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David G. Anderson, MD

Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgeon

Dr. Anderson is a board certified surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed advanced training at both Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, and Baptist Hospital in Miami, FL. Dr. Anderson is a fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

Jessica Gonzalez Hernandez, MD

Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgeon

Dr. Gonzalez Hernandez is a board certified surgeon who specializes in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, PR. She completed her surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center and her Bariatric & Minimally Invasive fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center, both in Dallas, TX. Dr. Gonzalez Hernandez is a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. She is fluent in Spanish.

Katie Nowakowski, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES

Weight Loss Dietitian and Exercise Specialist

Katie is a registered dietitian, licensed in the state of South Carolina and originally from the Northern Virginia area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise from Virginia Tech University. She then completed her dietetic internship with the South Carolina Department of Health right here at St. Francis.  Katie has completed her Masters in Exercise Science and is a certified personal trainer.  She uses her knowledge to further assist our patients with a healthy nutrition and exercise balance.

As the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss dietitian, she constantly strives to provide individual service that focuses on each patient’s unique needs. Together, Katie and her patients develop a lifestyle that addresses their goals and can be adapted as progress is made.

Katie enjoys many activities outside of work, including swimming, playing volleyball and hiking. Her hobbies include reading and watching movies. Katie can be reached at 864-675-4818.

Shannon Bates

Quality Coordinator and Surgery Scheduler

As the Quality Coordinator/Surgery Scheduler, Shannon is one of the most important members of the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Team.  She is the person our patients spend most of their time with, as she not only schedules surgeries, but also verifies insurance and keeps lines of communication open.  Shannon makes sure our patients stay on track to reach their goals.

Shannon is a Greenville native who has worked in the medical field for over 12 years.  She has an Associates degree from Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C.  She joined the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss team in April of 2012.  She previously worked with the same team at Carolina Surgical Associates as a Surgery Scheduling Specialist.  Shannon has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, Bariatric Surgery Center Network, to be a Bariatric Surgery Clinical Reviewer for St. Francis.

Shannon enjoys spending time with her daughters, Avery and Palmer, husband, Brian, and extensive family.  Shannon, Brian, Avery, Palmer and their Labrador Retriever spend most of their free time at their family home on Lake Hartwell.


Sabrina Richardson, LMFT-I

St. Francis’s Support Group Facilitator

Sabrina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate where she earned a B.A. in Experimental Psychology; and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College.

Sabrina is dedicated to serving children, families, individuals and couples struggling with weight issues. Sabrina has a specific focus in the maladaptive cycles of compulsive overeating and binge eating. As a therapist, Sabrina’s approach centers on thoughts and emotions that determine our behaviors and impact the choices we make.

Sabrina is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and Obesity Action Coalition (OA). Sabrina is pursuing state and national certification as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and certification as an Eating Disorders Specialist.