Robert Woodbury, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Woodbury has had a life long interest in weight loss and wellness including the treatment of the disease of obesity. He trained in bariatric surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA in the early 1990’s. Over the past 15 years he has built the thriving bariatric program in Santa Rosa. Today, it holds the highest level of accreditation from the MBSAQIP program of the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Woodbury teaches resident physicians at Sutter Santa Rosa. Every first-year resident rotates through his curriculum. He has received an award for his article on Emerging Concepts of Obesity (link to this article). For many years he has been an educational speaker for conferences and meetings of physicians and providers.

Dr. Woodbury graduated from medical school at the Uniformed Services University, and completed surgical residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1999. There, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery and began training new surgeons in 2002.

During his sixteen years serving in the Navy he was stationed at naval medical centers in Bethesda, San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA. He served in the First Marine Division and in Fleet Surgical teams in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He left active service in 2004.

Dr. Woodbury has had extensive training in both laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. During his residency, he trained with Pacific Bariatric in San Diego, performing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgeries. He did additional post-residency training at Scripps Clinic where he further trained in advanced laparoscopy and GI surgery. His current practice is focused on bariatrics and cancer surgery, including the gastro-intestinal tract, anti-reflux surgery, pancreas and biliary surgery, spleen, hernia and melanoma.

Dr. Woodbury is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and Fellow of the American Society or Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He holds two academic appointments as Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of California at San Francisco, and the Uniformed Services University.

He and his wife Barbara, the Director of the Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center, have lived in Sonoma County since leaving the Navy in 2004.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate: B.S. Boise State University
  • Medical Doctorate: Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • Internship: Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • Residency: Naval Medical Center San Diego, and Scripps Clinic
  • Diplomate American Board of Surgery;
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Meet Our Providers

Larissa Saschin, RDN

Registered Dietitian located in Santa Rosa, CA

Larissa is from Sonoma County and received her education at the University of California, Davis. Along with a strong passion for nutrition, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating healthy, delicious recipes, and customizing nutrition care for each individual that she come in contact with. She also writes lifestyle and nutrition articles, where she helps community members live their healthiest life.

When not at work you can find Larissa at the ballet studio teaching Ballet & Jazz. She is also an avid rock-climber at the gym or in the great outdoors.

Lindsay Mazur, MS, RDN, CSOWM

Registered Dietitian located in Santa Rosa, CA

Lindsay completed her Master’s program in nutrition at CSUN through her work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She went on to achieve a board certification designation as a Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM). Lindsay is passionate about nutrition, healthy living, and ways to make those lifestyle changes achievable for each individual that the works with at Healthy Steps. Patients and our referring physicians appreciate her comprehensive approach to helping people accomplish realistic health goals through nutrition. When not working, Lindsay can be found creating fun new recipes, hiking, gardening, interacting with all things related to soccer, and spending time with her family.

Anna Elberger, LCSW

Behavioral Health located in Santa Rosa, CA

Anna Elberger is a licensed therapist in Santa Rosa with over 20 years of experience and has a wide range of practice areas including Eating Disorders, Weight Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Family Therapy, EMDR, and Hypnotherapy. She joined the Healthy Steps team in 2014 as a counselor for our bariatric patients. She is also a resource for non-surgical patients seeking help with body image and related issues at her private practice.

Pamela Loman, PhD

Behavioral Health located in Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Loman received her Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University, with a focus on developmental and clinical psychology. She joined the Healthy Steps team in 2014, providing pre-surgery assessments for bariatric patients. She has a private practice Santa Rosa where, among other things, she focuses on those coping with chronic illness and the stress and anxieties that can occur.

Meet Our Patient Care Coordinators

Brittany Edmonds

Brittany is a Santa Rosa native and has lived in our beautiful county her whole life. After high school she went to Santa Rosa Junior College and has worked in the Medical and Dental fields for 5 years. Her favorite part of working in the health care industry is interacting with and getting to know the patients she meets. Outside of work, Brittany loves spending time with her husband Adam and their two daughters Adalie and Austen, doing anything involving nature, and being active outdoors.

Alicia Graves

Alicia was born and raised in Sonoma County, and enjoys all of the amenities the surrounding areas have to offer. After receiving her English degree from Sonoma State University, she completed a Master’s of Information Science from San Jose State University in May of 2019. Alicia’s favorite part of working in the health care industry is witnessing the amount of compassion that her teammates at Healthy Steps and the Sutter Bariatric Clinic have for their patients. In her free time, she loves traveling the world, playing the ukulele, and reading books.

Barbara Woodbury, Program Director

Barbara Woodbury is passionate about helping people find a path back to health through a new relationship with food, exercise and overall wellness. A native Californian, she received a Bachelors of Science degree from UC Davis. She has worked for many years as a sales rep and practice management specialist in many professions, including orthodontics and diabetes. Providing a fun and nurturing atmosphere for patients at Healthy Steps is very important to her. She lives in Sonoma County with her husband, Robert Woodbury, MD.