Meet Dr. Adeyeri

Your Sterling Surgicare Healthcare Team

Your Sterling Surgicare Team: Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE; Amy, Melissa, Mary Ellen. Missing: Linda Alessi, RN CNOR, RNFA.


Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, is the Medical Director of Sterling Surgicare, with medical offices located in Holmdel, Old Bridge and Freehold, New Jersey in Monmouth County.

He is also Co-Medical Director and Partner at Central Jersey Bariatrics located in Freehold.

Dr. Adeyeri also serves as Medical Director at The Institute for Weight Loss, Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge.

He and his experienced administrative and clinical team specialize in highly personalized care for adult patients 18 and older in New Jersey who are in need of routine or complex surgical operations.

His pre- and post-operative goal is to ensure patients regain their optimal health and achieve the highest quality of life possible.  

Dr. Adeyeri specializes in performing bariatric surgery operations including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and Lap-band surgery. In addition, he performs highly complex revisional bariatric operations.

Read Dr. Adeyeri’s and Sterling Surgicare Patient Reviews |  |

Medical Board Certification

Dr. Adeyeri is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.


Medical Education

Dr. Adeyeri completed his general surgery residency at Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center in New York City where he was appointed chief resident.

At the University of Rochester, he completed post-doctoral training in minimally invasive and general surgery, specializing in bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and revision surgery procedures.  

Surgical Specialties

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

Bariatric and GI Surgery

General Surgery

Hospital Privileges

CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, Monmouth County

Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge (Dr. Adeyeri is medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss)

Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, Monmouth County


Linda Alessi, RN CNOR, RNFA

Surgical Nurse

Linda is a nationally-certified registered nurse (RN) with more than 30 years of specialized expertise in peri-operative nursing.

She has been a surgical first assistant for 20 years.

Linda joined the Sterling Surgicare team in 2013, assisting Dr. Adeyeri with bariatric and general surgery procedures.

You will see Linda in the Operating Room before and after your procedure.

She knows her way around an OR better than anyone and will put your mind at ease.

Linda serves as the primary coordinator of your care in the OR and will oversee the clinical aspect of your operation, in partnership with the anesthesiologists and nurses.

“My job is to clinically support Dr. Adeyeri before, during and after a surgical procedure is performed and to ensure that every step of every operation is flawless.”


Melissa TennyMelissa Tenny

Practice Administrator

A masterful manager and someone who always has a kind word to say to everyone, Melissa oversees all day-to-day operations at Sterling Surgicare and serves as Dr. Adeyeri’s medical associate. She joined Sterling Surgicare in 2012 after earning her Patient Care Associate / Tech (PCA) certification from Brookdale Community College in 2011.

Melissa says she enjoys watching patients prepare, undergo and reap the rewards of bariatric surgery.

She should know─ she underwent gastric bypass in November 2008. At the time, she weighed 299 pounds but today maintains a steady weight of 137 pounds. She lost 162 pounds and, most importantly, has kept the weight off several years later!

“One of the best decisions I ever made was having bariatric surgery,” Melissa says. “Now I can support other people who are enjoying the same journey!”

During the summer of 2013, Melissa experienced a healthcare emergency when she was diagnosed with a painful bowel obstruction/internal hernia requiring immediate surgery.

Who did she choose to perform her surgery? Her boss, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri!

Melissa’s surgery was a complete success and she says she has not planned for any future surgeries!

She is married with three children and helps out with her family’s popular restaurant, Slaters, on weekends.


Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE 

Bariatric Dietitian

A seasoned professional who is truly passionate about health and nutrition, Lori has more than 20 years of experience in weight management, bariatric nutrition and diabetes education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Penn State University and her Master of Public Health from Rutgers University/UMDNJ. 

Lori has worked in private physician offices, government agencies and ambulatory care centers providing nutrition education and counseling. She has also held positions at the local, state and national levels of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including serving as president of the New Jersey Dietetic Association.

Lori also served as the Pediatric Sub-unit section editor for the Weight Management Dietetic Practice group’s newsletter and was named ‘Young Recognized Dietitian of the Year’ earlier in her career.

“Working with people transforming their health and their lives after bariatric surgery is a process–not a ‘one-and-done’ office visit,” Lori explains. “The operation is only one part of the journey to achieving a healthy body and a healthy weight. I have seen remarkable outcomes from hundreds of determined people.”

Lori has a passion for working with people to help them achieve their health goals through a warm, caring and friendly approach. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, exercising and cooking.

Read Lori’s articles about pre-and post-op bariatric nutrition and weight loss on our Sterling Blog.


Mary Ellen Byrne

Patient Care Associate / Tech

From day one, Mary Ellen was a wonderful new asset to our administrative and medical team. She’s a central New Jersey native who brings several years of expertise working in a medical office environment.

“I really like seeing the patients–when they are healthy and even health-challenged,” Mary Ellen says. “The office atmosphere here at Sterling is uplifting, positive and friendly–just the kind of place anyone would like to work.”

Mary Ellen earned a National Healthcare Association Healthcare Medical Billing Certification, Phlebotomy Certification and ECG Certification at the Monmouth County Vocational School. She also maintains advanced software skills.

 She lives near the office in Monmouth County and is married with two daughters.

Amy Palmer

Medical Assistant

As our team continues to grow, Amy has been a wonderful new addition to the Sterling group.

Currently a nursing student, she is sharp as a tack and learns faster than any of us.

“Everyone is incredibly nice here and the patients recognize this isn’t just your typical medical office,” Amy says.

“I love working with people who are more than willing to go above and beyond to help people.” 

After studying at Penn State, Amy will complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing closer to home, with first-rate surgical office experience under her belt.