics for 4 years, before joining MUSC’s Bariatric Surgery team. Since then, she has enjoyed the close patient interaction, as well as being a part of an interdisciplinary team. She hopes to make a difference counseling patients and providing them the tools they need to achieve their goals!

Cherstin Edmondson, RDN, LD | Registered Dietitian

Cherstin Edmondson

Cherstin grew up in Utah where she attended Brigham Young University and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in dietetics. She then completed her dietetic internship at Utah State University. Following her internship, she worked in the inpatient setting before transitioning to outpatient cardiac rehab. She is passionate about helping others live healthier lifestyles and is looking forward to using her knowledge to help patients achieve their nutrition goals after weight loss surgery. Having recently relocated to Charleston with her husband, she is exited to explore the city and live near the beach!

Jessica Hinton, LMSW | Bariatric Social Worker

Jessica received her masters in social work from the University of SJessica received her masters in social work from the University of South Carolina and comes to us after working with a dialysis company for the past several years. She had previously worked at MUSC in a research position. Her experience working with patients with kidney disease has helped her to understand the complex nature of chronic disease and how critical self-management techniques are for optimal outcomes. Jessica will be working closely with our behavioral medicine team to facilitate preoperative psychosocial assessments as well as with postoperative support. She will help patients prepare for surgery, set realistic expectations for post-op life, and work with the psychologists to provide resources to optimize readiness for surgery.

Sharlene Wedin, PsyD, ABPP | Bariatric Psychologist

SHARLENE WEDIN

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.

The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is located at 67 President Street, and the clinic phone is 843-792-0686, and scheduling can be done by calling 843-792-9162.

Lillian Christon, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist

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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.

The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is located at 67 President Street, and the clinic phone is 843-792-0686, and scheduling can be done by calling 843-792-9162.

Rebecca Kilpatrick, Ph.D. | Bariatric Psychologist

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.

The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is located at 67 President Street, and the clinic phone is 843-792-0686, and scheduling can be done by calling 843-792-9162.

Janine Garey | Patient Liaison

janine GareyJanine 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.