Bariatric and Operating Room Nurse
Allison Arends has more than 11 years of nursing experience. She has spent the past 6 years with Columbia Surgical Associates team working alongside Dr. James Pitt both in the clinic setting as well as assisting on surgeries in the operating room. Graduating from Moberly Area Community College in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing , Allison later went on to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Central Methodist University.
After completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Maryville University and becoming a board-certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Allison made the decision to stay on as a member of the Columbia Surgical Associates team. She is now utilizing her experience in bariatric surgery to offer patients non-surgical options for weight loss. Additionally, she will be working in collaboration with the surgeons of Columbia Survival Associates to provided evaluation and treatment planning for patients suffering from reflux disease.
Allison has advanced certification as both a Certified Bariatric and Certified Operating Room Nurse. She is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Obesity Medicine Association, Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Allison is committed to disease, prevention, wellness attainment, and promoting a healthy lifestyle for her patients. She feels that Columbia Surgical Associates offers a unique team approach to patient care.