Meet the Staff
Connie L. Klein, RN, NP-C
- Clinical Coordinator of Bariatric Surgery for the Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST)
- Department of Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Surgery
- UTHealth Medical School
Connie Klein is a trained RN, NP-C, in general surgery. While she is interested in assisting in general surgery, her primary focus is assisting with minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.
Connie attended Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Texas Woman's University in Houston, Texas, as well as her Masters of Science as Family Nurse Practitioner.
In 2002, Connie began her career as the UTHealth Clinical Coordinator of Bariatric Surgery, and prior to that she was Operating Room Staff Nurse at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Connie is board certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Sydney Smart, Patient Advocate
Sydney joined the MIST team in 2013. In her role as Bariatric Patient Advocate, she assists patients through the bariatric process from seminar to surgery and submits the insurance-required criteria for approval. It is her goal to help patients through the process to make it as smooth as possible so they can achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Darcie Weir, Patient Advocate
Darcie joined the MIST team in 2008. In her role as Bariatric Patient Advocate, she assists patients through the bariatric process from seminar to surgery and submits the insurance-required criteria for approval. It is her goal to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle by guiding them through the process to make it as smooth as possible.
Carol Wolin-Riklin, Dietician
Carol Wolin-Riklin is a Registered Dietitian and the Metabolic and Bariatric Nutrition Coordinator for the UT MIST multidisciplinary medical and surgical weight management team. She received her Master of Arts from New York University in New York City. Carol received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Maryland in College Park. Carol has appeared on ABC and Fox television health segments. She has also presented nutrition research at major national health conferences.
We have a great team of highly motivated medical assistants who are excited to assist and support their patients throughout their weight-loss journey. They work closely with our Bariatric Patient Advocates and surgeons to ensure that our patients receive optimal care.
Front Desk Clinic Staff
We have a great team of highly motivated staff to meet and greet you when you arrive. They will assist with the check-in process and schedule your appointments. Our goal is to provide you with excellent customer service.