Meet our Houston Staff
Erika Bariatric Coordinator & Program Co-Director
Erika is responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating the effectiveness of the operations of the Program at Reflux Specialists, in accordance with practice philosophy and objectives. This includes oversight of staff members, pathways, outcomes-tracking and standards.
Whitney, RMA Registered Medical Assistant
Whitney expresses the desire to assist each patient from the first point of interest and throughout their surgical preparatory plan. She states that her goals at Reflux Specialists include, improving patient outcomes by streamlining our pathways and protocols. She enjoys her professional responsibilities as a medical assistant and is committed to maintaining and continuing her knowledge in the safety and success of the Nissen and TIF procedures. She also collects insurance criteria to assist patients meet their pre-requisites and obtain approval for insurance reimbursement.
Sheila Vo, Bariatric Program Dietitian
Sheila Vo, MBA, RD, LD is a registered and licensed dietitian with experience in acute care, long term acute care and outpatient settings. She graduated from University of Houston majored in Human Nutrition and Food with minor in Psychology. Upon completion of her Dietetic Internship at the University of Houston, she continued on to Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology.
Having worked in the hospital settings for over a decade, Sheila has counseled various diseases that require nutrition management including Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Thyroid Disorders, Weight Management, Digestive Disorders to include Reflux related Diseases and Bariatric Nutrition.
In 2011, she joined Dr. Brian Mirza and First Choice Weight Loss to take part in the multidisciplinary program for Bariatric surgical patients, and to develop the non-surgical weight loss management program as well as counseling for patients who have had Reflux Related Procedures such as Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and TIF.
In her role as the program dietitian, she conducts all nutrition education for patients’ pre and post surgery in the hospital and clinic setting. She believes that intense education, deep understanding and full support will result in long term positive outcome and improve quality of life.
Her active and busy lifestyle has influenced her style of consulting by incorporating practical tips and ideas to assist and support you. Our multidisciplinary team provides you with the best care from beginning to end.
Alicia Cardenas, CMA
Alicia graduated from Sanford-Brown College in 2005. Her experience and outgoing personality make her a great addition to our team. To be able to help others is one of her motivations to work in the healthcare industry. As a medical assistant she enjoys performing her duties and professionally maintaining her relationship with patients. She assists your weight loss journey from beginning to end, from insurance verification, setting up appointments for medical clearances and criteria and getting each case approved for surgery. She also spends time checking in each patient and triages the patient prior to them seeing the physician as well as calling patient’s post-operatively during their immediate return home from surgery.
Selma graduated from Remington College in 2011. As the Clinical Billing & Coding Specialist she has helped the growth of the practice in many ways. Her responsibilities include: submitting procedural charges and maintaining contact with insurance providers to collect revenue. In addition, her wonderful personality and bilingual ability has also increased patient satisfaction. She enjoys the rewarding experience of her profession. It gives her the ability to help our physicians, the clinic, and our patients.
Why Choose Us?
- Houston's Top Reflux Specialists
- Permanent Relief from Reflux and Heartburn
- Incisionless Acid Reflux Solution
- Covered By Most Insurance Plans