Stelios Rekkas MD FACS FASMBS
Dr Rekkas was raised in Anna Maria Island, Florida. After graduating from Manatee High School he went on to graduate with high honors from the University of Florida. He later went on to attended medical school at Florida State University. He completed his General Surgery residency was at Mount Sinai Medical Center and later completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and Robotic Surgery at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Florida.
He specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgeries that provide less scaring, pain and quicker recovery to his patients. He also is one of the few surgeons in Florida that performs Robotic Surgery using the daVinci Robotic Surgery Platform.
- Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery
- Fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery
- Director of Bariatric Surgery at Manatee Memorial Hospital
- Designated Robotic Surgical Proctor on the daVinci Surgical Platform
Julie Chorley, PA-C
Julie is a graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Tampa, where she also served as vice president of her class. She holds memberships in various medical organizations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Jen Moriarty Loeven, PA-C
Jen is a graduate of Clarkson University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Bio-Molecular Science. Jen then went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. She holds memberships in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Medicine Association, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Andreia Silva, MPH, RD
Andreia offers dietician services for diabetes education, heart disease and obesity counseling.
Andreia Silva graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and then went on to get her Masters of Public Health from the University of South Florida.
Andreia is extremely passionate about nutrition, fitness, and sustainability. She loves helping others improve their health and achieve their fitness goals.
Dulce 'Candy' Ramirez, MA
Outpatient Bariatric Coordinator
Candy assists Dr. Rekkas with his weight loss patients and supports them in preparation for the procedures.
Candy works with our patients to prepare them for their bariatric procedures and helping them through every step of their weight loss journey.
Candy’s role is very important. She works with insurances, helps patients with their appointments and helps them with education that is key to a successful outcome
Cate Roskind, RN, CBN
Hospital Bariatric Coordinator
Cate started her nursing career in 1995 in Syracuse, New York working in cardiac ICU. She then transferred to the bariatric surgery specialty in 2001. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and served on the ASMBS task force assisting in the development of the national certification for Certified Bariatric Nurses (CBN). She also works as a bariatric legal nurse in her spare time. Cate had gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and feels this gives her a unique, personal perspective in helping patients on their journey to optimal wellness.
Kim Cummings LPN
Kim is a Florida native with over 20 years’ experience as a licensed nurse. Kim provides and coordinates exceptional patient care, educates patients and provides advice and support to patients and their family members. Kim is extremely attentive to detail and offers a kind and compassionate approach. She takes pride in being an advocate for optimal patient experience and outcomes within the practice.
Bariatric Surgery Scheduler
Edith joined our team in 2020, helping bariatric patients navigate requirements for the program and providing education that is key to a successful outcome. She also obtains authorizations from insurance and works diligently for approvals/ appeals for surgical procedures.
Edith also helps patients schedule their surgeries and provides pre-op information, communicating with the hospital so that the patient has a smooth transition for their hospital pre-testing and hospital stay. Her role is essential in the success of the bariatric program.
General Surgery Scheduler
Lead Medical Office Specialist
Liz is a Florida native who has over 15 years of experience in customer service. Liz loves spending time with her family and goes above and beyond daily to help all patients . In her role at the front desk Liz assists with answering phone calls, verifying benefits, scheduling appointments, and much more.
Joshua Mayer is a seasoned healthcare professional with extensive experience as a Practice Manager in various specialized fields including bariatrics, trauma, plastics, colorectal, and digestive health.
A dedicated veteran of the US Navy, Joshua’s military service instilled in him a strong sense of discipline, leadership, and commitment to excellence. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management, equipping him with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of the healthcare industry. Building upon this foundation, he pursued an MBA with a concentration in healthcare, further enhancing his strategic management abilities and business acumen.
Throughout his career, Joshua has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to improving patient care, optimizing operational efficiency, and fostering collaborative environments within healthcare settings. His leadership style is characterized by integrity, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Joshua is a loving husband and devoted father to his 18-month-old son. He finds fulfillment in balancing his professional achievements with his family commitments, striving to create a harmonious blend of career success and personal fulfillment.