Dr. JoeBob Kirk, DO, Development Director
Dr. Joebob Kirk has dedicated his practice to bariatric medicine and surgery since 2002. He has been involved in more than 2000 weight loss surgeries. He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He completed his residency in general surgery in 1999 at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
When not directly involved in the care of his patients, Dr. Kirk’s favorite hobbies include boating, riding his motorcycle, and playing farmer. He is a loyal OSU fan and cowboy supporter. He and his wife Susan reside in the Tulsa area.
Dr. Catherine Gaffney, DO
Dr. Gaffney graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. She completed her internship and residency programs at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas in 1997 and 1999, respectively. She has helped thousands of patients and understands the specific needs of our patients.
Dr. Gaffney enjoys exercising and spending time with her family. She is very active in her children’s school activities and sports.
Tracy Foster, APRN, FNP-BC
Tracy Foster, APRN, FNP-BC is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who practices bariatrics with a team of bariatric professionals. She has been in nursing for the past 27 years.
Tracy was director of the quality-driven bariatric program for eight years, which has provided her continued growth in her passion for serving bariatric patients. Tracy views the bariatric program as patient-centered with a holistic approach to care that includes an entire team. She has been a part of the Ardent/Hillcrest family for over 11 years.
Prior to joining Utica Park Clinic and Bailey Medical Center, she has cared for patients in bariatrics, gero-psych, home care and hospice. Her clinical experience includes urgent care, family practice, and a multitude of administrative roles that include charge nurse, administrator, director, regional director and nursing manager.
Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. She completed her Master of Science Degree at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She is a member of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners, the American Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau. Tracy is active in the state chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Tracy’s personal interests include Oklahoma Sooner football, traveling, exercise, water sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
Chika Okwufulueze, APRN, FNP-BC
Chika Okwufulueze, APRN, FNP-BC enjoys being a part of a team that brings total transformation to individuals’ lives has been a lifelong dream of hers. “Bariatrics is one field of medicine that changes lives and the results are undeniably obvious,” she says. “When a patient goes through the bariatric program successfully, everyone who previously knew him or her notices the transformation”.
Her previous medical experiences includes over 18 cumulative years of nursing in medical surgical units, intensive care units, emergency rooms and maternal child health at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa and overseas.
Chika coaches her patients and helps them understand that getting healthy and staying healthy takes work, practice, consistency and perseverance. Eating healthier meals, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy emotional and psychological wellbeing is part of her wholesome approach to health care management. “I will equip you with the tools and resources necessary to empower you to reach your health care goals while working with you every step of the way,” she says.
Chika earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing science at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 2015. She received a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2018. She is a member of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing.
Chika’s personal interests include watching professional soccer and the Discovery Channel. She also enjoys singing, dancing to Zumba and afro beats, volunteering at her church and the Special Olympics, and spending time with her family and friends.
Brooke Hunt, APRN-CNP
Brooke Hunt, APRN-CNP, has been a health care professional in northeast Oklahoma since 2003. Prior to joining Utica Park Clinic, she worked at the St. John Emergency Department in Owasso.
Brooke decided she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field when she was 16 years old. One of her relatives had a life-changing procedure and Brooke helped with the post-surgical care. “My grandmother always wanted me around when she was recovering from surgery,” she says. “I knew that if I could take care of her, I could take care of anyone.”
Brooke cares for patients at The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center in Owasso. She is passionate about helping people make positive changes in their health. “It’s important to understand what a patient’s personal objectives are,” she says. “I want to help them choose obtainable goals and get them where they want to be.”
One of Brooke’s favorite aspects of her job is getting to teach her patients how to properly manage their health complications. “I am always reminding people that while not all diseases are curable, most can be managed with the right tools, proper education and a positive mindset,” she says. “I love advocating for my patients and watching them become successful managers of their health and well-being.”
Brooke graduated from Rogers State University in 2003 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic Technology and Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northeastern State University in 2008. She earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in 2015.
Brooke’s personal interests include spending time with family, exercise classes and traveling.
David Steward, Program Director
David Steward is the bariatric program director and has worked for the bariatric program in a number of areas since 2013. He believes the program is successful because it focuses on patient care, safety and improving the patient experience. David brings over 18 years of management, organizational development and leadership experience to the program.
David graduated from Northeastern State University and St. Gregory’s College. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Exercise Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist with National Academy of Sports Medicine. David has served in leadership positions in several local nonprofit organizations and is active in the community and his church. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Leslie Stelzer, RN, Clinical Coordinator and MBSAQIP Coordinator
Leslie joined the team in 2017. The first few years of her nursing career were spent at St. John’s Hospital in the ED. She moved to north Texas and worked in several facilities and found a home at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth. At the time of her departure from Texas Health, Leslie had served as an ED nursing supervisor and charge nurse for 6 years. In 2016, Leslie moved back to Oklahoma to be closer to family and took a nurse manager position over the house supervisors, float pool, rapid response team and staffing office at Hillcrest.
Leslie became the clinical coordinator with Bailey Bariatrics in 2017. Leslie’s wide range of experience helps her realize the extreme importance of making sure the each and every patient have the best possible experience every time they visit Bailey Bariatrics.
Leslie and her husband have two young children. They enjoy spending time outdoors and are extremely involved in agriculture raising and exhibiting purebred cattle on their rural Rogers county ranch. One of Leslie’s biggest passions is helping to get youth involved in animal agriculture and she spends much of her free time doing just that.
Lisa Blackwell, Financial Counselor
Lisa has been employed with Bailey Medical Center since 2008 and as a bariatric financial counselor since 2010. She works closely with patients to help determine the required amount to pay the facility at the time of service. Financial counselors are responsible for informing patients of their financial obligations, securing payment, verifying insurance and assisting patients with payment arrangements. Lisa is married with 2 children and enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and being outdoors.
Debbie Kirkendoll, Financial Counselor
Debbie started in 2017 and has worked in a number of different positions in Bariatrics. Debbie is typically at the front desk or discussing insurance requirements with patients. Debbie has spent a long career in patient care in the optical and medical field. She loves spending family time with her husband of 36 years, their son and family. Debbie enjoys doing crafts, reading and working word puzzles with her husband.
Cathy Warden, Financial Counselor
Cathy has been at Bailey Medical Center since 2012 in a variety of departments. She has been working in the medical field in different capacities for 50 years. Since 2015, she has exclusively verified insurance for patient surgery. Cathy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. She has become an expert at working through the various insurance plans to verify surgical benefits for our patients.
Cathy is happily married to her spouse of 40+ years. She loves to read, play games on her iPad and spend weekends in Branson with her husband.
Amanda Wells, Financial Counselor
Amanda became a bariatric navigator in 2017. She began her career in the medical field as an emergency medical technician in 2010. She was drawn to Bailey Bariatrics because she has a passion for developing relationships with patients and helping them through this journey. She is originally from Denver and is a big Denver Bronco and Colorado Avalanche fan. She enjoys spending time with her son and dogs.
Russell Vieaux, Bariatric Liaison
Russell joined the team at Bailey Medical Center and the Center for Bariatrics in 2013 and began working as a bariatric navigator where he assisted patients through the bariatric program right up to surgery. In his current position as the bariatric liaison, Russell manages and participates in the more than 40 bariatric seminars held annually as well as working directly with each new patient entering the program. Russell has extensive experience in assisting and teaching others to navigate through obstacles and his energetic personality helps drive patients to be successful.
He is married with three children and nine grandchildren and spends his time golfing, fly fishing and reading.
Anita Potts, Patient Access
Anita joined the bariatric team in 2018. She has over 30 years of medical experience in front office operations. She was excited to join the Bailey Bariatric team because she enjoys spending time and developing relationships with patients. She believes patient care begins at the front desk and goes out of her way to make patients feel comfortable and informed.
Anita enjoys spending time with her husband, family and grandchildren. She is active in her church, loves to read and is learning how to fish.
Chelsey Bozworth, Patient Access
Chelsey joined the team in 2019 with over 7 years of administrative experience. She is very organized and a great resource for our patients. However, what she really loves is getting to know our patients and hearing their stories.
Chelsey enjoys playing with her two children, two puppies and spending time with her friends and family. She is also cheer coach, soccer mom and enjoys building things with her husband.
Brooke Hildreth, RMA
Brooke has been a registered medical assistant for 8 years. She recently joined Bailey and is excited to be a part of such a great team. She has a wide range of experience from urgent care to family practice. Brooke truly enjoys getting to know patients and giving them excellent care.
When she is not working, Brooke is raising her daughter, enjoys sports and going to the movies.
Amanda Freeman, RMA
Amanda joined the Bailey Bariatric team in 2019. She has been a Registered Medical Assistant for over 5 years with a background in primary care. Amanda is a great resource for patients and will assist you with lab results and other clinical information. She is excited to help people make a change in their lifestyle and ultimately meet their life goals.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.
The bariatric navigators will help guide you through this journey. They will assist you in the scheduling process, verify your benefits, package your information to submit to insurance and answer most questions surrounding the pre-surgery program. The Bariatric navigator is designed to assist each patient as they work through the pre-surgery preparation experience. Your role is to complete the appointments, consultations, testing and support groups to make sure you have properly prepared yourself for surgery and have a plan for post-op follow-up.
Dawn Lesicka, Bariatric Navigator Supervisor
Dawn has been at Bailey Medical Center since 2007 in a variety of departments. She has been working in hospitals since 1990 and exclusively in bariatrics since 2010. She is a seasoned expert at navigating the scheduling process and assisting you through your journey. Dawn moved from San Diego, CA to Owasso in 2003 with her husband and two kids.
Tonya Cowan, Bariatric Navigator
Tonya joined the team in 2018. She has seven years of experience in the medical field with a focus on building relationships with patients and families. Tonya moved to Oklahoma in 2007, but is originally from South Dakota. Tonya was married in 2002 and spends her free time with her three kids and two dogs.
Tiffany Schrick, Bariatric Navigator
Tiffany joined the bariatric team as a navigator in 2016 and has been in the medical field for over 10 years. Her entire career has been focused on developing relationships with patients and identifying solutions. She enjoys crafting, volunteering at her local church, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jose Martinez, Bariatric Navigator
Jose joined the Bailey Bariatric team in 2019. He has previously worked in the medical field over 10 years helping patients with scheduling and insurance. Jose is detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and he is bilingual to assist our Spanish speaking patients.
Jose enjoys spending time with his family and son. He also enjoys riding motorcycles, go carts, four wheelers and all things that go fast!
Wendy Sunday, Bariatric Navigator
Wendy joined the team as a Navigator in 2019. She has worked in the medical industry for 14 years helping patients. Wendy worked in other industries, but missed her true calling to help patients. Wendy is highly organized, caring and helps motivate patients through their journey.
Wendy is a psychology graduate from OSU-Tulsa. Her favorite hobbies are collecting vinyl records, attending concerts and taking film classes. She enjoys spending time with her family and two nephews.
Charlene has been providing assistance, care, and support in the administrative field for over 20 years. During this time, she learned the importance of being an advocate for her patients and building relationship with them. She felt led to the Bailey Bariatric team and taking care of patients. Charlene is detailed oriented and passionate about providing hope and encouragement to patients as they go throughout the program.
She treasures spending time with her husband, family and friends. She serves in her local church and helps young couples get started off on the right foot by offering them premarital counseling. She loves the outdoors and likes to spend as much time as she can outside.
Trina joined the team in 2020, but has been with Bailey Medical Center since 2011. Trina has held several different positions in the hospital all focused around patient satisfaction and helping patients.
Trina enjoys spending time with her family, four children and twin granddaughters. Most of her free time is spent watching and traveling with her two youngest children who play competitive basketball.