Christina Sanders, DO, MBA, FACS, FACOS, FASMBS | Medical Director | Bariatric & General Surgeon

Dr. Christina Sanders is the Medical Director of ECMC Synergy Bariatrics.  Dr. Sanders is a board certified general and bariatric surgeon who performs laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. She also performs advanced laparoscopic and robotic procedures focusing on reflux, the GI tract and hernia repair. Dr. Sanders joined the UBMD surgery group in 2018 and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo. She is working with Synergy Bariatrics at ECMC. 

Dr. Sanders received her medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 

Dr. Sanders is a member of several professional societies and has presented at many national conferences. She also expects to complete her MBA, in Healthcare Management at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in 2019.

Eyad Wohaibi, MD, FACS |  Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Eyad Wohaibi is an attending bariatric surgeon who performs laparoscopic and minimally invasive bariatric procedures.

 His background and experience encompasses bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, and endoscopy, with his most recent prior appointments including attending surgeon and Clinical Scholar (Assistant Professor) at Central Michigan University in Saginaw MI. His clinical education experience also includes fellowship in minimally invasive surgery/ Bariatric surgery from Albany Medical Center.

 Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, he is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a diplomat of American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Eyad Wohaibi is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Obesity Medicine Association and the American College of Surgeons.

Misty A. Hofert, MS, PA-C |  Bariatric Physician Assistant

Misty Hofert is responsible for assisting our bariatric surgeons during procedures, as well as providing follow-up care after surgery.

Certified by the National Commission on Certification by Physician Assistants and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Prior to joining the Synergy Bariatrics team, she completed MS and BS degrees in physician assistant studies from DʼYouville College.

Christina Scovazzo, MS, PA-C  |  Bariatric Physician Assistant

Christina Scovazzo is a physician assistant, responsible for assisting during bariatric surgeries as well as providing patients with important follow-up care after their procedures.

Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, she is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

She earned her MS and BS degrees in physician assistant studies from DʼYouville College.

Scott V. Monte, PharmD  |  Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Scott Monte serves as a clinical pharmacist, assisting bariatric surgery patients by reviewing their medications prior to surgery and outlining changes and new health requirements to come.

Prior to joining Synergy Bariatrics in 2009, Dr. Scott Monte completed a post- doctoral residency and fellowship with the University at Buffalo and the Clinical Pharmacokinetic Laboratory Associates.

He earned his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ann Marie LiCausi, LCSW, C-SWHC  |  Eating Behavior Specialist

Ann Marie LiCausi is an eating behavioral specialist , who provides education and
counseling for potential and current bariatric surgery patients. She also facilitates
bariatric supports groups. Ann Marie has over 20 years of professional experience
providing therapy for individuals struggling with eating disorders. Prior to joining
Synergy Bariatric in 2009 she was the Executive Director for the Eating Disorders
Association of WNY. She earned her Master Degree in Social Work at the University at
Buffalo. In addition, Ann Marie has been nutrition certified for 8 years and is a reiki

Jennifer Turesky, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE  |  Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator

Jennifer Turesky is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified dietitian/nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator. As Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Synergy Bariatrics, she supports bariatric patients with their nutrition and weight loss goals, both pre- and post-surgery. She also facilitates bariatric support groups.

With over 10 years of professional experience, Jennifer is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the New York State Dietetic Association, the Western New York Dietetic Association, The American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Western New York Association of Diabetes Educators.

She holds a BS and MS in Dietetics from DʼYouville College.