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Before recommending gastric bypass surgery, we require that each patient make a commitment to improving and maintaining his or her health by fully participating in the aftercare program. We consider strict adherence to a gastric bypass diet and a tailored exercise plan absolutely essential to the overall success of the procedure. That’s why the Pacific Bariatric staff is devoted to assisting you throughout your entire experience and beyond. 


We provide ongoing education so you know exactly what steps lie ahead. It begins with an in-depth review of the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. If you decide to move forward, a Pacific Bariatric Evaluation Panelist performs an Internal Medicine Evaluation, as well as a Psychiatric Evaluation to gather information necessary for the procedure and recovery. Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will advise you on your follow-up care. The patient is required to schedule post-op appointments and obtain post-op labs at one week, one month, six months, and one year, and annually thereafter.


It is important to remember that the quality of your diet will change along with the quantity. Your stomach’s smaller size will limit your food intake, so what you eat is critical. Detailed nutrition guidelines for your gastric bypass diet put an emphasis on high-quality protein and should be followed precisely.


Incorporating some form of exercise into your daily life will drastically improve and can even speed up the weight loss process following gastric bypass surgery. For instance, walking, cycling, aerobics or swimming can help you feel and look great even before the surgery.

Informational Seminars 

We provide free informational lectures with insights to keep you motivated and help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain good health after the gastric bypass surgery.

Ongoing Support

For many, our bariatric surgery support groups are one of the most valuable aspects of Pacific Bariatric’s program. In addition to monthly group meetings, members are available to support each other informally by phone. We provide a newsletter that includes recipes, news, success stories and other general information. And, each year, a special reunion event gives all of us the opportunity to celebrate each other’s successes.



Support Groups

If this is your first support meeting, please contact the appropriate leader or assistant leader

Bakersfield, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Yvonne Colvard (661) 746-5555
Asst: Shanee (661) 746-5555
1st Monday of every month
(Except when it falls on a holiday, then it is the 2nd Monday)
Contact leaders for location



Campbell, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Leader: Ken McLaughlin (408) 529-5111
4th Wednesday of every month
Kaiser: 220 Hacienda Ave.
Conference room 1A



Carson, CA

Regular Meeting: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Leader: Diana Vogel, M.S.,
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Doctorate Candidate
(562) 646-7401
1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
Ohana Wellness Center
441 E. Carson Street, Suite J



Fresno, CA

Leader: Elaine Moore (559) 665-2852
Phone support for Fresno



Hemet, CA

Regular meeting: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Leader: Wini Mellor (951) 925-7175
Assist: Kathy Mitchell (951) 685-6299
2nd Wednesday of every month
London Spires Mobile Park
725 W. Thornton Ave. Hemet (2 blocks West of State St.) enter thru gates, lobby is straight ahead.  We meet in the exercise/meeting room  (behind the mail boxes) limited parking around lobby/office, parking on Thornton (watch signs)



High Desert (Hesperia), CA

Regular Meeting:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Don Hernandez (760) 912-3153

3rd Tuesday of every month
11153 Tenth Ave. (In Fellowship Hall)



Imperial Valley/El Centro, CA

Regular Meeting:  6:30 pm
Leader: Linda Dollente (760) 356-4792
2013 dates and location are the same
as the Pacific Bariatric lectures
Holiday Inn Express
350 Smoketree Drive
El Centro



Los Alamitos, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Diana Vogel, M.S.,
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Doctorate Candidate
(562) 646-7401
1st & 3rd Thursday of every month
3801 Katella Ave, #301



Oceanside/Vista, CA 

Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm
Leader: Carol Matthews (760) 431-2603
2nd Wednesday of every month
Scripps Coastal Medical Center  
130 Cedar Road, Suite 350
Vista, CA




Orange, CA

Regular Meeting: 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Back-On-Track: 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Leader: Terry Row (714) 553-7166
Asst: Marlys Campbell (714) 349-7572
2nd Saturday of every month
Kaiser Permanente
Health Pavilion
200 N. Lewis St.



Pasadena, CA

Regular Meeting:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Nancy Bland (818) 353-4131
Asst: Barbara Hunt (626) 286-6181
2nd Monday of every month
Kaiser-Walnut Center, 393 E Walnut Street, Room 1B
*Note: This is not where the Pasadena medical clinic facilities are located, Room 1E (First Floor) Entrance to parking structure is on the Los Robles side of the street. Push call button and tell security you are attending a meeting.



Riverside/Jurupa Valley, CA

If this is your 1st support meeting please
contact Kathy (951) 685-6299
Pre-Op: 9:30am
(Special presentation)
Regular Meeting: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Leader: Kathy Mitchell (951) 685-6299
Back on Track: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
(1 year+ post op)
Leader: Linda Wright-Lee (909) 223-8535
2nd Saturday of every month
(1st Saturday of May & November)
Emeritus at Villa de Anza
5881 El Palomino Dr.
Riverside, CA 92509
15 Freeway exit Limonite - east on Limonite approx. 5 miles.  Left (N) on El Palomino Dr.(signal) 1/2 mile turn left into parking lot (just before stop sign) take back sidewalk (behind bldgs) to rear entrance - conference room on 2nd floor take stairs or elevator



San Diego, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leader: Angie (619) 681-1933
Leader: Myla (619) 681-1933
3rd Wednesday of every month
Scripps Mercy Hospital
4077 5th Avenue
Room: 12th floor Solarium.



Vacaville, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
1st Wednesday of every month

Leader: Nancy Nelson (415) 602-9483

Asst: Diane Downing McGraugh (707) 446-2565
Back on Track:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
(6 months+ post op)
Last Wednesday of every month
Leader: Nancy Nelson (415) 602-9483
Asst: Diane Downing McGraugh (707) 446-2565
Kaiser Facility
1 Quality Drive, 3rd floor
(Check Board for Conference Room)



Walnut Creek, CA

Regular Meeting: 6:00 pm
Leader: Sandy Miller (925) 939-9234
1st Tuesday of every month
John Muir Hospital
Sterns Conference Room