Meet the Weight Loss Team
The multidisciplinary team at St. Elizabeth's works closely with each other and with patients, educating and helping them decide which surgical weight loss option is best for them. Our team is led by two highly respected surgeons, a primary care physician, experienced nurse coordinators, nutritionists, physical therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists. We are all deeply committed to making your experience at the Center for Weight Control as successful as possible.
Nicole Pecquex, MD, Director of Steward Centers for Weight Control, Bariatric Surgeon
Nicole Pecquex, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and the director of Steward Center for Weight Control. She has completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship training and has surpassed more than 1,000 surgeries, which include laparoscopic gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy combined. Dr. Pecquex has been a member of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center's surgical staff since 2004.
Anthony L. McCluney, MD, Assistant Director of Steward Center for Weight Control, Bariatric Surgeon
Anthony McCluney, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and the assistant director of Steward Center for Weight Control. He has completed advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery training. Dr. McCluney earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School.
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Matthew LeMaitre, MD, known as 'the patient's surgeon', is actively involved in raising obesity
awareness through community efforts. He believes long-term weight loss success depends on building support both personal and in the community. To that end, he en
gages actively with support groups, runs a 5k walk/run group, travels the country speaking on the topic of obesity awareness and fundraises to fight an epidemic that he calls "The One Disease" as it underlies most of the health issues facing Americans today. He was also instrumental in bringing organizations like the Weight-Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) to the east coast.
Stephen Vandor, MD, Medical Director of Steward Center for Weight Control
Stephen Vandor, MD, is the medical director for Steward Center for Weight Control and serves as a primary care physician in the Steward® Medical Group, Newton Internal Medicine practice. He is board certified in internal medicine and earned his medical degree at Michigan State University. Dr. Vandor is each patient’s partner in helping them reach and maintain their weight loss goals.
Suzanne Saindon, DO, Medical Management
Suzanne Saindon, DO, performs medical management for the St. Elizabeth’s Center for Weight Control and serves as a primary care physician in the Steward® Medical Group, Newton Internal Medicine practice.
Megan Goulard, MSN, FNP-C, Clinical Nurse Practitioner
Megan Goulard, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. She completed her baccalaureate degree in health sciences and master's degree in family practice nursing at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Goulard developed a keen passion and interest in working with weight loss surgery patients during an internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve long-term success and is committed to providing individualized patient care.
Natasha Martin, MSN, F-NP, Nurse Practitioner
Natasha Martin is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She has held positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, including registered nurse in the Organ Transplant Surgery Unit and in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Her clinical experience includes pediatric care at Massachusetts Hospital School, women's health care at Cambridge Health Alliance, and adult care at the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center as well as the Community Healthcare Center of Cape Cod. She previously held a position as an adult medicine practitioner at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center. She was also a contributing author to a Diabetes Resource Guide developed for and used by the YMCA of the USA.
Martin received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simmons College, Boston, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Alysha Bruso, RD, Registered Dietitian
Alysha Bruso, RD, received her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Framingham State University and is currently working towards her master's degree in Psychology, specializing in addiction and compulsive disorders, from California Southern University. Alysha is committed to helping her clients reach their goals and change their lives in a healthy and sustainable way.
Viviane Fornasaro-Donahue,MS, RD, LDN, CLC, Registered Dietitian
Viviane F. Donahue, MS, RD, LDN, CLC is a Registered Dietitian with the Center for Weight Control. She completed her baccalaureate degree in Nutrition from an accredited University in São Paulo, Brazil. She then went on to receive her master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Research through the University of Rhode Island. Donahue has dedicated most of her professional years providing nutritional counseling to a diverse population in the community. She is committed to providing evidenced-based, patient centered care to help them find freedom from diets and achieve their nutritional goals. Her favorite part of the job is to see the patients dramatically improve the quality of their lives.