In 2001, after years of slowly gaining weight I was
a diabetic on insulin
in congestive heart failure
and a new mom
so tired I’d cry
so anxious I couldn’t sleep
so short of breath I got winded brushing my teeth
sick and tired of being sick and tired
I knew (and my doctors at the time confirmed) I had a 50% chance of living 5 years. I had babies! I wanted to see them grow up. I was desperate and knew I had to do something and quickly. I turned to my medical education – pathophysiology, nutrition, psychiatry, biochemistry – anything that gave me the information I needed to turn my situation around. I lost 60 pounds in under 6 months while unable to exercise, still eating food I enjoyed, and without weight loss medication. It’s been almost 20 years and I’ve kept the weight off ever since.
I can breathe
I am active without risking heart damage
The insulin is gone
I have energy to live the lifeI want
I fee like ME again
Most importantly, I’m here for my family
I am Dr. Catherine Harmon Toomer – a Family Medicine and Community Health Physician who combined my medical expertise with the knowledge I’ve gained from my own journey, to create HealthWellness and Weight Loss Centers – a tele-medicine coaching and counseling service that helps those who are overwhelmed like I was, feel well like I do now.
Why I do what I do…
I wanted to help others take advantage of my years of medical experience and the knowledge I gained while helping myself; That small easy changes can result in huge improvement. While a clinician, I become frustrated by the lack of time I could spend with my patients helping them overcomemedical, mental, and weight issues. Telling someone WHAT to do is only helpful if shown HOW to do it, and that takes a lot of one-on-one time. So I finally left the hamster-wheel.
The 15-minute-appointments-ill-care model simply didn’t work, so I created one that works well for my clients; Coaching and counseling using a whole-person-well-care model. I couldn’t find a doctor to give me the biopsychosocial (holistic) help I needed, so I became that doctor for myself and others. With guidance, education, and accountability we work through your specific and unique issues to create the life you want.
Is it hard? Not really — Is it easy? Not always — Can I help you? If you’re ready
Over the past few months, like many of you, I have been confronted with issues I’ve never encountered before; My father passed away the same weekend the country (and my office) shut down from covid – I shut down right along with it.
The stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation were overwhelming, so I turned to comfort foods and completely stopped paying attention to how I was eating or living and the pandemic pounds crept up and quickly. It was as if I was trying to gain back every one of the 60 pounds I had lost 20 years ago,
Thanks to you, I held myself accountable. I owed it to you and to myself to practice what I preach: I controlled my stress by creating a wellness routine that fit my new life and made an eating plan that fit my new normal.
I quickly gained the energy I had lost and lost the weight I had gained. Some days are still a struggle, but as long as there are more steps forward than back, I’m OK – and you will be too.
My office may still be closed, but I am still here to help anywhere you live:
🍽🍴FOOD DIARY/NUTRITION ANALYSIS with forms sent and received digitally to receive a new plan based on how you are eating now.
🏃🏼♂️🤸🏽♂️RECHARGE/STRESS MANAGEMENT reassessment and remote counseling/coaching to improve your energy and improve how you are feeling.
👩🏽⚕️NEW AND OLD PRESCRIPTIONS can be filled electronically to (eligible) pharmacies, so there is no need to run out or suffer.
Make your “back on track” free assessment consultation appointment now
I USE A BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL (whole person) APPROACH TO GET RID OF WHAT HURTS and KEEP WHAT HELPS
Health – a complete and comprehensive health, medical, and medication history to determine how your body feels and how it functions, then each addressed to create your plan along with medical recommendations to maximize your health.
Wellness – a comprehensive behavioral health assessment to determine how you feel emotionally and function socially, then offer specific recommendations to avoid pitfalls, enhance good habits, then to achieve sense of ease and well-being.
Weight– a complete weight loss and weight gain history including prior successes and present obstacles, then create an easy to follow diet plan specific to your eating patterns and preferences for life long weight loss.
What does this mean?
I am a BUT doctor…(no, not THAT kind of but…).
I’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to work…
I did well for a while, but couldn’t keep going…
I have been diagnosed with [insert disease here] but I don’t know what that means…
I sleep but I’m still always tired…
I’d want to lose weight, but I can’t exercise because of my back and joint pain…
I find the cause and eliminate the “but”
WHAT does this mean for you?
a comprehensive medical and healthhistory assessment
a comprehensive social and behavioral health/well-beingassessment
a 14-day food diary/nutritional analysis
a customized wellness and weight loss plan that fits within your life and lifestyle
2 one-hour sessions a month for coaching, counseling, and accountability (additional 30-minute sessions can be added separately)
Direct messaging access in between sessions for questions and support
Some might refer to this as life coaching, others as health coaching, but since I am a physician, I provide nutritional and medical treatment recommendations as well.
Are sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Have you decide a change is in order because you feel one way and wish you felt another?
Have you tired to lose weight but nothing has worked?
Are you overwhelmed and want to feel well?
Are you determined that today will be better than the days before?
Do you feel as if no one is listening to what’s wrong?
Are you unsure of where to turn for help?
Do you need your conditions explained to you in a way you can understand and take control ?
Do you want a doctor’s undivided attention, focusing on your health and wellness needs?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you’ve found the help you need.
“… by the second week I can honestly say I had no idea how bad I felt, until I now feel like this from trusting her …” – a local client
“…so I basically kind of gave up. Then I called Dr. Toomer…When I say I have lost43 pounds [now 60], this is proof. I originally went to Dr Toomer for help to lose weight. While she did help me do that, she also was the only one who listened, helped figure out what was going on, why I gained weight to begin with, and helped me focus on a real plan for my diagnosis. She is a medical doctor and knew exactly what I needed specifically. I cannot thank her enough for what she has done for me…” – Melanie
“… I had given up and God blessed me when I found you…” Jane
“It is so much easier going up and down stairs” – Erica
“I no longer feel like I’m pushing through molasses” – Carla
“This has been easy. I hardly think about it and I’m still losing weight” – Kelly
“I don’t get hungry” – James
“I knew something was wrong when I kept gaining weight no matter what I did. I’m glad I know what it is now” – William
“You have completely changed my relationship with food” – Linda