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Meet the Team: Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center

Posted by Lake Health Bariatric Team on May 25, 2017 9:59:28 AM



A whole team of caregivers is here for you! We are here to guide you through the pre-operative process and ensure you are prepared and educated for your weight-loss surgery, have a safe operation and are successful in losing weight.

We’d like to introduce you to the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center team, our group of compassionate, educated health professionals who are here for you before, during and after your surgery.

Surgeon: Aviv Ben-Meir, MD, FACS

BenMeir.jpgDr. Aviv Ben-Meir has been a laparoscopic bariatric surgeon since 2002, with patients coming from all over Ohio and beyond for his expertise. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Ben-Meir is board-certified in general surgery and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. After completing his residency in general surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery at University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Dr. Ben-Meir has performed more than 5,000 bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic and open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and laparoscopic revisional surgery.

Dr. Ben-Meir’s stress-reliever: Exercise. Besides making him feel better overall, he likes to practice what he preaches.

Dr. Ben-Meir’s favorite quote: “Your future depends on a lot of things, but mostly it depends on you.”


Program Manager: Courtney Holbrook, PhD

holbrook2.jpgCourtney has been a bariatric psychologist since 2002 and Lake Health’s program manager since 2013. Patients encounter Courtney regularly in the office as she conducts pre- and post-operative education and support groups. According to Courtney, she loves her job because “our patients are the nicest patients there are. It is so rewarding to see their lives and health improve as they lose weight!"



Patient Coordinator: Cindy Pund, LPN


Cindy works with patients to ensure they meet bariatric surgery requirements for insurance approval. Cindy also helps coordinate pre-operative referrals and medical clearances. She says of her opportunity: It’s amazing to see the courage and motivation of our patients and their desire to achieve a healthy/happy lifestyle. It’s rewarding to witness things patients can do after surgery that they couldn’t do before, the non-scale victories. 

Cindy prefers: Walking her dog and performing exercises with an exercise ball.

Cindy’s favorite song: Anything by Led Zeppelin


Internist: Mihaela Donca, MD


Dr. Donca is a regular face for most patients throughout their pre-operative bariatric process, as she meets with them in the Bariatric Surgery Center multiple times before surgery for their medically supervised dietary appointments and pre-operative medical clearance. Dr. Donca also sees patients while they are in the hospital after surgery and helps with their in-hospital management. She is rewarded and inspired by how motivated bariatric patients are.

Dr. Donca’s favorite exercise: Running

Dr. Donca’s favorite quote: “If you want, you can.”

Dr. Donca’s favorite vacation place: She loves the beach.


Nurse Practitioner: Amanda Snyder, CNP 

snyder-amandaAmanda is our certified nurse practitioner. Prior to surgery, Amanda meets with patients for a pre-op education class. She regularly sees patients during their hospital stay and helps in getting them ready to go home. Amanda stays involved in patients’ care and recovery at scheduled follow-up appointments and for any questions or concerns that patients may have. She loves being a source of ongoing support and information for her patients!

Amanda’s favorite way to stay active: spending time with her kids and taking them for hikes in the local parks. 

Favorite places to visit: the Outer Banks and Florida Keys.




Want to learn more about bariatric surgery? Watch our free, on-demand webinar. 



Topics: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery