Spartan Semaglutide Weight Loss Program
Semaglutide is a medicine that mimics the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Glucagon-like peptide 1 is a hormone produced by the intestines and released in response to food. Semaglutide increases insulin secretion while slowing down how fast your stomach empties food. This suppresses your appetite, so you feel full longer, helping you eat less and lose weight. It has a long half life of 7 days so only needs to be administered once weekly.
These GLP-1 agonist medications are the most effective and safest long-term weight loss medications we have seen. The drug was initially approved in 2017 at a lower dose to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes and they found that patients lost a significant amount of weight. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the average patient loses 14.8% of body weight!
Semaglutide is the first of its kind as a safe and highly effective hormone-based weight loss medication. Some of the health benefits associated with Semaglutide include the following:
- Lower blood sugar without any increase in hypoglycemia
- Reduced body weight, lipids, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress
- Suppressed appetite
- Enhanced insulin synthesis and secretion
- Reduced glucagon levels in fasting and after eating
- A promoted sensation of fullness in the brain
- Slowed gastric emptying in the intestines to help you feel fuller for longer
- Weight loss
- More significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors associated with obesity
The FDA studied Semaglutide’s safety and efficacy in four 68-week trials. Individuals who received the injections safely lost 6.2% of their initial body weight compared to those who received a placebo. The medicine was determined to be very safe and effective however it is important to be aware of potential side effects. Gastrointestinal (or GI) side effects are most common when taking this medication, especially after increasing your dose.
Semaglutide is very well tolerated overall and the most common side effects include;
- Stomach pain
We provide a virtual consultation to review your medical history with one of our medical professionals. We will determine if semaglutide is appropriate for you and if so we can then prescribe the medicine which will be delivered directly to your home.
Your second step is to review our video tutorial on subcutaneous injection and if you are comfortable with self injections, administer the first dose of the medicine. We can also educate you through a virtual training session about self injection.
Your provider will support you throughout your treatment course. They will be available to you at any time to help answer questions or manage any side effects you may be experiencing.
Once you reach your goal weight, you can reduce your medication dose or stop using it all together. Your provider will help you choose the best solution for maintaining your weight loss.
Our initial evaluation is only $475. After that our management fee is $125 per month. It was priced that way to limit your upfront out of pocket cost and make this type of healthcare approachable to more people. This includes concierge level access to your provider as well as all of the lab work we need to monitor your progress and make adjustments to your treatment. It does not include medications or suggested supplements. We stay away from “all in one” pricing models because they assume every patient will be a top tier in complexity. That isn’t a fair model to the patients who are more straightforward.
Bob Driver is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who has been practicing medicine for over fifteen years. He is certified in Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and is also a member of the Age Management Medical Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University and his Doctor of Medicine from Drexel University College of Medicine.
Bob founded Spartan Medical Associates as his opinion of aging and health evolved during his professional career. He noticed a lack of focus on proactive medicine and was frustrated with the failings of standard medical treatments. He also learned to reject the notion that some things just come with old age. Fatigue, weight gain, muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, and other “old age symptoms” can be prevented and reversed. Bob has become an expert on BHRT and wants to help clients restore balance for a healthier life. He offers individualized bioidentical hormone replacement strategies and a concierge level of service that brings the expertise to you.
When Bob isn’t practicing medicine, he enjoys weight training, cycling, cooking, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.
Doug Miller is a board-certified emergency medicine physician with dual training in internal medicine and over 20 years of clinical experience. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Washington & Jefferson College, he went on to receive his Medical Doctorate from Georgetown University Medical School. He continued his training at Jefferson Medical Center’s internal medicine residency program and, thereafter, completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doug became interested in Hormone Replacement Therapy when his wife struggled with thyroid issues and estrogen/progesterone imbalance throughout her childbearing years and pregnancies. Through his wife’s experience, he became acutely aware of the gravity and surety of hormone deficiency that can occur and the complexities of replenishing these vital hormones.
As an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast, Doug has always maintained a healthy and active lifestyle through cycling, running, sports, and weight training. Yet, in recent years he began feeling like he was not getting the same benefit from his workouts. Motivation was not the only problem; he was just not getting the results he was used to seeing from vigorous workouts and a healthy, well-balanced diet. He realized he had reached andropause and set his mind to doing something about it. In joining efforts with Dr. Bob Driver at Spartan Medical Associates, Doug’s mission is to deliver state-of-the-art Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to the Lake Norman and Charlotte region. The symptoms of aging we all face are no longer an inevitable fact of life… we now have a choice. Dr. Miller seeks to help those patients who choose to embrace modern evidenced based medicine to maximize their health, vitality, and quality of life.
Beka Yates is a board-certified Physician Assistant who has practiced internal medicine since 2013.
She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and then went on to complete her Physician Assistant studies at the Medical
University of South Carolina. Through her years managing chronic illnesses, she started to recognize
that there must be a better way to treat patients than to keep adding more medications at each visit.
She especially started to notice the increase of hormone related medical problems not only driven by aging but exacerbated by the standard American diet, high stress lives, poor sleep, and environmental
Beka applied and was accepted into the certification program through the Institute of Functional
Medicine in 2018. This training taught her how to look at the body as a whole to help her
patients regain optimal functioning by addressing the root cause of their disease. She went on to
further her training in BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement) with courses in the BHRT Training
Academy and Worldlink Medical.
It is not only about the number of days on this earth but the quality of those days. Through a
personalized approach, Beka helps her patients regain their vitality for life and feel younger than they
have in years.
Outside of medicine, Beka’s passions include exploring new places, staying active through CrossFit, and creating gourmet meals with her husband.
Nichole Bajek FNP-BC