Abilene Diagnostic Clinic
He is a good physician, promotes good health and well being.
Robert P. Kauffman, M.D., Associate Professor,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Director,
Reproductive Medicine and Infertility
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo Campus
1400 S. Coulter, Amarillo, Texas 79106
Dr. Kauffman is friendly and approachable, and took the time to
get to know me as a patient and as an individual before making
judgments about my health needs. He is an expert on Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), one of the symptoms of which is
increased body size. His sensitivity to the needs of women with
PCOS has, I think, made him more a more sensitive doctor for
large women in general.
Nancy Binford - OBGYN
1301 W 38th #109
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Binford has been my OB for 7 months with my first pregnancy.
I've had some health problems in the first 2 trimesters (kidney
infection, growing fibroid, some bleeding, etc.) but she never
attributed them to my weight. She stresses having a healthy diet
and has guided me on how much weight it is best to gain, so she
doesn't avoid the subject and acknowledges that being overweight
is something on the chart but never places any blame or pressure
on me. She had me take the Gestational Diabetes test at the same
time as any patient and didn't question the results when they
came back negative. She has two sizes of large blood pressure
cuff. I'm 290 and can use the smaller one so the bigger one is
probably very accommodating. Her waiting area has a bench with
no arms and her rooms also have chars with no arms (good for
plus-sized partners as well). She never pressures me to think
about weight loss and really helps me focus on eating enough of
the nutritious foods I need. She is also very
breastfeeding-friendly and is not negative about my very large
breasts or insinuating I won't be able to. Basically she just
treats me like a normal patient, which is all I would ever want.
John Day, MD (Family Medicine)
Central Family Practice
801 W. 34th St., Austin, Texas
Central Family Practice employs several administrative staff who
are large women who seem to be very comfortable with themselves.
Dr. Day and his staff embrace both Western and Eastern medical
practice and can integrate both approaches to the level you are
comfortable with. They have a nurse practitioner on staff who
specializes in female issues. There are open-armed chairs in the
waiting room, they are sensitive about weigh-ins, and have a
large blood pressure cuff. I have felt very accepted and my
weight has never been commented on except as I chose to mention
it. I can't say enough about the excellent and caring medical
care I have received from Dr. John Day and his staff.
Bruce Page, MD, Family Practice
Austin Diagnostic Clinic
2400 Cedar Bend Dr. 3rd Floor
Austin TX 78758
Dr. Page is my husband's GP and I've seen him a couple of times
myself. My husband is obese, but Dr. Page has never made a big
deal about it. He's a little overweight himself and jokes about
it a bit. He's always been factual about test results, not
blindly attributing abnormal results to my husband's weight.
The Family Practice section of ADC has a mix of armed and armles
chairs. The examination rooms have at least two sizes of blood
pressure cuffs, perhaps more.
Elizabeth Bonefas, MD, general surgery
Breast Health Houseton
6800 West Loop South, Suite 520
Bellaire, TX 77401
Elizabeth Bonefas was my surgeon. She was very nice. Her office
is not perfectly superfat friendly in that the exam tables are a
touch high off the ground (and the office is staffed by all
women, so I wouldn't really feel safe with one of them helping
me get up there) but they were willing to put me into a room
with a low procedure table when I refused. Their scale only goes
to 350lbs, and they have no plus sized gowns.
Monica Holladay, DC, Chiropractor
I am a BBW Chiropractor located 1/2 way between Dallas and
Houston. I have a number of large patients.
William Curtis, M.D., Internal Medicine / Family Practice
Northwest Medical Center, Plaza II
Corpus Christi, TX
He said that if a certain weight was all that was feasibly
attainable for me (even if that weight was still considered by
most to be very overweight), then that was OK with him! I was
floored, because I have never had a doctor tell me anything like
that before. Dr. Curtis' nurses have likewise made no adverse
comments. Accepts military insurance and Tricare.
Terry Groff, M.D., OB/GYN
Christus Spohn Medical Tower
Saratoga Drive, Suite 200
Corpus Christi, TX
While he did suggest that weight loss was a good idea prior to
pregnancy, he didn't insist on it, nor did he harp on the
subject. He simply mentioned it a time or two and warned me of
possible complications. When I said that I was willing to accept
these risks, he said no problem, and has started me on fertility
medications. His nurses have never made any adverse comments,
either. Accepts military insurance and Tricare.
Elizabeth Conley, LPC
(Eating Disorders, Addictions, Trauma and Grief Resolution, EMDR
914 North Locust, Denton, TX 76201
Elizabeth deals with eating disorders, and she understands the
pressures society puts on people for their weight. She is body
positive and has always made me feel good about myself rather
than bad. She recommended a book on intuitive eating to me as
well as recommended a dietitian to help me with my relationship
with food. I also noticed some fat positive books on her shelf
such as 'The Obesity Myth.'
Stacy Hammer, Registered Dietitian
I do not weigh my clients, unless client driven, and do not use
meal plans or societal rules to guide client to a 'Healthy At
Every Size' approach. However, in case clients find it hard to
relate to "thinner" people, it should be known that I am a "thin"
dietitian by nature and have thin clients suffering from eating
disorders that clients may be exposed to while in the office.
Office and waiting area are accomodating to all sizes with fewer
than 6 stairs to take to get to office.
David Price, MD
2210 San Jacinto Blvd., #3
Denton, TX 76205,
He treats allergy and asthma. I've been going to him for 3 years
and he's been nothing but wonderful. Very concerned, starts
with a conservative treatment and goes from there, and has a
great staff. Also, in his treatment rooms, rather than tables,
there are dentist type chairs with moveable arms.
Sharon E Greggs, OB/GYN
Julie Nelson (Nurse Practicioner)
Nine Medical Parkway Suite 303 Dallas, Tx 75234
Both are large women whom treat their patients with respect.
Both will treat infertility and any other issues you may have.
The gowns are large and you can request to not be weighed. Dr.
Greggs is friendly and professional and Julie (she prefers to be
called by her first name) is very sweet and easy to talk to.
Sharon Greggs in Dallas, TX is still fat and still wonderful.
She is the first person I've found willing to help me with
fertility issues and not demand weightloss be the first step!
***DISSENTING VIEW*** (on Julie Nelson only)
Julie Nelson had WLS and was very very rude to me when I
explained to her that it was absolutely not an option for me.
She said "I used to be just like you and pretended that I was
healthy, but I wasn't and there is no way you can be either."
Cheryl Martin RN, LPC, Psychotherapist
5646 Milton Suite 409
Dallas, TX 75206
Cheryl Martin is a registered nurse, licensed professional
counselor and large woman providing individual, family, couples
and group therapy. Cheryl's approach is a contemporary
psychodynamic approach which is focused on the issues the client
brings, supporting insight and healthy lifestyle patterns. The
office is conveniently located steps from public transportation
(bus or rail).
Susan McKinney, general practitioner
HealthCore Physicians Group
[this report was made when Dr. McKinney was practicing in
I have been seeing Dr. McKinney for the past year as my general
physician. When I first came to her office, I was weighed for my
chart. Over the course of the next half dozen to a dozen visits,
I have never been weighed. Any health issues have been treated
as specific issues, not as by-products of my weight (this
includes digestive disorders). When I discussed with her my
interest in getting pregnant, she simply advised me to start
taking a multivitamin with B12 and folate supplements-not a
mention of my weight. She has been, and continues to be, a
Elizabeth Bonefas, MD, general surgeon
See entry under Bellaire.
Neela Durrani, OB/GYN
Completely accepting of women of size. I'm getting married in
February, and my fiance and I both want children. I was
concerned because of my size. She assured me that as long as I
get some exercise, such as walking, and eat healthy, I should be
fine. She said that I am at no greater risk than women who are
thin. She said the only difference would be that instead of
gaining weight during, I'd probably lose a little.
William M. Jones, Orthopedics
UT Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77030
I have had knee pain for about a month (fell off my bicycle) but
I was hesitant to see an ortho for fear they would shrug it off
as weight related. This doctor was totally awesome. He asked me
all about my pain and injury and never once mentioned weight or
anything related to it. He mapped out my plan of treatment and
also referred me to an office that would be able to make a brace
large enough to fit me properly (I have very large thighs).
-- Ty Williams
Paul E. Shepard
5870 Highway 6 North
Houston, Texas 77084
When I walked in to his office, we became partners in my
health. PARTNERS! He is respectful, open, honest, and he
cares. He holds your hand, talks to you, explains everything
you ask. He wants you to be well, no matter what your size, and
he covers everything with you so you will understand what is
going on and why. I just got home from 2 days in ICU with 3
more days in Intermediate care under his concern over something
he picked up in a normal checkup. The same symptoms had been
there through FIVE other doctors over a 9 month period and they
didn't even act concerned. I am so grateful to have him as my
physician and I pray that he never leaves the Houston area.
A young, extremely competent doctor who treats the obese person
with dignity and respect. He works with you to insure you
health, offers suggestions, helps you make decisions, respects
your wishes. He listens, he explains, he treats you as a valued
person of the community.
Tiffany Tarrant, MD, OB/GYN
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
921 Gessner Rd
Houston, TX 77024
My OB/GYN has always been good to me.
I had bilateral breast biopsies at the medical center. I can
honestly say the experience went great. I encountered no
fat-bias, shaming, etc. The gurney was ample, the gown was
ample, the staff was kind and caring. The OR nurse even had the
ingenious idea to add arm rests laterally down the side of the
operative table to give my hips more room/stability. I was
really impressed with the care.
E. Russell Weidman, MD, endocrinologist
I went to see Dr. Weidman about some hormonal imbalances picked
up on by my gynecologist, who had frustrated and upset me by
suggesting that my problem was weight-related and that the way
to fix it would be to join a gym and Weight Watchers. Part of
the problem turned out to be insulin resistance, which is a
condition that, if my research is correct, is usually treated by
telling the patient to lose weight. Dr. Weidman mentioned that
this was the advice generally given to people with the
condition, but, as he told me, "I don't know how to do that." He
cited statistics that I was already aware of indicating that
it's unrealistic to expect to lose weight and keep the weight
off and said that, while improving my eating and exercise habits
probably wouldn't hurt, asking me to try to lose weight wasn't
going to solve anything. Needless to say, I was relieved to be
treated for what I came in for rather than told that losing
weight is the answer to all my health problems. Highly
recommended for his thoroughness as well as his respect for his
patients of all sizes.
Simon N. Whitney, M.D., Family Practice
Aug 2016: This doctor is reported to have retired.
G. William Woods, M.D.
John O. Bishop, M.D.
J. Bryan Williamson, M.D.
Texas Orthopedic Hospital
7401 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 799-8600
RECOMMENDATION #1: Dr. Woods and Dr. Bishop have operated on me
and both of my (fat) parents over the last 10 years. They have
never mentioned weight or treated any of us in any way but
professional. Both Fodren and Tx Orthopedic Hospital have large
gowns, tables, and armless chairs everywhere. I also went to
physical therapy there after surgery and the staff there were
RECOMMENDATION #2: Dr. Williamson is a spinal reconstructive
surgeon. He has operated on me twice and followed me since 1999
and has been extremely sensitive to my feelings about my weight.
C.J. Schoenrock, Ph.D.
Director, Horizons Family Center
Lubbock, TX 79413
(806) 797-9058 (voice); (806) 797-6011 (fax)
Dr. Schoenrock has a Ph.D. in human development & family studies
an M.A. in sociology, and elementary and secondary teaching
certification. She offers private counseling (sliding fee) and
"I work primarily with families affected by chemical dependency
[...] women and teens who repeatedly find themselves in
unhealthy codependent relationships, and women of size...helping
them move into self acceptance and healthy lifestyles. I also
help families find information and resources when their child
has been diagnosed with a developmental disability. [...] In all
of my work, regardless of what the problems are, body image is
always a key point that ends up having to be addressed [...] our
society has such disordered views of bodies that NO BODY escapes
the ravages of poor body image any more."
William R. Boone Jr., DO, Family Practice
Mesquite Family Physicians
820 East Bruton Road, Suite 100
Mesquite, TX 75149
Dr. Boone is a wonderful doctor who really cares about his
patients regardless of their size. He listens to his patients
and has a wonderful sense of humor. He has been voted the best
physician in Mesquite at least once. I've been a patient of his
for over two years and he has never once mentioned my weight.
Traci Satterfield, M.D., OB/GYN
As of November 2005, Dr Satterfield has moved to Spokane, WA. I
don't have current contact info for her. The person who
recommended her said, "If it wasn't so expensive I would
seriously fly up there for any care I needed."
Dr. Satterfield has been very professional and courteous to me
during my pregnancy. She has never put me down or made me feel
less than human because of my weight. She is everything I would
ever want in an OB/GYN. She cares and understands the needs of
her patients. I would highly recommend her.
Amit Bansal, OB/GYN
4102 Woodlawn Ave
Pasadena, TX 77504
Cynthia Sessions, MD, Family Practice
3801 West 15th Street
She is very understanding of large size issues as she is a large
woman herself. Her office has large gowns which make visits
Cordelia A. Moscrip, M.D., Internal and Geriatric Medicine
Medical Arts & Research Center
8300 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Moscrip is a fantastic doctor to deal with regardless of
your body weight. She stresses health first and body weight
last, focusing on your lab result numbers, heart rate, and blood
pressure above and beyond anything else. She might encourage
you to make lifestyle changes if she determines you to be
prediabetic or have a problem with blood pressure (for example),
but she won't hassle you any further if your condition is
irrespective of body weight or is vastly improved through minor
changes in diet and activity level, even if you're still
considered "overweight" or "obese" as per the BMI. If there is
one local doctor who is best at stressing the Healthy at Every
Size edict, Dr. Moscrip is it.
William Peche, OB/GYN
Several offices in San Antonio; one in Stone Oak area and one in
the downtown area.
I went to him in May 2009. He was more than willing to help me
get on the right track to conceive. He told me in the politest
way I've ever been talked to that I am "a beautiful girl who
just needs to get a little healthier or there's gonna be some
major health problems later on down the road."
D'wayne Williams, General Practice
Sugar Land, Texas
Dr. Williams treats me as a whole person not just as a weight. I
am usually greeted by a big hug from his nurse. I never knew
what it was to really receive good, friendly health care until
went to his offices. Now I am well taken care of and take care
of all my health issues right away instead of procrastinating
because I did not want to be humiliated 1 more time.
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