Meet Our Bariatric Surgery Team

Meet Our Bariatric Surgery Team

Multi-disciplinary Team Approach

Attempting to maximize patients chances of having a successful surgical outcome starts with education and knowledge. Although much is gained through personal research, studies show that the pre-operative education and evaluations from a multi-disciplinary team approach of professionals working with the same goal lead to a higher likelihood of successful surgical outcomes.

This team consists of more than the just the surgeon who performs the operation. It includes the many dedicated consultants who evaluate to ensure a safe surgery. Also involved are a team of nurses who routinely take care of bariatric patients post-operatively and bariatric coordinators of the office and of the hospital who act as immediate contact people for support and questions.

The entire philosophy and mutual goal of the multi-disciplinary team is to carefully screen all patients before the surgery to identify any potential problems and correct as appropriate to ensure safety and success during and after the operation.

NGPG General Surgery - Bariatric Support Team

Alex Nguyen

Alex C. Nguyen, MD


About Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at NGMC and serves the surrounding communities of Northeast Georgia from offices in Gainesville and Braselton. Board Certified in General Surgery, Dr. Nguyen has provided excellent healthcare for patients in this area for nearly over 5 years. He enjoys working with patients to bring them into the place of health they need and want to be.

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Lacey Miranda

Lacey Miranda, PA-C


About Lacey Miranda

Lacey Miranda, PA-C received her undergraduate education at the University of North Georgia and her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia. Lacey has lived in this area of Georgia all her life, and always knew she wanted to return here to work in the community and hospital system that helped shape her into the advanced practitioner she is today.

She joined NGPG and Dr. Alex Nguyen as a new graduate in August 2018 and considers herself blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team. She is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Obesity Medicine Association, and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Lacey looks at obesity as a disease and not a lifestyle choice. She is involved in all aspects of the patient’s weight loss journey, including pre-operatively, intra-operatively, and post-operatively. She enjoys seeing patients monthly leading up to their surgery, and she uses every opportunity to encourage them in all aspects of the pre-operative journey. She also enjoys assisting Dr. Nguyen at the bedside during surgery, ensuring that the surgery goes as smoothly as possible. Furthermore, she looks forward to celebrating with patients post-operatively just after surgery in the hospital, as well as at their 6 month and yearly visits.

Leslie Painter

Leslie Painter, RN, CBN

Bariatric Coordinator

About Leslie Painter

As the bariatric coordinator for NGPG BMI, Leslie guides individuals through the surgical process, from prep to after care. A Registered Nurse with more than seven years’ experience with bariatric patients, Leslie received her Associate of Science in Nursing from University of North Georgia and is a Certified Bariatric Nurse.

Jennifer Way

Jennifer Way

NGPG BMI Dietician

About Jennifer Way

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian who received her degree from The University of Georgia in Dietetics. Her post-baccalaureate graduate degree was completed with the dietetic internship program at Georgia Southern University. Jennifer is motivated to encourage her clients to eat more mindfully, consciously and most importantly improve their relationship with food and nutrition. She welcomes and enjoys working with all stages of each person's journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

April Robinson

April Robinson

Primary LPN

About April Robinson

April attended North Georgia Technical College and graduated with her Practical Nursing diploma. She has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 1/2 years. April is currently attending University of North Georgia for her Bachelors Degree in Nursing and will graduate in 2021.

Katie Hamilton

Katie Hamilton

Surgery Scheduler

About Katie Hamilton

Katie is Dr. Nguyen’s Surgical Scheduler. She is a Georgia native and has enjoyed working in medical offices for 15 years. She has a degree in biology and enjoys the exciting and ever-developing world of medicine. Surgical scheduling is a challenging yet rewarding job, resulting in helping patients gain a healthier life. When she is not working with her bariatric team, she enjoys crafts, cooking, and spending time with her dogs and rabbits.

Megan Kreft

Megan Kreft

Practice Administrator

About Megan Kreft

Megan has been in Medical Practice Management for over 10 years and working in healthcare since high school. She has worked with bariatric practices for over 6 years and enjoys working with her team to provide the highest quality of care possible. Megan is originally from Michigan where she attended Western Michigan University with a focus in Business Management.

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