Meet the Soma Bariatrics Staff

Create a healthier, happier life by partnering with healthcare practitioners who are dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal weight. At Soma Bariatrics in Los Angeles, we want you to experience the benefits of a healthy body. We understand how complex weight can be, and the impact that it can have on your wellbeing, especially your mental health. 

We recognize that each patient is unique, and we take the time to understand your needs and what you want your life to look like post-surgery. We’re ready to help you get there. Meet the team who will be partnering with you on your weight loss journey:

Dr. Joseph Naim, surgeon

Dr. Naim is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Soma Bariatrics. His goal is to help patients become healthier so they can live richer, fuller lives.

“I’m in charge of taking care of our patients, starting with a consultation to learn more about them and what they need, followed by a safe and successful surgery and post-op care. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing my patients lose weight and achieve their goals,” Dr. Naim says. 

When he first learned about bariatric surgery and how safe, permanent procedures can transform a patient’s outlook by resolving medical problems like diabetes and hypertension, he was moved. He became determined to master bariatric surgery techniques so he could help as many people as possible, and he’s never looked back. He has even had the privilege of helping a close family member through this life-changing process, which he found affirming. 

My patients are my number one priority,” says Dr. Naim.

Dr. Naim has been with Soma Bariatrics for six years. He earned his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York with Distinction in Research. 

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Maiquel, office manager

Maiquel soma weight loss staff

When you start exploring what your weight loss surgery options are with Soma Bariatrics, you’ll meet Maiquel. She has been the office manager here for four years.

“I’m responsible for all the paperwork that comes before and after surgery, scheduling procedures and contacting patients for consultations and follow-up appointments,” Maiquel says. 

Maiquel strives to create a seamless, stress-free experience so you can focus on preparing for your surgery, and your recovery thereafter.

“The best thing about my job is getting to meet different people every day. It’s exciting to get to know each individual and learn a little bit about them. Many of our patients come in a little nervous, which is completely normal. I understand that feeling, and I do my best to make them feel comfortable.”

Ami, patient coordinator

Ami soma weight loss staff

Ami has been the patient coordinator for Soma Bariatrics for five years. You’ll work with her at various points throughout your weight loss journey.

“I call new patients, discuss procedures and schedule the time and location for patients to see Dr. Naim. I’m also proud to be responsible for patient education, and I advise patients on their non-surgical weight loss options,” Ami says.

Ami’s goal is to help patients navigate the sometimes complicated healthcare system. And when patients opt to pay for their procedure with cash, she helps them arrange financing.

The most rewarding part of the job? When patients feel good and I can see their self-confidence grow,” says Ami.

“I love watching them be successful.”

Hannah, patient outreach

Hannah is the Patient Outreach Coordinator at Soma Bariatrics. She’s been with the clinic for two years after moving from San Diego, where she worked in quality assurance.

Working in patient outreach is such a special experience. I’m lucky enough to see people through their journey, beginning to end.”

Hannah connects with patients and helps coordinate care based on your needs. And she’s here to offer encouragement throughout your journey.

Marisol, registered nurse

Marisol Avendano is a Registered Nurse at Soma Bariatrics. She has been a part of our team for the past three years.

Providing patients with the care that they deserve during a time when they may feel vulnerable is the best part of my job,” says Marisol.

Marisol provides thoughtful patient care, assisting with both pre-op and post-op care. She strives to put patients at ease, yet is always focused on safety.

Marisol received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Public Health from West Coast University. She continues to expand her knowledge in nursing care through her work at Soma, particularly in the Operating Room and Post Recovery Care Unit.

What do you want out of life?

How does your weight affect your life? Does it affect your health, your outlook on your life, your relationships? How would you live your life if weight wasn’t an issue? 

Dr. Naim is a bariatric authority in Southern California because he is highly skilled, experienced and vigilant about safety. However, what sets him apart is his approach to working with patients. He will partner with you to understand your life, your concerns and how you want to live your life. He’ll make a recommendation based on that, ensuring your comfort and understanding throughout the process.

You are more than your body, and you are more than your weight. We understand that, and the entire care team at Soma Bariatrics operates from that premise.

Bariatric procedures offered by Soma

We are proud to say that we’ve helped thousands of people successfully lose weight, regain control of their health, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Take the first step in this new phase of your journey, as you design the life that you want to live in the future. To find out more about the bariatric procedures that we offer at Soma Bariatrics, click through the options below:

Gastric Balloon

ORBERA Intragastric Balloon - This is a soft, resilient silicone balloon designed for those with a BMI of 30 to 40.

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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is for the morbidly obese who have been unable to lose weight with diet and exercise.

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Lap Band

In this minimally invasive procedure, a hollow tube is placed around the upper portion of the stomach.

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Gastric Bypass

By reducing the amount of food put into your body, gastric bypass surgery can help you achieve long-term, dramatic weight loss.

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Tummy Tuck

Following bariatric surgery, you may still be left with excess skin and a sagging belly. A tummy tuck can provide you with a smoother, tighter stomach.

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Testimonials for Dr. Naim and Soma Weight Loss

“On November 26, 2007, the day of surgery, I weighed 306 pounds. Dr. Naim put all my fears to rest and was attentive and caring from the first appointment right through the morning of surgery.”

Schedule a Free Weight Loss Consultation in the Los Angeles Area

If you’re ready to take control of your weight and experience the opportunities a healthy body can present, call at 855-SOMA-411 (766-2411) . Or, contact us online for bariatric weight loss information . One of our friendly representatives will be in touch with you to schedule a free consultation, so you can get on the path to obtaining the life you deserve.