Meet Our Weight-Loss Surgery Team
We understand that you are trying to be as healthy as possible and that the journey to weight loss is often a difficult one. Sometimes and diet and exercise are not enough.
1515 East Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436
Dr. Farida Bounoua, (FACS) General and Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Bounoua is a board-certified general surgeon and performs laparoscopic bariatric surgeries. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and completed her internship and residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Bounoua held a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her specialties include bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, hiatal hernia, appendectomy, colorectal cancer, and inguinal hernia. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.
Dr. Christopher Taglia, General and Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Taglia was born and raised in New York City. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, with a degree in biology and Spanish. Dr. Taglia attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. During his medical education, he was active in global health outreach, performing and conducting research in South America. Dr. Taglia completed his residency in general surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, with work in general surgery, trauma, laparoscopy, and endoscopy. He completed a fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, New York, in minimally invasive and bariatric surgeries. His specialties include advanced laparoscopic surgery, weight-loss surgery, endoscopy, anti-reflux surgery, and hernia repair.
M. Cristina Ortega, RN
Cristina Ortega is the Bariatric Coordinator for LVMC. She has held numerous clinical positions in nursing since 2007, including positions at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and as an Intensive Care Unit nurse.
She also has experience as a Home Health Supervisor and in case management. She began her career at LVMC in 2018 as an Emergency Room nurse and has also been in the House Supervisor role since mid-2019.
She earned her Associate of Science in nursing at Santa Barbara City College.
Hayley Esdaile, Registered Dietitian
Hayley works closely with both inpatient and outpatient services and is also involved in nutrition education outreach. Hayley holds a bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science with a concentration in Dietetics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also earned an associate degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Santa Barbara City College.
Christine McReynolds, LCSW
Christine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. A Lompoc native, she was a school Social Worker for the Family Service Agency in Santa Barbara. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Development at the University of California at Davis and her Master of Science degree in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in International Social Welfare. She is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Rahim Raoufi, Gastroenterology
Dr. Raoufi is a graduate of the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He finished his Family Practice residency at East Tennessee State University. He also completed an Internal Medicine residency program at the University of California at San Francisco, in Fresno. He completed a fellowship at UCSF/Fresno in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Khawar Gul, Cardiology
Dr. Gul is a cardiovascular disease specialist affiliated with LVMC. Dr. Gul graduated from the Universidad De Santiago De Chile. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a UCLA Harbor Medical Center fellowship. He is licensed in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease with the American Board of Internal Medicine. He holds a California State Medical License.