About Our Team
Meet Dr. Clark and His Team of Experts
At the Center for Weight Loss Success, we know that you require support throughout your program. You will find our staff warm and compassionate and ready to answer any questions you might have. What can be better than helping individuals achieve their weight loss and fitness goals? If you have questions, we have answers. Our team looks forward to guiding you every step of the way.
Thomas W. Clark, MS, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Virginia Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Thomas W. Clark graduated from Davidson College and The Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also one of the rare bariatric surgeons also certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine as a bariatric physician. Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Medical Association. Dr. Clark is the Bariatric Program Medical Director at the Sentara CarePlex.
Dr. Clark has chosen to dedicate his career to helping people live their dreams by successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Dr. Clark is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the USA and has performed nearly 5,000 weight loss surgery procedures since 1994. Dr. Clark is also an experienced bariatrician who helps people understand their underlying metabolic problems and successfully overcome them in order to lose weight. He provides lectures regarding surgical and non-surgical weight loss and is a regular contributor to publications, newsletters, author of the best-selling book series, ‘Less Weight…More Life!’ and Back on Track After Weight Loss Surgery.
Cat Williamson, Office Manager
Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 25 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over ten years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!
Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator
Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching Weight Management University™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”
Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.
Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager
Cat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.
“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”
Arlyne Spalla-Benson, LWMC, CPT, Nutritional Counselor
Arlyne has 28 years of fitness experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Instructor and has recently added the Health Coaching certification to her credits. Having a degree in Biology from Auburn University, and a background in nursing, she has a good understanding of the medical and physical issues that our patients often face.
Arlyne has taught fitness in many places around the globe and owned her own studio while living in Wisconsin. She is certified and licensed to teach Group Exercise, Water Aerobics, Body Pump, R.I.P.P.E.D., TRX, Kickboxing and Spinning. She is a competitive runner and can generally be found in the top percentage of females in the event.
“Fitness is my passion, and I love working with people of all ages and fitness levels!”
Dani Colley, Medical Assistant
Dani has over 30 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!
Dani presents the weekly Pre-Surgical Orientation class and makes sure every patient is prepared for this first big step in their life changing weight loss journey. She also facilitates the monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meetings, as well as run the clinic side of the office. Dani sees patients for their first visit of the Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™, helping the patients to transition from the surgical experience to the WMU program to aid in their long term success.
Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding her favorite rescue horse, Ginger.
Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist
Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager/Front Office
With over 20 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies.
Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug!
For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!”
Additional Experts Affiliated with Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success Program:
Dawn Reese, PhD
Dr. Reese earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University. She completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Reese assists with the behavior modification portion of our program by providing clinical and practical expertise. She is also available for individual consultation.
For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please schedule your FREE individualized consultation by calling (757) 873-1880 today!