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Join us in Atlanta, Georgia for the one and only Obesity Help Event of 2012!  

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"


Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clothing Exchange Drop Off
Savannah Room

9am - 11am
Clothing Exchange 
Open to Public, Savannah Room
Friday Registration
Chattahoochee foyer

Professional Workshop
Understanding the Obese Patient 

4 CEU's available.  Appropriate for psychologists, social workers, addiction professionals, marriage and family therapists and nurses. Details and Registration for this Workshop through Connie Stapleton, Ph.D's website.

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals

  2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr.  Paul E. Macik 

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991.  His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options.  Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running.  With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr.  Michael Williams 

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity.  He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.  

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004.  Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon.  In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

 Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Break for Dinner
with your friends!
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet and Greet
Sponsored by NewWhey
Welcome Coffee

7:00pm - 10:00pm

TOPIC: Nothing Succeeds Like Success 
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker 

7:30pm - 8:30pm

TOPIC: Post-Op & a Doc LIVE!
Post Op and a Doc!

A POST-OP (Cari De La Cruz. Bariatric After Life) 
A DOC (Dr. Connie Stapleton, Author, Speaker)

8:45pm - 9:45pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Registration & Exhibits
7:30am - 8:15am

Meet the Speakers & Vendors
Bo McCoy

8:15am - 8:30am

TOPIC: WLS and ALCOHOL:Facts and Folly
Connie Stapleton, Ph.D, 
Clinical Psychologist

8:30am - 9:30am

TOPIC: Exercise, Myths and Realities
Jeremy Gentles, Ph.D Candidate 
Exercise Physiologist

9:40am - 10:25am

Professional Q & A Panel

  10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS. 

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.  A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.    

Dr. Dennis C. Smith  

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique. 

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.  

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.   

Jeremy Gentles 

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist. 

Lunch Buffet & Prizes
Premier Nutrition is sponsoring Lunch!

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Exhibit Visits
Get your Swag Bags & talk to vendors!

12:50pm - 1:15pm

Breakout Session #1 Options:

  1:15pm - 1:55pm

Session #1, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: DS Nutrition
Dr. Dennis C. Smith
Bariatric Surgeon

Session #1, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Alejandro Quiroz
Plastic Surgeon 

Breakout Session #2 Options:

  2:05pm - 2:45pm

Session #2, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker

Session #2, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC:  Every Thing You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask  Dr. Michael W. Blaney
Bariatric Surgeon

Breakout Session #3 Options:

  2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session #3, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Natural Health 
Dr. Edward Boland
Medical Bariatician


Session #3, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Taming Your Inner Critic: The Connection Between What You Feed Your Head & What You Feed Your Body
Jill Temkin, MAMotivational Speaker  

Breakout Session #4 Options:

  3:40pm - 4:20pm

Session #4, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: No Shame in Revisions 
Charlie Brown

Motivational Speaker

Session #4, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Spending Your Money Safely and Wisely For Body Contouring After Weight Loss 
Dr. Lincenberg, Plastic Surgeon 

Exhibit Visits OR Optional ZUMBA Class
Great vendors that support the wls community

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Dinner Break 
with Your Friends!

6:00pm - 8:00pm 

The Grand Finale:

Member Fashion Show with designer clothing options sponsored by Gwynnie Bee, Clothing without Commitment

Masquerade Partywith a DJ & Free Unlimited Photo Booth Photos from 3:00pm until 10:00pm Sponsored byPremier NutritionAND

Bryson Bmoney Jenkins performs LIVE for you!

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Breakfast for Registered OH Leaders! 
Location TBA within our hotel.

9:00am Sunday
 The following details need to be Emailed To Kim:
  • Hi-Res Before & After Photos
  • Name as you want it to appear
  • Surgeon, Surgery Date & Amount of Weight Lost
This is a great way to try out FREE samples while chatting with Vendors and Professionals about your weight loss, health and nutrition. We encourage you to ask questions and engage with each of the Exhibitors at the event. You'll find a room full ofknowledge and support!  
Interested in Exhibiting?
Email our Event's Department  
Ameriwell Bariatrics Click! Arbonne Skincare
Bariatric Advantage Devrom Avon
Building Blocks  Gastric Bypass Supplements Lisa & Bobby Candles
BJ's Bariatrics Kay's Naturals Mary Kay
Celebrate  Pharmics Passion Parties
New Whey Protica Scentsy
Premier Nutrition   Tupperware
Wellesse     Zumba
Dr. Michael W. Blaney Gwynnie Bee  
Charlie Brown BariWare  
CosMed, Dr. Quiroz with Free Plastic Surgery Consultations Slimpressions  
Donna DeMild, LPBLC    
Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg    
Dr. Paul E. Macik    
Dr. Dennis C. Smith, Wellstar     
Connie Stapleton, PhD    
Scott Steinberg, MD    
Jill Temkin    
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions, registration updates or ticket trasfers?


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Anyone flying into Atlanta airport can pick up a free shuttle to the Atlanta Airport Hilton. Atlanta has a complete transportation system that is very affordable. The event hotel has discounted parking for us, $3 per day with in/out privelages.

What should or shouldn't I bring to the event?

Our event Veterens have answered this one for you on our OH Facebook! We have put the answers into a blog post, more additions are welcome in the comment area.

What is the refund policy?

There is no refund to be made within 30 days of the event commencement, which is October 5th, 2012.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is required.  However, please note that some topics may not be appropriate for children.

  • Join us in Atlanta, Georgia!  
  • Get a discount on your ticket with coupon code "MM2012ATL"
  • See you there!


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