Your Wellness Journey Begins Here

Our Approach

WELLNESS STARTs HERE

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight for years but just can’t seem to find a solution that works, Dr. Jenny is the expert you’ve been looking for. Whether you want to lose 15 pounds or 150 pounds, you’ve come to the right place. Even if weight loss is not one of your goals,  but you just don’t feel well — tired, achy, generally unhealthy, Dr. Jenny can help with that too.

We treat weight gain and obesity as a disease, not a moral failing. We think about improving your overall health, setting you up for less disease, less inflammation and a better quality of life. 

Dr. Jenny has developed a comprehensive approach to the treatment of weight gain and obesity, frequently resulting in disease remission and prevention in addition to weight loss. At the center of our holistic approach to wellness and weight management are what we refer to as the 8 ELEMENTS OF HEALTH.

Like the eight petals in our logo, they are connected and overlapping. You can easily see how such a pattern of interrelated elements would look very different from one person to another—which is why we work hard to develop a personal, unique plan of care for every patient.

Nutrition

Health and wellness truly begin with what we put in our bodies. Our recommendations start with reducing the obvious “junk” in our daily diets and focusing more on quality protein, health fats and more leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables. The fact is that most people in the US, consume high amounts of highly refined/processed foods or “food-like” substances, which frequently include added sugars, starches and chemicals. 

Rather than focusing on a particular “diet”, we help patients learn how food interacts with their bodies, identifying foods that are nutrient dense, satisfying, affordable and attainable. We advocate for a healthy relationship with food that leads to a healthy weight, improved metabolic health, and reduced inflammation

Physical Activity

You only get one body in your lifetime, which means you have to take care of maintenance and repair on a regular basis if you want it to serve you for your lifetime. You don’t get to trade it in for a newer model when it gets run down. Just as we tend to our homes and cars, we need to take care of our bodies! Utilizing our bodies to move not only helps us to get around and burn more calories but our muscle tissue is actually the largest endocrine tissue in the human body.

Our muscle tissue is what burns the most calories day in and day out. Sitting has become the new smoking and is associated with dramatic health risks. We’ve got to GET MOVING if we want to keep our metabolic processes in balance, maintain muscle tissue, and achieve the CALORIE DEFICIT that is necessary for weight loss. Aside from reducing disease burden and the risk of just about every medical disease out there, physical activity also acts to reduce inflammation and slow the aging process. Who doesn’t want that?!

Sleep

It’s difficult to emphasize how critical it is to have good, restful sleep on a regular basis. We know from research that sleep is when our bodies do all of their maintenance and repair work. The average adult requires a good 7-8 hours of good, restful sleep sleep a night (some can get by with a little less and some require a bit more).

We will help evaluate your sleep and identify any concerns, then help you optimize the conditions and behaviors you can control to get better sleep.

Stress

Daily life produces so much stress these days! While some stress is normal and completely appropriate, chronically high levels of stress can be detrimental to our health, both physically and emotionally.

We help patients identify and address life stressors and we work together with patients to develop strategies for addressing these stressors, so that patients have a clearer path to achieving their weight loss and overall wellness goals.

Gut Microbiome

There are literally trillions of bacteria that live within our gastrointestinal tract, or gut. These bacteria play a crucial role in our immune system, helping us fight off infection, disease, and inflammation. Additionally, we now know that an intricate relationship exists between our gut and brain, with profound effects—just like with nutrition, these effects can be either favorable or detrimental.

Overfeeding on sugar and refined starches alters this gut bacteria, as do chemicals. While consuming fermented foods can help, many individuals do not do this on a regular basis or in sufficient quantities, so a good, high-quality probiotic is typically needed.

Hormones

Throughout life there is a fairly predictable ebb and flow of hormones in the human body that often leads to transformative changes. With the evolution of the science surrounding hormones, we now have the capacity to address hormone deficiencies to improve quality of life and health-span. While we would all like to live longer, Dr. Jenny believes what we would really like is to LIVE WELL longer. That is what she means by “health span.”

Health and and safety is at the forefront of our approach, and we recognize that hormone replacement is not for everyone. With Dr. Jenny’s program, we put safety first and consider all aspects of an individual’s medical history prior to making decisions regarding HRT.

Purpose

What do you do to feel valued and experience a sense of accomplishment? Whatever it is, we stress the importance of doing something meaningful TO YOU with your life. This doesn’t have to be what you get paid to do—it could be volunteer work you do in your community, service to your church, support to family members, or advocating for a particular social cause. For many patients, practicing and cultivating a rich spiritual life is another important source of meaning and purpose. The bottom line is that feeling unfulfilled can open the door to negative emotions, depression, inactivity, and an unhealthy relationship with food.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Community/Connectedness

Humans were meant to experience life together, with companions. We weren’t meant to live in isolation! This doesn’t mean you have to be an extrovert (Dr. Jenny is an introvert!), it just means not trying to solve all of your problems on your own, not trying to meet every single need you have without help or support. Many of us are eager to lend a helping hand, but reluctant to accept a hand when we are in need ourselves.

Sharing your ideas and helping others is healthy, but so is knowing how to ask for help and support! Connections and support groups can be super helpful for those struggling with weight management.