Bariatric Team

Chad Ringley, MD, FACS, Medical Director
Fellowship Trained / Board Certified
Dr. Ringley earned his medical degree from Indiana University's School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Manchester College. He completed his general surgery residency with Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals (now CMU College of Medicine) and is fellowship trained in advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery from the University of Nebraska's Medical Center. He routinely performs bariatric surgery and is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Member: American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Jason Kuhn, DO
Fellowship Trained / Board Eligible
Dr. Kuhn earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL and his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan. He completed his general surgery residency with St. John Macomb/Oakland and is fellowship trained in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from the Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Kuhn is a member of Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery – American Society of Metabolic Bariatric Surgery – American Osteopathic Association.

Member: Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
American Osteopathic Association

Portrait of Libby Palmer

Libby Palmer, RN, BSN, Bariatric Program Administrator
Libby received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University and has experience in both clinical and surgical nursing at Covenant HealthCare. She has also received her certification as a Bariatric Coach, Support Group Leader, Back on Track and Success Habits instructor through Bariatric Support Centers International. In addition, Libby is a bariatric patient and understands the pathway to surgery as well as the lifestyle changes needed for better health and long-term weight loss. She brings great passion to provide support and guidance to the Covenant Bariatric and Metabolic Center and looks forward to assisting patients through all of the phases leading up to and following bariatric surgery.

Rebecca, RD, LDN, CDE
Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 20 years of experience. She graduated cum laude from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and completed her dietetic internship at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Key in her teaching is the belief that achieving a balanced lifestyle is essential to optimal health.

Marcia, Medical Assistant
Marcia has been working in the medical field for more than 20 years. She has an Associate Degree from Great Lakes Junior College. She is here to assist patients, answer questions, schedule testing, and help support patients along their way to achieve successful weight loss.

Melissa, Medical Assistant
Melissa has been working in the medical field for seven years and has been part of Covenant Surgical Specialists for the past four years. She graduated as a registered medical assistant from Ross Medical Center. She is willing and ready to assist patients, answer questions and schedule testing. Melissa is dedicated to supporting patients along their journeys to lose weight and achieve their goals.



To learn more about how our bariatric team can help you, sign up for a bariatric seminar today.