Theresa Nguyen Garza, D.O.

Dr. Theresa Garza is a native Texan born and raised in Abilene. She attended Wylie schools in Abilene but subsequently entered the Texas Academy of Mathematics in Science (TAMS) in Denton, where she received her high school diploma and was on the Dean’s List. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin with honors. She then attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.

She completed her family medicine residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas in 2004, joined an existing family practice group, and helped open two more family medicine clinics in the Dallas area. Dr. Garza has served as medical director for a gastric band company, in which she managed patients pre- and post-operatively including the development of aftercare programs. She has been in private practice seeing patients for weight management for approximately 9 years.

She has appeared numerous times on Good Morning Texas to discuss obesity and gastric banding. For over 17 years, she has been working with bariatric patients with the education and treatment of obesity as well as the related co-morbid conditions.

Dr. Garza is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and board-certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Obesity Medicine Association (previously the American Society of Bariatric Physicians), Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Obesity Action Coalition, and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She is also an affiliate physician member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Garza’s other medical interests include wellness and anti-aging.

Melissa Lopez Pham, FNP-C

Melissa is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and her clinical nursing background includes oncology, surgery, home health, and family practice. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and completed her Masters Degree in Nursing at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Melissa works in collaboration with Dr. Garza and recognizes the uniqueness of all people to provide individualized care in weight management. Her other areas of interest include health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness.

Melissa is originally from South Texas and after living in San Antonio and Houston, she is calling North Texas her home. She enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband, 2 kids and 1 dog. Melissa also loves spin classes, a good book, loud concerts, and friendly competitions of table tennis.

Verenice “Vee” Luciano, Front Office Coordinator/MA

Verenice is the newest member to our wonderful staff. She grew up locally in Carrollton, TX and enjoys working out at the gym. When she’s not at the gym, you can find her snuggled in a warm blanket with a good book.