Staff Spotlight

Katie_151x193Our staff spotlight this month features Katie Salazar, our reception/scheduler/all around patient care advocate extraordinaire. She is the point person for patients at Oregon Medical Weight Loss at check in and as a back-up in the weight loss store. 

Katie moved to Oregon from Los Angeles two years ago and has been at OMWL since May 2016. She loves being on the front lines pursuing excellence in patient care. She comes to every contact with a desire to give service above and beyond expectations. As she described it “I want to have every contact the kind I would want if I were on the other end”

She feels fortunate and called to be in the health care field where she can contribute to the team helping patients set goals for health, weight loss and wellness and supporting them to make the changes and meet their goals. 

When not answering your phone calls and questions, Katie enjoys hiking and being outdoors in the company of her rescue terrier, Roman. She looks forward to seeing your amazing changes and cheering you on as you meet your goals for health and wellness in 2017.

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dina_151x193Most of you have had the pleasure of meeting Dima Orel, our talented medical scribe who works directly with our OMWL director Dr. Cynthia Gulick. We thought you’d enjoy knowing a bit more about this talented team member.

Dima (Dmytro Oleksandrovich Orel) emigrated to the United States in 2000 with his mother from Russian-speaking Ukraine. As a young boy, he had to assimilate to a new family, culture and language, all representing challenges but even then, for Dima, opportunities to learn. Seeking knowledge about his world led Dima to excel in school, become the first in his family to graduate from college and aspire to continue his passion for people and science by becoming a doctor.

Until he starts medical school next fall, he will continue being the curious learner that he is by supporting our program with research on best practices in diet, exercise physiology, and body composition manipulation, while also focusing on body building, which is his own personal science experiment around diet and exercise.

We will enjoy his curiosity, resourcefulness and strong work ethic in support of optimal health outcomes for our weight loss and wellness patients until next fall when he leaves for his next big adventure.

Meet Our Team here.