Meet your Team

Dr. Hornbostel received his bachelors degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and received his medical degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He trained in surgery at the University of Missouri/Kansas City Truman Medical Center, and has been board-certified in general surgery since 1985. He received advanced training in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the University of Texas/Southwestern in Dallas, TX, in 2001. He performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the greater Kansas City area in February of 2002, the first gastric band surgery in July of 2002, and the first sleeve gastroplasty in November of 2003. Before joining the Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care team, Dr. Hornbostel practiced for 26 years in Sedalia, Mo., where he performed more than 1,500 bariatric surgeries. Dr. Hornbostel is an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designee.

Email Dr. Hornbostel at or call (816) 271-6155.

Dr. Ghanem received his bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut and his medical degree from University of Balamand, Lebanon. He completed his general surgery residency at MedStar Health in Baltimore, MD. He then completed his Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During his fellowship, Dr. Ghanem received training in Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch as well as revisional bariatric surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and is an active member in ASMBS. Dr. Ghanem has multiple publications and has authored book chapters in the field of general and bariatric surgery. He also presented at multiple international and national meetings.

Program Coordinator
Jamie Spoonemore is your point of contact to get you ready for your surgery. Jamie will help you coordinate your insurance and financial needs, obtain insurance pre-authorization for your operation, facilitate obtaining your medical work-up and ensure that we maintain everything on schedule. Jamie will contact your insurance and outline the steps required by your policy to obtain authorization for surgery. Jamie is your resource for information and reinforcement of education for all weight-loss options Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care has to offer. He is here to educate you about your insurance, troubleshoot and advocate for you - all working towards the goal of health improvement.

Email Jamie at or call (816) 271-6155.

Physical Therapist
Stephen Chandler earned his physical therapy degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. He worked in private practice for 28 years before joining the physical therapy team in April 2006. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Kansas Physical Therapy Association where he has served in many roles, including president from 1991 - 1993. Stephen is licensed in physical therapy in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Email Stephen at or call (816) 271-6155.

Licensed Dietitian

Rebecca Bucher, RD, received her Bachelor's of Nutritional Sciences degree in Dietetics from the University of Missouri in Columbia. While there, she also completed a supervised dietetic internship and began her career as a Registered Dietitian with Mosaic Life Care in 2014. Since then she has worked with the Outpatient program, developing her counseling skills and focusing on helping people achieve and maintain the weight loss they desire. Rebecca continues to use her expertise in weight management by providing individual and group nutrition counseling and support to every patient at Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care.

Email Rebecca at or call (816) 271-7850.

Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Shirley Stuber Taylor, Licensed Psychologist, received her Doctorate in Counseling from the University of Missouri in St Louis. Originally from the St Joseph area, she worked in St. Louis for 34 years prior to returning to her hometown area. While in St. Louis she worked as the Lead Psychologist for a weight loss program at Deaconess Hospital for several years. Dr. Taylor has counseled hundreds of individuals who have struggled with weight loss efforts and the accompanying quality of life issues. In the Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care she conducts psychological screenings and serves as the facilitator for the weekly patient group sessions.

Email Dr. Taylor at or call (816) 271-6573.

Contact Us

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