We are the only center in the United States with a multi-dimensional approach to weight-loss designed to, in one program, provide you with all of the missing pieces necessary to create lasting change, achieve improved health and wellness, and build a better life.
Congratulations!You’ve taken the first step by acknowledging the need to change your relationship with food in order to have the life you desire and achieve lasting weight loss.
At The Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio, we are here to help you by providing the counseling, education, and support you need to embrace the behavioral changes that will help ensure that the weight you take off, stays off.
We are an Intensive Outpatient Program geared towards assisting people whose prior weight loss attempts have not been successful because their dieting habits were unsustainable. We focus on creating that change through insight and awareness into one’s relationship with food and developing realistic habits that you can sustain throughout your life. In our program, you will establish adaptive coping mechanisms to reduce the use of food to cope with stress and emotions and eliminate binge eating and other problematic behaviors. We come together as a community to prepare and eat a meal at each session, learning new cooking and eating habits that support your success. You will do all of this in a community who understands the struggle and who are all working toward change and success.
Dr. Sara Hamilton
Licensed Clinical Psychologist - Director of Clinical Services
Nancy Albus LPC, NCC, CEDS-S
Nancy Albus joined the BCC in June of 2017 to assist with the expanding the clinical mission in San Antonio. She has extensive experience as a former Chief Executive Officer managing and growing nationally accredited eating disorder treatment facilities. Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with extensive training and over 18 years of experience in eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationships and family therapy. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor by International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and brings that specialization to the program, staff and clients as the Clinical Advisor.
She is passionate about access to mental healthcare, removing the stigma associated with therapy and assisting the clients with a process leading to empowerment and improved quality of life.
Marie Lewis LPC
Marie Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor earning her master’s in clinical Mental Counseling from Troy University and is currently a Doctoral Student with Northcentral University. Before becoming a Therapist, Marie was a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, who served honorably for 24 years. She was a Paralegal, Navy Master Training Specialist, and Military Guidance Counselor.
Marie specializes in Military Marriage and Family Therapy and regularly attends training sessions to showcase education and certification techniques. Her areas of focus are mental, emotional, and behavioral issues in a variety of healthcare settings. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, she enjoys working with families, individuals, groups and couples on issues ranging from substance abuse, psychoanalysis, and learning disability counseling. Marie enjoys exercising, traveling and spending time with her husband and family.
Libby Benavides LPC-I
James M. Gemino LPC-I
Christi Brooks LPC-I
Lisa J. Boden Felchle, M.A.
Dr. Nathan S. Johnston
Dr. Johnston is a private practice psychiatrist that has recently moved to the Northwest area of San Antonio. He completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he served as the chief resident in his final year of training. Dr. Johnston has been the recipient of multiple national and local awards, has published and presented multiple research projects of his own design, and remains an adjunct faculty member at the UT Health San Antonio campus where he gives weekly lectures to the psychiatry residents and medical students. Dr. Johnston is well known for his kind and empathic demeanor as well as his exceptional bedside manner.
When he is not practicing psychiatry, Dr. Johnston enjoys spending time with his family, including his two dogs Maverick and Primrose, going to the movies, golfing, surfing the gulf coast, and rooting for the San Antonio Spurs. Go Spurs Go!
Dedra D. Peterson
Registered Nurse BSN
Dedra is a registered nurse who received her BSN from West Texas A&M University in 2009. She has experience in many areas of nursing to include Cardiology, Mental/Behavioral Health and Home Health. Dedra is passionate about nursing. She believes in taking a holistic approach to self-care, taking care of both mind and body. In her free time Dedra loves to draw and paint in her free time.
Nicole holds both a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Nutrition. She has trained at some of the nation’s leading research institutes including the National Institutes of Health and Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute conducting research in diabetes, obesity, and aging. She received her nutrition training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington with a focus on integrative and functional whole foods nutrition. There, she was trained to worked with an integrative healthcare team including Naturopathic doctors as well as Herbal and Chinese medicine practitioners, to provide holistic care to all her patients.
Nicole is skilled at relaying complex scientific information to patients. She believes that when patients truly understand the science behind diet and lifestyle changes, they are more likely to follow through and make long term changes. She is passionate about empowering patients to be advocates for their own health. Through patient-centered counseling, she guides her clients through self-discovery with which they become informed and proactive members of their own health care. Nicole takes a holistic approach, not only focusing on nutrition education, but honoring how healthy mind and body are both required for lasting change.
Nicole lives with her cat, Charles Darwin. She spends her free time emersed in activities that expand her mind. She also enjoys reading, painting, and singing karaoke.
Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor
Chef Byron Young
Inspired by his mothers’ passion for cooking, Byron started his path in the industry as a busboy in a Fine Dining Hotel restaurant here in San Antonio, then eventually moving to prep and line cook prior to joining the Armed Forces. He served his country overseas in the Military and learned an array of Culinary Techniques from local Chefs and Restaurateurs on his off time. After returning home close to seven years later, he jumped back into the industry as a line cook and continued to further his education in Culinary School. He then moved on to be a Sous Chef at a newly built hospital for a few years.
Wanting to expand his knowledge and creativity, Byron ultimately went into the private sector as a Personal Chef and Caterer. In 2019, an opportunity of a lifetime was presented to him and he applied for a position at BCC. Byron is now the Executive Chef and Instructor for the Bariatric Counseling Center here in San Antonio, TX. He strives every day to bring his talents, artistry, and personal connection to food to our wonderful cliental. Byron’s dream is to one day have his own Cooking show on the Food Network and meet his idols he grew up watching.
“I feel so blessed to be a part of this team, and I am very thankful I can make a change in somebody’s life for the good”. Chef Bryon
Dr. Kimberly Tovar, PT, DPT
Intake and Admission Team
Intake & Admission Coordinator
Toi Butler is the Intake & Admission Coordinator at The Bariatric Counseling Center. She has been with the BCC for almost a year and is dedicated to educating clients on our services. Toi is here to assist in scheduling, billing, and answering any questions you may have as you embark on your journey.
Toi works closely with the physician’s offices to ensure all patients are scheduled and seen in a timely manner. She brings over 15 years of experience working in an office environment and managing the day today day of the office. Her personality helps with making everyone that comes in feel welcome as she does not meet a stranger. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and doing crafts.
Teresa Tipton is an Intake Coordinator at The Bariatric Counseling Center and is dedicated to educating clients on our services as they embark on their journey toward sustainable weight loss and pursuing a greater quality of life. Teresa works with clients, along with physician’s offices and other professionals, to share program information and assist in client admissions.
Viewing intake as a valuable resource for those trying to figure out where to get support, Teresa is known for her friendliness and passion for working in this field. She brings over 11 years of experience working with behavioral health treatment centers in both intake and outreach roles and is grateful to be a part of the team at BCC. In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beach, yoga and traveling with her husband.
Intake & Admission Assistant