Specialty Providers & Staff
Our comprehensive team of professionals is experienced in all aspects of care for the bariatric patient, allowing individualized attention and support for each patient. Both Jeffrey Baker, MD, and Edmund Chute, MD, have more than 33 years of combined experience specializing in bariatric medicine, with more than 4,000 surgeries performed to date. Our excellent outcomes are a testament to the preeminent care provided by our surgeons, dietitians, registered nurses, exercise physiologist, health coach and managed care and insurance specialists. We also partner with experienced psychologists who provide emotional support throughout every patient's surgical process.
Ridgeview offers a variety of other specialty services that may be required during the preoperative assessment. These include sleep assessments, imaging services, endoscopy and cardiology.
Anne Bechtel, RD, LD, CSOWM, received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is board certified in Obesity and Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Her background includes a dietetic internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration hospital and providing nutrition assessment and education for patients at Ridgeview. She specializes in working with patients seeking bariatric surgery, including one-on-one counseling, nutrition education and leading our support group. She has a special interest in partnering with patients interested in improving their health and well-being through weight loss.
Sandra Hanson, MS, ATC, graduated from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and earned her Masters degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a certified athletic trainer and has worked with elite athletes at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center as well as swimmers with USA Swimming in Colorado Springs. Sandy has assisted a variety of patients receiving outpatient physical therapy with Ridgeview since 2010. She also provides exercise physiology consultations and education—pre- and post-operatively—for patients having bariatric surgery. She has a knack for understanding the individual and works to help each person find a way to increase their activity and exercise level to progress in their weight loss journey and achieve a better quality of life.
Michelle Lynch, RN, received her degree from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Michelle brings clinical expertise and interest in the health and well-being of the bariatric population to our program. She is versed in the process—pre- and post-surgically—and helps to educate each patient at every step to ensure excellent surgical outcomes and weight loss success.
Maria Carlson, CMA, AAMA, received her degree from Anoka Technical College. Along with collecting and monitoring patient health data, she assists with pre- and post-operative patient management. Maria reinforces education and serves as patient advocate in resolving patient needs. She has worked in bariatrics since 2015 and enjoys being a part of a team that helps patients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Jon Anderson, CST/SA, has been working with Drs. Chute and Drew for more than a decade. He is extremely experienced in assisting in bariatric surgery and has helped with over 2,000 operations for weight loss. He has trained and shared his skills in laparoscopic bariatric surgery with numerous other assistants. His expertise and anticipation of surgical needs allows our surgeons to operate more quickly, safely and successfully.
Kris Baker is our managed care specialist. Kris has worked in the field of bariatric medicine and with Dr. Baker for the past 11 years. She has held numerous positions in the clinic setting and always maintained a strong advocacy for our patients, their journey and care. To date, Kris has helped several thousand patients navigate through the insurance process and is educated on the many policies of both local and national insurance carriers.