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Video Testimonial
Watch Cherie and Mark's video testimonial to hear more about their weight loss experience online at MethodistWillowbrook.com/WeightLoss.

Cherie and Mark Countz make a great team. Married for 30 years, they have raised three children, worked in rewarding careers – she in education, he in telecommunications – and enjoyed spending time at wine festivals and swap meets. They also dieted together, losing weight, gaining weight, losing weight, gaining weight. It seemed like this was a fight they couldn't win.

"We had tried every diet in the world, but nothing worked. Finally, we decided to give weight loss surgery a try for health reasons," says Cherie, who had a gastric sleeve procedure performed by Dexter Turnquest, M.D., medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. "So far I have lost 70 pounds and now weigh 199. I don't have to take blood pressure medicine any more, have no more acid reflux, and osteoarthritis pain is a lot less. Today, my overall health is wonderful and I'm looking forward to reaching my goal weight by losing at least another 30 pounds."

Following Cherie's recovery and inspired by her success in dropping from a clothing size 24 to 14, Mark had the same surgery several months later. "Dr. Turnquest and the staff at the hospital were tremendous with Cherie, so it was just natural that I would have my surgery there too," says Mark, who started at 330 pounds, lost 72 pounds in seven months, and plans to lose another 30. "My type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are gone now and I went from a size 46 waist to a 36. That's the same size I was when I graduated from high school in 1976."

Dexter Turnquest, M.D., is the medical director of the Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight
Loss Center.

After losing a combined 142 pounds to date, Cherie and Mark have found that exercising is easier, they have more energy, and they can enjoy socializing without being conscientious about their weight. They also have motivated others with their weight loss success, having each referred a co-worker to Dr. Turnquest, and their daughter is scheduled to have bariatric surgery in the coming months.

"Cherie and I have always done everything as a team," says Mark. "The biggest relief after having this surgery is knowing that 10 to 15 years from now we will be healthier and have a better quality of life. And that means more time that we will be able to spend together."

To get started, call 281-737-4636.

Start the New Year with a new you and attend a free weight loss open house on Thursday, February 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Women's & Children's Pavilion in the hospital's first floor conference center. You can talk with physicians and patients, enjoy free samples of weight loss shakes and bariatric vitamins, take a body fat percentage assessment using bioelectrical impedance, and receive
a free BMI calculator.

Free Open House
Call 832-667-LOSE (832-667-5673) to make a reservation or visit MethodistWillowbrook.com/WeightLoss.