"When I had my first visit with Dr. Carlin, I will admit I was not sure what to expect. When I arrived at the clinic for my appointment, I was asked to fill out several forms including a list of what I had eaten over the last 24 hours. My fiance, Bryan, was very adamant about my being truthful not only with the doctor but myself as well. When Dr. Carlin took a look at my list, he told me very simply that my behavior and habits had to change. I have a very fast-paced job which usually means I eat on the go and eat out quite a bit. That just was not going to cut it anymore, and he would not let me make excuses. He was very unforgiving, and told me expected to see some changes if I wanted to be successful. From that very moment, I knew he was the right person for me. I appreciated how direct he was about my surgery and outcome, and I made a decision to be very dilligent in making some serious life changes. I was very informed about the surgery and we discussed many aspects of not only the surgery but the long term outcomes. I would consider myself extremely hands on when it comes to my health care especially given the seriousness of this procedure, so I wanted to know what research showed about people having this surgery that were still alive well into their 70's and 80's. The whole reason I am doing this is so I can live longer, so I want to know how those folks are doing. He was very sensitive to my questions and concerns, and he answered them honestly and what he did not have information on at that time he found out for me and we discussed at my follow up visit. I also did a search for Dr. Carlin and found that he was doing research about Vitamin D deficiency in patients of gastric bypass surgery. This was significant to me because my blood work showed such deficiencies. I have an appreciation for the science of all of this so it was important and he was very willing to share this information. I appreciated that he took time with me, but I also think it helped that I was so well informed on my own. As I prepare, I have the utmost confidence in him and his staff. Everyone has a wonderful attitude and they are very helpful and knowledgeable. I really liked that."