At the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado, we have one of the most talented bariatric surgery and post-surgery weight loss teams in Colorado. Our surgeon, Dr. Joshua Long, is double-board-certified and has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons*. He personally commits to not leaving the operating room until each weight loss surgery has been done as well as humanly possible*.
Our on-staff dietary and behavioral counselors have years of experience helping weight loss surgery patients to keep weight off and regain their quality of life. Before surgery, you’ll meet with each of our staff one-on-one so they can help you craft a personalized weight loss program. After bariatric surgery, we offer group classes to help patients learn to exercise in the right ways and eat a healthy diet moving forward.
Our team is your team, and we’ll work with you every step of the way.
We realize that there’s more to weight loss than just surgery, and we retain a wide range of specialists to help you on every step of your journey. Before weight loss surgery, our comprehensive care team will meet with you to understand your unique psychological, social, and dietary needs. Our dietitian and counselor are some of the most experienced in the industry, with years of working with patients to lose weight and keep it off*.
Every Step of the Way
After bariatric surgery, our team works with you to craft your diet and exercise regime to help you keep the weight off and regain your quality of life*. Dena Dobbs, our dietary counselor, works with patients in small groups to craft a healthy post-surgery diet.
One of the biggest possible hurdles that some bariatric surgery patients may face is gradually regaining their weight. Our dietitian and counselors have years of experience working with patients and are dedicated to your partnership to prevent this from happening. They realize that weight loss is an ongoing journey, and they work with you every step of the way. The result is superior weight loss results and lower rates of weight return after surgery*.
Our team has the skills and experience to help you every step of the way on your weight loss journey.
JOSHUA LONG, MD, FASMBS, BARIATRIC MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BARIATRIC SURGEON AND MEDICAL BARIATRICIAN
Dr. Josh Long grew up in Dallas, Texas. He was blessed to receive an excellent medical education at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
Dr. Long completed his surgical residency and fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Because Dr. Long believes in meeting every patient at their point of need, he has achieved a dual board certification in Bariatric Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM).
Dr. Long joined Parker Adventist Hospital where he became Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery and collaborated to help pioneer the loop duodenal switch (SADI-S) as a more effective alternative to the gastric bypass. He has gained national recognition for his quality of care; he serves as a national bariatric program site reviewer and is also currently participating as a co-author for the national obesity algorithm for the national Obesity Medical Association (OMA). He has served as a national guest speaker on various surgical topics.
SHARMINI LONG, MD, ENDOCRINOLOGIST AND MEDICAL BARIATRICIAN
Dr. Sharmini Long was raised in Kelowna, BC and attended medical school at UT Southwestern. Dr. Long completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to these two board certifications, she has completed a third board certification in Bariatric Medicine.
Because of this Dr. Long is uniquely suited to treat patients with a variety of endocrine, metabolic, and weight loss needs. Dr. Sharmini Long opened Parker Endocrinology where she works with her husband (Dr. Josh Long) to treat obesity and metabolic disease using a comprehensive care model.
Dr. Sharmini Long believes in working side-by-side with her patients and their providers to improve their health and educate them on how to best take care of themselves. She believes in people and invests in every patient interaction. She spends the time to listen, discuss, educate and create a customized treatment plan for every individual.
DENA DOBBS, MS, RD, BARIATRIC DIETITIAN
Dena is a proud Colorado native and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Colorado State University and completed her dietetic internship in Colorado Springs. Dena has a passion for building one-on-one relationships with bariatric patients to help them modify their eating habits to achieve healthier lifestyle behaviors.
SARAH PALMER, PA-C, BARIATRIC PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Sarah completed her Physician Assistant training in Lincoln, NE and moved to Colorado with the hope of finding better scenery. She has a passion for medicine and enjoys working alongside patients to help and encourage them to achieve lifelong health and wellbeing.
JENNIFER CAPTAIN, M.Ed, LPCC
Jennifer Captain is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate and Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Jennifer worked in the child and family field for many years before obtaining her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College, in Virginia. She has extensive experience and training in the areas of addictions, children & families, trauma, group counseling, and co-occurring disorders. Jennifer’s therapeutic approaches include motivational interviewing, reality therapy, and cognitive behavioral approaches. At the Bariatric & Metabolic Center of Colorado, Jennifer works with patients from a strength-based perspective during their bariatric journey to obtain lifelong weight loss goals and overall emotional wellness.