I work in a physician owned weight management center. On staff we have a nutritionist, have had registered dieticians , and MA's. The physician developed this office and medical management of people seeking weight loss. This a comprehensive program involving a individual eating plan, much life coaching, and medication management for weight loss, insulin resistance, and hypothyroidism. Our focus is a manageable, doable plan for a healthier lifestyle in addition to weight loss. On the initial visit along with the H&P, labs are done and a detailed eating plan is developed that is acceptable to the patient. The patient is completely involved in the plan of care.
I spent a few months with the doctor learning the office philosophies and methods of treating people with in most cases medically indicated weight loss. Also we use appetite suppressants in those people who meet the criteria medically.
The first visit can take up to 2 hours and follow ups are done either every 2 weeks or monthly.
This practice involves 3 offices and I am stationed at one of the offices with the nutritionist.
I like this position. We can be very busy but generally have the freedom to take our time seeing each patient.
I found this position online and and was hired just as their previous NP was leaving.
Our population is mostly adults but we have treated some adolescents and there are protocols in place to address this age group.
It's rewarding to help people not only with weight loss but to adopt a healthier eating and exercise plan.
There are opportunities I believe in this field and I am glad to be involved in this office setting.