Bariatric Center Team
A unique feature of the North Kansas City Hospital Bariatric Center is the assistance of these health professionals in one location to teach skills for lifelong weight loss.
Surgeon Keenan Berghoff, MD
Keenan Berghoff, MD, medical director of the bariatric program, is a board certified general surgeon with specialized training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric procedures. He received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and earned his medical doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., and a fellowship in advanced laparoscopy at the Texas Endosurgery Institute in San Antonio, Tx. Dr. Berghoff has served as an associate professor of surgery for the University of Missouri, Kansas City and has published numerous journal articles on techniques and advantages of minimally invasive surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic surgeons and a committee member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He looks at bariatric surgery as an effective tool that helps motivated patients lose weight and live healthier, happier lives.
Psychiatrist Todd Hill, DO
Todd Hill, DO, is board certified in General Psychiatry by the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City and then completed his residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Hill serves as Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at North Kansas City Hospital. He is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio Sciences and a founding partner and medical director for Signature Behavioral Health which focuses on physician-directed mental health intensive outpatient programs in the Kansas City area. Dr. Hill is certified by the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to treat addiction. He currently practices with Northland Psychiatric Specialists. Dr. Hill is well known for his compassionate and conservative care of patients with mental illness and he believes that medication is just a small part in the treatment for these patients.
Jackie Roth, Registered Dietitian
Jackie Roth is the outpatient and bariatric dietitian at North Kansas City Hospital. She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Missouri and completed her master’s of science degree in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Missouri Dietetic Association. Jackie is an advocate for her patients and supports them in their time. She talks with her patients (no lecture here) while teaching and empowering them to take control of their lives. Eating is an integral part of who we are as people, and she helps everyone develop an individualized plan to assist in meeting their goals.
Tricia May, Program Coordinator
Tricia May has been a registered nurse since 1996 and has been an employee of North Kansas City Hospital since 2001. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University but earned her RN after her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he encouraged her to follow her passion for helping people. Tricia is a dedicated and skilled nurse and has worked in a variety of settings from Home Health to Pre-surgery Testing to the Operating Room. In her role as program coordinator, Tricia will support individuals throughout their weight loss journey to ensure success.
Nicole LeGrair, Insurance Coordinator
Nicole LeGrair has worked for North Kansas City Hospital since 2010 and joined the bariatric team in 2013 as the insurance coordinator. She has a background in insurance, billing and customer service. She received her Associates in Business at The University of Phoenix and has almost completed her Bachelors in Business Finance. As the insurance coordinator, her expertise is to guide patients through the benefits process, from seminar to surgery. It’s important to her to effectively communicate about insurance so that patients have a complete understanding of what will be expected prior to surgery. “It’s truly remarkable to witness our patients enter the program with a life mission to be healthy again and to trust our team to help make that happen.”
Susan Benoit, Manager
Susan Benoit is the manager of the North Kansas City Hospital Bariatric Center. She received her diploma in nursing from St Luke's School of Nursing and her bachelor's of science in nursing from Webster University. Susan received her master’s of business administration from Rockhurst University. In addition to managing bariatric program and center operations and working on a Center of Excellence designation for bariatric, Susan also manages North Kansas City Hospital's Pavilion surgery and Northland Cardiac Center surgery departments.