Written by Elizabeth Keister
Photos by Jennifer Fouts-Detulleo
As we age, our body goes through many changes both physically and emotionally. These changes are due in part to hormonal imbalances and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Wrinkles, weight gain, and loss in muscle-tone rank at the top of the physical changes that take place while we age. In addition, it is common for people to experience lethargy, memory loss and confusion during the aging process. At Alison Wellness Clinic, they address many of these issues while promoting overall wellness.
Dr. Bill Alison formed the Alison Wellness Clinic with his wife Christy as an extension of his current plastic surgery practice to further enhance the well-being of his patients. Dr. Alison is able to offer both surgical and nonsurgical solutions depending on individual needs. The two built this business with a goal to help people feel their absolute best, regardless of age. They apply a collaborative effort with their passionate team to help each patient achieve optimum health. The young are no exception, “By starting a disease-fighting, diet strategy now, it can pay off in the future,” said Christy Alison. At the Alison Wellness Clinic, they welcome people of all ages, regardless of their body shape and medical background.
The atmosphere in the clinic is uplifting and warm. Each patient that walks through the doors is greeted with a cheerful voice and friendly smiles. The team shares a passion for health in their own lives and is sensitive to the struggles of weight-related issues. At the clinic, patients are weighed on a scale that computes not only total weight, but also measures the Body Mass Index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), body fat percentage, visceral fat and the measurement of intracellular and extracellular water.
“Finding the Basal Metabolic Rate in our patients helps us tailor a diet and nutrition program that will help each individual with weight gain or loss,” said Christy.
Visceral fat is the fat in the trunk area surrounding your vital organs and is considered the most dangerous form: the higher the level of visceral fat, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease and Type II Diabetes. By reducing this fat, they have found that patients have been able to decrease or even discontinue certain medications used to control such medical conditions.
Through medical grade supplements, weight loss support programs, nutritional guidance and dietary panel evaluations, the staff is able to customize a program to help each patient look and feel their best. With the use of Ideal Protein and the HCG diet, patients will not only achieve their weight loss goal but also learn valuable information.
“The nutritional information and education will give our patients the necessary tools needed to keep those unwanted pounds off forever and one can enjoy their renewed skin, body shape, health and energy they deserve,” said Christy. The team at the clinic have hand-chosen the best pharmaceutical grade supplements for their patients. They offer both Metagenics and complimentary prescriptions which utilize highly absorbable nutrients so the body has a greater chance of using them the way it should to promote health. They also offer Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy which helps each patient age gracefully.
Christy explained, “Balancing your hormones is a crucial step to attaining optimal overall health, and once balanced, you’ll feel younger, more energized and more emotionally settled."
The health coaches monitor patient progression during their treatment program and are always available to answer questions. They offer words of encouragement and guidance during the weight loss process. The maintenance program helps to keep the weight off and applies nutritional methods that maintain muscle without having damaging effects on the metabolism. Patients have the opportunity to learn ways to combat food cravings, how to incorporate healthy meal options into their daily diets and the technique of food pairing so they can maintain their healthy weight.
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