Those looking for weight loss doctors often are not just looking to shed unwanted fat—they’re ready for a lifestyle change that prioritizes their whole health. Having medical guidance and support through this journey is crucial!
Your body and journey is unique to you, so entrusting a medical professional can help safely and effectively get you where you want to be.
At Amy Brenner, MD & Associates, our weight loss doctors and wellness experts are here as your partner. Whether you are local to Cincinnati, Ohio or are just figuring out where to start, we cover everything to know about visiting a weight loss doctor or wellness specialist.
Below we cover:
- The important connection between weight loss, gut health, and hormones
- What to look for in a wellness and weight loss doctor
- Weight loss and wellness programs available at Amy Brenner MD, & Associates
- Post weight loss treatments
The connection between weight loss, gut health, and hormones
Oftentimes, there is more to your weight loss journey than unwanted fat. Maybe you aren’t looking to lose weight at all, but you’re experiencing unexplained symptoms other doctors haven’t helped with.
If you’ve experienced unexplained weight loss plateaus, extreme stomach bloating, or other medical symptoms related to your digestion, gut health and/or hormones may be the root cause.
What is Gut Health?
When we refer to the gut, we refer to your entire digestive system: your stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and even your mouth. Your gut also has an important role in vitamin absorption, so if it’s not functioning properly, you will feel the effects!
One common gut health issue we commonly see is SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. This condition is when there is too much of a normal bacteria in the gut, damaging the small intestine, and causing many symptoms such as:
- Bloating caused by gas in the small intestine
- Abdominal pain
- Malnutrition / poor vitamin absorption
Many of the above symptoms can have a domino effect. For example, if you are experiencing malnutrition, you may also begin experiencing hair loss, leaky gut, reduced appetite, low energy, and a range of other conditions.
This also means your weight loss efforts may easily plateau, as your body is not functioning like it should for energy, detoxification through waste, and nutrition absorption.
At Amy Brenner MD, & Associates, we offer multiple types of testing to treat these symptoms and more:
- Small intestine testing for SIBO
- Food sensitivity testing
- Stool testing to check on large intestine function
What about colonoscopies?
Colonoscopies are still very insightful to ensure there are no structural issues. They are also super important for colon cancer detection and polyp detection. If you are experiencing symptoms like the above and only get a colonoscopy for testing, you may leave with an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis that is caused by SIBO.
Dr. Brenner discusses gut health with gut health expert & nurse practitioner, Jessica Dayton:
Learn more about gut and food sensitivity treatments at ABMD →
Gut health and hormones
Another important aspect of good gut health is balanced hormones. One of the principal regulators of circulating estrogens is the gut microbiome. Estrogen helps regulate body fat in women and also is important for reproductive and cardiovascular health. Estrogen in men is important for the function of libido and sperm production.
Your gut helps regulate your body, including hormones, in the following ways:
- Helps synthesize and regulate hormones
- Absorbs macronutrients and micronutrients
- Supports immune system health
- Aids in regulating estrogen levels
When your gut is unhealthy, your hormones may also be out of balance, causing a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Low energy
- Mood swings
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low libido
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What to look for in a wellness and weight loss doctor or professional
Your results are only as good as your provider. It’s super important to make the best decision for yourself when it comes to finding solutions for gut health and weight loss, so make sure to look for the following traits in your weight loss doctor.
A weight loss results portfolio with measurable results
Your provider should be able to show you past patient medical weight loss results from their program offerings. Of course, everyone’s body is different, so your results can vary based on your body type, weight loss goals, and other factors.
It can be helpful to ask:
- Did these patients overcome any medical symptoms or barriers to their weight loss to achieve these results?
- Do any of these patients look similar to me in build, age, or body type?
- Are their results similar to what I’m looking for?
- Are there certain areas where they lost weight that I’d also like to improve?
- Am I ready to make the same type of commitment as this person to achieve similar results?
Along with before and after photos, patient testimonials can give you a really good insight on what it was like to work with the providers. Look at testimonials on their website, Google Business Profile reviews, and online directories such as Real Self and ShareCare.
Below are a few patient testimonials for our wellness programs at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates:
“I had not been feeling well for several years. One specialist would send me to the next specialist and so on. I never would get any answers. I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on doctors just treating the symptoms. A coworker told me to go to Amy Brenners office. I didn’t have much hope when I walked in, but when I had my first visit with Dr. Thieman, she listened to me. She understood me and truly wanted to help me. I am so grateful for this practice. It has completely changed me and I feel good again! Thank you!” – Roxanne G.
“I’ve been a patient of this practice for a little over a year. Beyond having beautiful and clean facility, the staff is exceptional. It is clear that the staff members enjoy their jobs, love what they do, and they are extremely patient focused. Everyone I’ve dealt with was beyond competent in their duties. I love that the office is so focused on overall health, not just the Western Medicine basics. This is the first provider to ever discuss hormone testing and treatment with me. This practice will completely change your overall health- in a good way. Be prepared to feel and look your best! Thank you Dr. Brenner and ALL of your staff for providing the services you do!” – Marjorie G.
“I have been on the AB Wellness program since March of 2022. I have had an amazing experience being on the program. My positive experience has everything to do with how I have been treated by their staff. From the front office staff to Becca (AB Wellness program advisor) I have had the best treatment and care a patient could as for. I recommend Amy Brenner and her staff for all of your patient needs.” – Shannon C.
Customized programs that treat the cause of symptoms like weight gain
No treatment program is one-size-fits-all with a high-quality wellness or weight loss clinic.
A huge part of our philosophy at Amy Brenner MD, & Associates is sustainable results with weight loss, hormones, gut health, and other services we offer.
For weight loss particularly, the last thing we want for you as a patient is achieving stellar results but gaining the weight back easily. There are many factors that can contribute to your weight or periods of weight gain. Because of this, it’s important to treat weight at the source.
Your provider should always look at the following when considering options for medical weight loss:
- Gut health
- Activity level
Our weight loss doctors and wellness professionals customize treatment programs by getting to know your full medical history, hormone levels that may impact weight, and other relevant lab work. Once we have enough information, we can make the best medical recommendations for your needs.
Advanced medical training
Your health is nothing to mess around with when it comes to treating symptoms at the source. It’s very important to have a safe, medically backed program. Your specialist should have advanced training and background in your treatment.
Take a look at different aspects of their background, including:
- Degrees and certifications
- Provider-specific reviews
- Services offered
A multi-step approach
Your provider will take all of this information into account when creating your program. Aspects of our wellness services include but are not limited to:
- Peptide therapy
- GI map testing
- Nutrition coaching
- Hormone therapy
- Metabolic detoxification
- Lipo-B injections
- Food sensitivity & allergy testing
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Pharmaceutical-grade supplements
- IV therapy
- Insulin resistance treatment
Keep reading to learn more about our specific programs!
Continual support and accountability
Particularly when it comes to weight loss, it isn’t easy! With so much of your weight loss program happening outside of the practice, you will need support. The best weight loss doctors and providers build accountability and a lot of resources in their programs.
At Amy Brenner MD, & Associates, your provider will be with you through every step of the process. With regularly scheduled check-ins and a wealth of resources for you, we are your coach to help you achieve transformative, sustainable results.
Additional wellness services
As mentioned earlier, peptides are a way to boost weight loss and improve a variety of symptoms. Peptide therapy can be a part of your personalized treatment program at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates.
View our full range of peptides →
Quiz: Is Peptide Therapy Right for Me?
Lipotropics are natural substances that affect how your body synthesizes fat. We offer Lipo-B fat burning injections, which can:
- Assist in the breakdown of fats
- Aid in liver detoxification
- Aid in redistribution of body fat
- Can help lower cholesterol
- Increase energy
Additionally, we offer Lipo-Mino. This lipotropic injection contains B vitamins that improve energy, curb appetite, build muscle, and facilitate fat loss.
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Detoxification aims to get rid of environmental, lifestyle, and internal toxins that can accumulate in your body. They are a great way to press the reset button on your health and establish a healthier foundation.
Detox aims to get rid of many of the following toxins many people experience:
- Polluted air
- Auto exhaust
- Solvents (paint and cleaning products)
- Heavy metals
- Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
- Recreational drugs
- Prescription drugs
- OTC drugs
- Artificial food additives, colorings and preservative
- Meats that contain hormones and antibiotics
- Refined foods and sugars
- Dietary choices (fast foods, fried foods)
- Bacterial, yeast and fungal overgrowth
- By-products of metabolic reactions (carbon dioxide, ammonia, hormones)
- Undigested foods
We offer 7-Day Metabolic Detoxification packages as well as Annual Kits. Annual kits include three 7-day kits to allow you to detox 3 times throughout the year.
Gastrointestinal MAP testing
GI MAP (microbial assay plus) testing assists us greatly in our understanding of your overall gut health. This test detects the levels of good bacteria and alerts us to the presence of any bad bacteria in your gut, which may indicate that you have a parasite, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
GI MAP testing is an excellent way for us to establish a baseline when it comes to your digestive health and work from there.
Weight loss and wellness programs designed by our doctors at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates
Once we have a plan to improve gut health and any other medical symptoms in place, we can move onto next steps for losing weight—and keeping it off.
Wellness Coaching is your ultimate accountability partner. Our goal is to help you navigate your health journey right by your side. We also offer wellness coaching for detoxification and gut health!
We personalize each program geared for the following outcomes:
- Set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and sustainable
- Work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
- Understand and reduce your cravings
- Increase your energy levels & feel great in your body
- Learn about new foods to lower inflammation and improve gut health, and how you can easily incorporate these foods into your daily life
- Discover the confidence to create the life you want
Our program includes plenty of resources for macro counting, diet plans, direct messaging, and videos. We also offer convenient virtual appointments! When you choose Virtual Wellness Coaching, you’ll gain access to our app where you can track your weight loss journey and gain access to a multitude of resources put together by our team.
Overindulgence reset is the perfect recovery package if you’ve had a particular time period of overindulgence that’s affecting your energy levels, gut health, mood, and more. This program includes a wellness consultation, supplements, a metabolic reset plan, and optional add-ons.
AB Modern Day Warrior
AB Modern Day Warrior is our semaglutide weight loss program.
Your wellness coach will teach you nutrition fundamentals and lifestyle changes you can make along with providing an in-depth exercise guide. We combine these steps with semaglutide therapy for enhanced weight loss results.
Semaglutide is a type of peptide and it was originally created as a medication for Type 2 Diabetes patients. Physicians soon realized that patients were losing weight with semaglutide and it is now one of the most common peptides for weight loss.
- Promote weight loss
- Reduce appetite
- Improve PCOS symptoms
- Lower inflammation
- Reduce cardiovascular event risk in patients with Diabetes
- Reduce sugar cravings
MyShape® is your comprehensive health, wellness, and body composition plan. This unique program combines weight loss, hormone optimization, and body contouring:
- CoolSculpting® – targeted non-invasive fat reduction using controlled cooling
- Evolve Body Remodeling – Tone muscle, tighten loose skin and trim unwanted fat — all without an invasive procedure
Post weight loss treatments
Many people find that they achieve significant weight loss but still small, stubborn areas of fat they’d like to lose. CoolSculpting can help you refine your weight loss results.
One side effect of significant weight loss is loose skin, particularly on the arms, legs, and abdomen. We offer skin tightening treatments to tighten specific areas as a result of weight loss or normal aging.
Evolve by InMode is one device with different modalities, or uses: Trim, Tite, and Tone. Evolve Tite uses radio frequency (RF) energy to deliver heat, triggering your body to naturally produce more collagen and elastin, which tightens the skin.
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Visit our wellness experts and weight loss doctors near you in Cincinnati at Amy Brenner MD, and Associates!
We have patients who visit us from all over the country for expert, transformative wellness services. We always work hard to create a personalized treatment plan for your needs. As a medspa and medical practice in Mason, Ohio, we have the unique ability to boost your overall health and enhance your outer beauty with aesthetic treatments.
We offer a warm, friendly environment while providing the highest quality treatments and wellness plans to help you look great and feel great. If you are ready to try peptides for weight loss, get started by using our virtual consultation tool or by scheduling an appointment online.