Meet the Northwest EndoSurgical Staff
A Message from Our Practice Manager
Welcome to our practice. I am happy that you have chosen Dr. St. Laurent for your bariatric care. Our knowledgeable staff at Northwest EndoSurgical enjoys working with you and we look forward to a lasting relationship with our patients. We enjoy seeing you accomplish each and every milestone to reach your goals. We are here to assist with all aspects of your health care. If you find that we are not meeting your expectations, please let us know. I can be reached by calling (281) 921-1890 or by emailing me.
Danielle – Office Manager
Danielle, the Office Manager at Northwest EndoSurgical, has over 20 years of experience in the field of insurance with 13 of those years in bariatric surgery.
Danielle is passionate about her responsibilities as practice manager and has a strong understanding of business principles and the complexities of the medical insurance industry. “The operational and financial aspects of managing a medical practice such as billing and coding, and dealing with insurance companies’ presents a unique challenge every day. Running a medical practice is a large responsibility that requires many skills such as process improvement, staff management and development of policies and procedures, along with simplification and streamlining of office processes, medical record-keeping, and customer service for optimum patient satisfaction.”
Danielle is a local Houstonian, who thrives on the success of our patients and enjoys assisting with the insurance approval process. She is a proud mother of a beautiful daughter and you can often catch them swimming on a hot sunny day or shopping enjoying time together.
Amber, RN, DNP, NP-C – Nurse Practitioner
I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science in 1997; later I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2000. I earned both degrees attending the University of Utah. I am active in the professional organizations of which I have a membership. I have written articles for “Bariatrics Today” and “Obesity Help” regarding follow-up care after bariatric surgery. I have achieved additional national certifications including Health and Fitness Instructor (ACSM), Neonatal Resuscitation (AHA), International Certified Childbirth Educator (ICEA) and Bariatric Nursing (ASMBS). I was an item writer for the Certified Bariatric Nurse certification test for two years through ASMBS. I lead the initiative for my center in Utah to obtain the Bariatric Center of Excellence Certification in 2008. I obtained my Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Utah in 2012. I am board certified and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. I strive to treat my clients with empathy, respect, and knowledge. I believe that each individual is of worth and has a unique perspective. I will employ patience and understanding to optimally meet the needs of each person. I believe in continuing education and maintain current standards of practice through ongoing participation in research, evaluation of current practices and educational opportunities.
I moved to Houston 7 years ago from Utah, relocating from a busy bariatric practice there where I was employed for over 9 years. I love Houston sunshine! Hot, humid summers are better than six months of cold, ice, and snow! I have three daughters that are the joy of my life! When I am not at the office, I am usually taking them to a music or dance lesson. I have been married to my husband and best friend for almost 20 years, and we enjoy spending time together with our family, traveling. When I am not at work or serving as my children’s taxi service, I enjoy crafting with my children, getting massages, training for triathlons, going to Zumba, participating in my church activities, and sleeping.
I am also a bariatric patient. I had a LAP-BAND® surgery in 2006 which was subsequently converted to a gastric sleeve in 2014 by Dr. St. Laurent. I lost 85 lbs. and have been able to maintain a normal BMI since surgery. I consider myself blessed to work with knowledgeable and dynamic coworkers and patients who inspire me every day to be better! I love working with my patients and I love what I do.
Michelle, MS, RD, CDE, LD – Dietitian
Michelle received her Bachelor degree in nutrition at Texas A & M University and her Master’s degree in nutrition at Texas Women’s University. In 1999, Michelle completed the requirements to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
Growing up in an athletic family sparked her interest in both sports and nutrition. As a varsity cross country runner and soccer player in high school, a member of the soccer team at Texas A&M, she has completed 6 marathons and five MS150’s.
Michelle is passionate about nutrition and wellness and takes a patient-centered approach to both. She believes that good nutrition is the foundation for optimal health. Her desire is to inspire healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes that promote optimal health, prevent disease, and enhance the overall quality of life, while recognizing and adjusting to individual needs and preferences.
Christina, MS, RD, LD – Dietitian
Christina is a registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in obesity, bariatric surgery and weight management. She obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree, in Nutrition, from The University of Houston and her graduate degree at Texas Woman’s’ University in Houston’s Medical Center. She started her career as a renal dietitian in a dialysis clinic. After successfully assisting in the implementation and growth of the Out Patient Nutrition Clinic and Bariatric Center at Memorial Hermann – Memorial City Hospital, Christina found her passion in bariatric nutrition. She began working with Dr. Matthew St. Laurent in 2006 and has helped to develop and strengthen his post-op bariatric program.
Exercise is a personal passion of hers. Christina loves to run and has completed three half marathons and works out every morning at her sister’s gym.
“At the end of the day it is about the patient. Our approach to weight loss is always patient-centered”. Christina believes that true success is not met with meal plans but instead on empowering the patient so they can successfully reach their goals.
Sylvia, MA – Medical Assistant
Sylvia has been a medical assistant in the field of bariatric medicine since 2007. She is an essential part of our Northwest EndoSurgical team that keeps the office running smoothly. From obtaining patients vitals to reviewing labs and assisting office procedures, Sylvia has her hands in just about everything. Sylvia is also our hormone therapy coordinator and is responsible for running and coordinating all aspects of this part of our practice. She also serves as one of our estheticians performing Evolve® and Evoke® radiofrequency body contouring. She is passionate about our patients’ success and will go the extra mile to provide the best care possible. Don’t let her little size fool you; she is a sports fanatic and a proud mother of four.
Selma - Billing and Insurance Specialist
Selma Plascencia has been in healthcare for more than 9 years with hands-on physician practice experience. Selma graduated in 2012 with a diploma in Medical Billing and Coding. Since completing her education she has specialized in Bariatrics. Selma prides herself in working as a team and having great practice communication skills. Selma is highly knowledgeable in insurance reimbursement, billing and coding, ICD-10/CMS regulations and insurance verification.
On Selma’s time away from the office she enjoys crafting and spending quality time with family and friends. She is a busy mother of 2 and 2 fur-babies.
Evan, BS – Patient Coordinator and Scheduler
Evan is the newest member to join our Northwest EndoSurgical team. She received her Bachelors degree in Business from Ole Miss University in 2019. She is an accomplished college athlete and while at Ole Miss played Division I volleyball for the Running Rebels. Evan also holds a Culinary Arts degree as a pastry chef from the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Dallas, Tx. She has extensive experience in the customer service field and brings a passion to providing personalized care to our patients. Evan will coordinate all patient appointments, as well as schedule any testing necessary prior to surgery. She also serves as a patient liaison and coordinates all necessary consultations needed for insurance predetermination. In her spare time she enjoys playing club volleyball, working out, traveling and spending time with her family. She is also currently working on obtaining her certification as a Health Coach.
Yvette, MA – Medical Assistant
Yvette has been in the health care field for over 25 years. She began her career as a Certified Dental Assistant in San Antonio. After several years of working as an assistant in San Antonio, she took an extended period of time to begin her family and raise her three children. After moving back to her hometown of Houston, she transitioned to become a Medical Assistant and began working in Dr. St. Laurent's practice in 2004. Yvette assists with all of our Hormone patients as well as being one of our other estheticians performing the Evolve and Evoke radiofrequency body contouring treatments for our patients. Yvette also serves as the office "Handyman." She has performed all of the office plumbing and electrical repairs as well as the main designer and interior decorator of our office. She has been instrumental in the office functioning behind the scenes over the past several years. When not working in the office Yvette enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking and shopping sales is Paris when she gets the opportunity.