Medical Weight Loss
Safe, balanced and personalized approaches to weight loss
Weight loss and management are never easy. We understand that each person comes with individual concerns, needs and situations.
What is medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss is a safe, balanced, medically supervised approach to weight loss and weight management. This approach mainly uses diet and exercise, but drug therapy can be incorporated as well.
In St. Luke’s Medical Weight Loss Program, our specially trained doctors and staff work one-on-one with people who would like to learn how to lose or manage their weight.
How can a doctor help me lose weight?
Working with a specially trained doctor can help you find out what works best for your body. There is no “one-size-fits-all” weight loss approach or diet. That’s why personalization is an important part to an effective weight loss program. Different body types respond to exercise and nutrition in varying ways, and every plan should be customized to meet the unique needs of the individual.
Dr. James Donovan, board certified in both Family and Obesity Medicine, leads the program at Miller Creek Medical Clinic, using methods agreed upon by the Obesity Medicine Association.
Dr. Libby Feist, board certified in Family Medicine, leads the program at Lake View Medical Clinic, using methods agreed upon by the Obesity Medicine Association.
Is weight loss surgery an option?
At St. Luke’s, we encourage patients to explore nonsurgical weight loss options before considering surgery. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a life-changing procedure. While it can be helpful for people who are facing serious health risks from obesity, it is not a decision to be made lightly. Weight loss surgery is also not offered at St. Luke’s. Many patients can achieve healthy weight loss with lifestyle and diet changes.