Weight Loss and Wellness Program
Mark Tousignant, MD
Medical Director of the Backus Weight Loss Center
Mark has special training in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures. A member of the medical staff since 2008 and is board certified in General Surgery. He completed his training in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He attended medical school at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to becoming a surgeon, he was an engineer.
Dr. Tousignant specializes in the treatment of a wide range of general surgery problems with the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques, for the treatment of thyroid disease/cancer, parathyroid disease, hiatal hernia, reflux disease, gallbladder disease, breast surgery, abdominal wall hernia and colorectal disease. He performs the most laparoscopic inginual and ventral hernias in the area. Additionally, Dr. Tousignant is one of only a handful of surgeons in the state of Connecticut that performs scarless surgery for the treatment of gallbladder disease.
Wendy Kane, RD, CDE, CDN
Wendy is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Wendy has practiced as a dietitian for over 15 years and as a diabetes educator, for the last nine years at the Backus Hospital Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Center. She uses her strong interpersonal skills and her passion for healthy eating and physical activity to help others reach their health and fitness goals. In addition to working at WW Backus Hospital, Wendy is a nutrition consultant for a variety of community programs, including Colchester Elementary School’s Pre-K program and a local visiting nurses association. Wendy has her B.S. in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Connecticut and completed her clinical training in area hospitals. She currently lives in Colchester, CT with her husband and two daughters. Wendy enjoys photography, swimming, running, biking and spending time with her family.
Ms. Wracan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Ball State University in Munice, Indiana. She is certified as a Fitness Coach and is a Holistic Life Coach, and is a Youth and Nutrition Specialist and Speed and Agility Specialist.
Ms. Klammer graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in n Sociology. She then completed a Master’s of Education Degree and Leadership Fellowship in 1988 from Erikson Institute/Loyola University in Chicago.
Ms. Klammer is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Teacher. She also has training in the area of pregnancy yoga. She anticipates completing her Yog3a Therapist Certification in May 2013.
Lori Welcome, MSW, LCSW
Lori Welcome is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of mental health. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, she practiced for over 20 years at the Backus Hospital Center for Mental Health. She believes that weight loss and the ability to develop lifestyle changes that support positive weight management require a multidisciplinary approach. Ms. Welcome specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, which often co-exists with emotional eating. She is currently in private practice at Shoreline Counseling Group in Groton, CT.