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Professional Support Team

Our surgeons are joined by an exceptional team of medical professionals whose goal is to make your experience as easy as possible from the moment you attend an educational seminar to the day you have your surgery, and in the months and years afterward as you reach your healthy weight goals.

Our team, located at the ARH Medical Mall in Hazard, includes ARH Bariatrics Director Anita McDaniel and Lori B. Howard who will work one-on-one with you to get you on the road to weight loss surgery and better health.

Anita McDaniel, RN, MSN

Anita has been a member of the ARH system for 33 years. She started her career with Hazard ARH as a licensed practical nurse and has held numerous leadership positions in her time with the health system. A weight loss surgery patient herself, Anita was chosen to head up the ARH program in early 2008 and brings a unique understanding and perspective to her role.

Lori B. Howard, ARNP

Lori worked as a registered nurse for 12 years before earning an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner degree in 2006. She has been with the ARH Bariatrics program since we opened in 2008.