Meet the Staff

Dr. Onopchenko

In March of 2002, Alexander Onopchenko, M.D., FACS, FASMBS founded the Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness at AtlantiCare and has extensive experience in performing bariatric surgery.

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Dr. Patel

Samir Patel, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, has published several articles about laparoscopy and bariatric surgery. He is currently a member of the Society of the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)...

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Dr. Panait

Lucian Panait, M.D., FACS, is a bariatric surgeon for the Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness at AtlantiCare. He specializes in general surgery, with special emphasis on laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional procedures.

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Peggy McFarlane

Peggy McFarlane M.S, R.D., CDE is the Registered Dietitian for the AtlantiCare Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition at Andrews University. While working in the field of nutrition for the past 13 years she has also obtained her certification as a Diabetes Educator. Through her years of experience and knowledge of diabetes and weight management she helps patients manage nutrition for wellness.


Shanese Thomas

Shanese Thomas is the scheduler who helps coordinate and assist patients with the insurance process. 

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Bariatric Coordinator

Debbie Gullo, RN, BSN, CBN

As the Bariatric Coordinator, Debbie helps facilitate ARMC's bariatric patients through the surgical process. Through the leadership of support groups, Bariatric Boot Camp, and other post-surgical needs, Debbie helps patients to live a healthier life. 

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