Weight Loss Team

Elizabeth Dovec, MDElizabeth Dovec, MD
Medical Director - GBMC Comprehensive Obesity Management Program
Bariatrics and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon


Dr. Dovec joined GBMC’s Comprehensive Obesity Management Program in July 2013. A board-certified General Surgeon, she completed her Fellowship at Vanderbilt University’s Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program. Having earned her medical degree at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, she completed her residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Active in multiple professional societies, including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Dr. Dovec remains committed to educating, improving, and expanding on the field of weight loss surgery. She has presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences and authored abstracts, peer-reviewed publications and a laparoscopic gastric bypass operative technique book chapter.

Medical School - Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Residency - Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Fellowship - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery


Liz Dumont
Exercise Specialist
Liz Dumont is passionate about helping her clients discover the amazing rewards associated with an active lifestyle! Liz personally lost over 120 pounds since 1993 and has kept it off. She understands first-hand the unique challenges associated with staying committed to exercise. Liz Dumont has over 18 years of experience assisting clients with successfully adopting and maintaining active lifestyles that result in permanent weight loss. In addition to working exclusively with the bariatric population for the past three years, Liz's fitness career has included coaching and mentoring hundreds of clients, designing and running weight loss programs, teaching a variety of group exercise class formats, classroom instruction, and delivering seminars and presentations on lifestyle modification topics. Liz developed Bariatric Boot Camp to assist people who stand to benefit the most from embracing a healthy, active lifestyle. "I remember how difficult it was for me to get started with exercise. I literally began taking step aerobics classes in my big t-shirt with other participants who were obviously super-fit. I soon discovered, however, that the physical muscle I built gave me emotional muscle which helped me in all areas of my life. I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with GBMC and the Comprehensive Obesity Management Program! GBMC does a fantastic job of supporting their patients. I greatly look forward to providing the exercise coaching and instruction services through Bariatric Boot Camp. My goal is to help provide the bariatric patient with the support and services they need to succeed with long-term weight loss and to discover their own personal strength! For more information check out the Bariatric Boot Camp.

Rose Rottloff, CRNP
Nurse Practitioners
COMP's nurse practitioners see patients for follow-up visits, post-operative visits and band-adjustment visits.

Shadi Fattah, RD, LDN
Dieticians
COMP dieticians meet with patients during their first visit to develop necessary dietary plans. Many insurance companies require 3 to 6-months of consecutive weight loss counseling/nutrition visits. While nutritional counseling is a requirement for the insurance companies, it is also the "backbone" of success for bariatric surgery patients. Through the dieticians, patients learn various principles of nutrition before bariatric surgery so that they are better prepared to achieve and maintain weight loss after surgery.

Melissa Frey, RN
Nurse Coordinator
Melissa reviews clinical test results with providers to ensure that nothing is abnormal. She also teaches COMP's PREP class, which is taken about two weeks prior to surgery, and covers what to expect the day of surgery and what to expect upon waking up from the procedure.

Ryan Karner
Patricia Smith

Medical Assistants
COMP's medical assistants are responsible for taking vital signs at each of visit. They work closely with the providers in setting up surgery dates, scheduling with the operating room and handling all of the necessary paperwork with the hospital and patients' employers.


COMP's Administrative Team assists patients with appointments, copays, authorizations, pre-certifications and registration paperwork. The financial coordinator contacts patients' insurance companies prior to their initial appointment to verify and understand each individual's bariatric surgery coverage.

Sheena Williamson
Practice Manager

Adrienne Freedman
Patient Service Assistant

Patricia Smith
Patient Service Assistant

Amanda Leonard Schwob
Financial Coordinator


COMP also works closely with the following mental health providers. A mental health evaluation is a key component, and even an insurance company requirement, before final approval for bariatric surgery can be authorized.

Mental Health Team:

Affiliated Psychologists, LLC

Paul Giggey, PhD
Phone:  443-681-7269
Email: paulgiggey@gmail.com
Appointment Times:  Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Insurance:  Dr. Giggey accepts most major insurances
Dr. Giggey is a Licensed Psychologist  with expertise in Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, and Behavioral Medicine.  His academic training also focused on addictive behaviors, stress responses, and cardiovascular function (specifically factors associated with hypertension).  In his private practice in Baltimore, he provides evidence-based treatments for individuals and couples, and has been specializing in the assessment of memory disorders, personality, and psychological factors associated with successful bariatric surgery.  Dr. Giggey has worked with individuals struggling with a number of eating and weight-related concerns. He received his Master's degree from Loyola University, his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is available on-site at GBMC on Mondays and Tuesdays. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 443-681-7269, Option 1.

Greater Baltimore Counseling Center
Kevin Brady, PsyD
Phone: 410-760-9079 ext. 0
Email:kbrady@gbcc.com
Appointment Times: Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Insurance: Dr. Brady accepts most major insurance.
Dr. Brady is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice since 2007.  He completed his doctoral training at Loyola University of Maryland in 2005.  Dr. Brady has worked with bariatric surgery patients since 2008 and has worked on site at GBMC since 2010.  In that time, he has conducted more than 500 pre-surgical psychological evaluations for patients through GBMC’s Comprehensive Obesity Management Program.  He has also provided individual counseling to bariatric patients aimed at helping to prepare for the lifestyle changes and emotional struggles associated with surgery and weight loss.  Dr Brady provides compassionate counseling aimed at helping patients to reach their weight loss goals and to achieve lasting lifestyle changes.  He is on site on Wednesday’s from 9:00 to 5:00 and accepts most major insurance plans.   To schedule an appointment, please call (410) 760-9079 ext. 0.
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