"Taking time to listen"

We provide a safe, effective, and affordable medical approach to weight control

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at my first visit?

Plan to invest at least 90 minutes at your initial visit. Following the protocol of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the first visit will include a thorough medical history, physical exam, lab studies, an EKG, and a computerized body fat analysis. If you and the doctor decide that appetite suppressant medication is right for you, an initial supply will be given to you at this visit. You will be given a specific plan to manage your food intake so that you can immediately begin to lose weight. You will be asked to return in one week to review your lab work, discuss the effectiveness of the medication, if prescribed, and continue to structure your individual weight loss program for optimal success. (No additional cost for the 1st follow-up visit)

How much does the medication cost?

If you and the doctor decide that you will use appetite suppressants, you will be able to purchase a monthly supply at your 1st follow-up visit with the doctor. The cost is approximately $40.00 for a four week supply. If you have an insurance plan, or just choose to purchase from a pharmacy, we will be happy to write a prescription for you during your monthly visit.

Does the Program require that I purchase special dietary products?

No, we encourage the use of regular, store bought foods. However, some people find it beneficial and convenient to include high protein meal replacements and snack supplements in their dietary program. These products can be purchased at the office and their use is completely voluntary.

Does the doctor recommend HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormone therapy?

NO! The HCG hormone has been found to be ineffectual in producing weight loss and the associated, highly restrictive, 500 daily calorie food intake regimen can be harmful. While HCG therapy has enjoyed a resurgence, it has been around and debunked since the 1950's. Like other fads, such as the cabbage soup diet or the grapefruit diet, it just doesn’t work long term. In summary, the official position of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians is the HCG Diet is “ineffectual”, and “not recommended.” (Source: ASBP Position On Use of HCG in the Treatment of Obesity)

Do you accept Medicare or any other insurance?

Most insurance plans do not cover weight loss programs. So, payment is expected at the time of service. However, we will be happy to provide a completed insurance claim form to you if you would like to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.

Can I participate in your Program if I am currently being treated by a physician for another medical condition?

Yes, absolutely! Dr. Weatherford, who has been Board Certified to practice Family Medicine, will take into consideration your medical history and any current medical problems you have. Dr. Weatherford does not replace your regular doctor, he strives to compliment the care given to you by your primary care physician. If you are taking medication, over-the-counter or prescribed, it is particularly important that you seek weight loss advice from a qualified medical physician such as Dr. Weatherford.

How does your Program differ from Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Quick Weight Loss Centers?

The above mentioned programs are very large commercial franchises. They don’t provide individual medical evaluation or supervision by a medical doctor. They cannot coordinate the interactions of other medications you are taking or take into consideration other medical problems you may have. While they may offer good dietary support, they cannot go the extra step you may need and prescribe medication that may help you to lose weight. They are not able to diagnose medical problems that may be contributing to your weight. Medical Weight Loss Specialists is a private medical office, you are seen by a medical doctor each month, and most importantly, you are treated as an individual.