Meet the Team


Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery includes a caring personable team of advocacy experts who focus solely on acquiring weight loss surgery insurance approval for each interested patient and assist with pre-op and post-op needs. Upon inquiry into our practice, we will be designated to address your individual insurance and any possible preoperative needs. One of our MIWLS "Advocates" will walk you through the bariatric surgery insurance maze and personally contact your insurance representative. Similarly, we will assist you in the removal of your excess skin after success, coordinate any possible revisions surgery needs from years past, or help with any immediate general surgery needs.

Jody Moran, Office Manager & Director of Office Systems
Jody has been in the healthcare industry since 2010. She graduated from University of Southern Mississippi, BSN 2011. She spent 5 years in Gulfport, MS with Garden Park Medical Center working on the surgical floor, then Coordinator of Radiology Scheduling, which evolved into Scheduling and Processing Centralized Coordinator. In 2015, she was hired by the Bariatric Surgery Program for the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana, to run the Mississippi office. She has a passion for patient care, and knowledge beyond her years inpatient coordination, office logistics, and insurance approval and serves many roles here running the office at MIWLS. She has completed her BSN requisite and hopes to complete her testing one day soon. We are really thankful to have such a joyful, fruitful person assist patients in all courses of their care here at MIWLS.


Laurel McLaughlin
Laurel has been a part of our 'work family' since the opening of our practice in 2016. She received her Medical Assistant Certification in 2012. She has been in the medical field for the last 10 years. Patient wellbeing is important to us and Laurel's friendly demeanor makes it easy to open up and discuss personal issues which may have hindered your past progress. She enjoys hiking with her son on the weekends, playing with her rescue cats and bingeing on documentaries. We are blessed to have her to assist in the direct care of our patients pre-operative and post-operative surgery needs.


Kathy Hunnicutt
Kathy joined MS Institute of Weight Loss Surgery in 2019. She has twenty plus years of customer service experience including ten in the medical field. Kathy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with her BSN in 2010. Working in this office is a perfect fit for her since she enjoys listening and helping others. She enjoys doing yoga, listening to music, and playing with her children outdoors. She has worked in many positions here in our office and has an extreme passion for assisting patients in their Journey for health through weight loss surgery here.

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