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Physician's Plan Weight Loss Spa

Physician's Plan Weight Loss Spa

By Kristie Darling

Cover Photo by Shane Greene Photography

On the cover–Kelly Mercer, medical esthetician and
Shaffney Beaver, clinical director of
Physician’s Plan Weight Loss + Spa

Right–Physician’s Plan Clinical Team:
Front Row – Thaedra Robinson, wellness coach; Jennifer Berube, medical provider + master injector
Back Row – Jill Cline, clinical coordinator; Shaffney Beaver, clinical director; Kelsey Stodden, clinical assistant; Kelly Mercer, medical esthetician
Not Pictured – Medical providers Dr. Sally Nicks and Lois Gatlin, PA-C, and Erynne Chalk, clinical assistant

Dr. Christopher DiOrio, medical director and owner –
serving all seven locations throughout the Carolinas

Physician's Plan Weight Loss Spa

Physician's Plan Weight Loss Spa


Becky Whisnant’s cardiologist warned of the risks of being overweight, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even sleep apnea. She knew it was time to make a lifestyle change. After researching many fad diets, she was relieved to discover the Hickory team at Physician’s Plan. Let’s hear about her life-changing story.

Her remarkable weight loss journey began when she hit her highest weight ever and decided that things needed to change. She didn’t know anyone who had worked with a weight loss center, so she made appointments to interview and ask questions at five different centers. When the results were in, she determined that Physician’s Plan was the place to go. “It was exactly what I needed. I was a stress eater, and the counseling I got was customized for me—I no longer see food as comfort,” Becky shared. “They gave me the tools and encouragement to make better nutritional choices, and I never felt like I was being lectured. They gave me the strength to do this. My goal was to lose 45 pounds, which would place me in a healthy weight range for my age according to the Physician’s Plan body fat analysis. When I started, I’d told myself that, if I can get healthy, I can stay healthy. The Physician’s Plan program saved my life.” Becky has kept those 45 pounds off, and even more important, kept the weight off for a year. She’s living proof that the Physician’s Plan program works.

Medically-Based Weight Loss + Lifestyle Transformation
Dr. Christopher DiOrio is medical director at Physician’s Plan and a specialist in weight loss. The program, he explains, “…is not a diet or exercise program, but rather a journey—behavioral modification and life-style change forever. Our patients see real weight loss results over time.” Indeed, patients have lost from 10 pounds to get ready for a special event, to well over 100 pounds for extensive health improvements. Kim Uyak, director of operations, has years of education in healthy lifestyle and nutrition. “Seeing how many people we have helped is absolutely incredible,” she shared. “I believe in what we do, how we do it, and how important it is for our patients to achieve a healthier lifestyle for a better tomorrow.”

The entire team, including a nutritional coach, play a key role in each patient’s success. They understand what really works; they look at the actual causes of weight gain—perhaps it’s slow metabolism, hormonal or nutritional imbalances, genetic factors—and they teach you how to address the issues that affect you personally. “I’ve learned so much. My coach taught me how to eat in a healthy way—I never felt like I was on a diet. I learned to manage portion size and create a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and sugar. And now, I even drink water!” Kevin Rufty told me. “I have totally changed my habits, especially that water part, and I’ve started doing a lot more outdoors—just biked 17 miles of the Virginia Creeper! This really works.”

Getting Started
First, a medical provider conducts a health and nutritional assessment, including vitals and a computerized body composition analysis to help develop customized plans for each patient. Realistic goals are set with trackable results, such as inches lost, changes in cholesterol levels, and increased activity. “Using these measurements is part of the ongoing health assessment to help us infuse the latest weight management science,” Shaffney Beaver, clinical director, explains. “We create a unique plan for each patient. Hands down, I’d put our program and products above any others around here. We’re not just, ‘here’s your stuff, see you next month.’ We talk with each individual about all their struggles—weight, health, personal—and then we lay out a plan with full support while you work the plan.”

The most popular weight loss plan includes nutritional counseling and education; weekly weigh-ins; B-12 lipo “fat-burner” injections; medical-grade probiotic vitamins; FDA-approved prescription appetite suppressants; and several brands of delicious shakes, bars, snacks, foods, and meal replacements. The Physician’s Plan Food Market, open to everyone, has hundreds of products to choose from—they even have high-protein pancakes, cookies, and nacho chips! No contracts, no hidden fees, weigh-ins at your convenience, easy in-and-out. “We connect with our patients to give them encouragement and accountability, even after the weight is gone.”

Make a Plan to Succeed
If you’ve tried losing weight without success in the past, the time is now for you to partner with Physician’s Plan and get it done. You will learn what’s been holding you back in your weight loss journey and discover how to succeed in shedding pounds and inches. The value of counseling, journaling, and taking advantage of all that’s offered at Physician’s Plan can’t be overstated.

Expansion and Growth of Medspa and Aesthetics
“I feel so good about where we’re headed at the Hickory center,” Shaffney shared, “and expansion plans are in the works to better serve our patients. We’re not a franchise, not a pop-up place that might not be here next month. Our program is medically-based, which ensures that we deliver successful behavior change and sustainable weight loss results to our patients.”

Expansion at Physician’s Plan includes more treatment rooms for Medspa patients and aesthetic services such as Botox and Juvéderm. Kelly Mercer is the medical esthetician offering a complete line of Medspa services. Kelly’s skincare and antiaging expertise ensures that top-notch results are delivered with the latest technology.

The Hydrafacial is one of their newest treatments. The in-office treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection all-in-one. Another new technology is the Clear + Brilliant enhancement laser. Laser treatments increase the benefits of topical skin care products, giving your skin a radiance you’ll love.

Physician’s Plan also carries medical grade skin care lines such Obagi, SkinMedica, and Colorescience. In fact, Kelly is now a Colorescience ambassador and will be attending their national ambassador meeting in California. “It is such an honor, and I am so excited!” Kelly told me. Make an appointment with Kelly to find the perfect regimen for you, and be sure to try her favorite product, Colorescience’s Sunforgettable brush-on powder sunscreen.

Physician’s Plan also offers in-office aesthetic options including filler, such as Juvéderm, which adds facial and lip volume. BOTOX and Jeuveau, the newest product in the antiaging market, reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, especially on the forehead and crow’s feet. Visit www.physiciansplan.com to learn more about all the treatments offered, and consider getting a free online consultation.

Whether you’re hoping to lose weight, or just in need of a refresh, I recommend you contact the experienced, dedicated, and friendly team members at Physician’s Plan. Health and beauty go hand-in-hand, and like Shaffney told me, “I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t benefit from something we have to offer.” This one easy step could change your life…for the better!

Physician's Plan Weight Loss + Spa
1706 HWY 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 485-2833

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