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The Weight Loss Surgery Team

Milford Regional's Fresh Start Program is committed to the success of our patients. We offer a multidisciplinary team approach that is comprehensive and personalized to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Each member of our team; physicians, dietitians, behavioral therapists, nurse, exercise specialists, administrative assistant, and nurse practitioners all bring a unique set of skills to meet the individual needs of our patients. With the help of every member of our team, and ongoing commitment from our patients, small, practical steps and goals can lead to long-lasting, healthy weight loss.

Program Coordinator
Edlaine Machado Program CoordinatorEdlaine Machado, RN, BSN earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.  She is bilingual in Portuguese, highly proficient in Spanish and is BLS and ACLS certified.

Edlaine has been a nurse at Milford Regional for the last six years caring for patients on our medical surgical telemetry unit and progressive care unit.  She has also served as a resource nurse for her nurse colleagues in the provision of care for the bariatric population including the creation of a dietary documentation tool and assessment guide.

Prior to joining Milford Regional, Edlaine worked at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing where she was a charge nurse as well as a nurse mentor providing educational training for new graduate nurses. 

Edlaine can be reached by email at or calling 508-422-2684.

Administrative Assistant
Karen DeCesare

Behavioral Health
Curtis P. Wilkins, LICSW

Katrina Casey, MA, LMHC

Sonia McCarthy, RD, LDN

Exercise Physiologist
Jesse Potter, MS, ACSM-EP

Nurse Practitioners
Robin Mason, NP

Diana Schmall, NP

Board-certified Surgeons

Philip Cohen, MDPhilip A. Cohen, MD graduated with a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA in 2001. He continued his training at Boston Medical Center with a surgical residency program and a surgical research fellowship. During his surgical residency, Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the senior resident teaching award for two consecutive years. In addition, Dr. Cohen performed an advanced minimally invasive surgical fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Cohen is a member of the surgical medical staff at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UMass Medical School.

Donald Czerniach, MDDonald Czerniach, MD, FACS received his degree in medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ in 1995. He performed his surgical residency at George Washington University Hospital, Washington DC where he was chief resident. Continuing his training at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Czerniach completed a research fellowship and clinical fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Czerniach is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and he is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center.


Patients should call to pre-register up to two weeks in advance for any scheduled surgery and out-patient appointment including most diagnostic tests, lab work and pre-operative testing. This eliminates the need to wait for an admissions representative upon arrival. Patients can go directly to their point of service. Admissions representatives are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Please call 508-422-2222.

Patient Stories

Kelli Beschi is a weight loss surgery patientVertical Sleeve Surgery
When Kelli weighed 284 pounds, she couldn't climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing. Her excess weight put pressure on her joints causing swelling and pain. After undergoing vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Kelli runs 5K races! Her borderline blood pressure and cholesterol are now perfect. Read Kelli's story.

michelle weight loss surgery patientVertical Sleeve Surgery
At 325 pounds, Michelle could not walk from the parking lot to the employee entrance at work without stopping at least four times to catch her breath. Now, Michelle walks regularly and lives an active lifestyle. Her sleep apnea, high cholesterol and diabetes have disappeared. Read Michelle's story.

Janice LeVallee gastric bypass surgery patient

Gastric Bypass Surgery
Before having weight loss surgery Janice felt tired all the time and was on numerous medications. Today, Janice is 125 pounds thinner, off her medications and has “more energy than she knows what to do with.” Read Janice’s story.

David Eckbold vertical sleeve surgery patient

Vertical Sleeve Surgery
At 288 pounds, David’s long-term health and how it could affect his family was his incentive to have weight loss surgery. Just five weeks after surgery, David lost 40 pounds and was off his medications. Read David’s story.

James Boucher robotic verticle sleeve surgery

Robotic Vertical Sleeve
Tipping the scales at 413 pounds, James had health concerns and lifestyle limitations. Since the surgery he has shed over 190 pounds, gone off his medications and loves taking 25-mile bike rides! Read James's story.

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