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FAQs


Can you be my primary doctor?

No, unfortunately, I do not see primary care patients at this time. I am putting all my efforts into helping patients reduce their weight and only health issues that may be weight-related.


What insurance do you accept?

At this time, I do not accept any insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. This was a difficult decision to make. However, my care is focused on quality, not quantity. I’d rather spend my time with my patients than spend it on coding/billing and filing claims.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Online coaching must be paid with credit card.  Payment is due at the time of the service. 


Do you accept adolescent patients?

At this time, Dr. Hodges is not accepting new patients.


Do I need a referral to come for a visit?

At this time, Dr. Hodges is not accepting new patients, but is enrolling clients in her online weight-loss coaching program


I’m totally on board, but my spouse (or significant other) isn’t.

That’s a tough one. Change is scary sometimes and it’s difficult to know if an online program will be worth it.  If you want to chat about this, let’s schedule a call and include your spouse.  I’d be happy to put him or her at ease about the program and it’s value to your self-improvement.


How much weight can I expect to lose?

There are a lot of factors that go into that one! During the consultation process, we will discuss goals and expectations. You and I need to be on the same page for this to be successful. Remember, the goal isn’t to be in a bikini by summer. The goal is to reduce your cardio-metabolic risk factors.  *If you are looking for a program that promises losing a set amount of weight in a certain time, this program is likely not for you.  I’m confident you’ll have no problem finding several of those types of programs from which to choose.  


What about exercise?

Exercise will be discussed as part of the online program, but the primary goal is to change how you look at the overall aspect of weight loss, food, and movement.  So, yes….it will be discussed. 


Are you always going to advise carb cutting?

Yes and no, I don’t know too many people who couldn’t benefit from cutting some carbohydrates from their diet. Do I encourage “low-carb” for everyone? No. The standard American diet consists roughly of 300-400 grams of carbs per day. That’s high! So, yes, I will likely look at your carbohydrate intake and discuss it with you. But, no, I don’t uniformly encourage everyone to go ultra-low on carbs. Remember, this is an individualized approach!


Do you perform weight loss surgery?

No, I am a medical weight loss specialist and do online weight loss coaching only.


Can you tell me about your meal replacements?

I currently use Bariatrix as a supplier for meal replacements.  You can place orders for products here.


Do you recommend and sell supplements?

Sometimes.  Although, again, this will depend on the individual. You have my word that I will never recommend or sell you something I truly don’t think will be beneficial. Please know that I absolutely HATE taking pills, so I am very conscious of how many medications one must take.  It’s also important to note that while I may make suggestions, it’s always essential that you speak to your OWN PHYSICIAN before starting any new supplements.  


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