EMMC Surgical Weight Loss Dietitians

One of the first steps to successful surgical weight loss is developing a healthy relationship with food. At EMMC Surgical Weight Loss, we believe this relationship begins with education. Our registered dietitians meet with our patients before surgery to help them prepare for the dietary and behavioral changes necessary for optimal weight loss success. Patients also receive guidance on appropriate meal planning. After surgery, EMMC Surgical Weight Loss dietitians and patients meet to evaluate daily food intake, monitor weight and body composition, perform metabolism testing to assess target calorie consumption, and assess overall nutritional status. Meet our resgistered bariatric dieticians:

clinical-dietician-Valerie_Curtis.jpgValerie Curtis, MS, RD
Clinical Dietitian
Valerie completed her schooling at the University of Maine in Orono, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degree. During her dietetic internship she had the opportunity to train with the EMMC Surgical Weight Loss dietitians both on an in-patient and outpatient basis. She worked as a clinical dietitian for over two years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bangor where she provided a wide variety of patients with nutrition care and education. She joined EMMC Surgical Weight Loss in November 2012 and is looking forward to helping patients achieve the lifelong dietary and behavior changes necessary for safe and successful weight loss. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, camping and reading.
clinical-dietician-Tama-Fitzpatrick.jpgTama Fitzpatrick, RD, CDE
Clinical Dietitian
Tama completed her schooling at the University of Maine in Orono and at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. She became a clinical dietitian in 2003. Tama is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and has been providing nutrition care to a multitude of patients since 2003. She joined EMMC Surgical Weight Loss in 2008. In July of 2011 Tama passed her certification exam and is now a recognized Certified Diabetes Educator.

 
clinical-dietician-Andrea_Skwirz.jpgAndrea Skwirz, RD, MPH, LD
Clinical Dietitian
Andrea joined EMMC Surgical Weight Loss in February 2015. Andrea graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2005 as well as her Master in Public Health Nutrition in 2014. During her career as an RD she has been providing patient care and nutrition education in a variety of settings. In her free time Andrea enjoys cooking, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and spending time with family and friends.