Lose weight, feel great at Premiere
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Debbie O'Leary, Veronica Oberle, Dr. Jack Pfeilsticker,
Penny Gonci and owner Sandy Brown are ready
to help you lose weight.
The start of a new year always has the anticipation of fresh beginnings and new challenges. As you welcome 2011 and the adventure of what may lie ahead, you may also be welcoming a few extra pounds you didn't have a couple of months ago. If this is a challenge that is starting to haunt you, there's a place that could help you face your demons.
Premiere Weight Loss Center is in the business of helping people lose weight, but to Gary and Sandy Brown and their staff, it's a lot more than just a business – it's a passion and one which with they have personal experience. Sandy Brown is a registered nurse with 35 years experience in the dialysis industry, both as an owner with her husband Gary of dialysis centers and in the nursing field.
After retiring, both the Browns put on the standard retiree's 20 to 40 extra pounds and started working with the counselors at Premiere Weight Loss. When the business was available to purchase the Browns decided they missed helping people as medical professionals, and purchased it in January 2010. In September 2010, they purchased a new building and relocated the business.
The medically supervised program that is offered at Premiere Weight Loss is structured to provide the infrastructure to accomplish weight loss goals quickly and safely. Dr. Jack Pfeilsticker, a general practice and urgent care, physician oversees and consults with clients and is available on premises during Premiere's hours of operation.
In addition to Dr. Pfeilsticker and his medical assistant Penny Gonci, there are two diet counselors, Debbie O'Leary and Veronica Oberle who have both worked and been certified in a variety of medical fields.
Premiere's system is broken down into three phases. During the first phase, the emphasis is on acute weight loss managed through diet, exercise and prescribed medications, including FDA approved appetite suppressants. The second phase is the transition phase with adjustments to the diet plan and discontinuance of medication. And the third phase is the long term maintenance phase offering support and guidance to maintain ideal weight. The success of their program is evident based on the 50 to 60 people who come into their facility daily during the winter months.
Sandy Brown points out that Premiere Weight Loss Center is the most affordable of any medically supervised program in our area. It frequently does pro bono work for charitable organizations and offers discounts to medical professionals, as well as police and fire department personnel and teachers. It's also not uncommon for the staff to work with individuals who have chronic medical problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. In the future they also hope to be able to offer weight loss programs for children and group programs.
Premiere Weight Loss Center's official open house will be on Feb. 15 as part of the Manatee Chamber Business After Hours program between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sandy Brown emphasizes that Premiere Weight Loss Center is not just about weight loss, it's about wellness, support and consistency. So if you need help with those demons, let the professionals at Premiere Weight Loss take one of the challenges of the new year off your plate, along with some of the extra food.
Premiere Weight Loss Center
4701 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 941-827-0024
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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