Bariatrics

Mid-Michigan Surgical Specialists’ Bariatric Clinic is under the medical direction of Dr. Ringley and Dr. Sugimoto. All patients considering surgical weight loss reduction are required as a first step to attend an informational session.

Sessions take place monthly at Covenant HealthCare Mackinaw Campus (lower level) with morning and evening seminars led by Dr. Ringley, Dr. Sugimoto, and their staff, including Rebecca Srebinski, RD, Monika Bodziachowski, LPN, and Marcia Weiss, MA.

At this session you will learn about:

  • Surgical procedures we perform for weight loss, along with their benefits and risks
  • Qualifying medical conditions for surgery
  • Insurance company requirements for reimbursement
  • Possible contraindications
  • Billing information

At the close of the session you are able to schedule an initial assessment if you choose to proceed.

For many individuals, successful weight loss leads to both improved health and an extended life. We look forward to helping you determine the right weight loss program for you!

Dr. Ringley and Dr. Sugimoto specialize in:

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

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Bariatric Team

Chad Ringley, MD, FACS, is the area’s leading bariatric surgeon, serving as Medical Director of Bariatrics at Covenant HealthCare. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University’s School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Manchester University. He completed his general surgery residency with Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals and is fellowship trained in advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery from the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center.

Kimiko Sugimoto, MD, FACS, is a full-time member of the Bariatric team at MidMichigan Surgical Specialists. She earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and her undergraduate degree from Hope College. Dr. Sugimoto completed her general surgery residency with Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw. She is board certified in general surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Rebecca Srebinski is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with over 19 years experience. She graduated cum laude from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship at Hurley Medical Center. She provides nutritional and lifestyle counseling to bariatric patients and leads our bariatric support groups.

Monika Bodziachowski, LPN earned her LPN degree from Delta College. She has been working in the medical field for 10 years. As Dr. Ringley’s nurse, she is eager to help patients achieve weight loss goals by scheduling surgeries, answering questions, and providing support. Monika speaks both English and Polish.

Marcia Weiss, medical assistant, has been working in the field for over 15 years. She has an associate’s degree from Great Lakes Junior College and has been with MidMichigan Surgical Specialists for over seven years. She assists patients — answering questions, scheduling testing and surgery, and offering support along the way to achieving successful weight loss.