Meet Dawn, one of the dedicated Patient affiliates at Mexico Bariatric Center®. What sets Dawn apart is her incredible transformation from a bariatric patient to a vital part of the MBC team. Dawn, alongside MBC’s past patients, supports the past and future patients.

As a thank you, she wanted to share her journey and success with others looking for bariatric surgery.

Dawn’s Story

Hello, my name is Dawn! I have struggled with my weight since I was 19 years old. At 25 years old, I discovered I was borderline diabetic and was put on medication for that, as well as blood pressure medication. My health was spiraling downhill, and my self-confidence was at an all-time low. I was truly miserable with the person that I was. Even looking at myself in the mirror was hard. I have tried multiple diets and would lose weight, but I would always gain it all back. My life changed when I decided to take the first step.

Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela with Gastric Sleeve Patient Dawn_Mexico Bariatric Center

A friend of mine went to Mexico Bariatric Center and had nothing but great things to say! She recommended that I fill out MBC’s Health Questionnaire. I did my research on surgeon Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela and decided to finally start my bariatric journey! My experience at the hospital was nothing short of amazing! Dr. Valenzuela was a joy to have met! She treated me like a human with needs and not just a number. My anxiety was high, but she made me feel at peace with my decision to move forward.

I received top-notch care from the nurses and the medical staff. The physician cared for me after surgery in the hospital and was so attentive! The nursing staff was there at the drop of a dime. I didn’t have to ever call twice! The whole process was extremely smooth. Kristina, the nutritionist, was always there when I needed her. My coordinator, Rena, was so attentive to my needs. The hospital coordinator, Karla, was the best! Her smiles were contagious, and she is such a compassionate person. I forgot about my worries when it came to the procedure. Thank you, MBC, for changing my life.

Dawn Bethel with Driver Ibaar

My weight statistics

  • Surgery: RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery Date: 3/21/2023
  • Surgeon: Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela
  • Starting Weight: 246 lbs
  • Current Weight: 156 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 135 lbs

My Life After Surgery

I have been feeling absolutely incredible! It’s been a life-changing journey that has not only transformed my physical appearance but also made me feel confident in myself. In just six months, I’ve managed to shed nearly 100 pounds! My diabetes and high blood pressure have now been resolved, and I owe it all to the Mexico Bariatric Center! I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to go! My only regret is not doing this sooner! Thank you, MBC, for helping me achieve weight loss and for making me feel like the best version of myself again.

Dawn Patient Coordinator Before and After

Compassionate Guidance

In my role as a coordinator, I provide guidance tailored to patients’ unique situations. Think of me as a friend who’s ready to offer advice, answer questions, and provide a shoulder to lean on whenever you need it. Having been a patient myself, I understand the anxiety of considering surgery. My goal is to create a seamless experience so that patients can focus on their healing. Whether it’s managing finances, coordinating appointments, or arranging travel logistics, I am dedicated to helping patients relieve stress from the surgery process.

If you are interested in weight loss surgery, you can contact me via phone at (+1) 916-252-2882 or email me at

Dawn Coordinator Before and After -Mexico Bariatric Center

Dawn B Before and After -Mexico Bariatric Center

RNY Gastric Bypass Process

Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass surgery is recognized as the “Gold Standard” among bariatric procedures. This surgical process involves sculpting the stomach and skillfully rerouting the small intestine, culminating in forming a compact, golf ball-sized pouch. The RNY gastric bypass stifles cravings and imposes constraints on food consumption, allowing patients to manage their weight effectively. This surgery helps people like Dawn find relief from obesity-related health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

General requirements for bariatric surgery: 

  • BMI of 30+ or 80 lbs overweight
  • Appropriate age (16 to 65)
  • Healthy heart
  • Realistic expectations regarding the weight loss results

Mexico Bariatric Center’s all-inclusive gastric bypass package starts at $5,595* See if you pre-qualify!

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