Treating Obesity Seriously With a Comprehensive, Multi-Disciplinary Approach.

Our Team

David Fromm

M.D.
David Fromm is a General Surgeon with extensive experience in bariatric surgery. He is the Medical Director of the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at the Rapid City Medical Center, LLP in Rapid City, SD. Following medical school at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Dr. Fromm completed a general surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, where he studied with surgeons leading the field of bariatric surgery. Dr. Fromm serves as an Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, Dr. Fromm also acts as the coordinator for the Longitudinal Integrated Care program for medical students in the Rapid City area. With an established private surgery practice for more than ten years, Dr. Fromm is expanding his surgical interests in bariatric research with his multi-disciplinary team of clinicians.

Sue Benson-Davies

Ph.D., D.C.N., M.P.H., R.D.N., F.A.N.D.
Sue Benson-Davies is the Program Director of the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute and she specializes in disordered eating behaviors of adult patients with obesity and other obesity-related metabolic disorders. She joined the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at the Rapid City Medical Center, LLP in 2015. Dr. Davies received a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from South Dakota State University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine & Dentistry Newark, New Jersey. She obtained a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and is recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With an interested in obesity research, she also completed a sabbatical in Clinical Research Management at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland in 2012. Dr. Davies has worked on several national guideline and nutrition projects as an evidence analyst. She is credited with numerous publications in body composition, human metabolism, disordered eating behaviors and obesity. As clinical teaching faculty for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, her main focus is to engage medical students in obesity research. Dr. Davies and her husband reside on a small ranch outside of Whitewood, SD where they raised a family and enjoy a herd of Norwegian Fjord horses.

Amy L. Seales

R.N. | C.B.N.

Amy L. Seales is the Bariatric Coordinator and is responsible for managing the bariatric clinic activities, scheduling of appointments and patient communication. She is an associate member of the ASMBS and a certified bariatric nurse. She joined the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at the Rapid City Medical Center, LLP in 2015. Her current position is also as a clinic nurse for Dr. David Fromm. Ms. Seales joined the Rapid City Medical Center, LLP in 1999, and has spent the majority of her nursing career in the general surgery department. Prior to this, she worked as a charge nurse on the medical/surgical ward at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota and received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. Besides being active with her two sons, she also enjoys riding her motorcycle, traveling and four-wheeling through the hills.

Kevin Weiland

M.D.

I am board certified in the specialty of internal medicine. I graduated from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. I am an associate professor with the Sanford School of Medicine and I’m actively involved in numerous nonprofit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association.

I write a monthly article on preventative medicine, and I have been published in the Annals of Pharmacology as well as the State Medical Journal. I was the “Supervising Physician” for the 2008 documentary Good Meat: "How the Lakota Got Fat and Beau LeBeau Saved Himself."

After years of witnessing the destructive forces of overindulgence, I developed the Dakota Diet, a healthy eating plan that teaches how to lose weight and improve health now and throughout life. I am also a member of Rapid City Medical Center’s Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, a team of highly educated staff working to treat obesity.

Bri Edwards

P.A.

Brianne (Bri) Edwards is a Physician Assistant with the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, LLP. With more than 10 years of experience caring for bariatric patients and a dedication to providing quality care, she is a valuable member of our patient-care team. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science, she went on to receive her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota. She has been part of Dr. Fromm’s team since 2011.

Outside of her role with the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Bri works as the founder and president of Lach’s Legacy, a non-profit organization supporting the SIDS community in South Dakota. She and her husband are raising 4 young children, love athletics, reading, and the company of family.