You Are Amazing. We're Here to Help Keep You That Way.
The Grinnell Bariatric Center of Excellence is staffed by qualified professionals who truly care about your journey. They're devoted to helping you reach your goals. Are you ready to take your first step?
Grinnell Bariatric Center of Excellence Staff:
David D. Coster, MD, Medical Director of Grinnell Bariatrics and Bariatric Surgeon - Grinnell Bariatrics
Dr. Coster leads the bariatric program with more than 20 years of experience caring for bariatric patients. He performs open and laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and complex revision procedures. Dr. Coster is experienced in all areas of general surgery and has a special interest in skin reconstruction after weight-loss from surgery for obesity. Dr. Coster has two board certifications: General Surgery and Critical Care.
Mathew W. Severidt, DO, Bariatric Surgeon - Grinnell Bariatrics
Dr. Severidt joined Grinnell Bariatrics and Surgical Associates in July 2012. Dr. Severidt provides expert care in general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and bariatric procedures including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and revision procedures. Dr. Severidt has a special interest in Critical Care Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Severidt is board certified in General Surgery.
Stefanie H. Noun, PA-C, Bariatric Program Director - Grinnell Bariatrics
Stefanie Noun is a board-certified physician assistant with extensive experience in medicine and psychiatric care. Noun directs and integrates the bariatric program for Surgical Associates and Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Noun sees patients in the office and hospital. She provides medical care, education, and long term follow-up for our patients.
Jarrod Phelps, PA-C - Grinnell Bariatrics
Jarrod Phelps is a board-certified physician assistant with experience in bariatric and general surgery procedures. He assists the surgeons in the operating room during bariatric surgeries. He also provides follow up with patients in the hospital and office.
Bridget Baechtel, LISW - Grinnell Bariatrics
Bridget Baechtel provides group, individual, and family psychotherapy for the bariatric program as well for the local and state wide community. She received her undergraduate degree and her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Baechtel belongs to the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Association of Social Workers, and the the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Academy.
Jennifer Paisley, MD Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Medical Director for Bariatrics - Affiliated Staff
Dr. Paisley serves as the internal medicine specialist and pediatric medical advisrr for the Bariatric Center of Excellence. She is board certified in Obesity Medicine and specializes in the comprehensive medical care for adults and children with obesity. She provides comprehensive medical care for pediatric patients of the program as well as diagnostic and treatment care to bariatric patients admitted to the program.
Michelle Brennan, RDN, LD, Dietitian - Affiliated Staff
Michelle Brennan specializes in weight loss, bariatric surgery and heart health. She has a special interest in incorporating nutrition into overall wellness and health promotion.
Emily Vesely, BSN, RN, Care Coordinator - Affiliated Staff
Emily Vesely ensures that the patient has all that they need before and after surgery for a safe and successful journey. She is the Bariatric Education Day coordinator.
She graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with an associate's degree in nursing in 2006, and graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Iowa in 2016. She has nursing experience in medical/surgical, obstetrics, intensive care, surgery, case management and utilization review.
Stefanie Paxton, BSN, RN
Stefanie Paxton is the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Bariatric Center of Excellence Program Coordinator and Certified Reviewer. She oversees the national accreditation program and ensures GRMC is compliant with requirements. Ms. Paxton oversees the day-to-day events related to Bariatrics, and enters data into the national database. She graduated from Indian Hills Community College with an associate's degree in nursing in 2003, The University of Iowa with her bachelor's in nursing in 2007, and The University of Phoenix with her master's in business administration and health care management in 2011. She has nursing experience in medical/surgical, surgery, worker's compensation, and nursing administration.
Linda Romero, LISW, Social Worker - Affiliated Staff
Linda Romero helps patients with issues regarding the adjustment to weight loss and the impact on emotional and social well-being.
Elissa Hotchkin, RN, BSN
Elissa Hotchkin graduated from Des Moines Area Community College in 2015 and completed her BSN through University of Iowa in 2017. Hotchkin has been employed with Surgical Associates since February 2016.
Stacey Simbro, RN
Stacy Simbro graduated from Mercy College of Health Science with an associate's degree in nursing in 2005. She has worked in surgery since 2005. She has been employed with Surgical Associates since September 2011.