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

About our leaders:

  • Steve Besing PhD, has been the clinical psychologist at the Bariatric Surgery Center for more than 10 years.
  • Gayle Arensmeyer has been facilitating our peer-guided support group for many years. Gayle underwent bypass surgery more than 10 yrs ago and provides support and insights into life after weight loss surgery. 

2020 support group sessions

New topics will be added as scheduled!

Date

Day

Facilitator

Topic

Special Speaker

Jan 14

Tuesday

Dr Besing

Ask a plastic surgeon about body contouring surgery after massive weight loss

Dr Christianson from Neaman Plastic Surgery

Jan 16

Thursday

Gayle

The basics of exercise for weight loss and long term weight maintenance

Julie Jackson PT, Staff at the Bariatric Surgery Center

Feb 11

Tuesday

Dr Besing

How to manage your stress effectively

Feb 20

Thursday

Gayle

How to maintain long-term weight loss, and weight loss medicines that can be another tool for weight maintenance.

Dr Julie Gilbert, Board Certified Obesity Medicine Specialist

Mar 10

Tuesday

Dr Besing

What is “mindfulness” and how can it work for me?

Mar 19

Thursday

Gayle

Peer guided discussion

Apr 14

Tuesday

Dr Besing

How to achieve acceptance and commitment with you diet and exercise changes.

Apr 16

Thursday

Gayle

Eating healthily and living actively.

Cathy Quinn RD, staff dietitian since the start of our program.

May 12

Tuesday

The “Bariatric Surgery Center Gala” reinvented in a fun way- Celebrating our patient’s success with a party on us!

Location: Bld D Creekside Overflow

May 21

Thursday

Gayle

Meal planning at the CHEC Center Kitchen with Chef Andre and Eleanor Aggour RD.

*Class size is limited and sign up will be available through the CHEC center soon*

The CHEC center’s very special Chef Andre and Eleanor Aggour RD our staff dietitian.

June 9

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

June 18

Thursday

Gayle

TBD

July 14

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

July 16

Thursday

Gayle

TBD

Aug 11

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

Aug 20

Thursday

Gayle

TBD

Sept 8

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

Sept 17*

Thursday

Gayle

TBD

Oct 13

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

Oct 15

Thursday

Gayle

Common complaints after bariatric surgery and how to handle them.

Michelle McGee RN, our clinic staff nurse at the Bariatric Surgery Center.

Nov 10

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

Nov 19

Thursday

Gayle

TBD

Dec 8

Tuesday

Dr Besing

TBD

Dec 17

Thursday

Gayle

TBD