Dr. St. Laurent isn’t the only accomplished member of our esteemed practice in the Houston, TX, area. Our experienced staff have their own achievements and feel passionate about helping patients meet their healthcare goals. Learn more about the members of your healthcare team at Northwest EndoSurgical.
Amber, RN, DNP, NP-C – Nurse Practitioner
Amber is board-certified and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Utah. Amber has written articles for “Bariatrics Today” and “Obesity Help” regarding follow-up care after bariatric surgery, and she led the initiative for her center in Utah to obtain the Bariatric Center of Excellence Certification in 2008.
As a bariatric patient, Amber understands the patient experience and strives to treat clients with empathy, respect, and knowledge. Amber had a LAP-BAND® surgery which was subsequently converted to a gastric sleeve by Dr. St. Laurent. With these treatments, she lost 85 lbs. and has maintained a normal BMI since the surgery. When Amber is not at work, she enjoys crafting with her children, spending time with her husband, getting massages, training for triathlons, going to Zumba, participating in my church activities, and sleeping.
Michelle, MS, RD, CDE, LD – Dietitian
Michelle earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition at Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in nutrition at Texas Woman’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. She was a varsity cross country runner and member of the soccer team at Texas A&M. She has currently completed six marathons and five MS 150s.
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. She hopes to inspire healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes that promote optimal health, prevent disease, and enhance patients’ overall quality of life in a way that adjusts to their individual needs and preferences.
Contact Our Practice
Our knowledgeable staff at Northwest EndoSurgical enjoys working with you, and we look forward to creating lasting relationships with our patients. We are here to assist with all aspects of your health care.
You can ask our staff a question, contact us with this form, or request a consultation at our Houston office by calling (281) 378-7731.
Christina, MS, RD, LD – Dietitian
Christina is a registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in obesity, bariatric surgery, and weight management. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from The University of Houston and her graduate degree from Texas Woman's University at Houston’s Medical Center. She started her career as a renal dietitian in a dialysis clinic and assisted in growing the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic and Bariatric Center at Memorial Hermann – Memorial City Hospital. During that time, Christina found her passion in bariatric nutrition. She started working with Dr. Matthew St. Laurent in 2006 and has helped strengthen our post-op program at Northwest EndoSurgical.
Exercise is a personal passion of hers. Christina loves to run, has completed three half marathons, and works out every morning at her sister’s gym. Christina believes that true success is not met with meal plans, so instead, she focuses on empowering the patient so they can successfully reach their goals. “At the end of the day, it is about the patient,” she says. “Our approach to weight loss is always patient-centered.”
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 contributes to just about everything.
Sylvia is our hormone therapy coordinator and is responsible for overseeing 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. Sylvia loves sports and is a proud mother of four.
Yvette, MA – Medical Assistant
Yvette has been in the healthcare field for over 25 years and started her career as a Certified Dental Assistant in San Antonio. She then took an extended period of time to begin her family and raise 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 our hormone patients and is one of the estheticians that performs the Evolve and Evoke radiofrequency body contouring treatments. She also serves as the office "handyman," performing all of the office plumbing and electrical repairs while also working as the main designer and interior decorator of our office. When not working in the office, Yvette enjoys spending time with her family along with traveling, hiking, and shopping in Paris when she gets the opportunity.
"An amazing group of individuals."
Dr. St. Laurent and his staff are an amazing group of individuals, he explained everything in detail, took very good care of me even the nurses in the hospital were amazing. He is a great doctor!!!!View on Google
This was the most phenomenal experience I’ve ever had with a physician, and the most impressive practice and office I’ve ever seen. Could not recommend more highly.View on Google
Danielle – Office Manager
Danielle is our Office Manager at Northwest EndoSurgica and has over 20 years of experience in the insurance field. Danielle is passionate about her responsibilities as a practice manager, and she meets every challenge using her strong understanding of business principles and thorough knowledge of the medical insurance industry.
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 enjoying time together by shopping or swimming on a hot sunny day.
Selma - Billing and Insurance Specialist
Selma Plascencia has been in healthcare for more than nine years with hands-on experience as a physician. After graduating in 2012 with a diploma in Medical Billing and Coding, Selma went on to specialize in bariatrics. Selma is highly knowledgeable in insurance reimbursement, billing and coding, ICD-10/CMS regulations, and insurance verification. She prides herself on working as a team and having great communication skills.
During Selma’s time away from the office, she enjoys crafting and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is a busy mother of two children and two fur babies.
Evan, BS – Patient Coordinator and Scheduler
Evan is the newest member to join our Northwest EndoSurgical team. Evan has extensive experience in the customer service field and brings a passion for providing personalized care to our patients. She coordinates all patient appointments and schedules any tests required before receiving treatment. She also serves as a patient liaison and handles all necessary consultations needed for insurance predetermination.
Evan received her bachelor's degree in business from Ole Miss University in 2019. She is an accomplished college athlete and played Division I volleyball for the Running Rebels at Ole Miss. Evan also holds a Culinary Arts degree as a pastry chef from the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Dallas, TX. In her spare time, Evan 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.
"The staff is amazing."
The staff is amazing and always answer the phone when I call. Yesterday I got to meet one of their RDs and she was amazing as well. I am currently jumping all the hoops my insurance has provided for me. I will update everyone once I have my surgery. Update: 5 days post op/ feeling great everything that was explained to me is happening. I can’t say enough good things about this Doctor, his confidence made my surgery stress free.View on Google
Dr. St. Laurent and his staff are an amazing group of individuals who work above and beyond to help patients meet their needs. I truly appreciate Dr. St. Laurent for taking time out of his busy schedule to address all of my concerns and questions during my initial consultation. Thank you Dr. St. Laurent and staff for doing such an AWESOME job each and every day for the patients you serve!!View on Google