Our Weight-loss Surgery Team

Aviv Ben-Meir, MD, FACS


Dr. Ben-Meir earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and his advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery training at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Ben-Meir is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is board certified in General Surgery, and has performed approximately 4,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures. Surgeries include: open and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy; laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, including Allergan Lap Band and Realize Band; and revisional surgery. He has been performing bariatric surgery in Northeastern Ohio since 2002 and has had patients travel from all over the country for his expertise.

Courtney Holbrook, PhD
Courtney Holbrook, PhDPROGRAM MANAGER
Courtney has eighteen years of experience as a bariatric program psychologist and as a program manager since 2009. It is her job to ensure the office runs smoothly and that your needs are met in a timely and pleasant manner. She also conducts pre- and post-operative education and support groups.
Cindy Pund, RN
Cindy works with pre-operative patients ensuring that they meet the bariatric surgery requirements necessary for insurance approval. She also helps coordinate referrals and medical clearances to ensure all patients have a safe operation. Cindy is a RN who has both a strong medical background and a thorough understanding of bariatric surgery and pre-op process.
Alexis Supan, MPH, RD
Alexis has previous experience working with bariatric surgery patients. She will meet with patients for their pre-operative nutrition education and post-operative dietary instruction, as well as conduct pre- and post-operative education and support groups. Alexis enjoys cooking and experimenting with new foods and recipes.
Caitlin McCullough, RD, LD
Caitlin is a clinical dietitian with the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center in Willoughby. She meets with bariatric surgery patients both individually and in groups. She also facilitates pre and post-operation groups.
Mihaela Donca, MD
Mihaela Donca, MDINTERNIST
Dr. Donca earned her medical degree from Cluj Napoca Medical University in Romania and completed her residency in internal medicine at Huron Road Hospital. She is board certified. Dr. Donca will meet with patients in the Bariatric Surgery Center 3-4 times prior to having their surgery. She also is available post-operation to consult with Dr. Ben-Meir and answer any questions the patient or family may have.
Amanda Snyder, CNP
Amanda completed her BSN degree at Bowling Green State University and completed an MSN degree as a family nurse practitioner at Ursuline College. Prior to surgery, Amanda meets with patients for a pre-op education class. She sees patients during their hospital stay and helps in getting them ready to go home. Amanda stays involved in patients’ care and recovery at scheduled follow-up appointments and is available to address questions or concerns that patients may have.
Shannon Gonzalez
Shannon has worked in health care for over 15 years. She enjoys meeting patients and being a part of the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center team.