About Us

Dr. Van L. Wagner

wagnerVan L. Wagner, M.D., has been a full-time bariatric surgeon since moving to St. Louis in June 2003. In his surgical career, Dr. Wagner has performed more than 1500 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedures, more than 265 Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies, and over 640 Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass procedures. Having performed over 630 of these cases using a Periumbilical Laparoscopic Surgery (PULS) approach, Dr. Wagner has balanced experience with the most advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgical techniques.

Dr. Wagner was born and raised in Galion, Ohio, and received his college degree in 1984 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla in 1989, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark in 1994.

Dr. Wagner has been a board-certified general surgeon since 1996, and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Wagner’s practice, Heart of America Bariatrics, has been recognized as a Bariatric Center of Excellence since 1996. He is married and has two children. His interests include mountain climbing, scuba diving, snowboarding, and running marathons.

Hospital Privileges

  • Mercy Hospital Jefferson
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center
  • Des Peres Hospital

Dr. Jay M. Snow

Dr. SnowJay Michael Snow, M.D. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Fitness from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He continued on to medical school at MU and then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma. Thereafter, he completed a yearlong fellowship in Bariatric Surgery at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Snow has given multiple presentations at national meetings and has been published in peer-reviewed medical literature. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He received multiple awards throughout his residency and fellowship.

Last spring Dr. Snow volunteered with Project Haiti, a non-profit organization that teaches laparoscopy to surgical residents in Pignon, Haiti.

Outside of work, Dr. Snow is an avid outdoorsman with a special interest in waterfowl hunting and training his young Labrador retriever, Avery. He and his wife, Colleen, have a young son named Luke.

Hospital Privileges

  • Mercy Hospital Jefferson
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center
  • Des Peres Hospital


Monica Jahn: Practice Manager

Monica is not the ordinary office manager. Although she oversees the everyday functions of the office, she is different because of the role she takes with the patients. She is always looking out for the best interest of the patient, and wants every patient to reach their personal goals. As an Affiliate Associate Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Monica has completed multiple Gastric Banding adjustment and aftercare training programs. She is always looking for new ways to expand her knowledge in the field of Bariatric Healthcare.

Monica has been with Heart of America Bariatrics since January 2007. She is an honors graduate of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently working toward an MBA. When not at the office, Monica takes pleasure reading and spending time with her daughter, Scarlett.

Physician Extenders

Stacey Brouk

Stacey Brouk: Registered Dietitian

Beginning in 2011, Heart of America Bariatrics is proud to offer comprehensive nutrition services. Stacey Brouk, MS, RD, LD is a registered and licensed dietitian. She will provide nutritional support and education throughout your weight loss journey. She will help you meet insurance requirements by starting you on a weight loss program and will work with you regularly to help you make healthy food choices, get the nutrients you need, and help optimize weight loss.

Stacey graduated from Missouri State University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics. She went on to complete an accredited dietetic internship through the University of Houston, where she worked in various hospitals, outpatient and community settings. Prior to joining the Heart of America Bariatrics team, Stacey worked as an outpatient dietitian for a hospital.

Stacey completed her Master’s degree in dietetics online through Kansas State University. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Stacey is highly motivated and truly cares about the well-being of all her patients.

Heather FinneyHeather: Medical Assistant

Heather is an experienced medical assistant and a 2006 graduate of Allied College. She studied medical assisting and received her Associates Degree in Applied Science. She enjoys working with patients and is eager to get to know Heart of America Bariatrics’ alumni. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and exercising.

Patient Advocates

Heart of America Bariatrics is fortunate to have two remarkable Patient Advocates, Katie and Loretta. As Patient Advocates, their primary goal is to assist patients with getting from seminar to surgery with the highest level of efficiency. Once you have a submitted a completed medical history form, you will be assigned an advocate to be your exclusive guide through the pre-surgery process. Our advocates have extensive experience coordinating with your other healthcare providers and insurance companies to obtain approval for surgery. Both incredibly passionate and highly motivated, Katie and Loretta offer continued support to Heart of America Bariatrics’ patients.

Katie BerraKatie: Patient Advocate

Katie has been with Heart of America Bariatrics since April 2010. She recently graduated with honors from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Katie is always friendly, has a great attitude, and enjoys talking to our patients. In her own time, Katie is a wonderful cake decorator and loves playing with her two daughters, Morgan and Nora.

LorettaLoretta: Patient Advocate

Loretta received a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology from Maryville University in 2008. She is very excited to be entering the medical field and looks forward to helping patients. When not working Loretta loves to be with her son, Emmett.

The Front Desk Team

The first smiling faces you are sure to see when you visit Heart of America Bariatrics are those of our Front Desk Team. Our front desk associates are knowledgeable and friendly, and enjoy getting to know each of our patients. They oversee scheduling in our office, will call to remind you of your appointment, and follow up with you after your visit. If you have questions regarding vitamin choices, each are educated on bariatric supplements. Most importantly, our Front Desk Associates welcome you to Heart of America Bariatrics and make you feel at home.

Karen Hampton (3)Karen: Front Desk Associate

Karen has been with Heart of America Bariatrics since November 2007. Karen’s remarkable organization skills, knowledge, and experience keep our front office running smoothly. Her “friendly professionalism” is valued by both HOAB team members and patients. In her free time, Karen loves running, spending time with her husband and friends, and playing with her sons, Mason and Wyatt.

Jessica AntonJessica: Front Desk Associate

Jessica has been with Heart of America Bariatrics since November 2012. Jessica is a 2011 graduate of Lindenwood University with a degree in Health Management. Her very dedicated and energetic personality, combined with more than 10 years of customer service experience, make her an asset to the HOAB team.

Contact Information

tel: (314) 776-7112
fax: (314) 776-7114
email: info@hoab.org


10007 Kennerly Rd., Suite A
Saint Louis, MO 63128

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