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Meet The Doctors

Dr. Lloyd Stegemann

Lloyd Stegemann, M.D., F.A.S.M.B.S. specializes in the treatment of obesity and subscribes to a health action plan that involves community leaders, businesses, schools, elected officials, faith based organizations, and healthcare professionals to get every individual to understand the effect that their weight has on their health.

As a healthcare professional he performs gastric banding, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass surgical interventions. Having completed more than 1,000 bariatric cases and being designated a Surgical Center of Excellence Surgeon by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), his experience matches his proclivity for compassion and excellence.

During his surgical residency, he saw firsthand the devastating health and personal effects of obesity on patients and their families.  He also witnessed the growing epidemic of obesity in his home state of Texas and decided that he, much like the physicians before him that led the battle against tobacco, would devote his practice to battling obesity.

Organizing and founding the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery as part of the ASMBS, he now helps other surgeons across the country organize their own ASMBS chapters.

An active author and speaker lending his talents to Johnson and Johnson in helping launch the Realize Band, and assisting The Discovery Channel in explaining Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Stegemann’s counsel and expertise are highly sought after.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, a national non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the disease of obesity, improve access to obesity treatments, and end obesity discrimination.

Stegemann received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed his surgical residency in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Stegemann recently returned to Corpus Christi, TX, a city he knows quite well having graduated from Carroll High School.  He is very excited to be home and to work with Coastal Bend residents to restore their health and hope through weight loss surgery.

Dr. Jegan Gopal

Jegan Gopal, MD is the newest member of The Better Weigh Center. Dr. Gopal specializes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA where he attended and graduated with Honors in Biochemistry at UCLA. After a couple of productive years in cancer research, he attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He then went onto do his General Surgery residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. During his residency he focused his research in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic surgery. After residency, he successfully completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric surgery at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Dr. Gopal is passionate about weight loss surgery, and the major positive impact it has on the general health of his patients and their quality of life. He has experience in gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional bariatric surgery. He is candidate member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Additionally, he has presented at Obesity Week and has published in Bariatric Times.

In his spare time, Dr. Gopal enjoys biking, basketball, traveling, and drawing.

Our Wonderful Staff


Rachelle has been with The Better Weigh Center for a number of years and is very knowledgeable about multiple areas in the office. Rachelle's primary role is Patient Navigator. In this role Rachelle will help you schedule and complete your medical and insurance requirements that must be done prior to surgery. She's here to help every step of the way!


Criselda is our friendly and knowledgeable Front Desk Clerk. Criselda will be happy to give you information or transfer you to the correct employee who can answer your specific question.


Nicole is our medical assistant and is responsible for gathering vital signs, giving Vitamin B12 shots, and assisting our surgeons with any in-office procedures.


Rafaela is our Clinical Nutritionist extraordinaire! Rafaela loves teaching about nutrition and the healing aspects of food. Rafaela meets with patients before and after surgery to help them learn the healthy eating habits that will allow patients to maximize their weight loss and keep the weight off long-term.


Ruth has been with The Better Weigh Center since our opening. Ruth does everything around the office including insurance verification, checking patients out of the clinic and acts as a Patient Navigator. She is a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to help you out!


James is our New Patient Coordinator. James will gather your information if you call the office or send in an online form and call your insurance company to see if you have coverage for bariatric surgery. He will then contact you to set up a New Patient Appointment. If you do not have coverage for bariatric surgery, James will explain your options to still have surgery with The Better Weigh Center.


Tory is currently still telling us her story. Check back soon for a bio.

Why the Better Weigh Center?

At the Better Weigh Center our program is committed to helping our patients be successful before, during and AFTER surgery.  From the moment you make that first call, you will be treated with the dignity and respect you deserve.  You will never feel like “just one of the crowd” in our clinic.  Our team of professionals will be there every step of the way to make sure your weight loss journey is as smooth, worry free and as successful as possible.