ABC Weight Management – Weight Loss Clinic
ABC is York Region’s new weight management clinic.
Our team works together to provide a comprehensive service to those with overweight and obesity. We aim to ensure that all aspects of health involved in the accumulation of excess weight are addressed. We achieve this, in part, by using the Canadian Practice Guidelines on the Management and Prevention of Obesity and by practicing an evidence based approach to obesity prevention and treatment.
Upon deciding that ABC Weight Management is right for you, we use person-centered methods to define your goals. Through goal setting, accountability, individualized medical treatments and ongoing monitoring, our team will work with you to help you reach your best weight while enjoying a healthy life style.
Why medical Weight Loss ?
Overweight and obesity are complex conditions that may occur as a result of multiple genetic and environmental factors. In many cases, weight gain can be related to conditions such as PCOS, diabetes, sleep disturbances, arthritis, stress, anxiety, depression, financial distress, family dynamic issues etc. however, this connection is often not made. When these conditions are not addressed by a health care professional, many people are unable to maintain or lose weight. Whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain your weight, our multidisciplinary team approach will work with you to provide weight loss services to ensure that all aspects of health involved in the accumulation of excess weight have been addressed.
Our medical weight loss program involves a comprehensive medical evaluation which is conducted upon enrolment. Dr. Soto and the team may conduct a medical history, physical exam, resting metabolism test measures, body composition analysis, laboratory tests as well as specialist referrals (if required). Our medical approach to the accumulation of excess weight includes regular one-on-one visits with our physician who has clinical interest in obesity medicine and is experienced in the prevention, diagnosis and management of obesity and related complications. He will discuss with you and the other team members, treatment modalities that can optimize your
weight loss efforts.
Other medical weight loss services
In addition to the above services which may be covered by many private insurance plans, we provide additional services
Registered Dietitian Services
Our registered dietitian can offer dietary based interventions that will help you meet your nutritional needs. She covers most nutrition related topics including: healthy eating, weight loss/gain, digestive health, food allergies/intolerances, specialized diets (e.g. vegetarian), pediatric nutrition, nutrition intervention/treatment for diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory disease (e.g. Crohn’s and Colitis). Our dietitian lead weight loss program involves a nutrition assessment, setting SMART goals, customized meal plans as well as continued support and monitoring of your food intake.
Additional support is available for those interested and may include support via phone and electronic follow ups. Our dietitian believes in a lifestyle change that utilizes proper nutritional education to help build a strong foundation. This will help you make the necessary changes to ensure long- lasting results. Contact us, to find out more about our nutrition services and to meet our dietitian. Did you know: You may have private insurance coverage for dietitian services?
Juan Soto, MD, CCFP
Dr. Soto is a Physician with clinical interest in the management and prevention of obesity. He strongly believes in the implementation of weight management services to primary care using a patient-centered approach. For the last several years, he has been actively involved in clinical research, university teaching and the development and implementation of Weight Management and Chronic Disease Programs. Dr. Soto was a founding physician of the Westview PCN Obesity Clinic in Spruce Grove, Alberta and then Alberta Bariatric Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta. After moving to Ontario, he quickly realized the need for medical bariatric services in the North York Region. He then founded Aurora Bariatric Clinic. Dr. Soto is member of the Canadian Obesity Network, Obesity Medicine Association and the World Obesity Federation. He has completed the Advance Curriculum Fellowship Program in Obesity Medicine and is also a SCOPE Certified Physician in recognition of his experience and knowledge in the care of patients with obesity.
Maria Fisher, RD
Maria Fisher is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years experience working in diverse and innovative roles. Her focus and interest is in education of evidence-based nutrition practices for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Maria has spent her career providing nutrition education to broad audiences, ranging from healthcare professionals (to assist them in counselling their own patients) to regular clients wanting to improve their health and wellbeing.
Maria will work with our team educating individuals and groups on practical nutrition principles and help clients develop healthy eating strategies to assist them as they embark on their new nutrition and weight loss goals. Maria received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario and completed her internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Maria is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Obesity Network.
Joanna Anderson, MSW, RSW, CSAT (Candidate)
Joanna has been a clinical Social Worker for 10 years and specializes in eating disorder and addictions.
She completed her training at Toronto General Hospital and worked at the hospital for sick children in the eating disorder program with children and adolescents aged 5-18.
Joanna then became Clinical and Executive Director of Sheena’s Place, a community support for people with eating disorders across the lifespan.
Most recently, Joanna was the clinical Director at Bellwood Health Services, where she expanded her treatment focus to include addictions; chemical dependency and behavioral addictions such as sex addiction, pornography and gambling.
Joanna Joined the Aurora Bariatric Clinic and is available for sessions each Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm