Your Support Community
The entire staff at HonorHealth Bariatric Center welcomes you to your online support forum!
This site is available to all registered HHBC patients, both pre- and post-surgery. It is set up in a chat room format, so you can access it at any time that suits your schedule, read all posts that interest you and ask any questions as they arise.
A number of important topics will be discussed here which will be relevant to your needs, regardless of your surgery status. Our experience clearly shows that the more patients can become educated about “life after surgery” and anticipate the behavior changes needed, the more successful they will be. There will also be a fresh “Tip of the Month”, so be sure to check in regularly!
I will be moderating the forums on a regular basis and I will call on experts from our dietary, exercise and medical staff as needs arise.
I hope you find this forum useful
Dave Engstrom, Ph.D.
David Engstrom, Ph.D. is a Clinical Health Psychologist with over 10 years of experience with bariatric surgery patients in California and Arizona. He received his A.B. degree in Psychology from The George Washington University and earned his Ph.D. from The University of Southern California. He served his Internship at L.A. County-USC Medical Center and has relocated to Scottsdale six years ago. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and works closely with HonorHealth Bariatric Center, where his offices are located. Dr. Engstrom has authored many publications in health psychology and has an active schedule of public speaking. He has presented papers at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and contributed to articles in their journal. In addition to his passion for helping people with weight management, his other primary interests are motivational coaching, stress management and sleep disorders. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking, running, fly fishing, African hand drumming and Tai-Chi.
Marin Clemson earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from ASU as well as a degree in Physiological Sciences from UofA. She completed her internship program at the University of Houston, which gave her experience in weight management education for those seeking bariatric surgeries. She has been an employee of the HonorHealth system since 2001. Her previous experience as a dietitian in weight management and nutrition counseling makes her a great new asset to our current nutrition team. She is eager to assist you with your health and weight loss journey. In Marin’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, running and spending quality time with family and friends.
Kristin Muise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from San Diego State University. She is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach. She has over 20 years of experience in the Health and Wellness field with an emphasis in Disease Prevention through Weight Management, Exercise and Nutrition. Kristin got her start as a Patient Educator and Certified Wellness Coach and has gained experience in the Wellness field in both Management and Training and Development. Kristin discovered her passion is to help people change behavior using a personalized holistic approach to ensure long term success through lifestyle changes. Her lifelong dedication to her own health and wellbeing includes a positive attitude, weight training, running, reading, meditation and quality time with family and friends.
Bebe Brown received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Montevallo, just outside of Birmingham, AL. She completed her supervised dietetic internship program as well as her Masters in Health Education at the University of Alabama/Birmingham. Bebe then had the opportunity to live in Kampala, Uganda where she taught and supervised third and fourth year university students in nutrition-related courses. She moved back to the Valley of the Sun shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2006 and has worked at HonorHealth ever since. She has been employed as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian counseling both children and adults in various areas of nutrition including but not limited to, weight management, food allergies, liver disease and diabetes. In her spare time, Bebe enjoys traveling, reading, pilates and spending time with her husband and 6 year old daughter.