Meet Our Team

PhysicianDr. Christopher Motto

Christopher J. Motto, MD, FACS

Dr. Motto attended Hahnemann University for his medical doctorate. His internship and residency were completed at Geisinger Medical Center. He is board certified from the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Motto will perform the surgery.

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Director, Outpatient Clinic

Judith Lechler

Judith is the Director of the Outpatient Clinic. She will be meeting will all of the patients at their initial consultation to discuss the financial process. This will ensure the patient understands the expenses and has checked with their insurance company to see how much will be covered.


LaRee Hummel, RN

LaRee helped set up the Bariatric Program in 2003. She coordinates each patient's progress through the bariatric program beginning with their initial appointment. She works with each patient to help them understand what to expect when they come to the hospital for bariatric surgery, acts as their patient liaison while they recuperate after the procedure and continues to offer support during their post-surgery follow-up.


Kimberly Criswell, RD, LDN

Kim meets with a patient each month prior to and following surgery. Along with collecting a detailed weight history, these sessions are used to educate patients on healthy eating habits as well as the impact the surgery will have on their diet.

Other Team Members

Support Staff

Program participants also have access to a variety of specialists, including cardiologists, pulmonologists, psychologists and internal medicine experts.

Support Group

The support group is facilitated by Dr. Motto and LaRee Hummel. This is where patients can discuss their experience whether it be pre or post operation. It is recommended that people who are considering bariatric surgery sit in on a support group so they are able to fully understand the process.