June 04, 2014 - Terri Trantham and Diane Moeller opened Express Weight Loss and Wellness, 6647 Dixie Highway, to make a difference in people's lives.
From left, Diane Moeller, nurse practitioner Karen Delbeke, and Terri Trantham of Express Weight Loss and Wellness. Photo by Phil Custodio
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"We've seen how weight affects people, their quality of life," Trantham said. "It's emotionally upsetting. It affect your career."
The sisters, both with experience in the engineering field, wanted their first business together to reflect their interests.
"We wanted to find a business that matched our passion," Trantham said.
"Our passion is to help people," Moeller said. "Express Weight Loss and Wellness offers a very personalized plan, the best I've seen in the market."
Clients meet with a team of medical weight loss experts, including Dr. Chris Popp, medical director; Karen Delbeke, nurse practitioner; and Oli Geagea, licensed registered dietitian.
The physician-supervised weight loss program is customized for each client, with nutrition education, appetite management, motivational meetings and activities.
"Losing just 10 percent of your weight would greatly affect your health. It can save so much money," Moeller said.
Their dietitian and weight loss experts design plans using real food, she said.
"No packaged food," she said. "This is a lifestyle change, to maintain your weight loss permanently. When you go off the plan, we want to make sure you have healthy eating habits."
Plans can include cultural food choices, and even fast food can fit into it.
"We want to make it as easy as possible to follow," she said.
Clients also attend group meetings with those with the same weight loss goals, led by healthcare educators to discuss strategies and tips to stay on track.
When designing plans, they ask clients about what triggers overeating – do they eat too much in the morning, when they go to bed, with certain people, or stress from work?
"We look for patterns," Trantham said.
"Everyone has different reasons," Moeller said. "They're bored, it's a habit. They're watching TV, not realizing how much they're eating. We look at why you're eating."
They also offer confidential lab testing, as well as full health screening tests for men and women, no prescription required, as well as prescription appetite suppressants available in the in-house pharmacy, injections to boost energy and accelerate fat loss, and nutritional products. Clients also see a practitioner every month to monitor glucose, heart, blood pressure, and determine metabolic rate and pounds per week to lose.
"All in one place," Moeller said.
Their affiliate system offers advantages of a franchise without its limitation.
"With 39 affiliates, we share what we learn with the entire community," Moeller said. "Every area is different – it's not a one size fits all."
Clarkston has been very welcoming, Trantham said.
"Clarkston is perfect," she said. "We're in a good area with a hometown feel."
Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.