Chris DuCoin, MD, MPH, FACS (Medical Director)
Dr. Christopher DuCoin is a board-certified general surgeon who completed his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, California. He earned his medical degree at St. George’s School of Medicine, and his undergraduate and master’s degree at Tulane University, before completing residency in Orlando. DuCoin is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO). He has multiple publications on the topic of wight-loss surgery and has lectured on the topic at both the national and inter-national level. He is specially trained in robotic and bariatric surgery.
Michael Cook, MD, FACS
Dr. Michael Cook is a fellowship-trained bariatric and general surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee -College of Medicine in Memphis, TN and completed his residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He also completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Emory in Atlanta, GA. He is board certified in General Surgery and has a special interest in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery.
Lindsey Poe, PsyD
Dr. Lindsey Poe is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center with a focus on the connection between physical health conditions and mental wellness. Dr. Poe is a member of the American Psychological Association and specializes in psychological assessment and group therapy. As part of the bariatric surgery team, Dr. Poe will conduct psychosocial evaluations and group therapy as individuals prepare for the next step in achieving their weight loss goal.
Stephanie Ryan, DNP, APRN-BC
Dr. Stephanie Ryan is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who completed her doctoral degree at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has over twenty years of experience in treating complex medical problems. Her passion is management of chronic illnesses and helping people live life to their fullest potential.
Emily Alker, RD, LDN
Emily Alker is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and an integrated health member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Emily has been a bariatric dietitian since 2015, and a weight management dietetic practice group member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Emily graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor in Nutritional Sciences. She is passionate about partnering with her patients about their nutritional choices to help them improve their lifestyles and overall well-being.