Nutrition Specialist

Norterra Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ

You can have the power to control your health through proper diet and exercise regimens. Dr. Kristine Sarna, Dr. Rebecca Weiss and the Staff at Norterra Family Medicine offer medical expertise in counseling and weight loss programs so you get to a healthy weight and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Men and women in Phoenix should call Norterra Family Medicine or use the online booking agent to get on the path toward feeling and looking better and living longer.

Nutrition Q&A

What are the dangers of being overweight?

While losing weight can help you feel better about your appearance, it can also strongly improve your health and energy. Carrying too much fat greatly increases your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol

How is medical weight loss different?

Weight loss has very real health implications. As integrative medicine specialists, the staff at Norterra Family Medicine are concerned with how losing weight affects more than your measurements, but how it can change markers of good health and increase your longevity.

The doctors offer First Line Therapy Program at Paradise Wellness — what they call “a prescription for LIFE!” It’s a therapeutic lifestyle program that focuses on reducing blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. You’ll learn habits that help you keep off the weight and change your health for the long term.

Too many crash diets leave you without a long-term solution, so you regain lost weight and possibly add more. The First Line Therapy Program coaches you to take simple steps each day that guide you to a path of healthy living. It also gives you the lifestyle strategies that may delay premature aging and reverse disease progression.

What is involved in the First Line Therapy Program?

The First Line Therapy Program lasts 12 weeks and is clinically proven to reduce your weight and your risks for cardiovascular disease.

You’ll undergo a health screening and body composition analysis. A nutritional expert will then customize a health plan for you.

The program begins with a sensible, low-glycemic eating plan tailored just for you. You’ll also be provided with nutritional supplementation using Metagenics products, which ensure you’re getting the right mix of nutrients. First Line Therapy includes professional health coaching with Elfie Klassen, ACPC and tracking tools to help you change your habits and succeed.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Weight loss results depend on your starting weight and your adherence to the plan. But know that losing even 5%-10% of your weight can greatly improve health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol.