Mercy Weight Management Team

Dr. Joseph Vrabel | weightloss physician canton ohioJoseph G. Vrabel, DO
Dr. Vrabel received his medical degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine with postgraduate training at Doctors Hospital of Stark County. Dr. Vrabel is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine and serves as the medical director of the OPTIFAST® weight management program.  
Kathy G. Wise
Kathy Wise licensed dietitian | weightloss canton ohioKathy G. Wise is director of Health and Wellness at Mercy Medical Center. She is a licensed registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and licensed wellness coach with extensive experience in creating nutrition, health and wellness programs for hospitals, corporations and individuals. Wise is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has served on many local boards. She has over 20 years experience working with OPTIFAST® and other medical weight management programs. Wise received her coach training through Wellcoaches Corporation in 2005. As a coach she has help hundreds of people identify their priorities, get the roadblocks out of the way, develop a personal wellness vision, and a plan to achieve realistic goals.  
Michael Valentino
Michael Valentino physician assistant | weightloss canton ohioMichael Valentino is a physician's assistant with the OPTIFAST® Program at Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Work Health and Safety. Michael previously spent 20 years as a surgeon's assistant at Mercy. He holds degrees from Akron University (surgical assistant and technical education), the University of the State of New York (nursing degree), Cuyahoga Community College (physician's assistant - certified), a masters degree from the University of Nebraska (physician's assistant studies) and Duke University (certificate in occupational and environmental medicine). He currently lives in Canton with his wife, three daughters and two stepsons.