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Mary Ellen Sparks, RN
Program Manager

"Watching their (patients') excitement when they reach even small milestones makes me smile."

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. I knew from the time I was 10 or 11. I chased the dream and caught it! says Mary Ellen Sparks, RN.

I have had my own struggles with obesity for many years. Finally, about 5 years ago, I decided to take the leap and have weight loss surgery. Every day hasn’t been perfect, but I am happy with my results.

I have been a nurse for 18 years and with Des Peres Hospital for nearly 14. Working in the clinic and seeing patients on the medical surgical floor after surgery lets me see both sides of the coin. Watching their excitement when they reach even small milestones makes me smile.

My husband and I love spending time with our three children playing outside, taking walks (which aren’t a struggle anymore) and just being together.