Our Patient Advocates and Clinical Team in Louisiana

Our Patient Advocate Department is a group of 12 dedicated employees, who have over 30 years’ experience in helping patients to BETTER health.  They are here to help guide and assist every patient to meet your individualized needs.  Whether you have insurance coverage or having to pay for surgery yourself, our team is here to help you.  

The insurance specialists who are experts in benefit verification and can help determine if your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery, as well as any requirements that are determined by your plan. They will discuss, in detail your coverage and help get you started with an appointment with one of our 7 leading bariatric surgeons in the Gulf South. Unfortunately, there are some insurance plans that do not carry bariatric coverage.  If you have an exclusion for weight loss surgery, or more specifically, “morbid obesity”, then we offer an exclusive cash pay option.  One of our dedicated patient advocates with help you with financing options and discuss our streamlined cash pay program.

Perhaps the best thing about our patient advocate department is that most of them are actual patients themselves! They know first-hand what a life changing surgery this can be and have personal experience and knowledge to make your journey to better health the start of your NEW story. 

Danielle

Patient Advocate Coordinator

Connie

Patient Advocate

Mary Ellen

Patient Advocate

Ercilia

Patient Advocate

Kathy

Patient Advocate

Nicole

Patient Advocate

Sonia

Patient Advocate

Tabitha

Patient Advocate

Michelle

Patient Advocate

Tricia

Patient Advocate

Charlene

Surgery Scheduler

Julie

Surgery Scheduler

Laura Boyer
MN, APRN, FNP-C

Laura has been a nurse her entire adult life. “I don’t recall a time in my life that did not involve taking care of people.” Her nursing career began at Ochsner Hospital where she worked with patients in perioperative and critical care for nearly 20 years. In 2001 Laura switched her focus to the treatment of obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses. She has developed a true passion for improving the quality of life for individuals who suffer from chronic diseases. Over the past 17 years she has earned a plethora of awards as well as much respect from the bariatric community.

Laura served on the executive board of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and is a past president of the Integrated Health section of the ASMBS. She has also served in many conference faculty and committee roles in the organization. She has been an active member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Committee, the integrated health column editor for Bariatric Times and is currently on the editorial advisory board for the Bariatric Times.

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