Gastro Band Hypnosis owners Sandi Graves, CH and Donald H. Rice, CH Submitted photo

Owners: Sandi Graves, CH, and Donald H. Rice, CH

Address: 13203 S. 48th St.

Hours: By appointment only

Information:;; or (480) 628-5436.

Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?

A: Certified Consulting Hypnotist Donald H. Rice is from Ohio and moved to Ahwatukee about 15 years ago. He has both his home and hypnosis office in Ahwatukee. Along with Gastro Band Hypnosis, Don still provides hypnosis services at the same health care office he joined more than 10 years ago.

Sandi Graves, also a certified consulting hypnotist, moved to Ahwatukee in 1986 and has raised her family in the Ahwatukee Foothills area for 25 years. A few years ago, she decided to open Arizona Family Hypnosis in Ahwatukee.

Q: Why did you open your business in this community?

A: Sandi and Don agree that it's the community spirit that makes this a great place to develop a business where we help others. We are both honored that we are the only office-based professional clinical hypnotists in the thriving Ahwatukee Foothills area.

Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?

A: Gastro Band Hypnosis came from concerns we had for a client who was suffering after a popular stomach surgery. She didn't lose weight, had discomfort, on a liquid diet and became very unhappy. We helped, with hypnosis she was able to lose weight, eat, and begin to heal emotionally.

We researched and realized we could incorporate our advanced hypnosis techniques and have clients install a "virtual reality gastro band" on their stomach, with no drugs, no surgeries, no pain and no dieting.

Then Good Morning America and The View featured this same process. Next, we designed a clinical study and we're seeing amazing weight loss in our clients and one has been averaging 5 pounds a week.

Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?

A: With Gastro Band Hypnosis we use hypnosis sessions that allow your mind to install a "virtual band" around your stomach. We increase exercise motivation, get rid of emotional blocks, and clients lose weight.

With more than 30 years of combined experience in advanced hypnosis services we also continue to help people with a variety of issues like smoking cessation, anxiety, self confidence, relationship issues and even sports improvement. We also offer online digital audio mp3 motivational recordings at

Q: What does your business have in store for the future?

A: We are so excited about the future of our business. Soon, we will open several more clinics and offer franchises so that people from around the world can be helped by this successful weight loss service. There may be a book, Gastro Band Thru Self-Hypnosis, and in the spring we will be offering Gastro Band Hypnosis CD programs.

Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?

A: We were interviewed over the holidays on KTAR-FM and we have plans to go on local television and radio soon. Ahwatukee has been home to both of us and we love being able to help people in our community lose weight and become healthier.


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