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Chapter Information

Incorporated April 2010

Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Obesity Coalition is an independent, nonprofit group of multidisciplinary health care providers committed to addressing the concerns of the obese population of Wisconsin and those whom provide valuable, complex, life-saving treatment to these individuals. This dedicated group raises awareness of the disease obesity through advocacy and education of community, healthcare providers, healthcare administrators, insurance administrators, and government officials. The Wisconsin Obesity Coalition works to improve fair and just access to care as well as eliminate discrimination toward those suffering from the disease obesity.

The Wisconsin Obesity Coalition works to improve access to care as well as eliminate discrimination toward those suffering from the disease. Our ongoing commitment and dedication to this mission is based on our core values of fairness, equality, compassion, respect of the individual, integrity and advocacy.

Executive Officers

President: Daniel McKenna, MD
Immediate Past President: Brandon T. Grover, DO FASMBS
Past President: Luke Funk, MD MPH FASMBS
Vice President: Tammy Kindel, MD FASMBS
Secretary: TBD
STARs (State Access to Care Representatives): Luke Funk, MD MPH FASMBS & Brandon T. Grover, DO FASMBS

Board Members at Large

James Rydlewicz, MD (Aurora Health Care, Grafton)
Hassanain Jassim, MD (Prevea Health, Green Bay)


Julie Scott
100 Theda Clark Medical Plaza, Suite 400
Neenah, WI 54956
920-725-4527 Option 6

Contact us by phone or visit from the hours of:
Mon – Fri 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM


Chapter Meetings

  • Wisconsin State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
    Tuesday, November 5
    5:15-6:15pm Pacific
    Delano, 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119 (adjacent to Mandalay Bay), Sienna A Room – 3rd Floor

  • 4th Annual Midwest Bariatric Summit with The Illinois Chapter:
    September 22-23, 2016
    The Gleacher Center
    450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
    Chicago, IL

    Featuring Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Stacy Brethauer, President Elect of ASMBS
    Special Guest Speaker:
    Dr. Rachel Moore, Executive Council Member of ASMBS
    "Bariatric Surgery: One and Done or Series of Interventions?"

  • On behalf of Dr. Joyce, State and Local Chapter Committee Chair, Dr. Moore, State and Local Chapter Committee Co-Chair, and Dr. Shayani, Illinois State Chapter President, all ASMBS Members from the neighboring states of Wisconsin are invited to join the Illinois State Chapter meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #407

  • Wisconsin Chapter has joined with the Illinois Chapter is forming the Midwest Bariatric Summit; below is a brief detail of this year’s schedule of events:


    • Executive Board Meeting
    • Cocktail Reception
    • Dinner
    • Welcome and Introduction: Vafa Shayani, MD
    • Keynote Speech with Q&A: George Fielding, MD
    • Life Time Achievement Award

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

    • Guest Speakers: Drs. George Fielding and Christine Ren
    • Safety and long-term efficacy of bariatric surgical procedures: why can’t we sell them?
    • Global impact of obesity and the role of medical and surgical interventions.
    • Future of bariatric procedures: who, when, and where?
    • Access to care, legislative challenges and tort reform: how can we make a difference?

Chapter Updates & News

  • The group insurance board approved coverage for state employees to have access to bariatric surgery.
  • Dean Health has changed their health policy to include bariatric surgery coverage for patients with BMI 30.1 – 34.9 with inadequately controlled DM despite optimal medical treatment. Dean Health covers 346,000 lives in Wisconsin.
  • May 1, 2019: Doctors Day in Madison, WI. We met with state politicians to advocate for better coverage for the treatment of obesity for those living in Wisconsin.
  • March 19, 2019: Advocacy day in Madison, WI. We met with Noah Roberts (the Health policy advisor to Governor Evers). Topics discussed: Obesity burden in Wisconsin, state of Wisconsin obesity treatment coverage (or lack thereof); weaknesses of the “WellWisconsin” plan which costs the state 9 million dollars and is the state wellness plan that targets obesity but actually covers 0 obesity-related service; upcoming group insurance board meeting (May 14), our asks for bariatric surgery coverage and obesity treatment coverage in general.
  • “ASMBS Wisconsin State Chapter Seeks Bariatric Surgery Coverage for State Workers.” Connect, the official news magazine of the ASMBS; Available at: Accessed on May 20, 2016.
  • Executive council – Our state society elected a new President (Luke Funk), Vice-President (Brandon Grover), Secretary/Treasurer (Dan McKenna) and 3 council members at large (Tammy Kindel, James Rydlewicz, Hassanain Jassim) in December 2015. We have met on a monthly basis and outlined an advocacy plan that currently includes support from the OAC, industry, and a public relations consultant.
  • 2016 Severe Obesity Treatment Summit – Our state chapter, together with the Obesity Action Coalition, industry representatives, and advocacy representatives hosted a Severe Obesity Treatment Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2016. 11 participants from primary care, bariatric surgery, allied health, advocacy (OAC CEO Joe Nadglowski) and industry attended. A list of short and long-term goals for obesity treatment in Wisconsin was created and is currently being addressed. We are currently working with the Wisconsin Medical Society in an attempt to have a higher profile, state wide symposium that brings attention to this issue.
  • Website – The state chapter website was updated significantly and now includes current information on the executive council leadership, state chapter membership, and insurance coverage Visit Chapter Website
  • Semi-annual newsletter – A semi-annual newsletter is currently being created. The inaugural newsletter will be emailed to members in September 2016. There will be updates from various executive council members and highlights of various state society members across Wisconsin.
  • 2015 was an exciting year for the Wisconsin Obesity Coalition; we have reached out to many of our providers and added new membership to our growing cause in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Chapter Hosted an annual Spring Symposium designed for healthcare providers and healthcare administrators. This program focused on providing a comprehensive educational event for all healthcare providers of the bariatric patient. The objective of the program is to familiarize and educate healthcare providers on reimbursement, psychological counseling, dietary counseling, and complex case review. A total of 100 participants are expected to attend. Keynote speakers included Dr. Wayne English.

Support Groups

NEW Beginnings

NEW Surgical Associates
670 Cormier Rd
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: 920-494-9685
Meeting times: 7 to 9 pm
Contact Person: Mary Elliston

ALOHA-Wausu Hospital Support Group

Aspirus Wausau Hospital Medallion Room
333 Pineridge Blvd
Wausau, WI 54426
Phone: 715-847-0024
Meeting Times: 6:30 pm 3rd Tuesday of each month
Contact Person: Kristi Fregia Rucks

Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin

Elmbrook Hospital
19333 West North Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-522-8300
Meeting Times: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact Person: Megan O’Driscoll, RN

Wausau Area Bariatric Support Group/Marshfield Clinic

Marshfield Clinic, Wausau Center, Patio Room
2727 Plaza Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-675-3592
Meeting Times: First Monday of each month
Contact Person: Patricia Unger

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Dean Clinic
1313 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-824-4457 or 800-808-1190
Meeting times: 1st Thursday of every month 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, 2nd Monday of every month 6:00-7:00 pm, 3rd Thursday of every month 12:00-1:00 pm
Contact person: Virginia Kersten, (608) 824-4457

UW Health Bariatric Surgery Program Support Group

5249 East Terrace Drive off of American Parkway
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608-265-7090
Meeting Times: Second Monday of the month from 7-9 pm
Contact Person: Susan Reinhardt, RN Program Manager

Friends Through Thick and Thin

Oak Room
2501 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-342-7981
Meeting Times: 6 pm
Contact Person: Pat Schulist, RN, Bariatric Coordinator

UW Health Bariatric Surgery Program Support Group

UW Health East Clinic Auditorium
5249 East Terrace Drive off of American Parkway
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608-265-7090
Meeting Times: 5:30 – 7 pm Second Monday of the month
Contact Person: Susan Reinhardt, RN Program Manager

New Beginnings Bariatric Support Group

670 Cormier Rd
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: 920-494-9685
Meeting Times: 2nd or 3rd Tuesday from 7-9 pm
Contact Person: Mary Elliston

Gundersen Lutheran Bariatric Support Group

Patient Education room 1st Floor Main Clinic
1900 South Ave
LaCrosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-775-2698
Meeting Times: 5:30 – 6:30 pm Last Thursday of the month
Contact Person: Patti Anderson, RN

Bariatric Success Circle

Appleton Medical Center
1818 North Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: 920-720-7281
Meeting Times: The third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:15 PM
Contact Person: Andrea Wolff, RN BSN Bariatric Program Coordinator

Bariatric Success Circle

Theda Clark Medical Center
120 Second Street
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 920-720-7281
Meeting Times: The first and third Monday of the month from 5-6:30 pm and/or the third Saturday of the month fromm 9:30 to 11am
Contact Person: Andrea Wolff, Bariatric Program Coordinator, RN, BSN

Advocacy Information

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