Clinic Testimonials

Just as OPTIFAST patients enter a strong and supportive community, OPTIFAST clinics also receive support in a variety of forms from the OPTIFAST Program. Read the OPTIFAST clinic testimonials below to learn about the experiences of current providers:

Karen Holtmeier, Medical Weight Management Centers, Inc.

“I have tried all the other products on the market. I prefer OPTIFAST because of its nutritional composition and taste...”

"The OPTIFAST Program has been around for more than 30 years. We trained with the originators of the product, Drs. Saul Genuth and Victor Vertes at the Cleveland Clinic. As a pioneer of the VLCD/LCD, I have tried all the other products on the market. I prefer OPTIFAST because of its nutrient composition and taste. That is one of the reasons that people come back. OPTIFAST is food, and it contains no weight loss medications. People are surprised by that because they don't feel hungry using it. One of the most common expressions we hear from patients is 'I've never felt so good!'"

Karen Holtmeier, MPH, RD, LN
President and CEO
Medical Weight Management Centers, Inc.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Judy Smith, Medical Weight Management Centers, Inc.

“Because the OPTIFAST product is a good source of nutrients we are able to help people lose weight without complications...”

"As Clinic Director and Behaviorist for the Medical Weight Management Centers I am proud of the services we offer to our patients. Because the OPTIFAST product is a good source of nutrients we are able to help people lose weight without complications. The program protocol and training we have received helps us deliver our multidisciplinary services in an expert and efficient manner. The educational materials are professional and thought provoking and written in a way that group leaders can vary to fit their own style of teaching. It is gratifying to witness success every day and be instrumental in making that happen. I believe the OPTIFAST Program is the best weight loss resource available."

Judy Smith, LICSW
Clinical Director and Behaviorist
Medical Weight Management Centers, Inc.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Cheryl Marco, Thomas Jefferson University Weight Management Program

“It’s very rewarding to see our patients losing weight, but even more rewarding to see them keeping their weight off...”

“I am often asked why, as a dietitian, I would advocate a method of weight loss that does not include regular food in the initial phase. In fact, there are a couple of very good reasons, one of the most compelling, is that when food is removed from someone's life they are better able to take a step back and look at why they eat. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about one's self and more importantly, begin to deal with the eating triggers in a more constructive manner. There is a greater sense of accomplishment as well as not having to worry about what to eat in the early phases which allows the focus to shift to problem solving and skill development necessary to keep the weight off.

It's very rewarding to see our patients losing weight, but even more rewarding to see them keeping their weight off. OPTIFAST products and group sessions allow this to happen!”

Cheryl Marco, RD, CDE
Thomas Jefferson University Weight Management Program
Philadelphia, PA.

Allison Moore, UAB Program Director

“As OPTIFAST Program Director and Dietitian for EatRight Weight Management Services, I am proud to be able to offer our patients this multidisciplinary program...”

“As OPTIFAST Program Director and Dietitian for EatRight Weight Management Services, I am proud to be able to offer our patients this multidisciplinary program. Each team member, including physician, behaviorist, dietitian, and exercise therapist, plays such an important role in each patient’s weight loss success. The OPTIFAST Program allows patients to learn why they think about food the way they do while losing weight from the beginning and consistently throughout the program. This is important because so many of our patients have struggled with every other type of program. The group classes & OPTIFAST modules help people to change their behaviors and thoughts about food before it is reintroduced. I knew there were a number of other programs that were less time-consuming and required less of a commitment from staff and patients alike, but the results of the program speak to why we offer OPTIFAST at our medical center. It is very rewarding to see each person meet their weight loss goals and improve their health throughout the program. OPTIFAST helps us give patients the gift of lifelong health!”

Allison Moore, MS, RD, LD
UAB Program Director
Birmingham, Alabama