Revive Medicine- Medical Weight Management & Lifestyle Medicine

Triple Board-certified physician specializing in Obesity Medicine &Lifestyle Medicine- Whole person care beyond the scale.


Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to make lifestyle changes. Instead of moving in the right direction, our thoughts and prior experiences make us believe we’ll never get it right. Or perhaps, like my own personal life recently, you’re thrown off from your regular routine and feeling like you can’t get back into the right groove (yep, even your doctor struggles with this!)

If you’re feeling me on any of this, try to focus on what you CAN do instead of all the things you think you should be doing.

For me, this week I can:
~Find time to move my body regularly
~Make sure my fridge is stocked with healthy choices as I notice more emotional eating creep in
~Spend time in prayer and silence to settle my mind

Don’t let all or nothing thinking get in the way of your continued success!

What CAN you commit to today? Remember any amount of progress is still progress!


Just keep swimming! Progress not perfection! 🙌



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This Shrimp salad is refreshing and filling!


• 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, deveined, peeled and cooked
• 2 ripe, f resh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced, divided
• 1/4 cup salsa verde, homemade or store-bought
• 2 Tbsp. water
• 2 f resh lime juice
• 1 Tbsp. honey
• 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
• 1 cup cucumber, diced
• 1 cup mango, diced
• 1 medium sweet pepper, seeded and diced
• 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
• 1 bag (10 oz.) baby spinach leaves

1. Place one half of one avocado, water, salsa verde, lime juice and honey in a blender.
2. With the blender on puree setting, blend until smooth.
3. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, cucumber, mango, red pepper and cilantro.
4. Divide spinach and remaining avocado onto six plates, top with shrimp mixture and dressing.


To get a different result you have to change your behaviors. If you’re not committed to doing that, you’re setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. There is no magic pill, potion, or injection. You’ve got to put in the work. Check yourself and your expectations.


🤔Define the emotion you are having
⏲️Delay eating for 10 min
🥰Distract yourself with another enjoyable activity


♥️February is Heart Health Month

💗Heart disease is responsible for one out of every five female deaths – more than all forms of cancer combined.

💜Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
* Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or upper belly (abdomen) discomfort
* Shortness of breath
* Pain in one or both arms
* Nausea or vomiting
* Sweating
* Lightheadedness or dizziness
* Unusual fatigue
* Heartburn (indigestion)
These symptoms may be vague and not as noticeable as the crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks.

🧡How to prevent heart disease

* Quit smoking
* Eat a healthy diet. Opt for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and lean meats. Avoid saturated or trans fats, added sugars, and high amounts of salt.
* Exercise and maintain a healthy weight. If you're overweight, losing even a few pounds can lower heart disease risks. Ask your health care provider what weight is best for you.
* Manage stress. Stress can cause the arteries to tighten, which can increase the risk of heart disease, particularly coronary microvascular disease.
* Avoid or limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women.
* Follow your treatment plan. Take medications as prescribed, such as blood pressure medications, blood thinners and aspirin.
* Manage other health conditions. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of heart disease. See your doctor for routine screening and be your own advocate when you feel like something isn’t right.


The key to successful habits that become life changing is relying on consistency and commitment rather than feelings and mood.


Treating your weight goes beyond diet, exercise, and meds. It includes healing your mind, acknowledging the emotions behind your cravings, and channeling that energy into something productive.

This is my patient’s art work which she has started to do when she has cravings. She is not only successfully losing weight, but improving her awareness and mental health. If you are an emotional eater, consider making a toolbox of things you can do instead to calm your mind and distract you from food.

Weight care beyond the scale. This is why I love what I do. 🤗


It's easy to be motivated at the start of the year. But when we set goals that are too lofty, we often give up on them all together. Thankfully, everyday is a new opportunity to get 1% better.

This month, work on setting a SMART goal to help you get closer to where you want to be.

Specific- what specific thing will you do this week or this month? Perhaps it's committing to 1 veggie with lunch and dinner, or drinking 64 oz. of water each day.

Measurable- instead of just saying you'll move more this week, set a measurable goal that can be quantified. " I will move my body for 10 minutes each day, no matter what"

Attainable- set a goal that you can actually achieve. If it's not possible for you to get to bed at 9pm each day, don't have that as a goal. Instead, consider an earlier bedtime by 15 minutes each week until to get to your goal bedtime.

Realistic-sometimes we promise to make big changes when our motivation is high that we can't follow through on. Instead of telling yourself you won't have any indulgent foods or treats, be realistic and allow yourself to have a planned treat each week. This helps you feel less restricted and your brain doesn't feel like you are doing something impossible.

Time sensitive- give yourself a time frame in which you want to accomplish your goal. Without setting a deadline, it's easy to put taking action.

What SMART goal are you committing to?

Photos from Revive Medicine- Medical Weight Management & Lifestyle Medicine's post 02/01/2024

🎉Look what came in the mail today! Honored to be nominated by my peers as a Northern Virginia Top Doctor. Thank you to all my colleagues.

It is truly a privilege and joy to take care of patients on their weight care journey. 💕👩🏻‍⚕️


Ever notice a darkening around your neck that just won't go away no matter how hard you scrub it or what creams you try on it?

This may be Acanthosis Nigricans, and the reason it won't go away is because you are treating it the wrong way!

Acanthosis nigricans is a condition causes a dark patch or band of velvety skin that can appear in body creases such as your neck, armpits, or groin. Sometimes the patches can also appear on your hands, elbows, or knees.

It is an external sign of an internal problem- insulin resistance- and can be a sign of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. It is common in people who have obesity.

While some creams may help make the spots look better, the most effective treatment is to address the ROOT CAUSE, like obesity or insulin resistance. Lifestyle changes such as being physically active, reducing intake of highly processed carbohydrates, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reverse insulin resistance and improve the look of your skin.

If you have this condition, speak with your doctor to get tested for diabetes.


A lot of people come and see me and expect that I can waive a magic wand and hand over a medication that will just help them magically shed the pounds without putting in any work. Lifestyle is the foundation of a healthy weight loss plan. We know that highly processed foods, inactivity, poor sleep, and stress are all major contributors to an unhealthy weight. Without being willing to make changes to these things, it’s impossible to fully heal yourself.


BMI is a poor indicator of weight health because it doesn’t take into account muscle mass or body fat.

Someone with a normal BMI (under 25) might have elevated body fat % increasing their risk of metabolic disease.

Likewise, someone with a high BMI in the range of obesity (>30) may have high muscle mass and low body fat.

Just like books, you can’t judge people by their appearance. It’s what’s going on in their insides that counts.

having a body composition machine in my office, allows me to get the whole picture and see what’s really going on inside of my patience. This allows me to better direct care and figure out what we need to focus on. I find this, especially helpful and patients who are losing weight rapidly, patients who are on a high saturated fat diet (which I don’t encourage), and patients who just can’t seem to lose the weight because their muscle mass is so low (sarcopenic obesity).

Schedule a consultation with me to learn more about what’s going on inside of your body and to get an effective weight loss plan that helps you achieve a healthy and happy weight.


This chickpea salad is a quick and easy way to get fresh veggies and protein in. Great as a meal or side!

🥙 Recipe:
A can of washed and filtered chickpeas.
4-5 tablespoons canned corn.
1/4 finely chopped red onion.
1/4 chopped red bell pepper
A handful of finely chopped parsley
Seasoning: salt, oil, lemon.


Do it anyways, even when you don’t feel like it! 🙌

Photos from Revive Medicine- Medical Weight Management & Lifestyle Medicine's post 01/08/2024

“Stimulus control” is key to successful weight loss and a better relationship to food. Your environment will set you up for success or failure. Taking these simple steps to optimize your environment will make you more successful in losing weight and reducing temptation.

1. Know your triggers. What foods are impossible for you to stop once you start eating them? Lays chips? Chocolate chip cookies? Reese's peanut butter cups (guilty!)? Keep these foods out of your house if you know they are too much of a temptation. If baking cookies always lead to consuming 1/2 a dozen of them, don't bake them at all. The only way you will succeed is by being honest with yourself. Once you reduce the ingestion of these foods over time, the desire for them will lessen.. Make a list of these foods and steer clear! Eventually you can re-introduce them when you have rewired your brain and your insulin levels.

2. Reduce over-eating by minimizing your choices. When your options are pre-planned and limited, you begin to see food as fuel. Your meal options should be healthy and reasonably enjoyable, but not too delicious. Sorry about that! Keep visual cues around your house and office of things that you want to eat, like fresh fruits and nut packets. These reminders will make a healthy choice much easier.

3. Be aware of rituals. If you always stop by the drive-thru on your way home, see if you can navigate a different route. If snacking in front of the TV always leads to consumption of highly processed foods and mindless eating, try sipping on herbal tea or having fruits or veggies that are pre-cut. For some, the thought of giving up a snack altogether is too difficult, so replacing with something more nutritious still allows the relaxing ritual without the damage.

4. Be ready with your response. Letting family and friends know that you are trying to make healthy choices is always a good idea. If you don't feel ready to do that, be ready with a "No, thank you."


👩🏻‍⚕️Looking for whole person weight care beyond the scale? A doctor who does more than hand you a medication, but treats you holistically with evidence based guidelines.

🩺Check out my medical weight management practice. A personalized approach to a happy and healthy weight.

💊Prescription for anti-obesity medications such as Zepbound, Wegovy, Contrave, Qysmia.

🍎Nutrition counseling

😖Stress management

🏋🏼Exercise counseling

😴Sleep hygiene

😊Coaching on Behavioral modifications for Emotional Eating, Mindful eating, and more…

✨All with a Board certified Obesity medicine, Lifestyle medicine, and Family medicine doctor.

Check out and schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation.


Having the right support when you’re trying to lose weight can mean all the difference in your journey.
Weight loss can often be an area that everyone is an “expert” in, or one that no one supports your choices. This is often because positive choices might make the negative choices of others more pronounced.

Find encouragers who want to see you succeed and are going to be helpers, not hinderers along your journey.

If you’re looking for a medical doctor who will coach you along the way while using evidence based treatment options, reach out to my office.

I’m here to support you and challenge you to become the best version of yourself! Schedule a free 15 min phone consultation through my website to see if we’re a good fit.


If you want to see a change, you’ve got to take the steps to actually make it happen.

Let 2024 be the year that your commitment surpasses your motivation.


Happy New Year!
Let’s do this!


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