Shakeel Ahmed, MD

OPTION 3Dr. Shakeel Ahmed is a digestive and liver diseases specialist practicing in Fairview Heights IL.  He completed 3 years of fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Louisville. Dr Ahmed is board certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, which confirms the hightes qualification and knowledge in the field of gastroenterology.
Dr Ahmed’s practice further specializes in advanced therapeutic endoscopy, which includes complicated pancreatobiliary disorders and their management. Centre for Gastrointestinal Health is one of the largest referral centres for ERCP’s and EUS and all pancreatobiliary disorders in the Greater Saint Louis area.


Howard Lederer, MD

OPTION 3Howard Lederer MD is a board certified surgeon. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, FACS and Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery at the University of Minnesota, received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his surgical training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. Dr. Lederer has performed thousands of bariatric operations and has extensive experience in complex general surgery and trauma care. He specializes in minimally invasive, individualized bariatric surgery including revisions. Dr. Lederer
is currently accepting new patients.

Stanley Librach, MD, DDS

Dr. Stanley L. Librach is a plastic surgeon practicing in Saint Louis, Missouri, specializing in reconstructive and plastic surgery. He oversees six spas and a full practice, and performs cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery, and has been recognized by his clients and peers for his attention to detail. Dr. Librach received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and fulfilled a dental residency at the Topeka VA Medical Center.
He also completed coursework at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and studied general surgery at the renowned Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. In addition, Dr. Librach studied craniofacial surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and plastic surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Dr. Librach understands the importance of individualized patient care, and he attends to each patient on a personal level, in order to best understand their health and perspectives. He intends to continue expanding on his knowledge of reconstructive surgery, and helping patients to achieve top-quality, beautiful results.

Joseph Yazdi, MD, FAANS

Dr. Joseph Yazdi is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in private practice since 2001. He joined Arch Neurosurgery, LLC in 2018. At Arch Neurosurgery we provide high-quality compassionate care with the understanding that each and every patient deserves to be treated with the highest respect.

Dr Yazdi graduated from Hahnemann University Medical School (now known as Drexel University Medical School). He did five years of Neurosurgical residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He completed the last two years of his residency at UMDNJ (now known as Rutgers University Medical School) in 2001. He joined the neurosurgery group at the Toledo Clinic in Toledo, OH. Due to family reasons, he moved to the St. Louis area in 2008. He worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville from 2008 to 2014. He then switched to the Missouri side in 2015. He worked at SpineMore Surgical Associates until 2018 when he opened his own practice as Arch Neurosurgery, LLC.

He has been performing minimally invasive spinal surgeries since 2004. The smaller incisions allow for less pain and narcotics use, faster recovery, and greater patient satisfaction. Because of his expertise, he has been asked by Nuvasive to be an instructor for their minimally invasive lumbar fusion courses and by Stryker for teaching kyphoplasty to other surgeons. He was also invited twice to go to Ethiopia to perform complex spinal surgeries.

He also specializes in pain management performing injections not only in the spine but also in various joints in the body such as shoulders, hips, and knees.

 Robert Helman, MD

Dr. Robert Hellman is a Anesthesiologist and pain managment specialist.
He completed his fellowship in anesthesiology at Washington University, and was also an anesthisiology instructor there for four years.

He has 40 years experience in anesthesiology.

Robert Garner, DO

Dr. Robert Garner is a Family Medicine Physician. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at St.Louis University and Scott Air Force Base.

Giuseppe Aliperti, MD

Dr. Giuseppe Aliperti received his Medical Degree in 1979 at the Universita degli Studi Federico Secondo in Naples, Italy. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at St.Mary’s Health Center and then a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology..


Maria N. Wolf, RN MSN ANP CRNA









Heather Smith, ANP-BC

Heather Smith, ANP-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2008, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Barnes- Jewish Hospital in 2012.
She is certified by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. In 2012 she received certification from the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses as a Certified Gastroenterology Nurse. She grew up in Lompoc, California and currently resides in Waterloo, Illinois with her husband and two daughters.

Stephanie Swanson, NP- C

OPTION 3Stephanie Swanson, NP-C received her Bachelor of Science in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2018.
She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Family Medicine. She grew up in Shelbyville, Illinois and currently resides near Edwardsville, Illinois with her husband and daughter.