Art of Bariatrics Caring. Compassionate. Supportive.
We are Dr. Erika La Vella, DO, FASMBS, and Bonnie Buckingham, MS, RDN, CDCES. We are a board-certified WLS surgeon and dietitian team who have dedicated our lives to helping people overcome their struggle with obesity. Our passion is guiding people to learn more about their bodies to create a more functional and healthier one in alignment with what matters most- YOU.
Our comprehensive 6-week coaching programs are designed to heal your gut, heal your relationship to your body, and inspire your inner wisdom so choices feel like your calling.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can Art of Bariatrics support me?
We create meal plans specific for your timeline from immediate post surgery to many years after surgery. The education and lifestyle does not discriminate when you had your bariatric operation. We also offer 1:1 support through our VIP programs to guide your nervous system away from self sabotage. We explore thoughts and beliefs around unworthiness and emotional wounds to create more capacity for healthy behaviors. When you see yourself as loved and embody love – Magic Happens.
How is Art of Bariatrics different than other programs?
Our clients feel worthy and supported because we foster a positive learning environment free of shame, judgment, and paternalistic care. Our program teaches you how your body (digestion, nervous system, metabolism, emotional regulation) works and how to optimize functional nutrition and your lifestyle to meet your body’s desire for satisfaction. When was the last time you truly felt satisfied? Dr. La Vella and Bonnie have over 25 years of experience in the nutrition and bariatric industry. We approach weight loss in a practical, real-world way, which fosters consistent changes for long-term success.
I never lost as much weight as I hoped. Is there still a chance I would lose weight with your program?
Yes! Everyone’s body is capable of healing and reaching a healthy body weight. We suggested one of our VIP programs to receive our full personalized support. Unfortunately, many diet plans lack scientifically proven gut microbiome strategies for reversing inflammation and healing the hormones that regulate weight and metabolism. It is hard to predict just how much weight you will lose or over what period your body can do it, but if you have excess weight, you likely will witness your body shift dramatically as you start to care for its needs.