1897924_1601163190098113_4515796868222508300_nKaren Gillman is a leading voice in attesting to the potential benefits of gastric band surgery. After reaching 300 lbs, Karen turned to weight loss surgery to help her drop the weight and lead a more active, healthy lifestyle, choosing the Lap-Band gastric band. She utilized the gastric band for ten years, losing 145 lbs in total, which led her to write a book detailing the “before-during-and after” of the experience, entitled, “It’s Never Too Late’  A Ten-Year Journey with Weight Loss Surgery.”  She is now on a mission to help others combat their battle with obesity by providing proven, practical life-skills.

In the world of advocating for weight loss surgery, Karen serves on the Patient Advisory Board for Apollo Endosurgery, who are the owners of the Lap-Band System; is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition; and has been featured on Daytime TV, Primetime TV, CTN, Channel 10, and a variety of radio shows.  Her message to overweight or obese people is one of encouragement and hope in the never-ending battle of healthy living.

Outside of the weight loss community, Karen describes herself as  a Christian, a wife, mother to two young children, doggy mommy to two, VP of On Point Executive Center, Co-Founder of Charity Chics, and Treasurer of Fulfill Your Destiny. She also finds “great joy in being an advocate for adoption, an Ambassador for Working Women of Tampa Bay, a Notary of Public, and a host of various monthly events serving entrepreneurs.  I love all creative arts, crafts and make-overs of any kind. I am a graduate of Framingham State College and have lived on both the west and east coast.”

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