Practice Policy Update Regarding Covid-19
Practice Policy Update Regarding Covid-19

Meet the Staff

Jessica Reyes

Clarity Surgical Director of Operations

Jessica has over 19 years of experience in the healthcare field- including many years of practice management and leadership expertise. She has worked in hospital settings such as NYU Langone Medical Center, Columbia University Medical Center and most recently, Weill Cornell Medicine. She has had the opportunity to work alongside physicians in a variety of specialties and sub-specialties within those organizations. Jessica joined Clarity Surgical and Weight Loss Solutions to oversee operations and business development using the skills and resources she has learned from these well-respected organizations.

When Jessica is not in the office, you will find her enjoying the company of her three boys and her fiancée in their Long Island home.

Nikki Petrocelli  - M.S. R.D. C.D.E.

Nikki Petrocelli

M.S. R.D. C.D.E.

Nikki Petrocelli is a New York University graduate, a board-certified Registered Dietitian, and simply put a true food fan. Her passion for nutrition has led her all over our great nation working with many organizations including The New York Jets, The New York Giants, The School of American Ballet, The North American Soccer League (NASL), and the cast of The Real Housewives of New York to name a few. Nikki is honored to have joined the Clarity Surgical team as the lead dietitian nutrition practitioner and looks forward to providing expert, innovative, and fun nutrition services for all her patients. Along with her expertise as a registered dietitian, Nikki is a certified specialist in intuitive eating, specializes in disordered eating, supports the HAES movement, and is a certified diabetes educator.

Nikki, as your bariatric registered dietitian, will work with each Clarity patient to ensure their success both before and after surgery or on their non-surgical weight loss journey. Through nutrition education, individualized meal plans, recipe guides and shopping lists, she will work tirelessly to provide you with all the support that you need to succeed. Nikki will be your front row fan and collective cheering section throughout your entire journey while increasing your health and happiness with every visit!

“I am one hundred passionate about helping our patients navigate the world of nutrition while on their bariatric journey. We’ve got 99 problems and bread shouldn't be one. I am focused and excited to help our patients achieve their goals while preserving their lives socially, emotionally, and culturally. I believe you can change your life and improve your health without losing who you are in the kitchen. I am beyond grateful to have joined Dr. Thompson’s team of extraordinary humans. As a patient you will feel like family the instant you arrive at our office and that’s a promise.”

Allison Reeder - Surgical Coordinator

​​​​​​​Allison Reeder

Surgical Coordinator

Allison Reeder has recently joined Clarity Surgical as our Surgical Coordinator, guiding all our patients through every part of their journey. She comes to us from Weill Cornell Medical Center where she managed the patient care of their Adult Congenital Heart Disease subspecialty, in the division of Cardiology. Prior to Weill Cornell, Allison also oversaw administrative and scheduling functions at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Department.

Allison is a welcome asset to the team. Her vast experience working within complex subdivisions has allowed her opportunities to hone her patient experience and patient satisfaction skill. She takes pride in being able to assist patients to navigate what can be a labyrinth of scheduling events we have become accustomed to in the medical field. Allison is excited to use these skills to help patients at Clarity Surgical navigate their surgical experience.

Outside of work, Allison enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading.

Lara Diab - Surgical Coordinator

​​​​​​​Lara Diab

Surgical Coordinator

Lara Diab recently joined Clarity Surgical as our Surgical Coordinator, guiding all our patients through every part of their journey. She comes to us from the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan where she coordinated international patients from around the globe and assisted them through their medical journey. In this role, Lara served as a liaison to coordinate interventions directed by physicians and efficiently communicated with patients and providers to ensure that all aspects of the appointments and surgeries are appropriately handled.

Lara is devoted to working with patients and making them feel comfortable through their surgical experience.

​​​​​​​Outside of work, Lara loves spending time with her husband and kids, painting, and decorating.

​​​​​​​Selena Kirkland - Patient Care Coordinator

​​​​​​​Selena Kirkland

Patient Care Coordinator

Selena is Clarity Surgical's Patient Care Coordinator, she will greet you as you come to our office and will guide you through your visit with our team. She came to the United States at the age of fifteen from El Salvador and quickly excelled in her studies pushing herself to be a straight-A student. Selena continued to pursue her passion for Medicine obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Touro College, she is also a Certified Phlebotomist Technician.

She is further pursuing her love for science and helping the community by working alongside our leading surgeons and gaining as much experience as possible to become a physician assistant. Selena has also volunteered her time to work closely with physicians in family practice and pediatric settings. During her time there, she learned the importance of caring for patients and their families.

Selena's education along with her patient care background makes it possible to provide an elevated experience like no other.

You will get to know Selena's friendly and outgoing personality as soon as you visit our office. In her spare time, Selena loves to spend time with her family, bake, and travel.

​​​​​​​Emely Gomez - Patient Care Coordinator

​​​​​​​Emely Gomez

Patient Care Coordinator

Emely Gomez is a Patient Care Coordinator at Clarity Surgical. She will make you feel welcome and comfortable from the moment you begin your journey.

Emely graduated from Hunter Business School, attending throughout the pandemic, and successfully overcoming any challenge presented. Because of her perseverance and dedication to patient care, she was able to graduate from the Medical Assistant program with outstanding grades.

Emely has mastered many clinical skills and is an expert phlebotomist. Her kindness and outgoing personality will make you feel like family. She is excited to be a part of the Clarity Family and happy to get to know our amazing patients!

​​​​​​​When Emely is not in the office, you will find her spending quality time with her loved ones and traveling.

​​​​​​​Brenda Ramos-Velasquez - Patient Care Coordinator

​​​​​​​Brenda Ramos-Velasquez

Patient Care Coordinator

Brenda Ramos-Velasquez is a Patient Care Coordinator at Clarity Surgical. Brenda’s passion for helping others made her choose a career in healthcare. She went to Hunter Business School in Levittown and graduated from the Medical Assistant Program with a 4.0 GPA! She excelled in all her clinical skills courses, especially Phlebotomy and EKG.

In addition, Brenda also has six years of customer service experience, where she learned the importance of caring and treating others with the utmost respect. Brenda will ensure you are provided with a high-quality service once you enter our doors. She has been in your shoes and has empathy for and can support you through your patient journey!

In her spare time, you can find Brenda spending quality time with her beautiful daughter and her family.

Symphony D. George, PA-C - board-certified Physician Assistant

​​​​​​​Symphony D. George, PA-C

Board-Certified Physician Assistant

Symphony D. George, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant at Clarity Surgical. Her role is to work very closely in assisting the surgeons with the clinical aspects of the patient’s surgery.

Symphony D. George sparked an interest in medicine from childhood, as she grew up in a family of healthcare workers, and felt it would be a fulfilling way to help people.  Ms. George completed her clinical clerkships in multiple disciplines across several medical centers and private practices throughout the NYC Metropolitan area.  She has over 8 years of experience and is proficient in medical therapies, diagnostics, records review, and monitoring. Her most recent clinical practice included four years of internal medicine, cardiology, and primary care in the NYC Metro area and on Long Island.

Ms. George earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Temple University and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from SUNY Downstate Medical Center with an emphasis in Community Health. She completed her Physician Assistant training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2010.  Her professional interests include chronic disease prevention, promoting healthy lifestyles, and addressing disparities in healthcare. In her leisure time, Symphony enjoys spending time with family, especially her daughter, bicycling, cooking, and travel.

Christie Maletta, CPC

Billing Manager

Christie is Clarity Surgical's Billing Manager. She is an insurance and medical claims specialist dedicated to promoting a positive patient experience within the practice. She graduated from Long Island University with her Bachelor's degree in Health Information Management. With over ten (10) years of experience in the medical field, Christie shares a broad knowledge and understanding of health insurance benefits and claims processing. Always seeking further education, she also obtained her Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification through the AAPC in 2019. She strives to provide patients with a sense of security and understanding while navigating the often-confusing world of insurance benefits.

In her spare time, Christie loves to go hiking with her husband and their dog, Mia. She also loves to cook and travel!