Melinda Verduzco Gonzalez
Melinda Verduzco Gonzalez is a board certified Physician Assistant with over 8 years of experience in Bariatrics. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, graduating with a degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007.
She has focused her practice in general and Bariatric surgery to include: minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopic first -assist, robotic cases, and open surgery.
Melinda also has extensive experience in managing post-operative patient care, lap band adjustments as well as weight loss management to include optimizing nutrition, healthy lifestyle goals, resistance exercise training and pharmacotherapy. She loves helping patients make their comeback. She is trained in acute urgent care medicine, advanced wound care, and cosmetic injections.
Melinda has always had a passion for teaching and partaking in research to include the UT Health Science Center and St. Mary’s health careers program. Educating students about the PA profession is a hobby she enjoys doing. Some of her academic accomplishments have been: Being a clinical preceptor for Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner programs, her Master’s thesis was published in the American Journal of Cardiology which helped to improve heart failure outcomes, and she was invited to present her research in Baltimore, MD at the American Heart Association conference.
PA Gonzalez has also co-authored a children’s book, Larvie Learns A Lesson,
which emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle to include nutrition and exercise.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, bargain shopping, being a dance mom, and spending time with her loving husband and two adorable children.
Melinda is excited to join SAGE Bariatric in continuing to promote health and encouraging her patients to live their best lives.
When I see people I haven't seen in a while, they get really excited about my change and I really don't see it as much as they have, but them being happy for me makes me happy. This whole experience has been wonderful from the front desk all the way to the nurses in the back. Stay the same. Never change. -Jesse G. 5/25/16Whole Experience Has Been Wonderful
Since my weight loss I've been full of energy and so much happier. I can do a lot of things easier. Not out of breath like I was before. I play volleyball and I've noticed I can jump higher and get to the ball faster. The staff and doctors here are very understanding and courteous. They work with you and try to do everything they can to get you an appointment at your convenience. -Leslie H. 5/26/16Full of Energy
Since the surgery I've been a lot more active like playing basketball with my son, going swimming and just getting out of my bed. I'm truly thankful to Dr. Alvarez and the staff for all they have done for me. This opportunity has changed my life forever. I wasn't able to get the surgery in my hometown but luckily Dr. Alvarez and the staff were willing to help. -LaBridgette W. 7/17/16This Opportunity Has Changed My Life Forever
The staff and doctors are top notch and I've always appreciated their honesty and fabulous bedside manner. -Summer T. 7/29/16Fabulous Bedside Manner
I am running, no pain, doing things I thought I could never be able to do again. I feel like a whole new person. I'm even able to tie my own shoes! I've never been so happy; thank you all so much. I couldn't be more grateful or thankful for everything that they have done for me. My doctor who is Dr. Cavazos was amazing - the staff great - I could have never been so happy for all their help through my journey. -Christi A. 8/22/16I Feel Like a Whole New Person
This program is the best from pre-op to operation to post-op care and education. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and caring! I've been so excited to see the results of my bloodwork come back normal after many years of high cholesterol and high sugar! My blood pressure is now normal too. This and I am dressing in smaller size clothes. -Vicki T. 9/9/16This Program is the Best
Dr. Cavazos is a life saver. Since I had surgery I look forward every time I come to the office. I have never been judged on my size and very comfortable. The whole office has been top notch. I get rejuvenated when I come in here and see the weight loss. -Tina H. 9/13/16Life Saver
I participated & finished a 5K obstacle course - felt very accomplished & proud of how far healthwise I have come! Everyone involved from my initial contact to today has been kind, supportive, helpful & professional. I enjoy the support group still even after 3 years! You are great! -Elizabeth S. 9/29/16Accomplished & Proud 3 Years Out
Everyone is amazing. Have referred lots of people this way. Keep up the good work. -Jessica J. 10/20/16
I can't say enough about the staff & my Dr. Sonny Cavazos. Best bedside manners & my PA is awesome. -Kimber W. 10/25/16Best Bedside Manner
It's just been awesome. I'm the person I was supposed to be. -Jeremy T. 10/27/16Awesome
It has been an amazing journey - Not easy at all but well worth it. I appreciate the honesty of the doctor and staff in explaining the road ahead of me. It takes lots of work! Anyone who says it is the easy way does not truly understand the journey. -Victoria T. 11/9/16Amazing Journey
Everyone here has been very helpful and friendly. -Robert S. 12/27/16Robert S.
All are exceptional!! Can't say enough good things. They have made this process enjoyable. They definitely guide you in the right direction to make this journey successful. -Laura P. 1/4/17Exceptional
Exceptional doctor, staff, and programs that offer model patient-centered care. -Melissa D. 1/10/17Patient-Centered Care
My only regret is I didn't do this sooner! Everyone at Sage has been incredible every step of the way. -Wendell T.
I feel 100% better. My gastric sleeve surgery changed my life, saved my life. I've made positive changes and I've met personal goals that I thought were unachievable. The staff, all the staff from dietician to MD's to appointment takers very friendly, helpful, supportive. -Emmalinda D. 1/17/17I Feel 100% Better
I wish I would have done this sooner! This program has been amazing. Staff is supportive and caring. I recently went to the lake with friends and family. Feeling comfortable in my own skin. More outgoing and just loving myself. -Crystal 3/15/17Crystal
The culture at Sage is amazing. Doctors are there for you, the staff very pleasant and visible that they work as a team. The office setting is beautiful and professional. Thank you all for helping me save my life. It's the simple things we take for granted that have become my small weight loss victories. Being able to bend over and tie your shoes without losing your breath. Being able to increase the speed on the treadmill. Your clothes getting loose. My ultimate victory will be going on a plane and not needing a seatbelt extender. I will get there 🙂 -Christina G. 5/9/17Christina G.
I no longer need insulin, cholesterol or asthma med. B/P is back to normal and take med only to protect kidneys. PCP is very pleased with my life change. Great staff. Understanding, eager to answer questions. Program gave me a new lease on life. I am happy, healthier, and active again. -Gail A. 5/23/17Gail A.
The program works, the staff rocks, and the doctors are the best at what they do. -Jeremiah C. 8/16/17Jeremiah C.
I had surgery 8 yrs ago and it was the best decision I have made for myself with my health. I feel healthier and happier than ever. I love being able to wear clothes that actually look good on me and love the new me. I can't thank Dr. Cavazos and Ms. Linda Golden NP enough for all their help and support. -Tina G. 9/6/17Tina G.