Our Non-Surgical Medical Team: (From left – Dr. Henneth Corado, Dr. Monica Anz-Cavazos; Linda Golden, FNP-C; Vanessa Rodriguez, FNP-C; Heidi Jensen, RD)
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program
Losing weight can be an extreme challenge. There are so many factors that come into play when trying to lose weight that one solution rarely fits all. At Sage Bariatric (Formally The Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss), we have a team of professionals who are here to help you tackle this challenge in a way that is unique to you, including:
Doctors and Nurse Practitioners specializing in obesity medicine
Full array of pharmacologic treatment options
Comprehensive approach and individualized programs
Registered Dietician certified in adult weight management
Sage Bariatric encompasses both surgical and non-surgical approaches to weight loss. Our medical team offers a weight loss clinic that focuses on losing weight without surgery. Sage Bariatric’s medical team consists of Dr. Monica Anz-Cavazos, Dr. Henneth Corado, Linda Golden, DNP, Vanessa Rodriguez, FNP, and Heidi Jensen, MS,RDN,LD. Each member has extensive experience in the treatment of obesity. Dr. Anz-Cavazos and Dr. Corado both are trained in Internal Medicine but focus 100% of their practice on obesity treatment, and Dr. Corado is certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Our nurse practitioners have many years of experience in weight loss medicine and offer tremendous help to our patients. Heidi Jensen, our dietitian, also has extensive training and experience in weight management and is a key-support for our patients. They are a power team!
Weight Loss Medications
The team utilizes an array of treatment options. Obesity is a complex disease and requires a multidisciplinary approach for lasting treatment. Pharmacologic treatment such as appetite suppressants are commonly used. Some of these anti-obesity medications, or “weight loss drugs”, help by focusing on controlling appetite. Others concentrate on the part of the brain that causes cravings. Still others affect how we perceive hunger. At times we use a combination of the different medications to help patients tackle hunger and focus on health. We pay careful attention when choosing medications for each patient, and we monitor patients closely to make sure the medications are working in a safe and effective way.
A comprehensive and individualized program is designed for each patient. We look at obesity from multiple angles. We have many components of our body and mind that affect our weight. For some, it is largely appetite. For others, emotions are the cornerstone. Types of food can be a huge culprit for many. Still others just need to get their metabolism moving with exercise. And for many, it’s a combination of all of those. We help determine what each patient needs to focus on and create an individualized plan on how best to help each person.
Weight Loss Dietitian
Dietary support is important for most people looking to improve their health. Heidi Jensen, MS, RDN, LD is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on the team. Heidi received her Bachelor’s of Science in dietetics and her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Iowa State University. She is certified in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She enjoys helping individuals find their motivation for healthy lifestyle change in a fun and encouraging way. “Wellness is about the journey not the destination.”
Sage Bariatric is excited to offer direct testing of your body’s resting metabolic rate using the BodyGem indirect calorimeter. Instead of estimating, we can measure your actual resting metabolic rate. This is the most accurate assessment of how many calories a day your body burns and thus enables us to calculate how many calories you need to eat and to burn in order to lose weight. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes and is performed in our office. The device we use is the same one used on the show The Biggest Loser, as seen on NBC.
Unlike many weight loss programs, Sage Bariatric Institute accepts insurance! If you have health insurance, we will use your insurance just like any other doctor’s office. This helps patients be consistent in their care and come for regular visits, which is a key to long-term success.
By taking advantage of these resources, you can achieve the support you need to be successful in your weight loss journey. Let’s get started! Give us a call today!