Meet the Team
“Obesity needs a long-term approach that combines diet, increased activity and lifestyle changes. Both overweight and obesity can increase the risk for serious complications including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, gallstones, high cholesterol, gout and many types of cancer. Overweight or obesity occurs when, over time, the body takes in more calories than it burns. Another possible cause of obesity is a hormone imbalance.”
“As an endocrinologist and a specialist in hormones and metabolism, we can assess the cause of your obesity and the possible complications. We also can direct how you should be treated and prescribe and monitor your medications. As a physician I strive to improve my patient’ s quality of life and use the most current evidence to provide care. As a team, our goal is to help patients achieve their health goals by individualizing their treatment and integrating lifestyle, personal choices, medical conditions into their weight loss plan.“
Abbi LaBarge, BA, CHWC - Health Coach
Abbi received a Bachelor's degrees in Health Promotion from the University of Iowa in 2015. Along with her BA she minored in Psychology and Human Relations. She worked in mental health field for two years before becoming a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. The combination of Abbi's understanding of mental health issues and her strong desire to help others live a healthy lifestyle offer a unique approach to weight loss. Abbi understands that everyone's story is different. Her goal is to always make patients feel welcome and understood, never judged. Through this process she is able to help patients not only lose weight, but keep it off through lifestyle change.
Meg Olsen, RDN, LD - Dietitian
Meg received her bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University in 2016. She worked in an acute care setting for two years prior to joining the weight loss team. Meg loves to help educate and empower each person so they can meet their health and weight loss goals. She also knows each person's weight loss journey is unique and is dedicated to making sure each person feels heard and supported – every step of the way.