Warm Springs Surgical Center is a freestanding surgical center specializing in outpatient bariatric procedures. We have performed over 1,000 surgical weight loss procedures since our inception in 2013. Designed with our patients' medical needs, safety, and comfort in mind, our leading-edge facility is equipped with the latest technology to ensure precision and efficacy in all our surgical procedures.
Thanks to technological and technical advancements in surgical care and safety methods, both patients and surgeons are more frequently choosing to carry out surgery at an ambulatory surgery center on an outpatient basis rather than traditional inpatient hospitalization.Learn More
Bariatrics is Dr. Tom’s passion! He was drawn to bariatrics because of the potential it had in significantly improving or altogether eliminating his patients’ diabetes. His passion grew from there: “I love it when, six months later, I’m seeing people back in the office… and they’ve lost 60, 80, maybe even 100 pounds and are no longer taking their diabetic medications or they’ve gotten rid of their sleep apnea machine and they’ve gotten rid of their high blood pressure medications. And they’re out there hiking, traveling, or doing whatever and they’ve really ‘blossomed’ as people.” Over the last 15 years of specialized experience, he has helped hundreds of patients suffering from not only diabetes, but everything from knee pain and depression to sleep apnea and heart trouble. As an innovative surgeon, he often finds new, better, and more efficient tools and practices that allow him to operate more safely, comfortably, effectively, and cost-effectively.
Matthew E. Apel, MD completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Arizona. He then joined the Division of General Surgery/Section of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at The University of Arizona as a Clinical Fellow. During his fellowship, he further developed his skills in advanced bariatric surgery procedures. He is also certified in using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System as a Console Surgeon. Dr. Matt’s passion for bariatric surgery is rooted in his desire to help patients’ not only improve, or resolve, many of their medical conditions, but also boost their self-esteem, quality of life, and overall happiness. He feels that it is an honor and a privilege to be part of each patient’s journey to a new, happier you! He regularly attends meetings and conferences to make sure he provides you with state-of-the-art quality and care. At home, he is further blessed with a beautiful family: his wife, Christine, two kids, Eliana and Elijah, and two dogs, Charlie and Blue.
Q: What made you decide to get into bariatric surgery? I always wanted to be a surgeon, because I loved the idea of being able to help people. I especially love bariatrics because it saves people’s lives! Laparoscopic bariatrics is the most technically challenging of all specialty fields, so I was drawn to it early on during my internship at Michigan State University. It’s so rewarding to be able to participate in such a life changing event for someone, not to mention the incredible effects it has on their overall health!
Q: Why Blossom Bariatrics? After I completed my one-year Bariatric Fellowship at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the leading obesity treatment centers in the greater New York area and one of the first laparoscopic weight loss fellowships in the country, I did a mini-tour of the US to decide where I wanted to be. When I met Dr. Matt, Dr. Tom and the rest of the group – from the Blossom family to the Warm Springs team – I knew it was the right fit! I loved the idea of being with a program that offered a fully comprehensive approach, all in one location, with an incredible track record and top-notch service. Most importantly, I wanted to be part of this team who treats each individual with compassion, where each person feels truly heard and well taken care of!
Q: Did you ever think you would live in Las Vegas? What do you think about it? Never! I grew up in Alaska, and after high school I moved to DC and attend George Washington University. From there, I completed my master’s in public health. I went to medical school at St. George’s University and completed my internship at Michigan State University – where I met my amazing husband. During my residency at York Hospital, I was mentored by bariatric surgeons and then completed my fellowship in Hackensack, New Jersey. So, I’ve been an east coast girl almost my entire adult life, but I always felt drawn to the west coast mentality! I love Las Vegas and have good friends that live here. It’s a city that boasts incredible customer service, world class entertainment and gorgeous weather! What’s not to love?!
Q: Describe what it’s like working alongside Dr. Tom & Dr. Matt It’s exciting, I feel right at home. To be working with two such skilled surgeons in an environment that supports innovation, growth and autonomy is a perfect fit for me – and them!
Q: What do you like to do in your free time, when you have some? My husband and I love to be outdoors – hiking, skiing, tennis, anything really! Vegas has great outdoor actives and is a short drive to water or snow in California or Utah! I also love helping underserved communities and being involved in volunteer work. For the past 4 years, I have traveled to Ghana on a medical mission to perform surgeries for people who would otherwise go without care.
Tim has been a CRNA for 12 years. He is passionate about patient care and got into the medical because of the flexibility and the in demand for experienced and professional CRNA’s. Tim loves the fact he can go anywhere and do the job he loves. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis and basketball and spending quality time with his pet goldfish, Bubba.
Vern is originally from Seattle, WA. He came to Las Vegas in 2005 as a bartender to get through school. He has been assisting surgeries of all specialities since 2010 prior to joining the Warm Springs Team. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his wife and his family.
April has been a Registered Nurse since 2004 and earned her degree in Ohio at Trinity School of Nursing. She loves caring for others including her husband and two children. April spreads positive energy wherever she goes, loves to make everyone smile and is very passionate about her work.
Karen graduated with her BSN from UNLV in 2014 and also works in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys caring for people. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and family, go to the gym, and play with her dogs.
Kendra graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s in nursing and education and has been a Las Vegas local for over 30 years. In her free time, Kendra enjoys the outdoors and traveling with her family.
Samantha graduated from Kaplan in 2014 with an associates degree. She had the gastric sleeve in 2014 and has successfully kept the weight off! In her free time she loves going to the beach and traveling whenever she can, and loves all things Disney!
Kim grew up in Seattle and has lived in Las Vegas since 2002. She has been a nurse for over 20 years, has two adult daughters and adores her 4 cats. She loves to travel – especially to South Africa – and enjoys Motown and 80’s music.
Gina has been in the medical field for over 15 years. Prior to receiving her medical assistant certification, she was a pharmacy technician. Gina has lived all over Utah and finally made the move to Las Vegas with her two teenage daughters 4 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and being outdoors.
Dianne moved to Las Vegas 2 years ago from California where she was a pharmacy tech for 7 years. She has over 8 years of customer service and is currently enrolled in school to become an RNFA. She has a passion for music, loves to play sports, travel and be outdoors!
Chantalle was born in California but raised in Las Vegas. She has worked at Warm Springs Surgical Center since 2014. She is a movie fanatic, and in her free time loves keeping up with the latest blockbuster cinema movies and going to theme parks.
Born and raised in Vegas, Roberto loves the medical field. His passion for helping people has grown so he is currently pursuing a degree in nursing. In his free time, he likes to train for athletic competitions like tough mudder and likes to hang with his husky.
Xochitl is passionate about being in the medical field. She went from being a nurse assistant, to a surgical tech and soon to be first assist! In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym. She goes by ‘Xoch’ since the pronunciation of her name sometimes throws people off!
Ana is the first smiling face you will see when checking into our office. She’s spent the majority of her life in Las Vegas and often travels to Mexico with her family that includes two daughters. What she loves about the medical field is that it’s ever-changing and she’s always learning new things.
Esmerelda was born in California and moved to Las Vegas in 2004. She’s a graduate of Nevada Career Institute and loves spending time with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing volleyball.
Esmerelda was born and raised in Las Vegas and is a graduate of Nevada Career Institute. In her free time, she loves staying active, spending time with her family and traveling whenever she gets the chance!
Janelle has worked in the customer service, hospitality and management in Las Vegas since 2001. She understands the first impression is the most important and wants to make sure that all clients feel like family. As a post-op bariatric client herself, she understands what it takes to have every individual relaxed and welcomed once they have come through our doors.
Family is her priority, with her husband Rudy, two extraordinary adult children, a fantastic son in law, and the most adorable grandson they all spend time playing board games, making family meals and taking unforgettable adventures together. She enjoys hiking, baking and dancing and her obsession with Wonder Woman is apparent when you come into her office!