Our Team

Kent C. Sasse, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S, Medical Director
Dr. Kent C. Sasse, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.C.S, founded International Metabolic Institute to bring forward to individuals the state-of-the-art medical and scientific principles of physiologic weight reduction. Dr. Sasse is the author of numerous books and publications, and a featured speaker nationally in the field of weight reduction, bariatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Sasse completed his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego where he graduated cum laude. He completed his medical education at the University of California San Francisco, where he was honored with several awards, including membership in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society for top medical graduates in the country. He earned two Master’s degrees from the University of California Berkeley, including a Master’s in Public Health stemming from research related to biostatistics and bioethics. He went on to complete Residency training in Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, where he focused on gastrointestinal surgery and physiology. He later completed Fellowship training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, before relocating to beautiful northern Nevada to develop his practice.

Dr. Sasse founded Western Bariatric Institute, a nationally recognized surgical weight loss center and ASBS Center of Excellence, where he serves as medical director. Dr. Sasse dedicates himself to compassionate, thoughtful, and individualized care of the patient. He has written and pursues several IRB-approved research protocols regarding weight loss and weight loss surgery. He lectures frequently at the University of Nevada School of Medicine on topics related to weight reduction and obesity. As founder and Medical Director of iMetabolic, Dr. Sasse brings a wealth of experience in the field to the development of the highest quality medically-supervised weight reduction program. He and the outstanding faculty of iMetabolic dedicate themselves to the highest levels of compassionate medicine, scientific evidence, and customer service.

Michael J. Bloch, M.D.
Dr. Michael Bloch is Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the designer and Medical Director of the innovative Risk Reduction Center at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, both located in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Bloch’s undergraduate degree is from Princeton University, and he earned his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. He subsequently completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, where he also completed a Fellowship in hypertension and vascular medicine.

Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Bloch has been designated a Clinical Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension and a Clinical Lipid Specialist by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He is also Fellow in the Society of Vascular Medicine and Biology.

As principal investigator on several clinical trials, Dr. Bloch’s research has focused on the diagnosis and management of renovascular disease and exploring novel means of overcoming barriers to hypertension and dyslipidemia control. He is also a sub-investigator for the landmark Women’s Health Initiative. Dr. Bloch currently writes a monthly column for the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, and his work has been published in multiple journals and textbooks.

Stephen B. Mayville, Ph.D., B.C.B.A
After completing his undergraduate studies from the University of Nevada in Reno where he majored in Psychology, Dr. Mayville went on to attain his Masters of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific and his Ph.D from Louisiana State University.

He is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst that provides psychological services to adults, children, and families in Northern Nevada.

He has successfully treated patients in many areas including:
Anxiety, depression, anger/aggression, behavioral excesses and deficits associated with developmental disabilities, marital problems, eating disorders, assertiveness problems, and family conflict.

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