In 2013, the AMA declared obesity to be a chronic disease. Most healthcare providers agree and list ‘obesity’ on the patient’s Problem List. While we do agree that obesity is a chronic disease with many metabolic ramifications, our clinical approach at Transform Institute is to see it as the patient’s solution to a bigger problem. By this we mean that chronic stress and emotional issues commonly lead to using food as a way to self-medicate or self-soothe. The visible end result--the patient’s weight--becomes the focal issue for their healthcare providers. For us, however, it is merely the physical manifestation of the patient’s internal struggle with his/her real problem. From this starting point, we work with our patients to uncover their deeper and often complex reasons for overeating and to take charge of their lives.

The key unique features of Transform Institute’s approach
  • Designed by medical specialist with 17 years of experience in Obesity Medicine
  • Medical supervision through weekly medical monitoring and appropriate lab tests while on a rigorous nutrition plan aimed at changing your body’s metabolism
  • Average weight loss of 3-5 lbs a week with complete program adherence. The actual weight loss amount varies depending on the individual. (As a medical facility, we do not guarantee results as there is no 100% in the medical world.)
  • Intensive behavioral therapy addressing the emotional, social/cultural and physiological concerns related to overeating. Issues covered include shame, self-esteem, lack of control, etc.
  • 3 hours per week dedicated to turning your life around; each 3 hour session includes the medical visit, fitness and exercise, behavioral therapy, nutritional education
  • Intensive, focused treatment of co-morbid conditions such as diabetes/pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility, heart disease and more
  • Designed to maintain and even increase metabolic rate through achievable lifestyle change
  • A team devoted to helping you succeed in losing weight and keeping it off
  • A community committed to health and living well
  • High referral rate from physicians and healthcare providers
  • Most major insurances, including Medicare, accepted
  • Our focus from Day 1 is your long-term weight loss success

What we don’t do:
  • We do not count points/calories; we teach scientific nutritional principles
  • We do not treat a number; we address the whole person
  • We do not focus on short-term quick fixes; we work towards long-term, sustainable results
  • We do not judge our patients; we advocate for them

How do I know if Transform Institute’s program is right for me?

Am I ready to:
  • Commit to mandatory 3 hour long weekly visits for 12 weeks?
  • Work with a weight loss team dedicated to my weight management goals?
  • Focus on long term results rather than short-term quick fixes?
  • Open myself up to intensive reflection on my lifestyle, motivations and goals?
  • Spend time during my week working on the ‘homework’ assignments from my behavioral class (at least 30 mins/week)?
  • Quit diet fads and commit to real lifestyle change under medical supervision?

At Transform Institute, we have a saying: Lighten the heart, and the body will follow. We believe in addressing our patients in the full spectrum of their humanity while caring for their bodies. If you share our vision of how healthcare should look like and would like to be part of our program, call us at 617-332-0496 to schedule a free orientation.
Patients are referred by primary care physicians or specialists for pre-surgical management to decrease the risks of anesthesia and surgery. This is done by improving the patients’ metabolic dysfunction and co-morbidities through medical weight loss, and medication adjustments, as needed.
For the serious athlete looking to maximize sports and fitness performance, this program focuses on optimizing your nutrition, sleep, stress management, training, recovery and mental outlook. We begin with a thorough evaluation of your health and sports needs, risk assessment, injury prevention, avoidance of overtraining and, depending on your status, may recommend metabolic testing and cardiopulmonary screening.
Part of optimal living is aging well. Growing older is inevitable but one should do so by ‘living with health’ rather than ‘living with health concerns’. The best way to age well is through Preventive Medicine. Our bodies change throughout the life cycle. By optimizing our cardiovascular, bone and muscular health, we can improve the quality of our lives and look forward to renewed vigor and vitality in our mature years.

What are Bioidentical Hormones? These are hormones that are equivalent to the ones normally found in your body. Hormonal replacement in the mainstream is done with synthetic hormones or with hormones from other animals. Is there a difference? Well, let’s take an example–medroxyprogesterone. This is a known teratogen and cannot be taken during pregnancy as it can cause birth defects in the baby. Yet progesterone is a normal hormone of pregnancy! How can this be? Clearly, medroxyprogesterone acts differently from progesterone. In fact, women in Europe are only prescribed progesterone and not medroxyprogesterone for this reason. This is just one of many examples of the difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones.

Over-the-counter natural hormones are used by many men and women who want to avoid using synthetic hormones. However, over-the-counter products are unreliable in their content and effect and hence give poor results. Pharmaceutical grade bioidentical hormones undergo strict quality control requirements and are much more efficacious in their results. In addition, knowing what your imbalances may be require blood tests and medical evaluation.

Whether you are a man or a woman, our Elixir Program will
  • Educate you on preventive health care
  • Help determine any imbalances or deficiencies in your hormonal profile
  • Involve a one-on-one comprehensive medical history and physical, and lab testing.
  • Help address hormonal imbalances through nutrition, BHRT/supplementation, exercise and restful sleep.

Please call 617-332-0496 for more information.
Our Executive Elite Elite Program is custom-designed for busy executives to maximize their productivity through optimal health. We believe the quality of one’s life directly impacts the quality of one’s work. For program details, please contact us at
Rise from the ashes of burnout and rekindle the flame for your life’s journey

In 2015, the Medscape Physician Lifestyle Survey revealed a 46% rate of burnout among physicians, up from 39.8% in 2013. The Mayo Clinic reported that 50% of physicians experience at least one symptom of burnout. In that same Mayo Clinic Study 39% of physicians screened positive for depression and 7.2% of physicians had thoughts about suicide. The medical profession has the highest suicide rate of any profession and roughly 400 physicians die from suicide each year. Those actively working in the healthcare field will no doubt find this not at all surprising. Increasing pressure to see more patients in less time and with less resources, plus a new push to dump more administrative duties to doctors are just some of the reasons physicians are experiencing more stress and less satisfaction in their lives.

Often, when physicians experience burnout, they may feel they have less resources than their patients for getting care. This is due to a number of factors including the fear of professional repercussions when seeking medical or psychiatric help, such as losing one’s credentialing privileges or licence. (Have you ever wondered why your patient’s health history is confidential and protected by strict HIPAA laws whereas your own medical history is made widely available to the public via the medical licensing process? Hmmm–something to think about.)

How do you know if you’re burned out? Do you–
  • Experience physical, emotional and mental exhaustion?
  • Find yourself being critical (of yourself and/or others) at work or in personal situations?
  • Hate going to work?
  • Find yourself getting angry or frustrated with your patients, colleagues or staff?
  • Experience anger/frustration/cynicism at the healthcare system?
  • Feel disillusioned about medicine?
  • Wish you had chosen another profession?
  • Feel boxed in or trapped with regards to your job?
  • Use drugs, alcohol, food or addictive behaviors to feel better or to numb out your feelings?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you are at high risk for burnout.

So how do we, as physicians, deal with our burnout and feelings of frustration with the healthcare system? Transform Institute’s Phoenix Program for Physicians and other Healthcare Providers aims to address this troubling issue. Some points about what you can expect from the program:
  • 6 week program followed by ongoing coaching and care
  • Discreet
  • Physician-designed and physician-led
  • Learn how to manage your energy for optimal performance in your personal and your professional life
  • Re-engage with your work
  • Design and implement your plan for change
  • Directed coaching aimed at improving life-work balance and work conditions
  • Focuses on practical applications that you can use in your daily life

One important area of healthcare that has been largely ignored is the care of providers. Transform Institute aims to change this through our Phoenix Program which helps revitalize physicians in their personal and professional lives.

For more information/registration, please call 617-332-0496.