Healthcare Team

Juliet Summers. PA-C

Juliet is a Florida native and completed her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She graduated as the valedictorian in the Physician Assistant, Master in Clinical Medical Science program from Barry University, Florida.

She is a certified Physician Assistant, licensed in the state of Florida. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Juliet was also inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants.

Juliet brings with her over two years of experience as a Surgical First Assist in general, obstetrics & gynecology, urologic, orthopedic, vascular, and robotic surgeries.

Kristina Williamson

As Office Manager, Kristina oversees the day to day operations of Sun Coast Bariatrics. Kristina has 18 years experience in the medical field as well as billing and insurance. She works hard to make sure that every patient’s experience is a positive one. She lives by an “open door” policy and invites patient feedback. Kristina, being the newest “banded” staff member, looks forward to sharing experiences along her journey with patients. Kristina attends health fairs, support groups, coordinates patient functions, and maintains our Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Blog.

Pat Pederson-RD, LDN, CDE

Pat is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has extensive experience in weight management, diabetes, cardiac care, oncology and community education and wellness.

Pat makes herself available to each patient from visits in the office to pre and post operative nutrition classes. Pat also oversees our weight management classes to help patients meet insurance requirements. Post operatively Pat offers her support and continued education with Special Events like “Eat This Not That” and “Supermarket Shopping with Pat”.

Pat enjoys her rewarding career and building lifelong partnerships with her patients who are trying to lose weight to achieve a better quality of life. She is proud to be a part of the Sun Coast Bariatrics team.

Lisa Buehler

As a Medical Assistant with over 16 years of experience, Lisa helps educate patients on how to utilize their “tool” effectively and safely. Lisa is also the first person patients speak with when they call to begin their weight loss journey. She registers patients for seminars and handles questions or concerns about starting the surgical process. Lisa enjoys working with her patients, getting to know each one of them and being a part of their weight loss journey.

Deb Blum

As one of our Front Office Receptionists, Deb enjoys getting to know all of our patients. She helps obtain referrals for appointments; answers calls acting as a liaison between the patient and the clinical staff and physicians. If a patient has questions or needs a return call, Deb will ensure the message gets to the proper person to be resolved. She schedules appointments, answers billing and insurance inquires, collects co-pays and makes sure every patient feels welcomed while they are here. Deb also maintains our retail selection of high protein supplements, vitamins, and Bariware.


Ashley Sharp

As our Bariatric Coordinator, Ashley guides patients through the insurance and scheduling process after they have attended a seminar. She meets with all seminar attendees one on one to explain the insurance process including: patient benefits, surgical criteria and patient financial obligation. She then helps the patient with coordination of the necessary requirements for insurance approval. After the appointment with Ashley, the patient is then scheduled for a consultation with either Dr Jessee or Dr Ache.

Ashley also helps with our Social Media, Marketing, Clothes Closet, and has successfully created “Ashley’s Clothes Closet Pic of the Week” on our Facebook page.