All patients seeking bariatric surgery with Dr. Robert Woodbury and his team, Allen Cortez MD, Danielle Daye NP, Randi Naquin NP, and Shannon Todd NP at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and the Sutter Bariatric Clinic must start by attending one of the local free patient education seminars. At the seminar you will learn about the disease of obesity and the role of surgery in treatment. All the information about the program and getting started is at the patient education seminar.

Although we are temporarily conducting seminars via webinar until further notice, normally the Sutter Santa Rosa bariatric patient education seminars are only held at Rohnert Park, Petaluma, and Napa. All patients must attend one of these seminars, even if your primary physician has already made a referral.

After attending the Patient Education Seminar you will receive a call from the bariatric clinic to book your surgery consultation. Once you have had a consult with your surgeon, and are in the program, you may be referred to Healthy Steps for monthly nutrition visits, psychology and exercise assessments.

Please note that Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center is separate from the surgeon’s offices and the bariatric nurse practitioner clinic. We have no control over you getting your consultation with your surgeon.

To sign up for a bariatric New Patient Education Seminar, or if you have any questions about the meetings please email Ann Ilarde at

Corona Virus / COVID-19 Alert: Due to new crowd gathering restrictions put in place with regards to the Corona Virus, New Patient Education Seminars. will be conducted by Dr. Robert Woodbury via Zoom for July. Check back here for updates about the remainder of the year. To receive an invitation link to the webinar please EMAIL Ann Ilarde at

Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park Seminar

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020

Petaluma Seminar

  • Tuedsay, July 21, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Napa Seminar

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • Saturday, September 5, 2020

Bariatric Support Group

At Healthy Steps Bariatric and Metabolic Center, we believe strongly that support groups are important to a patient’s long-term health and success after bariatric surgery. As such, we recommend participation in regular support group meetings.

Sonoma County Weight Loss Surgery Support Group: Sonoma County Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is an independent group of patients who are either awaiting, considering, or have already undergone bariatric surgery. Throughout the year there are interesting guest speakers from on informative topics. There is also a clothing exchange for patients transitioning down through sizes during their weight loss phase. Dr. Robert Woodbury and his team attend regularly.

Here is the calendar and location for the FREE support group:

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 (Webinar)
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020** (See Below)
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020

*All meetings occur on the second Saturday of the month.