I am Catherine H Toomer, MD – Family Medicine and Community Health physician for 20 years
I can best be described as a doctor who specializes in whole person well-care using education, counseling, and medical treatment (including diet and weight loss) to restore a sense of well-being. I am a Family Medicine and Community Health physician with 20 years of experience investigating the causes for what keeps my patients from feeling your best (depression, anxiety, pain, insomnia, obesity, stress, conflict, etc.), then address them and any obstacles that stand in your way.
Other than blah blah blah <generic description here>, what does that mean? It means I am a “but” doctor (no, not THAT kind)….. When you say: I feel sad, but I don’t know why: I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’m too tired to do it; I am extremely stressed out, but don’t know how to cope; I want to lose weight, but nothing works or I lost weight, but gained it all back; I know I shouldn’t be eating this, but I can’t stop myself; My doctor says I have <insert diagnosis here>, but I don’t know what that means or what to do about it… My job is to find reasons for the “but” and help you eliminate them.
In what are typically hour long sessions, I perform a comprehensive medical (including mental), social, and well-being assessment, then partner with you to create a plan that fits your life and lifestyle, mostly to determine where easy and small changes will have the largest impact. Some might refer to this as life coaching, others as health coaching, but since I am a physician, I can provide medical treatment recommendations as well.
So why diet and weight loss? Because it is true, we are what we eat, and weight (more accurately BMI*) and wellness are tied together and so weight/BMI has to be addressed for effective prevention of many medical conditions – physical and psychological.
So, if you decide a change is in order because you feel one way wishing you felt another, or you are determined that today will be better than the days before, I am here to help.
- BMI = Body Mass Index – a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters squared. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now defines normal weight, overweight, and obesity according to BMI rather than the traditional height/weight charts.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Do you feel as if the medical establishment has failed you?
Are you unsure of where to turn for help?
Do you need to have your diagnoses explained to you in a way you can understand?
Have you been told to lose weight but nothing has worked?
Do you want a doctors undivided attention, focusing on your health needs?
If you are overwhelmed and want to feel well, contact me and let me help you
P.O. Box 6648 Aiken, SC 29804
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