Patient Testimonials
Shirley T.

Lost 171 pounds.

Shirly T.“The medical weight loss program has helped me to change my life and improve my health, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I had made the decision to lose weight, and got as far as I could on my own. I recognized that I needed help to continue to lose weight. What I liked about my consultation with Seth is that he did not rush me out of the office as quickly as possible, but really took the time to hear what I had to say. He helped me come up with a carb restricted diet that I could follow. I didn’t know that 6 months later I would still be following it, but it made me feel so much better and the weight started to really fall off of me. My main concern was my health, and since following the eating plan, my lab results have drastically improved. That is very motivating for me! Everyone is so supportive and kind, and I feel like they really care about my results, not just trying to sell me a product. I was very excited to receive a gift certificate for reaching the 100 pound mark – it really helped to motivate me to stay on track. I like that the weight loss center doesn’t have one program for everyone, instead they have a multi-faceted program that offers support and guidance in a number of difference areas.

This is a complete change of lifestyle, not just a temporary approach.”

The attached photo is from September 2007 when I was planning to get a gastric bypass. I changed my mind when I consulted with the dietitian who explained how I could only eat half a cup of food at a time with no liquids. I decided that if I was going to have to eat so little, I may as well do it on my own without drastic surgery. Now I am so glad I didn’t go through with it, as I realize that I was looking at it as being a quick fix. I now eat plenty of foods, they are just healthy choices that support my well-being. Coming to the weight loss center helps me to stay focused and gives me a measure of accountability, besides all the great advice of experts. Now I feel like I will be able to reach my goals as this is a complete change of lifestyle, not just a temporary diet. If someone is ready to really make the changes necessary, I believe the weight loss center is the best place to start. Thanks so much!”

 


Debbie T.

Lost 49 pounds.

Debbie T.
“I lost count how many times I tried to lose weight. I followed every dietary and exercise rule to the T, with very little result. I knew I needed to find a perfect team of weight-loss professionals who wouldn’t shame, guilt, or admonish me. This time, I lost the weight FOR ME! It came off easily, consistently and properly. Between my powerful desire to succeed, the precarious balance of body chemistry, water, and walks, I ‘released’ 55 pounds. I will be forever grateful to this incredible team of passionate experts and cheerleaders. I have completely embraced a healthy new way of life that makes me so happy!”

Tiffany D.

Lost 46.5 pounds.

Tiffany D.

“My first thing was my aunt, she was my inspiration. I said, “you know what? you can’t be sexier than me, you’re my aunt!” So I traveled to see her doctor, however it was kinda strange because we didn’t really talk about everything – mostly I was talking about my energy level, and I knew I was overweight. My energy level was what I really was concentrating on. Everyone tells me that the way I went there that day made me look like this rich lady that was just in town for some pills to lose weight. And I kind of felt that way, with the way he interacted with me.”So I came back to Portland, and I was talking to a friend of mine about what I’d gone through, and how this doctor hadn’t given me a lot of attention. She started asking me “remember that place I told you about? The Oregon Medical Weight Loss Center?” I said “yeah yeah yeah, I don’t want to go there, I’m not paying a whole bunch of money to join their program.” She goes, “have you called”… I lied and said “yes”.

So I called, and I spoke with Colly. She was so helpful, taking her time with me giving me this information. I kept saying “I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money.” Colly explained “we’re not talking about money, we’re talking about health.” Fine, I thought, I’ll come in.

“I had realized that I really wanted to get my health in check. Alongside that came the weight loss and everything else.”

I came in, we talked, and I forgot about the money part of things. She was mentioning things health-wise, not your weight, your health. I said, “I was feeling sluggish, this and that are going on,” she’s going “huh, they’re going to check all of these things – make sure you tell the doctor.”

So I met with Dr. Gulick that day. She was really detailed, patient, explaining to me what this test meant, what that test meant. How I could be thinking I could lose a lot of weight, but it could be something going on in my body that I don’t know about. So I agreed to take any tests she wanted me to take, and said “OK, let’s do this.” I took the tests, she called with the results. It came about – now I’m not a big eater, but I love my sweets – that I wasn’t a diabetic, but she said “your blood sugar levels are very very high. Everything else is fine, but this is off the charts.” I’m going, “what? That doesn’t seem right.”

She then asked if anyone in my family had Thyroid problems. I told her “oh yeah, my mom had the surgery.” I had no idea what the surgery meant, I brought my mom home and still didn’t know – thought it kept her from being hoarse. Well, Dr. Gulick gave me all of this information and it kinda went from there.

So, besides me with “oh, I want to lose weight!” I had realized that I really wanted to get my health in check. Alongeside that came the weight loss and everything else. I’m very happy, very energetic, I’m loving this energy, and a lot of my friends – who laugh at this picture – say “I didn’t even know you were that heavy!” I go “me either!” but I didn’t like the weight deep down and I didn’t like how I felt. I don’t like this sluggishness – I blamed it on the Oregon weather, because I’m a Southern girl. It wasn’t the Oregon weather, it had a whole lot to do with my body.

Now, a lot of people ask me about weight loss, and the first thing I talk about is health. I tell them “you know, we can talk about weight, but have you every really had a doctor check the body inside? For this things that aren’t common problems. Just let them check everything you wouldn’t think about.

I do have a friend going through the program and she’s loving it! I’d say to all, whatever your desire, take care of yourself. Don’t worry so much about weighing so many pounds – I still don’t get on the scale. But I feel a lot better.”


Carol L.

Lost 89.5 pounds in 9 months.

Carol L.

“This the most complete care of me inside and out of any doctor I have every had. Dr. Gulick is awesome! My weight loss has allowed me to have my life back in many ways – moving, eating, and learning about food and health. I was told on my first visit that I would not live my life expectancy! This changed me forever. I feel like a million bucks and look forward to the next 45 lbs with Dr. G and staff.

Louis M.

Lost 32.5 pounds

Louis M.
“The change brought about by coming here has made a huge difference in my life. Aside from a dramatic difference in my weight and appearance, is I have been able to go off several medications I had been on. Not only do I like the way I look, I also have more energy and zest to continue on with my weight loss and retake my life back.”

Melissa F.

Lost 16 pounds in 6 months.

Melissa F.
“A wonderful experience…not only has this weight loss program helped me lose weight, it’s helped lower my cholesterol and changed my whole thought process towards eating and my self image.”

Rachel C.

Lost 40 pounds.

Rachel C.
“My experience here has been wonderful. Everyone is very friendly and supportive and it’s almost like coming to visit some friends whenever I come in. It’s been great to see the progress I’ve made with the help of advice and support from everyone on the OMWL team. This journey has been very difficult at times but very rewarding and I’ve been so much better off because of it. It’s a lot of hard work and takes dedication and I’ve had times with no loss or even some gain but they helped me get right back on track. I could never have done this by myself.

Ramel W.

Lost 60 pounds & still losing!

Ramel W.
“This program has been so great for me. For the first time in 12 years of weight gain (100+ pounds overweight). I have had total success, I’ve lost over 65lbs on this plan (Plus 20 lbs prior on Jenny Craig – fine plan, but too slow.). The best part is the support and encouragement I get from Dr. Cynthia Gulick. Not only is she a wonderful person, she has become a friend. Additionally, she is very thorough with total healthcare.”

Carrie D.

Lost 30.5 pounds.

Carrie D.
“It was a hard decision to make, but one I am so happy I did. I struggled my entire life with my weight. After starting the program I learned it wasn’t something I was doing wrong, but that genetics played a huge role. This program helped me to identify how “my” body loses weight. Finally I am getting my life back.

Suzanne H.

Lost 26.5 pounds.

Suzanne H.
“After a long and at times hopeless journey I feel like I am back in control of my body. My weight has been an issue for me since I was a child. If there is a diet out there, chances are I’ve tried it. I’ve had success too…generally about 10lbs – the same 10lbs – with every diet. Then there were the months and months of plateau that ensued and finally I would just give up and surrender to the idea of being an overweight person. Then I would watch the scale climb once again, overnight, to regain the 10 pounds I had just lost and then 10 more pounds for good measure. But, at my core, simply giving in to being overweight was never ok with me and that was my dilemma.Enter a long-time friend of mine who lost over 100 pounds through medical weight loss. She was one of those people that I could never have imagined skinny. Two days after a conversation with her, I attended the SW Family Physicians office for their Open House Information Night about Oregon Medical Weight Loss. As I sat listening to Dr. Gulick I felt like I had found the answer. Every word out of her mouth resonated with me. I signed up for the program that night. About a week later, I started on my journey. The weight fell off, literally.

If you are looking to lose weight for the last time, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

If you follow it, the program will keep you accountable and the preparation is minimal. I chose to follow it 100% for the first 6 weeks and that is when I saw the most dramatic results. At every visit to this center, I was welcomed, encouraged, supported, and heard. I never felt like my time was up, or that Dr. Gulick was in a hurry. She answered all of my questions very thoroughly – and I had a lot. I was in charge of my journey and they were my cheerleaders. I never once felt belittled or like I hadn’t done enough on those days when I came in to weigh and did not have great results, because it does happen. And, when I would hit a plateau, it was just a pause as opposed to a stop and reverse. When the holidays crept in, my weight did go up a bit, but you can get right back on this program and get right back on track. I feel more in control these days. My weight will always be something that I need to monitor, but I feel like I have the tools now to do it on my own. And, when I slip up, I will have a way to help me get back to where I am comfortable, quickly.

If my insurance would allow it, I would name Dr. Gulick the primary care physician for myself and my kids. She is truly extraordinary. The nurses and staff are exceptional also – super helpful and engaging. They really want you to succeed on your terms.


Phyllis B.

Lost 150 pounds.

Phyllis B.
“Dr. Gulick is a puzzle solver. I am the biggest puzzle. Granted I’m not cooperative. Always have been that way and will continue to work on it. Following the program, getting ducks in order, I’ve lost 130 lbs. in 5 years. Slowly going up and down. With the right drugs life is crazy good at 64 years old. Removing the abusive baggage helped greatly.Friends have seen my progress, asking how I did it. This is the time I speak up for myself and share. I don’t want others to go through the same stuff. Many have followed suit with pleasing results.I ride the bus for persons with mobility issues. It is a captive audience just sharing little things with the other passengers and the bus drivers. Some are going through the doors at Oregon Medical Weight Loss. This is my purpose. The issues are reversible with a positive attitude and help.Back to top

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