Our Office Team

We understand that your decision and potential need for surgery can be stressful. We work together to try our best to alleviate sources of stress and uncertainty in your surgical care.

The members of our team work together in our office to provide patients a comfortable and professional environment throughout the entire surgical process. Our professionalism extends to our ability to coordinate with your referring physicians and other medical specialists. Our office team and our convenient location serve as important resources for your surgical pre-operative and postoperative care. We share a dedication that allows us to ease your concerns and answer your questions as much as possible.

Annie Ramos

Annie RamosAnnie is instrumental in guiding our patients through the insurance process. This includes gathering all necessary documentation, precertification and authorization required for surgery. Annie also provides our patients with pre-surgical guidelines, schedules office visits and organizes and attends the weekly group meetings.

Annie graduated from Penn State University with a B.A.in Industrial Psychology. While in college she completed both an internship and participated in a volunteer program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Those positive experiences influenced her decision to stay in healthcare. Her knowledge pleasant disposition and ability to speak fluent Spanish makes the process easier for our patients. Annie joined Dr. Belsley’s practice in 2010 and continues to play a vital role in organizing your surgical process.

Annie also helps lead the Spanish Session Bariatric Support groups with Dr. Belsley. Her cultural perspectives as well as her experience working with our bariatric patients throughout every stage of the process from insurance approval to post-surgical follow-up process prove invaluable.

Shara Lazar, RD

Shara Lazar, RDShara meets with all of our patients for nutrition counseling before and after bariatric surgery. Her primary focus is to help patients change their eating habits and adopt better lifestyle practices.

Shara Lazar is our bariatric nutritionist and helps us collaborate with the other members of the St. Luke’s Hospital Bariatric Center of Excellence. Shara graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Family Studies. She later received a second B.S. in Nutrition Science at C.W. Post and completed an accredited ADA approved Dietetic Internship.

Prior to joining the team she was part of the Renal Transplant Team at St Luke’s Hospital. She has spent more than ten years working with patients that have numerous health related concerns including Diabetes, Hypertension and Renal Failure. In addition, she has focused on weight loss and previously worked for several health clubs in Manhattan. Her clinical experience and passion for health and wellness is helpful for Bariatric patients that want to improve their health and ultimately their quality of life.

Shara helps organize and lead the weekly support groups. She is available to all of our patients during office hours and accessible via the website email address at any time. Please feel free to email nutrition related questions to slazar@laparoscopicmd.com.

Jennifer Matte, MSHS, RPA-C

Jennifer Matte, MSHS, RPA-CJennifer joins Dr. Belsley’s team with an extensive interest and passion for helping patients attain their treatment goals with a successful lifelong treatment plan. While earning her Master of Science in Health Sciences, she focused on the bariatric surgery patient population for her master’s thesis.

Jennifer Matte completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior with a minor in Human Development at the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Jennifer worked with patients at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland and at a private primary care and cosmetic dermatology office in Berkeley, California.

Jennifer’s work after her undergraduate studies helped prepare her for her career in medicine. She returned to the East Coast, where she grew up, to earn her Physician Assistant degree at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences where she specialized in surgery.