Ora Herrera has had the pleasure to work with world-renowned doctors in the field of esthetic medicine (dermatology/plastics) and recently on the bariatric scope of medicine as a Patient Care Coordinator for over ten years. Ora finds great pleasure in assisting and aiding patients with the challenging task of educating them and helping them make an informed decision when choosing a medical procedure.
Currently, as a Patient Care Coordinator for Obesity Control Center and The Ariel Center, Ora has the opportunity to guide patients in making an informed decision when choosing one of the surgery weight loss options the center and Dr. Ariel Ortiz has to offer. She also finds great pleasure in helping patients that have been through a large amount of weight loss, feel at ease and comforted when confronted with the daunting task of finding the best surgical cosmetic option that fits their needs.
Ora, as well as our other Patient Care Coordinators, act as a liaison between the patients contacting Obesity Control Center and the various departments. This helps make the patients experience with us a smooth and pleasant one when scheduling their surgery.
Ora’s experience in patient care is varied, as her last position as a Medical Aesthetic/Patient Liaison Provider with Dr. Zein Obagi’s, Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, CA., involved working closely with patients to help develop and maintain long term relationships with the clinic through patient education and care. She also had the privilege to assist in several large scale educational seminars with Dr. Obagi and worked closely with the Marketing Director on the clinic’s social media. Ora also enjoyed providing patients with skincare services as a licensed State of California Medical Esthetician.
She has also had the pleasure to work as a Patient Care Coordinator and assistant to now retired, Dr. Leonard Glass in San Diego, CA. Dr. Glass worked in the field of Cosmetic Surgery for over 40 years and was a Surgical Professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. This position gave Ora her first taste in medicine, where she was able to see, first hand, the very useful support a Patient Care Coordinator can provide patients.
She truly hopes to continue in the field of medicine, as a supportive staff member for years to come, as she finds it to be an extremely invigorating and rewarding job.
A Note From Ora:
My struggles with weight started as an adult. I, like many women, experienced weight gain with hormonal changes. I realized I needed to take command of the situation when I reached my highest weight, which was around 186 pounds. I had not realized how much weight I had gained as I did not regularly weigh myself, but quickly came to the realization that I needed to take hold of my weight gain to avoid potential health issues in the future.
Before working with Obesity Control Center I had tried many diets that always failed and left me feeling frustrated. At the time, the procedure that was offered to me based on my weight loss needs was the gastric balloon along with nutritional counseling.
With this tool I was able to change my eating habits and sustain the change with help of OCC and the amazing, and constant nutritional information provided. When patients ask me if I would refer a family member, I answer with emphatic YES! And this not only due to the benefit I achieved, but because OCC and staff are absolutely top notch. This was my personal experience as a patient.
I loved the experience as a patient at OCC, and thoroughly enjoy being able to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. Being a patient coordinator with obesity control center for almost 7 years has enriched my life by allowing me to witness, first hand, the amazing life changing experiences of many patients, such as, running their first marathons, being able to get pregnant for the first time in their lives after struggling for years, and saying goodbye to life long illnesses brought on by excess weight.
“Whether you are struggling to lose 20 pounds or 120 pounds, it is still a STRUGGLE! Obesity Control Center truly was a blessing for me. They offer several options for weight management, and for me, the best option was the Obalon gastric balloon program.
This process involved the placement of a 3-month gastric balloon that limited the amount of food I was able to eat, HOWEVER, the real MVP was the Vitaleph Nutritional system that OCC places all of their patients under. It is a program that was designed and supervised with the help of OCC’s nutritionist. At the time of being placed on the program, I needed to lose approximately 30 pounds to be at a healthy BMI, and this system was the ONLY thing that worked for me!
I continue to use and benefit tremendously from the Vitaleph protein supplements, and don’t think I will ever stop using them! They provide the right amount of protein, without the fillers and chemicals other products on the market have, and it truly shows! You are satisfied and not hungry or craving junk food, and has assisted me in my weight management!”