Our Behavioral Team for Lap Band Surgery

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At Texas Bariatric Specialists we specialize in offering a highly skilled professional psychological staff to help with your weight loss surgery at our world class health facilities in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, San Angelo, Killeen, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, and Laredo.

As part of our world class health services we provide consultations and psychology visits within our offices. The difference is being able to access a full team dedicated to treating obesity; as opposed to running around town. A behavioral specialist is going to asses prior eating habits before and after surgery and aide in the development of healthier ones. Patients who see a behavioral specialist have improved outcomes and exceed patients that don’t. We believe that this difference will allow our patients to succeed in their long term goals and achieving what was once thought as impossible.

At Texas Bariatric Specialists, our mission is:

  • To provide state-of-the art, minimally invasive surgical options for all our patients.
  • To continue to improve the “standard of care” in one of the nation’s 10 largest cities.
  • To establish weight-loss surgery as a true specialty which requires specialized training and a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • To serve as a “beacon of hope” for all patients by offering a “no exclusion” policy.
  • To provide compassion, superior outcomes and warm, personal attention to our patients while pursuing our practice goals.

Seán G. Connolly, Ph.D. is a psychologist and clinical director at Algos Behavioral Health Services, Inc. His primary focus in this clinical practice is health psychology, specializing in chronic pain, clinically server obese patients, weight loss surgery, & brain injuries. He has been in practice over 30 years.

Mary Ann Spears- Howell, Ph.D., L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, and stress management. She specializes in pre-surgical psychological assessment for bariatric surgery and chronic pain patients.

Bertha E. Rodarte- Luna, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System with a concentration in PTSD, eating disorders, primary care issues, chronic pain, & bariatric surgery evaluation.

Karri Zumwalt, PsyD., is a Licensed Psychologist who completed her doctorate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She completed her internship at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. Her special interests include: traumatic brain injury, weight loss issues, PTSD, cancer, and biofeedback.

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