Bariatric Surgery

Overweight people suffer from aches and pains, low self-esteem, limited mobility, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. At the Bariatric Center of Excellence in North Idaho, we believe that everyone deserves a chance at a healthy, happy life. If you’ve tried on your own to achieve lasting weight loss without success, you can take the first steps to renewed health at our bariatric clinic. We’re a top-ranked facility, not just in this geographic area, but across the nation. Our compassionate, expert weight loss doctors are here to help you attain complete freedom from obesity.

Surgical And Non-Surgical Options Available For Obesity At Our Bariatric Clinic In North Idaho

We offer both non-surgical and surgical options for weight loss at the Bariatric Center of Excellence. North Idaho patients who need to lose 30-70 pounds can participate in our medically supervised weight loss program, Optifit. This is a comprehensive plan that teaches you to control your weight over the long run through nutrition, exercise, education, and counseling. Those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, which generally translates to about 100 pounds of excess weight for men and 80 pounds for women, may be candidates for bariatric surgery. Patients can benefit from gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy. Whether you take the surgical or non-surgical route to renewed health, we promise to educate you regarding what to expect and how to ensure long-lasting results. At our bariatric clinic in North Idaho, we take a team approach to weight loss, which puts you in the driver’s seat so that you have ultimate control over your well-being.

High-Tech Procedures And Top-Ranked Facility Mean You Get The Best Weight-Loss Experience

If you’re ready to stop missing out on the life you deserve, the skilled staff at Northwest Specialty Hospital’s Bariatric Clinic in North Idaho is eager to meet with you. We think you’ll find the combination of innovative procedures and private, relaxing atmosphere the perfect setting in which to begin your journey back to health. We look forward to meeting you soon to discuss your options for significant weight loss.

Our Providers

Derek Dirks


Dr. Dirks grew up in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID with a...

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Brian Kazmierski


Brian E. Kazmierski, PA-C graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He obtained...

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Laurie McBride

R.D., L.D

Laurie serves as a Dietitian and is very enthusiastic about helping patients reach their healthy lifestyle goals and manage various medical conditions...

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John Pennings


Dr. John Pennings received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, which was followed by a general surgery residency...

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Jennifer Ramsrud


Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She graduated from University of Idaho with her Master’s...

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Cory Richardson


Dr. Richardson grew up in Mammoth Lakes, CA. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a member of the...

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Jonathan Saxe


Jonathan L. Saxe, PA-C, DSc, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Illinois. He then received a commission...

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