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Story of A Lighter Me

Changing your life with weight loss surgery can be a complicated, emotional ride for many — that is why we are here. Our founder Sandy Johnston successfully underwent weight loss surgery in Mexico over fifteen years ago. It was her successful weight loss experience that showed her that the process could be improved and how it would help others in her same situation. That is when A Lighter Me was founded.

Now, years later, Sandy and A Lighter Me have helped more than 10,000 people just like you navigate the medical tourism process in Mexico; these people have saved thousands of dollars and lost thousands of pounds in the process. A Lighter Me has assembled top teams of bariatric surgeons and healthcare professionals, and put together an all-inclusive, well-planned experience to ensure your success.

Our Philosophy

Our organization is dedicated to excellence in every way. We understand the weight loss surgery patient, as our staff is comprised of weight loss surgery patients. We know how difficult, confusing, and time consuming it can be to research your options and choose the best surgeon. Our bariatric surgeons have been carefully screened, are top in their field, and have a true passion for their work. We also have an entire team of experts to meet all of your needs. You will receive personal attention and our staff will continue to assist you with all your follow-up care needs through the duration of your journey.

We offer state-of-the-art hospital and top rated hotel accommodations in Mexico. Only minutes away from the U.S. border and San Diego airport, Hospital Mi Doctor is one of the newest hospitals in Mexico. We employ our own private night nurse to assist you and ensure 24-hour care during your stay at the hospital. Our goal is to provide the best surgical experience and make that experience safe and comfortable for you — at the lowest possible cost. Whether you have insurance or are self-pay, we can help you with your arrangements and ensure the best experience possible.

Pricing

There is a direct correlation between the complexity of the surgery and the average cost. If you have any questions about the cost of your desired procedure, please contact us. And remember, weight loss surgery is a qualified MSA deduction.

Average costs for VSG can range from $10,000 to $20,000 in the United States. With A Lighter Me, you receive everything listed below, starting at just $4,595 and your companion accompanies you at NO CHARGE.

  • Pre-operatory blood work, EKG, and physical evaluation
  • Ground transportation
  • Pre-op hotel room (one night)
  • Hospital fees (two nights)
  • Surgeon fee
  • Anesthesiologist fee
  • Antibiotics and pain medicine
  • Post-op hotel room (two nights)
  • Sightseeing and shopping tour
  • Calls to the U.S.
  • Aftercare nurse coordinator

Average costs for RNY, one of the most popular forms of bariatric surgery, can range from $15,500 to $30,000 in the United States. With A Lighter Me, you receive everything listed below, starting at just $5,900 and your companion accompanies you at NO CHARGE.

  • Pre-operatory blood work, EKG, and physical evaluation
  • Ground transportation
  • Pre-op hotel room (one night)
  • Hospital fees (three nights)
  • Surgeon fee
  • Anesthesiologist fee
  • Antibiotics and pain medicine
  • Post-op hotel room (two nights)
  • Sightseeing and shopping tour
  • Calls to the U.S.
  • Aftercare nurse coordinator

Average costs for MGB can range from $20,000 to $30,000 in the United States. With A Lighter Me, you receive everything listed below, starting at just $5,900 and your companion accompanies you at NO CHARGE.

  • Pre-operatory blood work, EKG, and physical evaluation
  • Ground transportation
  • Pre-op hotel room (one night)
  • Hospital fees (three nights)
  • Surgeon fee
  • Anesthesiologist fee
  • Antibiotics and pain medicine
  • Post-op hotel room (two nights)
  • Sightseeing and shopping tour
  • Calls to the U.S.
  • Aftercare nurse coordinator

We’ve carefully planned every detail of your trip

A Lighter Me is a full-service medical tourism facilitator. We provide access to expert surgeons who have performed thousands of successful surgeries. We carefully select and constantly monitor our hospital facilities and hotel accommodations to assure that we are providing our patients the most comfortable, worry-free experience possible. We leave nothing to chance. Over the years we have developed a successful process that has every detail of your surgery and recovery worked out.

  • Our drivers will pick you up at the San Diego airport in one of our company vans
  • Your itinerary will be provided at our comfortable Welcome Center
  • You will stay the night in a full-service luxury hotel
  • The next day you will be picked up and taken to the hospital
  • You will be checked in and cleared for surgery
  • After surgery you will recover at the hospital
  • On discharge from the hospital you will return to continue your recovery at the hotel
  • At the end of your stay you will be delivered back to the San Diego airport for your trip home

A Lighter Me Team

Dr. Elias Ortiz chief surgeon at A Lighter Me Tijuana Mexico

Dr. Elias Ortiz

Chief Surgeon, Bariatrics

Dr. Mariano Covarrubias

Surgeon, Bariatrics

Dr. Miguel Montalvo

Surgeon, Bariatrics

Portrait of Dr. Omar Lazos, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico at A Lighter Me

Dr. Omar Lazos

Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Janese Pitcher

Janese Pitcher

Manager, Sales

Photo of Sonya Skinner a bariatric coordinator at A Lighter Me

Sonya Skinner

Coordinator, Bariatrics

Liberty Black A Lighter Me Bariatric Surgery Coordinator

Liberty Black

Coordinator, Bariatrics

Sheila Terrell Bariatric Surgery Coordinator in Tijuana Mexico

Sheila Terrell

Coordinator, Bariatrics

Cindy Rios

Cindy Rios, BSN

Nurse, Aftercare

Michele Riter

Manager, Finance

Vicky Mallozzi

Vicky Mallozzi

Coordinator, Dental

Liz Montes

Liz Montes

Patient Advocate

Perla Morales

Perla Morales

Patient Advocate

Antonio Roldan

Director, Communications

Sarahi Becerra Alighter Me Welcome Center Receptionist

Sarahi Becerra

Receptionist, Welcome Center

Eric Perez

Eric Perez

Receptionist, Welcome Center

Erika Guzman

Receptionist, Welcome Center

Julie Grayson

Receptionist, Dr. Lazos

Abraham Roldan

Manager, Transportation

Remy Rios

Remy Rios

Driver

Rafael Labrada

Driver

Jack Valencia

Jack Valencia

Driver

Fernando Olmos

Fernando Olmos

Driver

Pepe Buerba A Lighter Me Driver

Pepe Buerba

Driver

Hugo Roldan A Lighter Me Driver

Hugo Roldan

Driver

Mario Montes

Mario Montes

Driver

Martha Gonzalez

Manager, Patient Advocates

Elizabeth Castaneda

Elizabeth Castaneda

Asst. Manager, Patient Advocates

Edgar Adan

Edgar Adan

Patient Advocate

Emanuel Mendoza

Emanuel Mendoza

Patient Advocate

Jocelyn Rodriguez

Patient Advocate

Edna Romero

Patient Advocate

Kenya Virgen

Kenya Virgen

Patient Advocate

Sandy Johnston

President & CEO

Zach Johnston

Zach Johnston

General Manager

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