Meet Our Team
At Bariatric Care Centers, the staff is composed of compassionate individuals who are solely interested in assisting each patient in achieving their surgical weight loss goal. They provide detailed guidance which includes on-site nutritional counseling, insurance, and financial counseling, as well as pre- and post-operative support. They treat each patient with respect, privacy, and dignity. Houston bariatric surgeon Dr. Mirza and his staff enjoy celebrating each patient’s positive life changes and recovery from life-threatening health conditions associated with obesity.
In an effort to better serve our patient’s needs, we provide a multi-lingual practice which includes:
Arabic, Spanish and French.
Our Supervisor, Alicia Cardenas, graduated from Sanford-Brown College in 2005. Along with her smiley face and outgoing personality, she maintains a great relationship with our patients. Her duties include processing patients from the initial phone call, coordinating all preliminary work ups, and getting each case approval for surgery. Additionally, she supervises and maintains the productivity of the front office and employees. She also works closely with hospital departments, to maintain a teamwork approach for the care of our patient population. In her free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family and her daughter. She also enjoys dining out and dancing on the weekends.
Front Desk Receptionist
Ana Aguirre, our front desk receptionist, always ready to greet you with a smile upon arrival into our office. She graduated with a degree in medical billing from Sanford Brown College back in 2015. Since then, she has joined our clinic with her excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, while maintaining patient confidentiality at all times. Her duties include insurance verifications, confirming patient appointments and most of all is to assist in patient check in and out process. Having an elementary school age son and a rabbit keeps her busy in her spare time. She also likes to cook, dance, swim, play tennis and volleyball with her family on the weekends.
Director of Marketing
Brooke joined The Mirza Clinics in April 2017 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for managing media relations, branding, advertising, and website development. She also works closely with our dietitian in helping strategically plan for our support groups. Brooke believes establishing genuine relationships, having communication, and admiration is fundamental to an effective working relationship that reflects positively on The Mirza Clinics five star reputations.
Brooke holds a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from The University of Texas A&M. While she was attending Texas A&M, she was a teacher assistant for the Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, which has helped her gain further knowledge and experience. She graduated Texas A&M in December of 2016. Additionally, she is currently getting her Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Our Lady of the Lake University, while being part of the honors society, Delta Mu Delta.
Brookes interests other than school and work include working out, traveling, football, playing words with friends, and helping animals in need. She also has a passion for family, pets, and church. Brooke loves her work environment and looks forward to helping and watching The Mirza Clinics continue on a successful path.
Cameshia (Cami) is our surgical coordinator. She effectively coordinates each patient’s clinical care and surgery process through the qualification period, under the direction of Dr. Mirza. She fosters a collaborative team while working with the staff, hospital personnel, and the entire multidisciplinary team. Cami graduated from Everest Institute in 2010, as a medical assistant. In her spare time, she likes to travel back to her hometown Austin, Texas to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves doing outdoor activities with her kids. Some of her other hobbies include dancing, dining out, cruising, and playing sports. Cami is very compassionate about establishing trusting relationships with our patients. She truly cares about their weight loss journey and admires their hard work and dedication.
Bariatric Coordinator & Program Co-Director
Erika is responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating the effectiveness of the operations of the Bariatric Program at Bariatric Care Centers, in accordance with practice philosophy and objectives. This includes oversight of staff members, pathways, outcomes-tracking and standards.
Her hobbies include: Cooking, reading, outdoor activities and family time at church.
Sheila, MBA, RD, LD
Our dietitian Sheila started to work in the field of Bariatrics in 2007, when she began working closely with patients who has undergone roux n Y, lap band, and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. She joined Dr. Brian Mirza clinic in 2011 and since then has become an integral part of the Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Bariatric Program. Her previous years of clinical experience combined with various disease management, while working in the hospital setting, has allowed her to be familiar with many disease management including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders, organ failures, digestive disorders, and weight management not limited to Bariatric nutrition.
Sheila Vo, MBA RD LD holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Food with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Houston, completed her Dietetic Internship at University of Houston, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology. In addition to her qualified background, she is also a professional member of the American Dietetic Association, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and Houston Bariatric Society.
Sheila conducts initial nutrition management, preoperative, post operative, and follow up assessment for all our patients. She leads the social media programs such as articles, blogs, recipes, and you tube monthly support group videos that are beneficial to our patients as an added overall bariatric support. She enjoys the personalized setting of consultation being one on one because she is able to focus on each patient and tailor nutrition wellness plans to their individual needs.
Combining her experience and ability to relate to diverse patient population, she believes that humility and friendliness is the key into consulting our patients. All patients are unique individuals and with proper education, full understanding, and support, not only weight loss is possible but it will also result in long term positive outcome and improvement of quality of life. As a professional, Sheila attends yearly obesity related conferences to keep up with the most current scientific research/studies.
Her busy lifestyle as a full time dietitian and mom of two kids does not slow her down from her hobby of exercising and traveling. The active lifestyle has brought her most innovative practical ideas to assist and support you in this weight loss journey. She believes with strong will and motivation that we can cure this obesity epidemic one step at a time.
Medical Insurance Case Coordinator
Yuri is our medical insurance case coordinator serving as a point person for the insurance approval process and qualification period. She graduated top of her class from Sanford-Brown College in March 2011, as a Medical Assistant. She has been a dedicated team member since her degree completion. She specializes in pre-determinations, pre-authorizations, appeal processes, and objectively gathers insurance criteria to capture opportunities. Her outstanding customer service skills, compassion, loving, and caring personality makes her very approachable and relatable to our new patient callers. As a busy mother of three kids, she dedicates her free time to her children and loving family. She enjoys cooking, dancing, and watching her favorite TV shows. She takes pride in her position to help others and it is her mission to make your weight loss journey a success!
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Brian Mirza and the entire staff at Bariatric Care Centers are dedicated to helping patients lose weight and live healthy lives. If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, including Houston LAP Band, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, contact our practice today at 713-339-1353 to schedule a consultation.
All weight loss claims are due to surgery and before and after care. Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any Medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. If you have specific questions about the procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with the Doctor.
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