Deb Maicach

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Imagine that your best friend is one of the top physicians in the country. That’s what it’s like having Dr. Scott Yates of the Center for Executive Medicine as your personal physician. Your best friend is just a phone call away. No matter what happens, he’s got your back. 

I had been a patient of Dr. Yates long before he converted his practice to concierge service and the Center for Executive Medicine. And when I was notified that he was converting his practice to the concierge model, I was all in! There was no way I was letting him go.

When I started seeing Dr. Yates I weighed very close to 300 pounds. At 5’4” tall, this is NOT a good thing. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, was a Type II Diabetic, suffered acid reflux and had been in the ER at least 5 times because I was afraid I was having a heart attack. I was on Lipitor, Metformin and Losartan.  

I would lose weight and then gain back another 20 pounds. Finally, in 2007 I said enough. I agreed with Dr. Yates that I needed help and that I wanted to explore weight loss surgery.  I remember him telling me that I had made a wise decision. He told me that it’s easier to maintain your weight from a position of strength (size 4) than from a position of desperation (size 24). I had a BMI of 41 and was clinically obese. On November 13, 2007 I underwent Gastric Bypass Surgery and it changed my life.  I am no longer a diabetic!  I no longer have high cholesterol!  That was 7 years ago.  Today I’m maintaining a healthy weight of 132#!  I'm healthy and pharmaceutically free!

As a final note, I remember once a few years ago I sent Dr. Yates a picture of a rash that I had on the left side of my abdomen. I was guessing I had shingles.  Within moments I had an answer from Dr. Yates. He was in Lake Tahoe, CA on a fishing trip and yes, he agreed that I had shingles.  As soon as he got back to shore (he was in the middle of the lake) he called my pharmacy with a prescription!

Does your doctor do that? Mine does. Love Dr. Yates!

Deb Maicach

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