Eric A. Spencer, MD
Dr. Eric Spencer is the Chief Medical Advisor for Monarch Medical Weight Loss Center and is one of the program's founders. Before starting Monarch, he was a constant dieter and had tried the vast majority of the weight loss programs. His 40-pound weight loss success serves as a motivator for the many patients he sees today. Dr. Spencer earned his MD at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Spencer is Attending Emergency Medicine Physician at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
Richard J. Lindquist, MD
Dr. Rick Lindquist is a founding member of Monarch Medical Weight Loss Center. He served as Monarch's Medical Director from 2006 to May 2009. He is currently the clinical medical director for Swedish Weight Loss Services at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Dr. Lindquist has practiced medicine for 20 years. He studied at the University of Washington and completed his residency in Florida. Dr. Lindquist is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the National Association of EMS Physicians. He was awarded the State of Oregon EMS Medical Director of the Year in 2001.
Robert D. Graham, MD
Dr. Robert Graham is a founding member of Monarch Medical Weight Loss Center. Dr. Graham has spent over a decade in emergency medicine and is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Graham was instrumental in the development of the Monarch programs. Dr. Graham served as Monarch’s Administrative Director from 2006 to June of 2009.
Richard Abraham, MD, DACPM
Dr. Richard Abraham has more than 25 years of experience in medicine as an emergency physician and Medical Director in occupational medicine. He is an active civic volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of medical associations. He is also a member of the Lane County Medical Society and the Oregon Medical Association.
Angela Zacharek, RNc, MSN, FNP, CNM
Nurse Practitioner Angela Zacharek graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Ky., with a masters of science in Nursing, a Nurse-Midwife Certificate and Post-Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner. She also received a bachelor of arts degree in Holistic Health Studies from Burlington College in Burlington, Vt., and received ADN registered nurse credentials from Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. Angela's interest in bariatric medicine is personal. Her immediate family history includes obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. "I want to be an expert in bariatric medicine for myself, my family and my patients. Not everything is known about why we gain weight and what the best way to lose it is. By keeping up with current medical research, our clinics will be able to help our patients reach their health goals."
Penny Kollen, RN
Penny Kollen, RN, graduated from nursing school in 1985 from Umpqua Community College and has worked in the emergency department and Urgent Care. For the last 10 years she has worked in Home Health and Hospice. " I have been overweight since age 6 and tried just about every diet out there ... and believe me some were really 'out there'. My enthusiasm for Monarch starts from being on the program myself. I have finally found something that really works and is increasing my energy while I have consistently great weight loss."
Sherri Graham, LPN
Sherri Graham, LPN, is Monarch's Hiring and Training Manager. An LPN for five years, she also has a background in business along with a degree in education. She started out at Monarch as a nurse/medical assistant at the Coburg Road clinic in Eugene and has advanced to hiring and training staff for Monarch's Oregon clinics. "My hope is that by training new staff members they will share and relay my enthusiasm and love for extraordinary patient care. My desire is to have patients walk into any of our clinics and have the same quality of care and a sense of family."
Sandy Janiszewski, RN
Sandy Janiszewski, an RN at Monarch Medical Weight Loss Center, has practiced nursing for 17 years. She studied at LBCC and spent much of her career as director of an assisted living facility. "Nutrition and weight management has always been my passion. Finding a weight loss program that is medically based not only fulfills my career passion, but also my desire to help patients make a permanent, positive change in their lives that benefits not only their appearance, but most importantly, their health."
Bill Schueler RN, BSN, CEN
Bill Schueler, RN, CEN, started his career as an emergency medical technician in 1997. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001, he entered the emergency nursing field and became a certified emergency nurse. His profession and travels have taken him from Wisconsin to Florida, California, Washington and Oregon, where he has lived since 2005. Since joining Monarch in December of 2008, he has been impressed by the number of people who are interested in improving their health. "I'm excited to help people live better through preventive nursing and empowering each of Monarch's patients to become livelier, healthier individuals one at a time. It takes time, perseverance, self-loyalty and a realistic outlook to accomplish overall health." He keeps spry by training fellow emergency nurses, learning and teaching Tae-kwon-do, and mentoring high school percussionists.