Meet Our Team

At Woman's, we have years of experience helping women through weight loss surgery.

Our weight loss surgery team is here for you before and well after surgery, providing guidance, reassurance and comprehensive services. Your comfort and safety is our priority.

Weight Loss Surgeons

To learn more about each physician, view their introduction video or click their Doctor Directory page.

Brent Allain Jr.

Dr. Allain performs advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and physician assisted robotic bariatric surgery. Specific weight loss procedures include: vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and revisional bariatric surgery.

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Drake Bellanger

Dr. Bellanger was the first surgeon in Baton Rouge to perform laparoscopic weight loss surgery and has performed more than 2,500 weight loss procedures during his career. 

His practice is dedicated to bariatric (Weight Loss) surgery and has been an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence surgeon since 2006.

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Andrew Hargroder

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Recognized as one of the top 15 national bariatric leaders by Newsweek magazine and as a Center of Excellence surgeon by the U.S. Surgical Review Corporation, Dr. Hargroder has dedicated his practice to the treatment of obesity, and has successfully performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgery procedures.

Dr. Hargroder is a Board Certified General Surgeon with certifications in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Band, and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures.

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Mark Hausmann

Dr. Hausmann is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has practiced general surgery in Baton Rouge since 1992.

Specific weight loss procedures include: vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, duodenal switch and revisional bariatric surgery.

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Kenneth Kleinpeter

Dr. Kleinpeter, Jr., FACS, has been in the Baton Rouge community since childhood and finished undergraduate study in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University.He then completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Institute in Baton Rouge.

Specific weight loss procedures include: vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding surgery.

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Karl LeBlanc

Dr. LeBlanc is from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He performs a wide variety of advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and physician assisted robotic surgery in the fields of both general and bariatric surgery.

Dr. LeBlanc has authored three textbooks on minimally invasive surgery and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical literature.

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Jonathan Taylor

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Dr. Taylor is a native of Los Angeles, California.

He was granted a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., followed by completion of a Surgery Residency at the University of California, Davis. His post-residency training focused on bariatric and laparoscopic surgery procedures.

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Thomas Wayne Cook, MD

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Dr. Thomas Cook is a native of nearby Pineville, Louisiana. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from LSU in Baton Rouge, Dr. Cook attended LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where he received his medical degree. Upon completion of his Residency at LSU in New Orleans, he returned to Baton Rouge to perform a Bariatric and Robotic Surgery Fellowship at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center before joining The Baton Rouge Clinic in the summer of 2016.

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Woman's Support Staff

Suzette Fontenot

Bariatric Coordinator

SuzetteFontenotSuzette is an experienced bariatric coordinator and member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). She is an advocate for bariatric patients, wanting to help woman live a healthier and longer life through weight loss surgery.

She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997.

 


Linda Braud

Dietitian

LindaLinda has more than 40 years of experience working as a registered dietitian, with more than nine of those years concentrating specifically with bariatrics.

She graduated from LSU with a degree in Hospital Dietetics & Food Service Administration and completed her dietetic internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.

 


Alanna Williams

Exercise Physiologist

AlannaWilliamsAlanna is the coordinator of the Medical Exercise Program at Woman's Hospital and Woman's Center for Wellness and has years of experience working in health care and exercise facilities.

She has her master’s degree in Cardiac Rehab and Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Penn., and her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Wyoming. She is also a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine.


Renee Belcher

Program Navigator

ReneeRenee has been employed by Woman’s Hospital for 14 years, serving the Woman's Center for Wellness in many different capacities. Her knowledge of the many programs and services offered by Woman’s made her a perfect fit for program navigator at Woman’s Center for Wellness. 

Renee uses her time and resources to help guide patients and clients to programs that will empower them to improve their health and well-being.