DR. JODY BERNER
Dr. Jody Berner was born and raised on Long Island, outside New York City. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science from Harpur College at the State University of New York in Binghamton, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors. From there he went on to complete his MD degree at the University of Rochester before returning to New York City for his postgraduate training. Following Internship and Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, he was first awarded Board certification in Internal Medicine in 1990 and then elected to pursue advanced training as a digestive specialist. During his Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Bronx Veterans hospital he became involved in research focusing on new endoscopic technologies, pharmaceuticals, colitis, as well as liver disease. This interest in liver disease in particular led him to pursue an additional year of advanced training in liver disease, transplant medicine, and biliary endoscopy with his Hepatology Fellowship at Mount Sinai as well. Subsequently he received initial Board Certification in Gastroenterology in 1993 and he relocated with his wife to Clearwater where he entered private practice. He has been a member of the medical staff at Morton Plant Hospital since that time, and served on various committees. In addition to multiple awards he has received the honors of additional titles from several professional societies, including the distinction of American Gastroenterologist Association Fellow as well as Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He and his wife have participated in school boards and committees, religious organizations, charitable societies, film & the arts. Most importantly they have been very involved with numerous sports teams and activities with their 3 boys.
Dr. ANMARIE MOORE
Dr. Anmarie Moore started working at Bay Area Gastrointestinal, Endoscopy and Liver Specialists in 2007. Dr. Moore is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she attended medical school at the University of New Mexico. She completed a combined internal medicine/pediatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she served as a co-Chief Resident for her residency in her final year.
Following residency, she moved to Tucson, Arizona and spent a year as a part-time research assistant with the Neuro-enteric research Group at the Southern Arizona VA Health Center. She completed a gastroenterology fellowship program through the University of Arizona. Her focus third year was pediatric gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. During her third year, she received special training in inflammatory bowel disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical center through a special grant from the Crohn's Colitis Foundation. Dr. Moore is board certified in internal medicine and adult gastroenterology.
Dr. Moore moved to Florida with her family to join the team at Bay Area Gastro and has enjoyed working with the excellent medical community in the Clearwater area. She has privileges at Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Moore has regular office hours, performs routine endoscopic procedures and reads video capsule endoscopy. She accepts patients age 16 and above.
Dr. Sarah Manitsas is originally from Hamilton, Ohio. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and then attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Ohio State University and obtained her Board Certification in Internal Medicine. She then pursued postgraduate training with a fellowship in gastroenterology at The Ohio State University and subsequently became Board Certified in Gastroenterology.
After completing her medical training she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009 where she was in private practice for four years. In 2013 she had the wonderful opportunity to join Bay Area Gastrointestinal, Endoscopy, and Liver Specialists. Her professional interests include general gastroenterology and liver disease. She performs upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and reads video capsule endoscopy. She has privileges at Morton Plant Hospital and also performs procedures at Clearwater Endoscopy Center and Bardmoor Endoscopy Center. She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterologist Association, and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Dr. Stephen Gerrish
We warmly welcome Dr. Stephen Gerrish to our practice! Dr. Stephen Gerrish was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, which is on the border of Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from The University of Iowa, and then moved to Washington, D.C. to receive his Master in Public health from The George Washington University. From there he achieved a Medical Doctor degree from Saba University school of Medicine. Finally. Dr. Gerrish completed an Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology & Hepatology fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He proudly serves as chief fellow during his final year of fellowship. Dr. Gerrish is currently board-certified in Gastroenterology.
Although Dr. Gerrish treats all gastroenterology disorders, he has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and liver disease. He performs upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, and ERCP. He has privileges at Morton Plant Hospital and also performs procedures and Clearwater Endoscopy center and Bardmoor Endoscopy Center. He is married with 4 children and an avid Chicago sports fan and music lover.
Deborah Weber, ARNP-C
Deborah has been living in the St Petersburg area for 31 years, originally from Connecticut and Rhode
Island. She completed a BS Degree at Southern Connecticut State College in Recreation & Leisure Education and an AS Nursing Degree from St Petersburg Junior College. She was employed as a perioperative RN/First Assistant for many years and during that time traveled to Antigua, Guatemala on several short terms surgical medical mission trips. Since receiving her MS & ARNP Degree in Nursing at the University of South Florida and ANCC certification, she served the HIV/AIDS population at Bay Care sponsored outpatient clinic for 4 ½ years and then worked in Gastroenterology since 2006 and during that time participated in several community medical outreach activities for the local homeless population. She joined Bay Area Gastrointestinal Endoscopy & Liver Specialists in 2010 providing both inpatient and outpatient care to our clients at both Morton Plant and Health South Rehabilitation Center.Special area of interest includes treatment of patients with Chronic Hepatitis B & C.
AMANDA LIPSCOMB, PA-C
Amanda Lipscomb is a Clearwater native who completed her Bachelors degree at St Petersburg College. For five years she was an RN on the cardiac floor that specialized in the care of stroke patients at Mease Countryside Hospital. She returned to academics attending South University in Tampa and earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2012. With her advanced education she joined the field of gastroenterology and hepatoloy in 2012!
Amanda is a board certified Physician Assistant, a credentialed staff member at Morton Plant Hospital, Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life support and a member of the Florida Gastroenterology Society.