Wellness and weight loss sometimes revolve around out of sync components of our thinking: what to eat, how to move, what to do, what am I feeling? We’ll feel better if we eat better, we’ll look better if we move more. We could act better if we knew better…and on and on in our heads until, well, we make a sandwich. With chips. It’s hard to stop the merry-go-round of thinking, re-thinking, doing, undoing, feeling good and feeling bad. To get a handle on this head game, step into North Carolina Weight & Wellness and learn how to stop the blame game and start the change game.
It’s one thing to Google “weight loss” and read page after page all night or order a book—or a dozen—that promise to solve all your eating, exercising, weight, and health issues. It’s another thing altogether to work with experts who are actually trained in health and weight loss and have years of experience helping people of all walks of life make positive changes and successfully become healthier—professionals dedicated to finding the right solution for you, personally and specifically you. Dr. Peter McIlveen is dual board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Obesity Medicine. He is a 1984 Duke University grad and attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. What I noticed most about Dr. McIlveen when we met was his smile and his calm sense of assurance. That look that says, “We can get this done…
I know you can do this.” His compassion and caring show.
“I started out at North Carolina Weight & Wellness about 19 months ago, and I haven’t looked back,” said Amanda Williams, a 21-year-old art student. “I’ve gone from 274 pounds to 183 pounds—it’s been life changing. When I started, I could barely walk up the stairs. Now, I’m doing an hour or more on the elliptical. I have so much more energy!” Amanda’s favorite part about losing weight with the help and support of Dr. McIlveen and Dr. Moon were the consultations. “They really care about me personally and want me to lose the weight…our talks were what kept me going. They figured out everything I need to keep going and being successful, and that’s been extremely important because it works.” From the excitement in Amanda’s voice it’s clear she’s proud of the effort she put in to becoming healthier—and thinner! She told me she couldn’t have done it by herself.
THE RIGHT PLAN FOR YOU
“You wouldn’t go to your family doctor if you had a heart attack,” Dr. McIlveen says, “you’d see a cardiologist, wouldn’t you? It’s the same situation with weight loss and obesity—you should work with a specialist—someone who knows how to achieve weight loss and a healthy life with a customized plan that works.” Dr. McIlveen’s testimonials say it all…
”I can’t say this enough, you never feel bad about yourself…They support you if you have a setback…They motivate you and cheer you on…Everyone in the practice is fantastic…I feel great…I can’t believe I have finally lost the weight!”
So, how to begin? You’ve found the team of specialists at North Carolina Weight & Wellness, and you’ve got an appointment to meet them—what’s next? “We can’t just focus on symptoms,” says Dr. Diane Moon. “We must know their cause in order to get well. Your weight loss plan will address many aspects of your health. I work very closely with my patients—it’s key to our success together. I want them to ask questions, to begin to understand themselves better and how they are in charge of their behavior and consequently, their success. I want every one of my patients to be happy and healthy.” Dr. Moon has over 20 years’ experience, with a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She has worked with patients not only in weight management, but also in preventative health, chronic disease diagnosis and management, and urgent and primary care. She is knowledgeable in a wide range of health issues where many of us need support. “Dr. Moon is smart and personable, and her patients appreciate being able to talk with her, get their questions answered, and at the same time learn from someone who is compassionate and genuine,” Dr. McIlveen told me. “She’s lost quite a bit of weight herself, so talking with her is especially helpful to our patients. Dr. Moon is a big part of our success.”
Dr. McIlveen and his team begin by listening and getting to know you. Then, to understand the factors that impact your overall heath and weight, you’ll receive a bioelectrical impedance analysis. With this detailed information, a personalized weight loss plan is created that can include dietary changes to the best foods for you, an exercise plan based on your abilities and interests, natural supplements, nutritional and behavioral counselling about healthy lifestyle changes that you can live with long-term, safe and natural appetite suppressants, and injections for added energy and an increase in metabolism. “We have a delicious line of meal replacements and healthy snacks, although not everyone uses these,” Dr. McIlveen explained. “Our line of supplements is an excellent choice you can trust.” These recommendations are based on many years of training in the latest results-driven, evidence-based science and research on health and weight loss…the key words here? Results-driven, evidence-based, and very important—health.
At North Carolina Weight & Wellness, things don’t grind to a stop when you reach your goal. The medical practice is there to support your total health goals as you maintain and think about continuing to improve how you look and feel. Innovative aesthetics treatments, like body sculpting, are available to anyone who’d like to improve they way they look and feel. For those who have lost weight, they can complete the transformation.
Nurse practitioner and aesthetician Alyssa Jastrzebski has a Master of Science degree in nursing with specialties in medical weight loss, preventative and anti-aging medicine, and hormone therapy. A talented painter with a love of art, Alyssa has found her calling in aesthetic medicine—a field that specializes in improving cosmetic appearance. She is skilled in a treasure trove of treatments for a lovelier, younger, healthier appearance. Clients experience Alyssa’s facial artistry when they call on her for Botox, Juvéderm fillers, microneedling with PRP for face and for hair restoration, and other treatments. She offers face-lift results without surgery with natural looking results by listening carefully to her patients to capture what they want. “Alyssa is excellent,” says a current 46-year-old client. “She does my Botox to get rid of fine line, crows’ feet, those ‘number 11’ forehead wrinkles, and she does it right. She’s accurate in doing exactly what I need and where it’s needed. This works for me—people say I look 38 all the time!”
Among the team’s popular treatments are the most advanced laser therapies, such as MonaLisa Touch for improved vaginal health and comfort, and SculpSure Non-Surgical Lipo, a body contouring laser that permanently removes fat cells. Helping patients both look and feel good is part of the whole health approach. Bioidentical hormones, including hormone pellets, are very effective to improve overall health, increase libido, and sense of well-being, especially during menopause andropause.
Educational and experiential events that will explain HydraFacial laser treatments and more are held throughout the year, with discounts and specials offered. The website has details: www.ncweight.com.
Plan to make a change today. There’s help and support along the way at North Carolina Weight & Wellness.
North Carolina Weight & Wellness
19732 One Norman Blvd #320
Cornelius, NC 28031
942 Johnson Ridge Road
Elkin, NC 28621