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Bariatric weight loss surgery support groups

These groups are open to all, but tailored to people who have had weight-loss surgery at Salem Health within the past year or who are currently undergoing evaluation in our program.

Meetings are held:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, first floor conference room
Second and fourth Tuesdays and the third Thursday of each month

To confirm dates and locations, call 503-814-5286. 

2019 support group sessions

New topics will be added as scheduled!

JUNE 11

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Plastic Surgery Following Massive Weight Loss

Dr Dann Leonard, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery in Salem

JUNE 20

Thursday

Gayle

Peer-guided discussion

JULY 9

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Organization and Planning

JULY 18

Thursday

Gayle

Ask a post-op nurse and tips for a great hospital stay.

Brenda Burnette RN and Certified Baraitric Nurse on Bariatric Surgery Ward.

AUGUST 13

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Coping with Change

AUGUST 15

Thursday

Gayle

Peer-guided discussion

SEPTEMBER 10

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle for the Whole Family

Dr Boulay

SEPTEMBER 19

Thursday

Gayle

Peer-guided discussion

OCTOBER 8

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Probiotics- Do we need them?

Katherine Spann RD

OCTOBER 17

Thursday

Gayle

Easy and Delicious Cooking Class at the CHEC Kitchen

Lisa Nair RN and Eleanor Aggour RD

NOVEMBER 12

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Managing Your Symptoms After Surgery

Michelle McGee, Clinic RN

NOVEMBER 21

Thursday

Gayle

Peer-guided discussion

DECEMBER 10

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Dr Nair

DECEMBER 19

Thursday

Gayle

Peer-guided discussion


About our support group leaders: 

Alisha M. Wenger, M.A., QMHP Doctoral Student, Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University, is under the supervision of Steve Besing, PhD, the clinical psychologist at the Bariatric Surgery Center for the past 10 years.

Gayle has been facilitating our peer guided support group for many years. Gayle underwent bypass surgery over 10 yrs ago and provides support and insights into life after weight loss surgery.