Patients receive a series of classes focused on understanding macronutrients, meal planning, and food preparation. Each patient will chooses from Mediterranean, plant-based, or a high unsaturated fat-low carb diet options. SMART goals are employed to change behavior over time and facilitate actual lifestyle changes. Nutritional consultation with registered dieticians are available. Food logging is remotely monitored.
Activity trackers are supplied for each patient to monitor activity and heart rate. This information is discussed in a class series discussing indoor and outdoor options for exercise. Patients will also learn how to monitor their own heart rate to achieve a safe and healthy level of exercise. Consultation with cardiology and physical therapy as needed. Gym discounts provided.
Obesity is a chronic illness that is multi-factorial and comprised of environmental, biological, and genetic etiologies. If we don't treat the root causes of the psychological habits, change will not be sustainable. Patients must be able to commit for a minimum 6-month course of treatment and understand this is a lifelong progressive disease. Patients will be given a individualized treatment plan that addresses cultural and environmental stressors.
Lifestyle change begins with behavior modification, however, for some patients they need more. We offer medication management with pharmacotherapeutics and ensure current medications are not contributing to weight gain. Our health care providers work closely with endocrine and gastrointestinal specialists as needed to ensure the gut-brain axis is at optimum performance.
Patients receive multiple body metric monitors, including connected blood pressure cuffs, scales, and activity trackers. Collection and analysis of the patient's progress drives care plan adjustments. Patients are shown data trends to explained predictive resistance points and help them understand their own changes. Research shows frequent, regular feedback loops improve patient adherence and achieve better short and long term outcomes. Diabetics will also receive connected glucometers if not already using one.
Weight loss is not a siloed approach because obesity affects every body part. We work to ensure A Community Wellness Clinic is easy to refer and collaborate with. If we cannot achieve the weight loss needed to improve your patient's health outcome, we will refer to bariatric surgery. Throughout your patient's journey in our clinic we send care summaries at regular intervals to keep you updated. Consultation on your resistant or difficult patients are always welcome.
Dr. Kerry Traugott went to Washington State University (Go Cougs!) for her undergraduate degree in General Biology and worked in Intensive Care prior to attending Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY for her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Frontier Nursing University (started in 1939 by Mary Breckinridge) is the oldest school in the United States for midwifery and family practice nursing. Dr. Traugott completed a fellowship in urgent care at MultiCare Health Systems in Tacoma, WA after graduation. She then went on to work at Yale Health Systems in Connecticut for a short period of time before settling into a family practice position at Harrison Health Partners in Bremerton, WA. It was at this time she became more interested in obesity medicine and developed her unique patient curriculum. Dr. Traugott and her partner moved to Spokane a couple of years later to be closer to her family in Northern Idaho. Her passion for Obesity Medicine only increased and she opened an independent medical weight loss clinic. She has a certificate of advanced education from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Obesity Medicine Association in Medical Weight Management.