MASON CITY - Mercy Weight Management Clinic welcomed a new healthcare provider, June Vogelman, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), earlier this month.
Vogelman will lead the medical direction of the clinic, a duty once held by Teresa Mock, M.D., who began the clinic four years ago. Dr. Mock transitioned her professional focus to become Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa's Senior Vice President of Mercy Clinics.
"June is an excellent healthcare provider who has a real passion for helping people who struggle with their weight," Dr. Mock said. "While I will miss the practice, I know I am leaving it in very capable and compassionate hands."
Vogelman has 10 years of healthcare experience, beginning her career as a registered nurse. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clarke College, Dubuque Iowa. She then went on to earn her title as ARNP upon graduation from Allan College in Waterloo.
"I am so very excited about joining the established staff here at Mercy Weight Management Clinic," Vogelman said. "This clinic is special to me and I look forward to working with the established patients as well as welcoming new ones."
As a college-athlete, Vogelman was very active as a young woman, but after college with work and a young family, Vogelman's lifestyle shifted from an active one to being more sedentary. Soon, she was experiencing weight gain and sought medical help to management it.
"My own life's experience is something that I bring to the table. Because I have lived it, I know it first-hand and that helps me help others," she said.
The Mercy Weight Management Clinic is a medically supervised, comprehensive approach to weight management for adult patients. Individuals can self-refer or can be referred by their physician. The clinic is housed at Mercy Family Clinic - Regency, 621 South Illinois Avenue, Mason City.
Because of the comprehensive approach to weight management, a team of healthcare providers supports the clinic. The professionals include:
After an initial visit with the team of healthcare providers, patients will have monthly scheduled appointments with the physician. Weekly weigh-ins are required, but no appointment is necessary to weigh in.
For some patients, weight management may include changes in nutrition and activity; for others medication may be appropriate. Plans are designed according to individual abilities and goals. If through medical assessment, surgery is deemed appropriate, the weight management clinic can fulfill the insurance requirement for a physician-supervised diet. In addition, the medical team will be able to counsel patients regarding lifestyle changes and follow them postoperatively with their surgeon.
There is an out-of-pocket fee of $125 for the initial consultation and the remainder of physician visits will be billed through the patient’s insurance. The initial meeting with the dietitian and personal trainer will be covered in the one-time fee; however, additional visits to either the dietitian or personal trainer will result in out-of-pocket expense.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Mercy Weight Management Clinic at Regency at 641-428-6900.