Meet the Weight Management Team

Surgeons

Matthew Christophersen

Matthew Christophersen, M.D., FACS 
Medical Director, Center for Bariatric Surgery 

Dr. Christophersen was born in Illinois. He did his undergraduate work at Lewis University, attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and completed his general surgery residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a board certified general surgeon, with experience in general and advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures. He joined the Davenport Surgical Group, P.C., in 2001, and lives in Davenport with his wife, Jamie, and their two children. Dr. Christophersen is the Medical Director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery, a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Medical Association, the Iowa Medical Society and the Scott County Medical Society and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.  

Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps, M.D., FACS

Dr. Phelps is an Iowa native, performing his undergraduate work at the University of Northern Iowa, his medical school and residencies at the University of Iowa. He is a board certified general surgeon, with experience in general, advanced laparoscopic and hepatic surgical procedures. He joined the Davenport Surgical Group, P.C., in 1994, and lives in Davenport. Dr. Phelps is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Medical Association, the Iowa Medical Society, the Scott County Medical Society, and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

David Aanestad, M.D.

David Aanestad, M.D., FACS 

Dr. Aanestad is a native Iowan, who was born in Iowa City. He has been a member of the Davenport Surgical Group, P.C. staff since 2003. He graduated from undergraduate Summa Cum Laude from Luther College, Decorah, IA and attended medical school at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. He completed his surgical residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is a board certified general surgeon with experience in general and advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures. Dr. Aanestad is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Aanestad is a member of the Iowa Medical Society and the Scott County Medical Society.

Staff

Kathy Crooks, RN

Kathy Crooks, RN, CNOR, CBN
Clinic Coordinator
Kathy graduated from Blessing Hospital School of Nursing in Quincy, IL. Kathy has worked in the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, pre-admission scheduling, and operating room scheduling departments before joining the CBS staff in 2005. Kathy is a certified operating room nurse and a certified bariatric nurse. She is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Association of Operating Room Nurses. Kathy lives in Davenport with her husband Roger, and she has two daughters.

Crist Stevenson, PhDDr. Crist Stevenson, PhD

Crist Stevenson Ph.D. has worked in business and mental health settings for over 40 years. He spent 17 years as a consulting business psychologist working with the senior management of Fortune 1000 firms and developing innovative ways of assessing organizational leadership. For the last 10 years, he has worked as a clinical psychologist focused on multiple forms of assessment (e.g., bariatrics, dementia, AD/HD, police hiring, disability, and cognitive functioning) along with a clinical caseload of individual patients and couples. He is currently employed by Genesis Health Systems as a clinical psychologist at Psychology Associates in Davenport, Iowa, where he has worked for the past six years.He is a native Chicagoan and die-hard Bears and Bulls fan. 

Leslie Heim, RPh

Leslie Heim, RPh
Clinical Coordinator FirstMed Pharmacy

Ms. Heim graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy. She has been at Genesis Medical Center since 1988 working in Long Term Care consulting. Leslie lives in Davenport with her family; husband, Raymond and children, Matthew & Rachel. She is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa.

Terry Pool

Terry Pool
Department Secretary
Terry has been employed at Genesis Medical Center since February 1984, working in the following areas: Materials Management and the Cancer Program. She lives in Bettendorf with her husband, Lonnie, and has three daughters, Ashley, Chelsi and Kelli. Terry has been involved with many organizations and events relating to cancer. 

Kim FranksKim Franks 
Clinical Office Secretary / Insurance Advisor

Kim has been employed with Genesis Medical Center since September 2006. Prior to coming to the Bariatric Center in June 2009, she worked in gynecology. She lives in Davenport and has two sons, Nick and Hayden.

Claire Smick-Kuhn, Physical Therapist

Claire Smick-Kuhn
Physical Therapist
Ms. Smick-Kuhn graduated from University of Iowa with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has been with Genesis Medical Center since 1995 working in the following areas:  inpatient, outpatient and VNA outreach. Claire lives in Bettendorf with her husband John and daughters Kira and Kaylin.

Kim Higby

Kim Higby
Registered Nurse

Kim was a Dental Hygienist for 20 years before becoming a Registered Nurse in 2011. Kim has experience in dialysis, nursing home care, urgent care, assisted living and an outpatient care center. Kim is married and has two daughters, as well as three spoiled dogs. 

DeAnna DeVinney

Deena Devinney
Registered Nurse
Deena graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Moline, Ill in 1984. She has experience in medical/surgical, geriatric, orthopedic, behavioral health, neurological and outpatient surgical nursing. Deena has a son and a daughter, and is married to husband, Darren Devinney.

Rachel FargherRachel Fargher, RD, LD 
Registered Dietitian 
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Rachel joined the Center for Weight Management Program in 2014 and works closely with bariatric patients both pre and post operatively. She also provides nutritional counseling to Medical Nutrition Therapy patients. 

Jennifer DodsonJennifer Dodson
Clinical Office Secretary
 
Jennifer has been an employee with Genesis since 2008. Jennifer worked at Genesis Psychology Associates for 6 years before joining the Center for Weight Management team. Jennifer has a diploma in Business Management. Jennifer lives in Eldridge, Iowa with her husband Patrick and there two children Elizabeth and Caden.

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