Your Support Team
Maintaining weight loss after bariatric surgery takes effort, focus and plenty of support from people who know what you're going through.
The HonorHealth Bariatric Center provides a comprehensive approach to weight loss. In addition to highly trained surgeons, our team includes nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists, all dedicated to providing excellent patient care.
These dedicated professionals fill an important role in educating patients in our pre-op, post-op, one-month classes and our monthly support groups.
We offer a full spectrum of patient support programs including classes, support groups, exercise and cooking classes. Many of these programs are offered online if you're unable to attend sessions in person.
Our support team includes:
David Engstrom, PhD.: Dr. Engstrom is a clinical health psychologist with more than 10 years of experience with bariatric surgery patients in California and Arizona. He is board-certified in clinical psychology and works closely with HonorHealth's Bariatric Center, where his offices are located. In addition to his passion for helping people with weight management, his other primary interests are motivational coaching, stress management and sleep disorders.
Samantha Easterly, RD: Easterly has been a registered dietitian educator at HonorHealth Bariatric Center since 2005, providing individual and group nutrition counseling. She has a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Arizona State University, experience in weight management and wellness coaching and a Certificate of Training in Adult and Childhood Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Arrin Larson, BS, NSCA-CPT, CWC: Larson has been with HonorHealth Bariatric Center since 2003. She started as an exercise specialist and wellness coach where she loved helping people find joy in movement and improving their quality of life. She is now excited to venture into the world of program coordinator. She is dedicated to ensuring that HonorHealth Bariatric Center is the best choice for your weight loss needs and that you will always have a pleasant experience. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoying nature, cooking, creating art and playing games.
Bebe Brown, RD, MAEd: Brown has worked at HonorHealth since 2006. After completing her master's degree in health education at the University of Alabama/Birmingham, she lived in Kampala, Uganda, where she taught and supervised third- and fourth-year university students in nutrition-related courses. She has been employed as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian, counseling both children and adults.
Kindala Owens: Owens graduated from Auburn University with both her Bachelors and Master degrees in Exercise Physiology. She is also a certified group fitness and yoga instructor. She is passionate about helping motivate you to feeling confident with exercise and movement. She is dedicated to helping you find joy in exercise and developing a better quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.
Please call our patient liaison today for an appointment with one of our specialty providers at 480-882-7460.