Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss does not rely on diet pills, fads, or surgery. Instead, it is weight management based on scientific evidence that focuses on the root causes of weight gain and obesity.

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss does not rely on diet pills, fads, or surgery. Instead, it is weight management based on scientific evidence that focuses on the root causes of weight gain and obesity. Our very own Dr. Ellen K. Stehouwer is a board certified bariatric physician who approaches obesity/overweight as a chronic disease. Our approach to weight loss is multidimensional (focusing on nutritional, metabolic/biochemical, psychological and behavioral aspects) and relies on state of the art diagnostics. Since obesity is a chronic disease, we work with our patients to help them lose weight and maintain their results.*

What can I expect when I make an appointment?

As a medical practice, Kitsap Medical Weight Loss is on the cutting edge of obesity medicine. Dr. Stehouwer is the only board certified bariatric physician in the entire West Sound region. Our process is unique because we want to establish a doctor/patient relationship that is always tailored to your individual situation. Our approach includes:

  • A medical history
  • Physical exam
  • A complete body composition scan
  • Several lab tests
  • An EKG (only for some patients)
  • An educational session in a group setting
  • A private consultation with Dr. Stehouwer

This will all occur during your first visit, which usually lasts 2.5-3 hours. Medications are dispensed at the end of the visit, if they are prescribed at the office. These medications are just an extra tool to help in the weight loss process.* Any follow-up appointments are scheduled monthly and usually last 30 minutes, depending on your status.

Am I a candidate?

Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher can benefit from medical weight loss.* Having said that, BMI does not paint the whole picture of being overweight or obese. Many professional athletes have a BMI higher than 30, as muscle can skew the results. Using the SECA body composition scanner allows us to know how much lean muscle your body has and where it’s distributed.* By adding a waist measurement to the process, we can determine how much visceral fat is inside your abdomen.* You may also be a candidate if you experience other weight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, acid reflux or even urinary incontinence.*

Schedule an appointment in Kitsap County, Washington

Losing weight and keeping it off can be a frustrating experience. Many people struggle through the process and need help. It is understandable and completely acceptable to turn to weight loss professionals to help you achieve your weight loss goals. So why not turn to a medical professional? Beyond helping people lose weight, we aim to improve the long-term health of our patients with our medical weight loss approach.* If you live in Kitsap County in Washington, or the surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at Kitsap Medical Weight Loss today. You can reach us on our website or by calling (360) 626-1166.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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As a fellow health care provider in Kitsap County, Kitsap Medical Weight Loss has provided me with a resource to give my patients who want/ need to lose weight to improve their health. This is the real deal. Eat real food, learn about healthy, attainable lifestyle changes and get lots of support from a team that celebrates every lost pound with you. I have seen my patients be able to stop their diabetes medication, improve their ability to complete activities of daily living and return to active lifestyles that include travel and athletic pursuits and the best part, keep the weight off. If you have thought about trying to get healthy, this is the place to start and so much less expensive than 30/10 weight loss, Ideal protein, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.*

- Melissa T.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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(360) 626-1166