About Benton Baker III, M.D.
Dr. Benton Baker, III is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with over thirty years of experience in weight and wellness. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and completed his Ob/Gyn residency at Gorgas U.S. Army Hospital. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons.
During his career, he has served as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical School-Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, and The University of Massachusetts. Additionally, he has been the Residency Director of two U.S. Obstetrics and Gynecology residencies and one Family Practice residency as well as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. He has served as an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has authored or coauthored over thirty articles and textbooks published in the medical literature. He has also been a Group Surgeon for the U.S. Army 12th Special Forces (Airborne) and the United States Army Special Operations Command as well as an Adjunct Professor at The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
He possesses special expertise in hormones, weight and wellness for both men and women. He has devoted his career to improving the health and wellbeing of each of his patients. His extensive medial experience and teaching background allow him to collaborate with his patients and their other physicians to develop effective and safe individualized weight and wellness plans.
About Amy Harper MSN, FNP-C, BSN RN
Amy Harper is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who works in tandem with Dr. Baker. She earned her RN at North Harris Community College and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Texas Tech University following which she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing-Family Practice Nursing at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.
By way of history she is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and as a nurse has worked in private practice hospitals as well as previously serving as a school nurse.
She possesses a wealth of knowlend which she has brought to our practice as well as a deep understanding and compassion for persons dealing with the challenges of weight issues. Her concerned and caring personality has positively impacted our patients. Her personal philosophy is “As a Family Nurse Practitioner my goal is to help each patient along their own health-wellness path by developing a relationship of caring and teaching based on evidence based practice.”
“To optimize our patients’ health by assisting them to achieve and maintain their maximum possible state of health.”
Our Core Values:
Evidenced Based Medical Care
The M.D.'s Weight and Wellness Center, P.A. is a medical practice devoted exclusively to assisting our patients achieve and maintain their maximum possible state of health through attention to and, if needed, modification of diet, physical activity, and hormonal status. In the United States we are experiencing an epidemic of obesity that is responsible for frequently causing, among those so afflicted, a variety of serious health problems that adversely affect the quality of life or result in premature death.
Indeed, recent statistics demonstrate that 100,000-300,000 deaths each year are caused by obesity and the diseases which may develop from it. Such conditions include breast, colon, endometrium (uterine lining) and gallbladder cancer, hypertension, heart disease, Type II diabetes, osteoarthritis and depression among others. While we can make no guarantees, appropriate weight loss has been demonstrated to reduce the likelihood of developing one or more of these problems and improve several of them if already present.
When medically indicated, our weight reduction programs include the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved weight loss medications, in conjunction with sensible dietary control and appropriate physical activity. When necessary, hormonal regulation and dietary supplementation will be addressed and treated. For those committed to achieving and maintaining an appropriate body weight, these programs can be very effective in overcoming the frequently frustrating challenges of achieving and maintaining an appropriate weight.