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March 2, 2012 was the day that changed my life. I knew my weight problem was out of control, and something had to change. Throughout my life, I had always gone up and down with my weight. I tried many diets and programs over the years, just to gain it all back, and then some. I had just turned 50 and lost a close high school friend. This was the turning point for me. I did not want to become the next statistic and leave my husband and two children.

My gynecologist had told me about Dr. Gaglione, and Tidewater Bariatrics. I was very nervous, but my supportive husband and I attended a free orientation at the center. I signed up that night knowing immediately this was the program for me. I started the Decision Free Program after a consultation with Dr. Gaglione. This program is so easy with quick, immediate results. My biggest decision each day was which prepackaged entrée and what flavor shakes to have. After 13 weeks, I switched to the Healthy Solutions Plan, which includes 5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.

In January, 2013 I started the Phase 2 Program. I have learned portion control, and how to make healthy choices when planning my meals. I always make sure I get in my 5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. It is important to plan in advance, so you do not set yourself up for failure.

The staff at Tidewater Bariatrics is so supportive, helpful, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I gain so many useful tips out of every class each week, which helps which helps me remain accountable and successful throughout my journey. I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary March, 2013 with Tidewater Bariatrics. I have lost 75 pounds so far. I am within 5 pounds of my goal weight. My stamina has increased beyond my wildest dreams. I have learned to enjoy exercising. If you are creative, it can actually be fun. I have become a role model for my children. My family and friends have been incredibly supportive and complimentary. I have never felt so good about myself. I haven’t been this thin in 40 years, since my childhood. I actually enjoy going clothes shopping now!!! Losing weight has always been a struggle for me. If I can do this and remain successful, you can too!!!!!


Bonnie Laibstain

This is the first step in improving your health and lifestyle.

At Tidewater Bariatrics, my staff and I are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

I am a board certified Bariatrician and Internal Medicine physician. I will tailor a program specific to your needs, time constraints and abilities.

Our program is modeled after successful academic university medical center programs, and is dedicated to decreasing your health risk, improving nutrition, providing health education, and increasing your overall wellness. You can expect to lose weight, improve your cardio-vascular health, and reduce your risk of developing long-term obesity complications.

Even if you already have the complications of obesity, weight loss can decrease or eliminate their effects.

Dr. Margaret Gaglione

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