Meet our Bariatric Team
Folahan Ayoola, M.D.

Folahan Ayoola, M.D.

Dr. Folahan Ayoola is a fellowship trained minimally invasive general and bariatric surgeon. He received his fellowship training at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia (VCUHS). Prior to entering his fellowship, at the conclusion of his residency training, he was named Chief Resident of the Year by his peers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health – a tribute to his excellent skill, compassionate bedside manner, and leadership style.

As he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Houston and graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Southwestwern Medical School right here in Dallas, it was only natural for him to return to the Dallas area to start his practice.

Dr. Ayoola is dedicated to patient care and believes that the best results are achieved when the physician and patient work together as a team.

His special areas of interest include weight loss surgery, gastrointestinal surgery of all types including cancer of the intestinal tract, hernia repair, biliary surgery such as gallbladder removal, surgical treatment for acid reflux disease, and endoscopy.

He is highly skilled at laparoscopic surgical techniques and prefers to take a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. He has successfully operated on patients that did not think a laparoscopic or minimally invasive approach could be performed on them due to previous surgery. While Dr. Ayoola tries to accommodate patient’s wishes, please keep in mind that minimally invasive surgery is not an option for all patients.

Personal interests include music, sports (Go Mavs!), and theater. He comes from a large family and loves spending time with all of them. He is married to his high school sweetheart and is currently trying to keep up with his two young boys!


Patrick W. Shovlin III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Patrick W. Shovlin III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Shovlin is a Board Certified Surgeon practicing in his hometown of Lewisville, Texas. He graduated from Lewisville High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After teaching in the Lewisville Independent School District for 4 years, Dr. Shovlin matriculated at Texas Tech School of Medicine for his medical degree. After graduation in 1993, he received his surgical training at Texas Tech finishing in 1998. He has been in private practice in Lewisville/Flower Mound area since 1998. He lives in Highland Village with his wife and has three children.

Dr. Shovlin’s scope of practice includes a variety of surgeries including General, Bariatric, Breast, Colorectal, Thyroid, Parathyroid, Oncology and Laparascopic/minimally invasive surgery. He is a Diplomat, American Board of Surgery, Fellow American College of Surgeons, a member of the Texas Surgical Society, Texas Medical Association and the Denton County Medical Society.

Dr Shovlin sees patients at Associates of Surgery Flower Mound office located at 4300 Windsor Centre Trl, Flower Mound, TX.


Chad E. Treece, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chad E. Treece, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Chad Treece opened a general surgery practice with Associates of Surgery in August of 2007. His practice includes general and minimally invasive surgery. He specializes in bariatric surgery as well as the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of surgical disorders including: Breast Disease, Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal Gland disorders, Digestive Tract disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Disease and Hernias.

Born in Houston, Texas, Dr. Treece grew up in west Texas. His undergraduate degree is from Baylor University. He attended medical school at Texas Tech Health Science Center, then completed a general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is a Diplomat, American Board of Surgery, Fellow American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Denton County Medical Society. He lives in the area with his wife and three children.

Dr. Treece sees patients at the Associates of Surgery office.


Adam Smith, DO, FACOS

Adam Smith, DO, FACOS

Dr. Adam Smith fights obesity on a personal and professional level. He is not just a bariatric surgeon, but also a patient. After watching his patients and their success with the LAP-BAND® system, Dr. Smith chose to undergo LAP-BAND® surgery in 2002 to aid in his own personal weight loss. After losing 100 pounds himself, Dr. Smith was able to relate to patients and their everyday struggles. This knowledge has helped him develop one of the most comprehensive aftercare programs in North Texas. Dr. Smith has led the battle on many different fronts by standing up for the rights of the obese population. In 2010, he was appointed as a spokesperson by the Obesity Action Coalition and Allergan as part of the Voice my C.H.O.I.C.E. campaign. This campaign gave Dr. Smith the opportunity to speak to congressional representatives about his experience with obesity, and the policy reform he would like to see. He continues to advocate for obesity by devoting some of this time as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons for 2013. This honor helps Dr. Smith keep obesity and its related diseases in the forefront of discussions and policies amongst his peers.

Dr. Smith has been a surgical trainer for Allergan’s LAP-BAND® system for years. He trained many surgeons from across the country, and now is a surgical trainer for the new iBand. Topics such as obesity, the LAP-BAND® system, as well as business and marketing techniques have been lectured internationally by Dr. Smith.

Dr. Smith sees patients at the Ultimate Bariatrics.

Richard Novack, MD, FACS

Richard Novack, MD, FACS

Dr. Richard Novack is a general surgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive, advanced laparoscopic, and Bariatric Surgery. Essentially, Dr. Novack excels at performing major abdominal surgeries with tiny incisions.
He was born and raised in northern New Jersey, just across the river from New York City, and trained at NYU and the famous/infamous Bellevue Hospitals.
After several years of practice in New Jersey, Dr. Novack, and his wife, decided to relocate to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to raise their family.
Dr. Novack’s talent for Bariatric surgery stems from his passion for helping to change people’s everyday lives.

Dr. Novack sees patients at the Ultimate Bariatrics.


Chukwuma Apakama, M.D.

Chukwuma Apakama, M.D.

Dr. Apakama or “Dr. Chuk” attended medical school at the College of Medicine University of Lagos. He then began his surgical training in the United Kingdom and soon moved to the United States. He completed his general surgery residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital.

Dr. Apakama was on staff and performed surgical critical care, acute care surgery and trauma procedures at Washington University in St Louis. His passion for minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics eventually took him to Cleveland Clinic Florida where he completed a fellowship in Minimally invasive surgery/Advanced laparoscopy and Bariatrics.

Dr. Apakama is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.


Franchell Hamilton, M.D.

Dr. Hamilton is a caring, board certified, and fellowship trained surgeon who is passionate about taking care of her patients. She has dedicated most of her adult life to helping others. She is an experienced general surgeon who has performed many bread-and-butter general surgery cases, but has a passion for studying and helping those struggling with obesity.

Dr. Hamilton has performed hundreds of bariatric procedures and has made medical weight loss surgery her primary focus. Dr. Hamilton wants her patients to feel their healthiest and best self. That is why she also offers hair restoration, skin treatments, dermal fillers, and many more services at her med spa, Wellness and Rejuvenation.

Her goal as medical director of A Better Weigh Center and Wellness and Rejuvenation is to offer comprehensive healthcare to her patients, as well as prolong and improve the quality of life.


Jay Roberts, DO

Jay Roberts, D.O.

Dr. Roberts started his career in surgery, doing a residency that was heavy in emergency general surgery, vascular surgery, surgical oncology, and advanced laparoscopic/bariatric surgery. He witnessed first-hand the damage that diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol had on the body in the form of vascular disease. After performing amputations, general surgery operations, and emergency surgeries, he saw how bariatric surgery could be a successful option for those struggling with obesity.

By his third year of residency, and seeing the growing epidemic of morbid obesity and being fully aware of the medical consequences of its associated comorbid conditions, he knew that he wanted to practice in the field of metabolic surgery. Dr. Roberts trained under Dr. Adam Smith during his residency and enjoyed working alongside him. After speaking with Dr Smith, Dr. Roberts decided to pursue a bariatric surgery fellowship.

After performing more than 100 bariatric cases during residency, Dr. Roberts began training at Tampa General Hospital, which allowed him to focus on bariatric surgery, where he performed more than 100 bariatric operations as the primary surgeon.

While at Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Roberts was able to continue training focused heavily in revision surgery. He performed both revisions and conversions to Lap band, Gastric bypass, Sleeve gastrectomy and Vertical Banded gastroplasty, including band to sleeve, band to bypass, sleeve to bypass and vertical banded gastroplasty to bypass.

Dr Roberts also has extensive robotic training during his work at Tampa General Hospital where he performed robotic sleeve gastrectomy, ventral hernia repair, and gastric bypass. He returned to Fort Worth in 2016 to work again alongside Dr. Smith. Procedures include Dswitch, Bypass, Sleeve, SIPS and Weight loss revisions.

Dr. Roberts is a Board Certified Bariatric Surgeon and has recently been appointed as an Associate Adjunct Professor at UNTHSC.