Dr. Thomas Bass,
Weight Loss Surgeon
Dr. Thomas Bass, MD, FACS is a weight loss surgeon and board-certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. Dr. Bass received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his surgical residency training at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he completed fellowships in both Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and holds additional board certification in Surgical Critical Care. His interest in becoming a weight loss surgeon began during his minimally invasive surgery fellowship, where he witnessed first-hand the life-changing effects that weight loss surgery can have.
Dr. Bass is also a proctor for the Lap-Band System, and is responsible for training other weight loss surgeons in Florida who are interested in performing the procedure. Dr. Bass is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Cassandra Golden Sampson MS, RD, LDN, MIEP
Cassandra is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist, and a Mindful & Instinctive Eating PractitionerTM. After recovering from a personal battle with binge eating disorder, Cassandra has dedicated her career to teaching the art of mindful and instinctive eating. Cassandra now owns a telehealth-based private practice offering one-on-one nutrition counseling and online courses.
Since 2013, Cassandra has worked alongside hundreds of clients on their personal journeys toward making peace with food. Each nutrition service is rooted in the principles of mindful and instinctive eating, which is a judgment-free eating technique that ultimately reduces health risks by preventing disordered eating patterns and psychological distress. Cassandra’s role as a dietitian has shifted from handing out meal plans to helping others heal their relationship with food.
Cassandra holds a Master’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. She has served as a nutrition expert for local media outlets to deliver accurate and trustworthy information to communities across southwest Florida. Cassandra has also written a cookbook, loves to teach Zumba fitness classes, is a volunteer captain at her local food pantry and strives to live life on purpose with intention.