Meet the Staff

We are a uniquely chosen group comprised of experts in the field of bariatric surgery and medical weight loss. The Georgia Coast Surgical staff consists of our surgeon, Dr. Kent, our Practice Administrator/Bariatric Coordinator, two Clinical Psychologists, nurses, and a staff who will work hard to provide “Five Star” service to our patients. We perform our surgery at Southeast Georgia Health Systems, Brunswick Campus which is an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Center of Distinction for Bariatric Surgery. We also perform surgery at our local ambulatory surgery center, Premier Surgery Center.  At both facilities we have personnel equipped and skilled to provide the latest and safest techniques and methodologies in caring for Weight Loss Surgery patients. We pride ourselves on providing superior preoperative preparation and postoperative care.

Meet Our Psychologists:

Betsy Ryland, Ph.D.

“I want to help you learn the life skills you need to learn for life-long health and weight maintenance.

I have been a therapist and educator for over 25 years, focusing on women’s issues, eating disorders, communication, and strategies for coping with stress. I enjoy seeing motivation and excitement build as you tap into your own energy for creating a healthy life. I see managing your personal stress as essential to staying healthy.

In working with weight-loss surgery patients, I bring a heart-felt sensitivity to obesity issues because of my own struggles with weight management. It is gratifying to use my professional skills and personal experiences to honor the preciousness of each individual who is challenged by weight management. I have conducted psychological evaluations and workshops for over 500 bariatric surgery clients.”

Greg Cox, Ph.D

“From the time of my Ph.D. training at University of Louisville, my career has been consistently involved with medically related psychology. I have worked with patients suffering neurological difficulties (strokes, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries), chronic pain and a variety of co-occurring medical disorders. I have extensive experience in psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment, training, and presentation. My work is now focused on Bariatric Psychology, providing you with psychological support to increase your success with weight-loss surgery.”

Meet Our Practice Manager:

Barbara Jacobs, Practice Manager

Barbara joined the Georgia Coast Surgical team in August 2014 as our Practice Manager, Financial Coordinator and Insurance Specialist.  Barbara’s years of experience in the medical field and in corporate management made her a good fit for GCS.  Barbara is a proud native Texan, born and raised in Austin and an avid Texas Longhorn fan!  Barbara has two grown children, one adorable grandson (who is the love of her life) along with her beloved Rottweiler/Lab mix Max.

“I love being a part of the GCS team and working with an amazing group of people.  I know how confusing the insurance and financial side can be so I’m here to help you navigate through it.  Our goal here is to help you reach YOUR GOAL.”

Meet Our Clinical Staff:

Suzanne Morgan, BSN, RN

suzanne morgan“I have very much enjoyed being a part of the Georgia Coast Surgical team. It gives me the opportunity to visit with our patients, try to help and offer support to them when needed and celebrate with them in their successes.”

Suzanne came to work with us in 2004 as a part-time nurse. She is a native of Houston, TX and is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Nursing, Health Science Center at Houston. Suzanne has three years of nursing experience in Cardiothoracic Surgery working in CV-ICU and in research. She and her family moved to Glynn County in 2001 where Suzanne has been active with her daughter’s school and in the community.

 

Mandy Johnson, MA, Certified CoolSculpting Technician

Mandy is Brunswick native and joined our team in March 2011 and came to us with a wealth of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings.  Mandy has been our front office coordinator and she is the first person you will meet when you arrive at our office. She is responsible for making sure our front desk runs smoothly and patients are checked in for their appointment.  Mandy is one of two CoolSculpting Specialists in our office.  Mandy attended and graduated from CoolSculpting University in Reston, VA where she received in-depth training and certification in this procedure.  She will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding CoolSculpting or any of the other aesthetic procedures that we perform in our office.

 

Treva Heck, MA, Certified CoolSculpting Technician

Treva is another Brunswick native and joined our team in July 2014 and brings extensive medical knowledge to our practice.  Treva assists in taking vitals and getting patients ready to see Dr. Kent and she’ll probably be the last person you see because she is responsible for checking out our patients and getting follow-up appointments scheduled.  Treva is also a CoolSculpting Specialist in our office.   Treva attended and graduated from CoolSculpting University in Reston, VA where she received in-depth training and certification in this procedure.  She will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding CoolSculpting or any of the other aesthetic  procedures that we perform in our office.