Meet the Soma Bariatrics Staff

Are you ready to experience the benefits of a healthy body? We’re ready to help you get there! The staff at Soma Weight Loss in Los Angeles is dedicated to helping you lose weight and create a healthier, happier life. Meet the staff members who will be with you on your weight loss journey:

Dr. Joseph Naim, surgeon

Dr. Naim is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Soma Weight Loss. He’s been with the clinic for three years. Dr. Naim got his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York. 

“I’m in charge of taking care of the patients, starting with the consultation and 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 getting to their goals,” Dr. Naim says. “My patients are my number one priority!”

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Maiquel, office manager

Maiquel soma weight loss staff

When you start exploring your options for weight loss surgery with Soma, you’ll meet Maiquel. She’s been the office manager here for two 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. 

“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 everyone. 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

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Ami’s been the patient coordinator for Soma Weight Loss for five years. You’ll work with her for numerous stops on your weight loss journey.

“I call new patients, discuss procedures and schedule the time and location for patients to see Dr. Naim. I advise patients on their non-surgical weight loss options. When patients are paying cash, I help them arrange financing,” Ami says.

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

“I love watching them be successful.”

Hannah, patient outreach

Hannah is the Patient Outreach Coordinator at Soma Weight Loss. She’s been with the clinic for the past year after moving from San Diego, where she was working in digital marketing and quality assurance.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys strength training, playing with her puppy, cooking, and curling up with a good book.

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

Marisol, registered nurse

Marisol Avendano is a Registered nurse at Soma Weight Loss. She has been a part of the team for the past 2 years.

Marisol received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Public Health degree from West Coast University. Marisol decided to work at Soma due to her interest of working in the Operating Room and Post Recovery Care Unit.

Working at Soma Marisol has been able to grow as a nurse and learn to expand her knowledge in nursing care. Although she enjoys her days at work, some of the interests Marisol has outside of working from Soma are having fun outings with her family and friends.   

Caring approach, tailored recommendations

Dr. Naim is a top bariatric authority in Southern California. He is constantly on the pulse of the most effective and efficient bariatric surgery techniques to ensure the complete safety, comfort and satisfaction of his patients.

His caring approach in educating and providing tailored recommendations to his patients makes him a top choice for those in need of a bariatric surgeon to create long-lasting weight loss and a healthy life.

Dr. Naim is a member of:


The American College of Surgeons


The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity

Bariatric procedures offered by Soma Weight Loss

The bariatric procedures we offer at Soma Weight Loss have helped thousands of people successfully lose weight, regain control of their health, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please check out your options by visiting our pages for

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.