You’ve chosen to make a change in your life. Now, choose the team that is dedicated to making it a reality. At My New Beginning, a department of Baylor Scott & White – White Rock, the staff is an extensive support system for your life-changing process.

We’re a talented group of individuals that truly cares about helping you reach your weight loss goals. And, as a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, we have the skills to help you succeed.

This is your dream team for a healthier future.

Melissa Nelson is the Bariatric Manager and certified bariatric nurse

Melissa Nelson – Bariatric Manager and Certified Bariatric Nurse

Melissa Nelson, Certified Bariatric Nurse, is a key member of our care team and serves as the bariatric manager. Melissa brings a wealth of experience as a registered nurse for more than 29 years. Specifically, she has seen the program grow at Baylor Scott & White – White Rock for more than 10 years. Melissa takes special interest in every patient and knows how to educate, prepare for surgery and set realistic goals for bariatric patients. Melissa graduated from Texas Woman’s University with BSN and has also received additional certification as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Clinical Reviewer (MBSAQIP). Melissa is married with three children and five grandchildren. She also finds time to enjoy her two dogs, horse and donkey, affectionately named Burrito.

Judy Knight Patient Advocate

Judy Knight – Patient Advocate and Bariatric Patient

Patient Advocate

A key member involved in your care is someone who has been there before. A bariatric patient with a passion for bariatrics, Judy Knight says the Roux-en-Y® gastric bypass literally saved her life. “I was 400 pounds at the time of surgery. After more than a 200 pound weight loss, I am now physically able to do so many things that were not at all possible prior to surgery,” said Judy.

Judy enjoys working with bariatric patients by acting as a patient advocate and serving as a resource for her patients. Her talents include providing helpful information, offering a sympathetic ear and applauding her patients’ successes.

Born in Utah and raised as a military kid, Judy has lived mostly in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and one tour to Okinawa, Japan, where she met her ex-husband. They moved to Abilene, TX, in 1971. Judy now lives in Mesquite, TX, with her dachshund, Bandit.

Judy is very involved in Community Life Church in Forney, TX. Her hobbies include exploring flea markets and thrift stores, collecting different dish patterns, decorating and updating her house, and meeting new people.

Judy has one son, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a young grandson. Being a grandmother is the highlight of her life and he always brightens her day with a smile.

Danielle Houston registered dietitian

Danielle Houston

Program Coordinator

Danielle Houston, RDN, LD, enjoys working with bariatrics patients who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. In bariatrics, Danielle is involved in the pre-op and post-op care of patients. She is excited to be a part of the patients’ transformations. “I am pleased to be a part of this wonderful team and to walk with these patients through their journey,” said Danielle. At home, she enjoys playing with her two dogs Apollo and Lexie.