January 2020 - Northwest Weight & Wellness Center
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Dr. Montgomery’s Retirement

Dr. Montgomery’s Retirement

In January 2020, Dr. Kevin Montgomery retired after 30 years in medicine!

Dr. Montgomery founded Northwest Weight Loss Surgery (now Northwest Weight & Wellness Center) with his surgeon partner, Dr. Brad Watkins, over 15 years ago. They initially started the bariatric surgery program at EvergreenHealth Medical Center before transitioning into their private practice. They were pioneers in the field offering gastric banding surgery in an ambulatory surgery center instead of a hospital setting. Over time, Dr. Montgomery brought Dr. Michaelson and Dr. Chock on board and they expanded the practice to include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, revisional surgeries, and medical weight loss.

Before his career in medicine began, Dr. Montgomery was a talented ballet dancer! He danced for several ballet companies, including Idaho, Boston and Hartford. He moved to New York City and worked as a massage therapist for ballet companies. An orthopedic surgeon, who shared several mutual clients with Dr. Montgomery, invited him to observe surgery so he could learn more about the muscles and tissues of dancers. It didn’t take long until Dr. Montgomery was assisting in the operating room weekly and developing the foundation of his future surgical career.

Now that he’ll have some spare time, Dr. Montgomery is excited to spend more time with his horses. He owns two reining horses which he rides and shows and he manages a riding stable with nearly 50 horses. His girlfriend, who also enjoys dancing, might even be able to get him back on the dance floor.

Dr. Montgomery has been instrumental in transforming thousands of lives and we are deeply grateful for his contributions. Please join us in wishing him the best in this next chapter of his life.

“It really does change people’s lives. So many medical problems get better with one surgery. You can treat all those conditions with one laparoscopic surgery. It’s phenomenal. That was always the big inspiration.” – Dr. Kevin Montgomery

Exploring a Mediterranean Diet

Exploring a Mediterranean Diet

Are you familiar with the Mediterranean Diet? While it’s not actually a diet, you can consider it a style of eating used by people that live near the Mediterranean Sea. Research suggests that a Mediterranean eating pattern can lead to health benefits such as: improved cardiovascular health1, improvements in blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes2, and decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease3.

Foods that are encouraged4:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Seafood
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds

Foods to eat in moderation:

  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Eggs

Foods to limit:

  • Sweets, candy, desserts
  • Red meat, such as beef, lamb, or pork

Want to experiment with this way of eating? Here are some tips for incorporating a Mediterranean eating pattern into your daily life:

  • Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts and berries.
  • Replace a bag of potato chips or pretzels with a handful of nuts as a snack.
  • Top your salad with baked salmon for added heart-healthy protein.
  • When cooking, use olive oil in place of butter.
  • Replacing a meat-based meal with beans. For example, use black beans in your tacos instead of ground beef.
  • Grab a piece of fruit rather than a slice of cake for dessert.

A Mediterranean eating pattern can provide potential health benefits and is relatively easy to follow. Why not start the new year by incorporating these guidelines into your eating habits. Have questions? We’re here to help! For more information on how to include these tips in a way that works for you, make an appointment with one of our registered dietitians. 



  1. Carson JAS, Lichtenstein AH, Anderson CAM, Appel LJ, Kris-Etherton PM, Meyer KA, Petersen K, Polonsky T, Van Horn L; on behalf of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease; and Stroke Council. Dietary cholesterol and cardiovascular risk: a science advisory from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2019;140. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000743.
  2. Esposito K, Maiorino MI, Bellastella G, et al. A journey into a Mediterranean diet and type 2 diabetes: a systematic review with meta-analyses. BMJ Open 2015;5:e008222. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008222
  3. Lourida, Ilianna, et al. “Mediterranean Diet, Cognitive Function, and Dementia: A Systematic Review.” Epidemiology, vol. 24, no. 4, 2013, pp. 479–489., www.jstor.org/stable/23486687.
  4. Ball, Serena, and Deanna Segrave-Daly. The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.: 101 Easy, Flavorful Recipes for Lifelong Health. Rockridge Press, 2018.
Staff Spotlight: Joelle Roehl

Staff Spotlight: Joelle Roehl

NWWC Staff Spotlight

Name: Joelle Roehl

Role: Insurance Coordinator

Joined NWWC:  January 2019

Personal Life: Joelle was born in Edmonds and has lived in Washington her entire life. Her parents and four siblings live in Washington as well. At home, she lives with roommates and several furry family members: dogs Luna and Nala, cat Salem, and rat Onyx. While working full-time, she is completing her Associate’s degree.

Life Before NWWC:  Joelle has had a variety of office roles prior to joining our team. She worked for commercial landscaping companies doing estimations and bidding for projects and was a benefits administrator for an actuarial firm with a large hospital as her client.

A Day in Her Job: Joelle joined NWWC as an insurance verification specialist and has been promoted to the insurance coordinator role. She calls insurance companies or visits their online portals to gather details about benefits, exclusions, deductibles, out-of-pocket costs, and all of the confusing insurance information needed to navigate coverage for surgery. You might have spoken with her over the phone about these exciting things! She also completes all of the submissions to get people approved for surgery, including appeals. This involves record gathering, completing insurance forms, writing letters of medical necessity, and lots of faxing. While her average submission is 30 pages, she is working on a complicated one right now that is nearly 200 pages. “I advocate for patients to their insurance company. I have to help someone in the insurance company, who has no idea what bariatric surgery is, understand that it is medically necessary for our patients.”

What Else to Know about Joelle:

  • In the last few months, Joelle started her own health journey. “I made a push to get healthier and get in better shape to spend time in nature and not be out of breath. I’ve found a lot of confidence in exercising and focusing on what I’m putting in my body.” Her greatest athletic accomplishment so far? Reaching a full hour on the stair climber for a whopping 161 flights!
  • In May 2020, Joelle is embarking upon her first international excursion with a trip to Ireland and Scotland. “I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland for as long as I can remember. The goal is to meet an attractive Irish man, fall in love, and get married.” 😉 She’ll be visiting Dublin, Cork, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Her only reserve is being apart from her furry family. Since rescuing her dogs, she has never spent more than 24 hours away from them.
  • By the time you’re reading this, Joelle will have some new ink on her calf. She is planning a tattoo of a tall tree with crystals entwined in the roots in honor of the Washington state trees that develop quartz and amethyst gems in their root systems.