Eloise Pabst was running out of time. As a result of excessive weight, she was an insulin-dependent diabetic, and her sugars were out of control. Not only was she suffering from high triglycerides and taking three blood-pressure medications, she was enduring chronic back problems, and she couldn't walk long distances. According to her interview on WTNH's Connecticut Style, Pabst's doctor recommended Medical Weight Loss Centers as a last-ditch effort to help her regain her health. The medical staff guided her through their program and helped her lose an impressive 100 pounds in eight months. As noted by physician assistant Monika Fuller in that same news story, Pabst's blood sugars are now stabilized, and she is completely insulin-free. Her triglycerides are normal, and she's cut her blood-pressure medication and reduced her thyroid meds by half. Of her life-changing journey, Pabst said, "Everything is spelled out for you. You know what to eat, they provide the proteins for you ? It's very easy. You're constantly eating every two to three hours."
Pabst's story is no different from those of many of the patients at the center?including its own associate medical director, Andy Rodican, PA-C. Rodican himself struggled with diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea before suffering a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 46. He recognized that obesity was the root of his problems, and he now uses what he's learned both personally and as a graduate of the physician associate program at Yale University's School of Medicine to help other people reach their goals. He and his team are specially trained in bariatric medicine. They steer clients toward protein-filled low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets and away from bad carbohydrates.
Dr. Fausto Petruzziello and Nikit Shah, PAC, couldn?t ignore their patients? expanding waistlines any longer. While practicing medicine at CareMedica, they realized that optimal health relied heavily on whether or not a person weighed in at a healthy number. So, together they founded WeightMedica in 2007, a branch of their original practice. They oversee weight-loss programs that begin with a physical to ensure a patient?s candidacy, checking their blood, charting an EKG, and handing out carnival prizes to those whose weight was guessed incorrectly. Then, patients meet regularly with the staff to record their progress, receive nutritional tips, and?in some cases?receive Lipofast injections, which expedite fat loss.
Kym Garbatini has spent more than 30 years helping everyone from teenagers to heart-attack victims begin living healthier lifestyles by teaching them valuable weight-management skills. At Medical Weight Loss Solutions, the nutritional and medical staff works with Dr. Frank Mongillo, who specializes in internal medicine, and Dr. Deborah Schroter, who provides cognitive behavioral therapy, to help patients lose weight.
Before creating their medically supervised plans, the doctors perform preliminary blood work, EKG scans, and other diagnostic tests. Armed with this knowledge, they recommend a dietary plan designed to help patients safely lose weight and keep it off over time.
They also encourage patients to use their onsite fitness studio, with certified fitness staff who create customized workouts to complement weight loss plans. Plus, the physicians can inject metabolism-boosting LipoFast shots. Additionally, their center features a food market stocked with various weight-loss products, everything from nutritious meals to vitamin supplements. The food market is open to the public, geared toward anyone who wants to maintain weight loss or sports nutrition.
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, sticky socks (sold at studio)
Average Class Length: 55 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Registered dietitian Dr. Julie Conner's first brush with dietetics came in 1983, as an intern at Westchester Medical Center. It turns out the experience was a sign of things to come. She has since earned a master's degree in public health from New York Medical College and a doctorate in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health?and cofounded Healthy Weighs Wellness Center with her husband, Will.
At Healthy Weighs, the couple and their staff?which includes their son, Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Conner?provide wellness services such as nutrition counseling, spinal adjustments, and massage therapy. To help prevent future injuries without forcing clients to buy an expensive time machine, the team also schedules yoga and reiki classes.
Vibrosaun Healing & Wellness Center's technicians have taken to calling their signature treatment the "Miracle Machine," and it's not hard to see why. Without depending on drugs or surgery, the machine promotes healthy body functions and may help treat conditions as diverse as back pain, arthritis, and weight loss. Its secret lies in pairing the heat of a dry sauna with the rhythmic motions of a padded vibrating bed. Together, these work to stimulate circulation—a crucial process that allows the body to heal more quickly and effectively. It doesn't hurt that the Vibrosaun experience is so relaxing. Treatments can be enjoyed in a private spa room complete with music, candlelight, and the warm glow of Himalayan salt lamps.