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Lauren Carey, RDN

Nini Peterson, PhD
Co-Chair & IHEC Liaison


Lora Grabow, LMSW
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA, RDN, LDN, CLT
Lora Grabow, LMSW
Colleen Berg, DNP

Lori Nevins, LCSW
Andrea Rigby, PsyD
Lindsay Pasdera, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CDE

Kirsten Tychonievich, MS, SRPN, ANP-C

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Karen Loerzel


The mission of the Support Group committee is to promote the development of the concept of support groups in the care of bariatric surgical patient; identify the needs of support group leaders and develop strategies to meet these needs; identify, develop and distribute resources for support groups and support group leaders; and encourage the exchange of ideas and networking among support group leaders.


  • Support group leader manual-update, revision and completion
  • Support group leader/participant survey
  • Update the ASMBS Support Group Listing and Program Information
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