Dr. Suzanne Bentz,
Tucson Medical Weight Loss is a medical practice that specializes in the most advanced methods available for medical weight loss, under the care of a physician. Dr. Suzanne Bentz, has practiced medicine for over 20 years, pursuing a lifelong passion of helping patients lose weight.
She is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association, and strongly believes that a physician is most qualified to help patients achieve safe and healthy weight loss. Dr. Bentz attended Texas Christian University, where she studied nutrition/health science. She received her Medical degree in 1991 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
In 1995 she started Red Mountain Family Medicine. Dr. Bentz quickly discovered that a majority of her patients required treatment for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all related to obesity. With a passion to further help her patients, she became Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine in 1997, further specializing in the treatment of obesity and related diseases.
Dr. Bentz is the Medical Director and Founder of Tucson Medical Weight Loss, with two locations in Tucson. For over 20 years, Dr. Bentz and her team of dedicated medical professionals have been helping their patients to achieve and maintain an optimal and healthy weight for a lifetime.
Dr. Suzanne Bentz D.O.
Owner & Medical Director
Diplomate of the Obesity Medicine Association
Certified in Family Practice and Obesity Medicine
Dr. Kim Feinstein,
Dr. Kim Feinstein is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and our Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist. She earned her Masters of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University-Phoenix campus.
For over 15 years, Dr. Kim has been specializing in weight loss, long-term weight management, body image concerns, and eating disorders. She knows how to educate, guide, inspire, empower and motivate those concerned so that change in eating behaviors and body image can occur. In addition to eating issues, Dr. Kim has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and life adjustment problems.
At Tucson Medical Weight Loss, we recognize that weight gain can affect more than just physical appearance, it can affect psychological thoughts and behaviors, which can take a toll on an individual’s mental and emotional state and well-being. In addition to helping you achieve your weight loss goals and overall quality of life.
Dr. Kim will be providing tools, tips and motivation to help uncover the root issues related to food and weight gain. To hear more from Dr. Kim, make sure to check out our blog page on our website, “Follow Us” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Dr. Shelly Messer,
Dr. Shelly Messer, a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, is our Clinical Administrator. She balances her time between patient care and administrative duties. She feels so privileged to celebrate the achievement of each patient’s weight loss goals as they reap the benefits of improved health, energy and self esteem.
As an administrator, Dr. Messer works closely with Dr. Suzanne Bentz, Owner and Director of Tucson Medical Weight Loss, to oversee, train, manage and supervise the entire Clinical Team. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obesity Medicine Association, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Heath and the Age Management Medicine Group. She has also received injectable training through Galderma, Palette Resources and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Tim Knoll is a Certified Physician Assistant practicing at both Tucson locations. He graduated from the University of Kansas and received his Masters in Physician Assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has worked in the Tucson community previously in Orthopedic and Cardio-thoracic Surgery, and is excited to help people pursue their goals with weight loss. He is married and enjoys his free time running and spending time with friends and family.
Claire Norbut is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner practicing at both of our Tucson locations. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, and received her Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Phoenix. Prior to Tucson Medical Weight Loss, she worked in trauma intensive care, where she developed a special passion caring for burn patients. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Southern Arizona Nurse Practitioner Society, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. In her spare time she enjoys fitness classes at Orange Theory, salsa dancing, and interior design.
Alice Whittington-Gulba is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner practicing at both of our Tucson locations. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and received her Masters of Science from Frontier Nursing University.
Prior to working for Tucson Medical Weight Loss, she worked at a family practice in a rural health clinic and has more than 7 years of hospital nursing experience in the intensive care unit and in labor and delivery. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is married with one child and enjoys her free time traveling, running and cycling.
Aesthetic RN, BSN
Terri comes to Tucson Medical Weight Loss with 8 years experience in advanced injectable techniques and a variety of non-surgical aesthetic modalities. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona School of Nursing, and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Terri is certified and licensed in both Arizona and California, and was the lead injector for respected medical spas and plastic surgery practices in La Jolla, Del Mar, Corona and Apple Valley.
Terri promotes an integrative approach to wellness. Her passion for healthful living began as a dance choreographer, fitness instructor, and wellness coach. She is a certified yoga instructor with specialties in stress-reduction, back care, and meditation.
Terri also has a global perspective on preventative health care, including her on-going volunteer support with non-profit organizations, which provide medical assistance and health education for disadvantaged areas of the South Pacific and Asia,
Terri is a member of the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals, the Global Health Council and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Terri listens carefully to individual needs, and is dedicated to the aesthetic goals of each patient. She is committed to continued education in the latest injectable procedures.
Natalie Uden is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner practicing at both our Tucson locations. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona, and earned her Master of Science in Nursing – FNP from Grand Canyon University.
She has worked in Medical Oncology, Allergy, and Asthma specialties. During her time in the Oncology specialty she developed and implemented a post-treatment survivorship program for cancer survivors, which included patient education regarding nutrition, exercise, health promotion, and weight loss. This sparked her interest and desire to help all patient populations with their overall health, wellness, and weight loss goals. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, weight training, barre fitness classes, and spending time with her husband, family, and 2 dogs.
Kelsie Pate is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Kelsie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner from Grand Canyon University. Prior to Tucson Medical Weight Loss Kelsie worked 3yrs in a private practice Internal Medicine clinic and 12 yrs at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the Emergency Department. Kelsie is also a licensed Aesthetician and enjoys facial and body aesthetic treatments and injectables. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and scuba diving.
Beverly Cadwallader is a Certified Physician Assistant practicing at both Tucson locations. Beverly graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi, WV in 1989 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Science. She has worked in Family Practice but her focus has been in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is passionate about educating patients to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices and to achieve and sustain their weight loss goals. Beverly and her husband have lived in Tucson for 13 years. They have 2 sons ages 8 and 11. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, hiking and volunteering with Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue.