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Peptide weight loss medications are rising in popularity, and for good reason — they can be incredibly effective in helping you get to your goal weight through appetite suppression, metabolism improvement, and food intake reduction.

However, weight loss medication alone is not a magic pill that will solve all your problems. It’s only one tool of many in your weight management toolbox, and the key to safe, sustainable weight loss is to use medication in conjunction with healthy lifestyle practices and support from a qualified medical team.

Our Medical Weight Loss Program will help you lose weight safely and effectively by harnessing the benefits of weight loss medication and employing healthy, long-term habits for your nutrition, exercise, detoxification, and stress reduction.

Plus, we’ll be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress, help you adjust to changes and challenges, and ensure that you’re on your way to your goal weight in the healthiest way possible.

That’s what makes our Medical Weight Loss Program different: from start to finish, our team is there to support you.

Get to your goal weight in the short term using medication, but keep the weight off long-term with healthy habits.

Our multifaceted program uses medication synergistically with lifestyle changes and ongoing support from a medical team to give you a safe, successful, and sustainable weight loss experience over the course of 6-12 months.

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Our team will help you choose the best medication for your body and biochemistry, monitor for side effects, and ensure your safety throughout the process.

Detoxification helps your body process the medications well, and lifestyle change allows you to come off the medication eventually and keep the weight off.

Your Medical Weight Loss team will help you set realistic and attainable goals for your nutrition, exercise habits, and stress management, and help you make an actionable plan to reach them.

You may be a good fit for our Medical Weight Loss Program if you…

  • Are looking to maintain your weight loss results long-term after medication
  • Have a BMI of 30 or more, or a BMI of 25 with associated health conditions (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes). Use our calculator to see your BMI.
  • Are willing to commit 6-12 months to the program
  • Value the support of medical professionals to mitigate side effects and see you through a safe weight loss journey

For our program, you must have a BMI of 30 or more, or a BMI of 25 with associated health conditions (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes). Use our calculator to see your BMI.

What’s Included in the Program

  • A comprehensive medical evaluation to determine the best peptide medication for your weight loss, glucose metabolism, and insulin resistance (i.e. Ozempic, Mounjaro)
  • Written monthly prescriptions with dose adjustments as indicated
  • Training on how to inject medications, and the option to receive injections at PALM
  • 12 Vitality Sessions to boost your metabolism, help with stress management, and aid in detoxification (cryotherapy, classes, infrared sauna, steam room, salt room, BioMat, PEMF mat, Sound Focus)
  • Monthly visits with our dietitian to optimize your nutrition for weight management
  • Opportunities to discuss your stressors and current habits that may stand in the way of long-term weight management
  • The option to add on services for more detoxification and health support, such as lymphatic massages, health coaching, personal training, and more
  • Weekly weigh-ins with your medical team
  • Optional access to continuous glucose monitoring to help you understand your metabolism
  • Training on how to apply the glucose sensor and interpret the results
  • Laboratory monitoring initially and every 3 months while on the medication (this may include blood counts, liver and kidney function, and cholesterol/lipid monitoring)
  • Regular check-ins with our physician assistant to monitor your progress and side effects
  • A body composition analysis initially and at least every 3 months to track your cardiometabolic health

Meet Your Team

Our Medical Weight Loss Program providers will ensure that you’re staying on track, help you avoid unwanted side effects, and challenge you to become the healthiest version of yourself.

Doctor Visits

Karrie Hohn

Karrie Hohn, MD, IFMCP
Concierge Primary Care Physician and Functional Medicine Specialist 

Dr. Catherine (Karrie) Hohn graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School in 1996 and completed residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Hospital Saint Louis in 1999. She is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.

Physician Assistant Visits

Katie Chambers

Katie Chambers, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Katie received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014 and then spent time working in orthopedics, emergency departments, and urgent care, where she developed her interest in using functional medicine to treat the root cause of her patients’ symptoms.

Nurse Practitioner Visits

Katie Chambers

Jenn McFarland, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jenn received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Maryville University and has provided care for patients with a wide variety of ailments for adults and children of all ages.

Nutrition Visits

Christaney Townsend

Christaney Townsend, MS, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian

Christaney earned her Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is certified in integrative and functional medicine in nutrition.

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Program Breakdown

Participants are supported by a team of experts to guide their treatment and monitor their progress throughout the 12-week program.

  • Week 1: Initial PA Intake Appointment
    • Meet with physician assistant Katie Chambers to go over your medical timeline and history, get a more detailed overview of the program, order initial labs, discuss preliminary recommendations for wellness services, and order your Glucose Monitor (90-minute visit)
  • Week 2: Labs & Initial Assessments
    • Complete your baseline labs
    • Meet with dietitian Christaney Townsend for a Functional Nutrition Assessment to look at your current dietary habits and how they may be impacting your health
    • Complete a Body Composition Analysis Assessment
    • Receive and get a breakdown of your Glucose Monitor
  • Week 3: Initial MD Program Visit
    • Meet with our program doctor, Dr. Karrie Hohn, to review your medical history, and initial labs, and order your medications based on your labs and assessments (60-minute visit)
  • Week 4: PA Program Visit
    • Meet with Katie to review your medication plan, receive the medications, answer questions, and review your glucose monitor data so far
  • Week 5: Nutrition Visit
    • Meet with Christaney for a nutritional check-in, review of glucose monitor data, and planning session (60 minutes)
    • Weekly weigh-in: in-person or remote
  • Week 6: PA Program Check-in
    • Phone, email, or text check-in with Katie for medication monitoring and updates
    • Weekly weigh-in: in-person or remote
  • Week 7: MD Program Visit
    • Meet with your medical team for an evaluation for dosing adjustments and overall check-up (45 minutes)
    • Weekly weigh-in: in-person or remote
  • Week 8: PA Program Check-in
    • Phone, email, or text check-in with Katie for medication monitoring and updates
    • Weekly weigh-in: in-person or remote
  • Every Week: Weigh-in
    • Weekly weigh-in: in person or remote
  • Every 2 Weeks: PA Program Check-ins
    • Phone, email, or text check-in with Katie for medication monitoring and updates
  • Every Month: Nutrition Visits
    • Meet with Christaney for a nutritional check-in, review of glucose monitor data, and planning session (60 minutes)
  • Every 12 Weeks: Labs/Assessments & MD Program Visit
    • Complete labs for monitoring and a Body Composition Analysis Assessment to track changes in cardiometabolic health
    • Meet with your medical team for an evaluation for dosing adjustments and overall check-up (45 minutes)

“One of the things I particularly value about PALM is the way the professionals here work as a team.”

“What I really appreciate about the arrangement here is I use both the medical side of PALM as well as the wellness side. They really concentrate on getting to the root cause: what’s going on behind the scenes that’s causing the problem.”

– David Matthews, PALM Member

Let’s find out if the Medical Weight Loss Program is right for you.

On this 15-minute introductory call, you will:

  • Connect one-on-one with a qualified wellness expert to lay out your health and weight loss goals.
  • Get a full breakdown of the Medical Weight Loss Program, including additional program details and what to expect.
  • Receive personalized recommendations for next steps so we can help you get started with safe, healthy weight loss.
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Peptides like Ozempic and Mounjaro are medications that are used to help people lose weight by affecting various hormonal pathways in the body.

Specifically, these medications work by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which is produced naturally in the body. GLP-1 is known to regulate blood sugar levels, promote feelings of fullness, and slow down the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach.

When you take medications like Ozempic and Mounjaro, they bind to receptors in the body that are sensitive to GLP-1, activating these pathways and triggering a variety of effects that can help you lose weight.

One of the main ways that these medications work is by reducing your appetite. By promoting feelings of fullness and slowing down the rate at which food leaves your stomach, these medications can help you feel more satisfied after eating and reduce your overall food intake.

In addition to reducing your appetite, these medications can also help your body burn more calories. They do this by increasing your metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns energy. By increasing your metabolism, these medications can help you burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re not actively exercising.

Finally, these medications can also have other health benefits that can indirectly help you lose weight. For example, they can improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels, which can reduce your risk of developing diabetes and other metabolic disorders that can contribute to weight gain.

Overall, peptides like Ozempic and Mounjaro can be powerful tools for weight loss, helping you reduce your appetite, burn more calories, and improve your overall health.

We order a set of standard labs through Quest Diagnostics. Quest will submit your labs to your insurance, and they will be subject to your copay and deductible.

In the event that you would like to do any specialty testing (gut analysis, food sensitivities, etc.), please note that these are cash-based labs, and are not able to be submitted to insurance for coverage or reimbursement.

No, we do not allow for participants to pause the program. This is a medical program with a medical team supervising and monitoring prescription medication tolerance and efficacy, which is ongoing regardless of where you may be. Our team is available for virtual visits when needed.

At PALM, we prescribe the peptide medications Semaglutide and Tirzepatide as a part of our Medical Weight Loss Program. The medications are GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonists. Semaglutide and Tirzepatide help control glucose, improve insulin sensitivity, decrease appetite and control caloric intake — all factors that contribute to weight gain. The medications work by decreasing gastric emptying (the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine) and acting on areas of the brain that regulate appetite.

If you prefer to receive your medication at PALM,  you are welcome to do so. Each time you are due for a dose, you can schedule an appointment with our nursing team a week in advance. On the day of your visit, bring your medicine with you to PALM Health, and one of our medical providers will administer your medication.

In this instance, you can stop your program and no longer pay the monthly program fee. The up-front payment of $1,200 is nonrefundable.

The medication cost varies greatly, and depends on two factors: which medication we determine is the most appropriate for you, and the medication coverage offered by your insurance. In our experience, the cost typically averages about $250-300 per month, but the cost will depend on the type of medication recommended to you. PALM patients often use our compounding medication and pay a set out-of-pocket cost.

Use of our fitness center and classes is not included in the program price; however, you can add these options and other beneficial services in our Lifestyle Membership to your program. For more information, please connect with a Navigator or refer to the Lifestyle Membership.

Yes, you need to have a primary care physician either at PALM or outside of PALM in order to participate. This program is not a replacement for primary care.

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