Providence welcomes you with open arms, friendly faces, and exceptional medical care. No matter where you are in your need for medical treatment, Providence will remain dedicated to serving you, mind, body and spirit.
The Providence Bariatric Care Center offers three methods proven to be safe and effective with many patients – gastric band surgery, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric band surgery restricts the size of the stomach using a device. The gastric sleeve provides restriction by surgically reducing the size of the stomach while gastric bypass surgery redirects food away from most of your stomach.
All these approaches are accompanied by comprehensive counseling and physician supervision before and after the procedure to ensure that your body is optimally conditioned for weight loss.
Experienced Bariatric Surgeons at Providence
Marc S. Rickford, MD, FACS
Medical Director of the Bariatric Care Center
Chief of Surgery, Providence Hospital
Member of the ASMBS Medical Education & Training:
Medical School: B.S. in Chemistry, Howard University, Washington, DC
Board Certified General Surgery
General Surgery Residency training: Howard University, Washington, DC
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Fellowship: Providence Hospital Washington, DC
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS);
Member of the American Medical Association
Areas of Interest:
Bariatric and advance laparoscopic general surgery
8 years of experience with bariatric surgery with over 1,000 cases
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia repair
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic Inguinal and Femoral Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
General surgery services
A multidisciplinary approach to weight loss surgery with the understanding that surgery is only a tool; and in order for patients to have lifelong success, lifestyle changes must be incorporated in the care plans
Avid sports fan of football and soccer; recreational golfer; diverse music lover; enjoys reading suspense thrillers
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Medical Education & Training:
College/Medical School: Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN; MD/BS
Double Board Certified Surgeon
General Surgery training: Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Plastic & Reconstructive training: Cornell University, New York City Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, NY
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the International College of Surgeons (FICS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Women in Plastic Surgery Steering Committee of ASPS
Association of Women Surgeons and American Medical Association
Women in Surgery Committee of ACS
Areas of Interest:
Cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation
Laser hair removal and vein treatments
Botox and dermal fillers
Liposuction, tummy tuck
Breast lift and breast augmentation
Loving yourself inside and outside MEANS making healthy food choices, exercising and enhancing your appearance
A passion for making education attractive to youth and speaking to young girls about the importance of self-esteem and self confidence; enjoys world politics; traveling with her husband and daughter; and running
Friendly Staff at Providence Provide a Comprehensive Approach to Bariatric Care
Jasmine Churchill, PA
Surgical Physician Assistant
Jasmine Churchill was raised in Baltimore, MD and is one of the newest additions to the Bariatric Care Center. Jasmine is a recent graduate from Howard University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies in December 2012 and has been with the Bariatric Care Center since April. Jasmine is excited about joining the practical side of medicine and enjoys helping and counseling patients. Jasmine also enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends
Britni Sullivan, RD, LD
Britni has been with Providence Hospital since 2010. She provides instruction on diet and exercise to help every patient be successful in the program. She also covers pre and post-operative nutritional counseling. She enjoys working with this population and continually strives to provide the best nutrition care for every patient. Before working with the Center, she worked as a Clinical Dietitian for 3 years receiving knowledge of diabetes, renal disease, weight management, and other medical diagnosis requiring nutrition intervention. Britni is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Professional, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group and Certified with Adult Weight Management. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and dog.
Cathy Akers, RN
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Cathy Akers has been working in nursing care for 30+ years, obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Science from The Catholic University of America and achieved honors from Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing. Cathy uses her knowledge and skill to assists the Bariatric Patients with their pre-operative care, patient education and coordination of the monthly support group meetings. Cathy, having had gastric bypass Roux-En-Y surgery is able to identify with the unique needs of bariatric patients. As well, Cathy shares spiritual aspects of care to those who express this need for support and encouragement.
Medical Office Specialist
Dayhana Hernandez started working at the Providence Bariatric Care Center in September 2011 as the Front Desk Receptionist but has transitioned to her current position as a Medical Office Specialist. She has over 5 years experience in healthcare and her pleasant and friendly demeanor makes all the patients feel very at ease when they walk into our office. She has a very creative personality and one day wants to become an Interior Designer. Dayhana is fluent in Spanish and originally from the Dominican Republic.
Monchel Hudson, MA
Monchel Hudson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She has been with Bariatric Care Center/Plastic Surgery Center since November of 2011. She graduated from Applied Career College in April 2004 and has been working as a Medical Assistant for 8 years. As a M.A., her background is strongly in Plastics, Dermatology, and Hair Restoration. She loves what she does and making patients feel good. Her long term goal is to obtain a Registered Nursing degree in Labor Delivery.
Maria Romero, MA
Maria Romero is originally from La Paz, Bolivia and bilingual in Spanish and English. She graduated from Everest College in December 2010 with her Medical Assistant degree. She has been working for Bariatric Care Center and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery since February of 2011. Being new to the medical field, she looks forward to gaining and learning new experiences along the way. Her long term goal is to become a Radiology Technician in the near future.
William Ledford, CMAA, RMA
William recently moved to Washington, DC from Chicago, IL and has been a part of the Providence Hospital family since May of 2013. He graduated from Computer Systems Institute at the top of his class. William has worked in many different departments here at Providence, including Multispecialty, Police and Fire Clinic, and now the Bariatric Care and Plastic Surgery Center. William also works with Quest Labs at Providence as well. William enjoys what he does and that he can make a difference in patient care.
Patient Service Specialist
Corena Spencer is a born and raised native Washingtonian. She has been a part of the Providence family since July 2007, working as a medical surgical tech/CNA and thereafter cross-trained as a unit secretary. Corena transitioned to the Bariatric Care Center as a full-time patient service specialist in October of 2013. Corena enjoys working in the health care field, and providing quality care in accordance with patients' needs. Corena also enjoys traveling, spending time with family/friends, and roller skating.
Jackie Alignay is the Program Manager for the Bariatric Care Center, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Rheumatology Practice. She grew up in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland area where she has earned her experience in the health care field for the past nine years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and completed graduate courses in Health Care Administration at Bowie State University. Jackie is deeply rooted and devoted to the community – and spends the majority of her time volunteering in community projects. She has a strong passion for advocating and providing care for those who are in need and promoting a healthy lifestyle
Connect with a Bariatric Surgery Specialist
For more information about Bariatric Surgery or our services, please call (877) 9YES-I-CAN (993-7422) or (202) 854-4080.