Our Program

Healthcare Team

Meet our weight loss team.


Kristina Williamson

As Office Manager, Kristina oversees the day to day operations of Sun Coast Bariatrics. Kristina has 20 years of experience in the medical field as well as billing and insurance benefits. She works hard to make sure that every weight loss surgery patient’s experience is a positive one. She lives by an “open door” policy and invites patient feedback. Kristina attends health fairs, support groups, coordinates patient functions, and maintains our Facebook, YouTube, Twitter,and online store.    

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 weight loss team.

Lisa Buehler

As a Medical Assistant with over 18 years of experience, Lisa helps educate patients on how to utilize their “tool” effectively and safely. 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 our Bariatric Coordinator, Deb  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 Deb, the patient is then scheduled for a consultation with the physician.