Compass Rehabilitation Center Psychologist Admitted to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery


East Lansing, Michigan – April 26, 2011, – The Compass Rehabilitation Center in East Lansing, Michigan, is pleased to announce that John A. Jerome, PhD, has successfully been admitted to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as an Associate Member. ASMBS is a closely aligned organization to the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. In addition, Dr. Jerome is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.

Dr. Jerome provides psychological evaluation services for bariatric patients considering gastric bypass surgery or the lap banding procedure. The psychological evaluation is required by insurance companies before such a procedure is authorized. This evaluation helps to evaluate if the patient is mentally ready for the procedure, and committed to the life style changes that follow the actual surgical procedure and are necessary for the procedure to work and be effective long term.

At The Compass Rehabilitation Center, obese patients are often seen for back pain and other rehabilitation related issues exacerbated by their extreme weight. Unique to the program at The Compass Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Jerome will be both conducting the actual psychological evaluation as well as being available to the patients after their surgery for additional psychological therapy and support. Further, many of these patients will be referred to the Physical Therapy staff for a structured post surgical exercise program which Dr. Jerome can review and provide input to.

The Compass Rehabilitation Center, which opened in 2007, is designed to treat people in pain by developing a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. The goal of our team is to treat the source of pain and reduce or eliminate the patient’s dependence on prescription medication. This is achieved by treating both the physical and psychological aspects of pain and rehabilitation. While many patients receive neck and back treatment at the Compass Rehabilitation Center, the multifaceted treatment programs also address problems with hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and the full range of neuromuscular issues or rehabilitative needs. Additionally, our unique obstetrics physical therapy program has proven success in treating lower back pain for pregnant women. The Compass Rehabilitation Center is part of the Centis Health System. For more information about the range of services available at The Compass Rehabilitation Center of for an appointment call 517-337-3080 or go to the website www.Compass.Rehab.