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Meet Your Care Team

When you choose Yuma Regional Medical Center for your weight loss surgery needs, you’ll be supported by our dedicated team of experts every step of the way on your path to achieving successful, long-term weight loss results.

Dr. Candice Jensen

Candice M. Jensen, M.D. 

Dr. Jensen is a fellowship trained general surgeon who specializes in bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgery. She has been Yuma's leader in weight loss surgery for more than a decade, performing more than 1,000 bariatric procedures. Board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Jensen is the founder of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Yuma Regional Medical Center. She has a proven record for achieving exceptional outcomes.

Dr. Jensen has also served as clinical instructor in Minimally Invasive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center, and has published articles in journals such as Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases, The American Surgeon, Journal of Diabetes Technology and Bariatric Times. Her research has been presented at UCLA Medical Center, Kern Medical Center, Southern California American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Jensen completed her residency at Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, a community hospital affiliate of New York Medical College, and at the University of Arizona Medical School. Dr. Jensen received her fellowship training from the University of California Medical School in Los Angeles, California (UCLA).

Rebecca Adame

Director of Clinical Operations

Rebecca oversees Bariatric and Outpatient Nutrition Services. She joined the Case Management Department of Yuma Regional Medical Center in 2001 and opened the Yuma Regional Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program with Dr. Candice Jensen in May 2009.

Carmen Pulido, Bariatric Care Team Member

Carmen Pulido

Bariatric Surgery Program Liaison

As our patients quickly learn, Carmen greets everyone who visits our Bariatric Surgery Clinic with a smile. She began her work at Yuma Regional Medical Center as a volunteer in 1998 and worked in medical records, preadmission testing and outpatient surgery prior to joining our bariatric team in 2010. She is also a certified interpreter and a licensed massage therapist.

Jacinta Santori, Dietitian

Jacinta Santori

Registered Dietitian

Jacinta came to Yuma Regional Medical Center from Minnesota in 2013. She is a Registered Dietitian and the leader of the monthly bariatric patient support group. Jacinta holds a certificate of completion in Adult Weight Management and conducts nutritional assessments, dietary consultations and both pre- and post-operative education. She received her Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota in 2008 and her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University in 2012.

Skylar Hand, Dietitian

Skylar Hand

Registered Dietitian

As a Registered Dietitian, Skylar performs nutritional assessments, dietary consultations and both pre and post-operative education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Arizona in 2014. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2015.

Skylar and her husband, who serves in the U.S. Army, recently relocated to Yuma from Georgia. She is happy to now be back in Arizona, the state where she was born and raised.

Anna Sapon, Bariatic Care Team Member

Anna Sapon

Patient Access Representative

Anna Sapon is a Patient Access Representative for the Bariatric Surgey Program. Anna manages the front office to include scheduling appointments.  Anna speaks English, as well as Spanish, and is always eager to help in any way possible.

Anna joined the Bariatric Surgery Program in the fall of 2017 and brings more than ten years of medical office experience to the bariatric clinic

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