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GEAR Support Group

Building a Community of Support along the Weight Loss Journey

Judy Mollenkamp and her husband welcome familiar faces, as well as new ones into their Bartlesville home every month. It all started when a small group of bariatric patients decided to start meeting to talk about their common experiences. Judy talked to Dr. JoeBob Kirk and he encouraged the idea of officially forming a support group. “Dr. Kirk has been coming to my house for five years, monthly and the support group has grown from four people to 20 to 30 people per month,” says Judy.

Importance of Support Group

Janet Bustos underwent metabolic surgery May 1, 2013. As her progress post-op continued, she made a commitment to herself to stay engaged in the program at The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center through the active GEAR Support Group Network. Today, Janet not only attends support group monthly, she also leads a group in her community. Listen to Janet share why she thinks support group involvement is important for post-op success. Click here to view all the GEAR Support Group locations.