Here at Dr. Simonds Metabolics & Weight Loss, we are committed to offering you the best quality patient care available. We understand that you might have some questions. Here are a few of our Frequently Asked Questions:

Here at Dr. Simonds Metabolics & Weight Loss we partner with you to overcome the struggles of overweight, obesity, or excess body fat. We provide specialty care related to reducing body weight and fat mass using individualized nutritional approaches, pharmaceutical medications, behavioral modification, and physical activity. Many patients struggle to find medical care for their weight in judgment-free, supportive, and knowledgeable environments. What makes us unique is the fact that we specialize in weight, have extensive knowledge and experience with treating it using all available options including prescription medications, like the appetite suppressant Phentermine, and partner with you in the short-term and the long-term to reach your goals and prevent weight re-gain.

We do not accept or file insurance. Payment for all services are due at the time the services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept: Cash, Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), Debit Cards, Flexible Spending and Healthcare Savings Plan cards. We do not accept checks.

We are always taking new patients. Typically new patient appointments are available within one week.

Every body is different. There are multiple factors that can affect how much weight you can lose, such as compliance, metabolism, gender, age, and previous weight loss history. Our providers will sit down with you and assess these factors at your Initial Visit.

Typically, same week for Follow-up appointments and 1-2 week for New Patient appointments.

No, you do not need a referral from another medical provider to become a patient in our practice.

We do not perform any lab work in our office, nor do we require it. You are encouraged to bring in any recent lab results you may have. If lab work is needed the provider will provide you with an order to get that done.

We offer vitamin B-12 and Lipotropic injections that are administered here in the office. Some patients may qualify for the option to do take-home vitamin B12 injections to be self-administered weekly or bi-weekly between office visits.

Our prescription medications are categorized as a ‘controlled substance’ and dispensed through our ‘in-house’ pharmacy. In order to abide by state regulations, patients are required to see a trained medical provider to receive a refill on any controlled substance.

We will help you to reach your goal weight and maintain it. Weight struggles are life-long for many who struggle, and some sort of treatment will need to be continued throughout weight maintenance. That does not mean you need to come in every month for a visit to be successful or to continue medication long-term. We will tailor your maintenance plan to your individual needs. If you feel you don’t need to come in once you’ve achieved your goal we will not require it. Our most successful patients visit us at least every 3-6 months after they have reached their goal weight in order to prevent weight re-gain.

We have a great staff of medical providers in both of our offices such as Family Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Registered Dietitians. Our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants see new patients as well as established patients. You may not always see Dr. Simonds, but you are free to request any of our providers on your visits.

Normally, our schedule doesn’t allow for consultations prior to coming in for an Initial Visit. If you are looking to ask some questions we can help if you give us call.

You will meet with either Dr. Simonds, one of our Physician Assistants, or Nurse Practitioners. They will complete a comprehensive metabolic assessment
including your weight, BMI, body fat %, blood pressure, and basal metabolic rate. They will also go over your previous and current medications/medical history and dietary/weight history found in the forms you will have completed prior to your initial visit. Dietary, physical activity and medication options will be discussed and you and the provider will establish an individualized treatment plan together that will work for you.

No specific weight or BMI is required to join our program. Our program specializes in the treatment of obesity and excess body fat – which may be necessary for any body weight.

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