Physicians

Sierra Weight Loss is a new multi-disciplinary weight treatment program serving obese patients in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Closely modeled on the Hernried Center, aiding thousands with weight management in the Sacramento area since 1983. Sierra Weight Loss uses long-term behavioral therapy combined with a medically supervised diet. Our licensed treatment team helps the medically overweight loose and maintain a healthy weight using a chronic conditions model. Patient's learn that even if they lose weight, they will always be an obese person in a thinner body and at risk for regain. We work closely with our patient's during times of relapse and offer means to acquire the skills needed to meet this challenge.

One of the first principles participants learn is that “weight loss is not the cure for obesity.” Effective lifetime weight management is based on new concepts of nutrition, activity, and conflict resolution. Patients use these new problem-solving skills to shape and implement more health-affirming behaviors.

Most commercial diet centers only focus on the diet by providing some combination of products — special foods, supplements, lectures and so on. Few, if any, actually offer a program that identifies and changes the behaviors that contribute to the patient’s being overweight in the first place. Our program helps patient's overcome the avoidance and denial that have made and kept them overweight. While patient's loose weight they receive close professional help and are held accountable for their actions. Clinical studies have shown that accountability and behavioral counseling are effective tools in weight loss, and they are cornerstones of the Sierra Weight Loss program.

After patients reach their goal weight, our aftercare, “Maintenance” program supports them to practice weight management skills with accountability and knowledgeable guidance. Participants navigate through various common challenges, from remaining active no matter the season to weathering the complex situations arising around holiday, family, and social gatherings. Data from a Hernried Center follow-up study show that the most successful long-term maintainers of lower weight bodies complete a minimum of 12-18 months of weekly Maintenance sessions before reducing the frequency of their center contacts. Over 90% of those patients who stick with the entire program are successful in avoiding much weight regain long-term. Sierra Weight Loss’s program clearly provides an effective means to control one of the most pernicious roots of multiple chronic diseases, obesity.

Please feel free to send a referral via fax to (530)273-9998 or send a referral P2P through your EMR. We will contact your patient and guide them through our registration process and keep you up to date on their weight loss journey.

Labs that Dr. Pierce orders at an initial consultation are: Thyroid, Magnesium, Complete Blood Count and ComprehensiveMetabolic Panel.