Vicky Blackard is the Program Manager for Weight Loss Services at BayCare Mease Dunedin Hospital and has worked for the BayCare Health System for the past five years. Vicky is also a bariatric patient. Her journey in bariatrics began by losing over 125 pounds, and it is now her passion to help others through this life-changing surgery. Vicky recently wrote a workbook My Bari Pre-Surgery Workbook, to help her surgery patients through the process. Vicky graduated from Nursing School at St. Petersburg College, and graduated with honors with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Northwood University. She is now enrolled at Western Governors University for MBA in Health Administration. Vicky is a Certified Bariatric Nurse, and is active with OAC, and ASMBS.