Frequently Asked Questions
Obesity is a complex medical illness requiring medical management and routine follow-ups just like any other disease or illness.
Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.
Visits, labs, and medications are billed to insurance. You will be responsible for any copay, or deductible just as you would for any specialist visit.
Meal replacements are purchased out of pocket, but they are not a requirement of the program.
Coaching sessions are usually free if covered by your insurance.
$150 for the initial visit and $90 for follow-ups. This excludes any blood work or procedure.
Our initial visits are usually in-person and most follow-ups are virtual. But we will work with you to accommodate your needs and preferences.
No, Dr. S treats patients with and without Diabetes.
Yes, you have to have established care with a PCP. Most PCP’s will send a referral as long as the patient has been seen within 12 months.
Medicare and most commercial insurances cover our coaching sessions and consider them as preventative services. A copay is not applied to them.
It depends on the information available to her during that visit. As part of her assessment, Dr S will review the following Blood test results: Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, B12 and Vitamin D, 25-OH, Hemoglobin A1C, CBC w/Diff, Thyroid Profile (TSH, free T4), fasting Lipid Profile Insulin with glucose Level.
Some of these labs are needed before prescribing medications and sending us your recent lab results will prevent any delay in this process. Dr. S will order the missing labs at your first appointment if needed.
What People Say About Us
WINNIE, 39 Y/O
Total Weight Loss: 83 lbs