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Meet the Team

These weight loss surgery professionals can help you find your way to a healthier life.

Dr. Carol McCloskey, MD, FACS
Dr. McCloskey is an experienced bariatric surgeon and has performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgery procedures over the last ten years. She performs a wide range of surgery procedures; in addition to minimally invasive gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries, she offers advanced techniques in hernia repair, anti-reflux surgeries, and routine general surgery. She emphasizes minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques that reduce pain and shorten recovery times.

Dr. McCloskey received her medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and went on to complete her surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh as well. She performed an additional year of fellowship at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, making her an expert in this field. Dr. McCloskey is Board Certified in Surgery since 2006. She joined the Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast team in 2015. She serves as the Medical Director.

Dr. Edward Felix, MD, FACS
Dr. Felix is an experienced surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive bariatric surgeries. He started The Center for Bariatric Surgery at Clovis Community Medical Center more than 30 years ago, and since opening the center he has performed more than 4,000 bariatric procedures including more than 3,500 gastric bypasses, 98 percent of which were performed using a minimally invasive approach.

He received his medical degree in 1971 from the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago, joined the National Institute of Health Cancer as a fellow and completed his surgical residency at University of Illinois, where he later was appointed assistant professor in the department of surgery. In 1980, Dr. Felix left Illinois to set up a private practice in Fresno, where he practiced from 1980 to 1990, specializing in the surgical treatment of cancer patients. Due to his expertise and surgical skill set, he became a specialist in metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Felix is an internationally known expert in laparoscopic surgery, and has authored many scientific articles, peer review journals, and chapters in surgical textbooks. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Julietta Chang, MD
Dr. Chang is a Board Certified Surgeon. She earned her Medical Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her General Surgery Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is passionate about helping people reach a healthy weight and is an active member of the following organizations: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Chang believes it is a privilege to provide the best medical care available with compassion and respect.

John Malinowski, ATC, CET
John is the Fitness Trainer for the Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast. He is a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and certified trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University and furthered his education at San Jose State University.

As a member of the Weight Loss Surgery Institute team he leads the group exercise classes held at the Marian Health and Wellness Center and assists with patient Fitness Assessments. He is involved with post-surgical patient education on implementing the principles of exercise into a new lifestyle.

Kim Blanton, BSN, RN
Kim Blanton is our Bariatric Nurse Program Coordinator.  She has been a nurse for more than 19 years and has experience in multiple fields of nursing including; Administration, Critical Care, Telemetry, Antepartum, and Med Surg.

As the Bariatric Nurse Coordinator she has extensive training regarding the care of the morbidly obese and bariatric surgical patients.  

Kim completed her BSN at Holy Names University in Oakland, Ca. Kim carries certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

She is excited to be part of the Bariatric multi-disciplinary team and enjoys helping patients achieve their goals with weight loss and improving their overall health.

Maggie Evans, MS, RDN
Maggie Evans is one of our registered dietitians who works exclusively with weight loss surgery patients. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from California State University, Long Beach and went on to pursue her Master of Science in Kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.   

Maggie works with patients at the Weight Loss Surgery Institute both before and after surgery, teaching them about the unique nutritional needs of the weight loss surgery patient. Maggie’s goal is to help patients feel confident using their weight loss “tool” to help support long-term optimal nutrition. 

Denise Seastrunk RN, CNS, PhD
Dr. Seastrunk is a clinical nurse specialist with a PhD in clinical psychology. She is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Texas Woman’s University, and earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center of New Orleans. Dr. Seastrunk has experience in the hospital as well as the private setting. She currently owns and operates Counseling into Wellness in Arroyo Grande, as well as performing psychological evaluations for patients undergoing bariatric surgery at WLSICC. She has been affiliated with WLSICC since its inception. 

Her areas of specialty include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and eating disorders. She is qualified to perform Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy for patients undergoing post-traumatic stress. She also has earned a certification from American Association of Aesthetic Physicians and Surgeons to perform botox and filler injections. She stays busy with her two adult daughters, her husband, and enjoys her four dogs. She also enjoys yoga, traveling and hiking in her spare time.

Lisa Zurek, PharmD
Lisa Zurek, PharmD, is a pharmacist, serving as Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Services at Marian Regional Medical Center. She is an experienced pharmacist with more than 15 years of work in the Pharmacy Department at Marian. Always up for a challenge, Lisa serves as an integral part in the team offering her expertise in pharmaceutical care, drug information, and medication safety.

Lisa completed her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia and later completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Colorado-Denver, School of Pharmacy.

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