Thank you to Dr. Trupti Patel, owner of Physicians Premiere Weight and Wellness Center, for answering our questions and congratulations for being a finalist for Health & Wellness Business of the Year! View all of the finalists here.
Join us for the 27th Annual Loudoun Small Business Awards on Friday, October 29, 2021 at The National Conference Center. Ticket information here.
Tell us your story of how your business evolved into what it is today?
I am a board-certified Family Medicine physician practicing for over 20 years and have always had a passion for preventative medicine using lifestyle changes and good nutrition. I became board certified in obesity medicine and began incorporating evidence-based methods in helping my patient achieve a healthy weight. I decided to leave primary care a few years ago to open Physicians Premiere Weight & Wellness Center so I could focus 100% on obesity medicine. I use a comprehensive approach using medical, nutrition, behavioral, and exercise counseling. We stay away from gimmicks and fads and focus on science-backed weight loss and wellness methods.
I opened my current Ashburn location during the pandemic in May 2020. Despite the shutdown, we remained open and had in-person patient visits following all the necessary precautions. In our first year in Ashburn, we have helped our patient lose over 12,000 lbs. We have helped our patient improve so many health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
What are you most proud of about your team?
We take a team approach to each and every patient at our office. Each member of our team plays an integral role. We realize that in order to successfully achieve a healthy weight, it’s not just me, but our nutritionists, health coaches, fitness trainer as well as our medical assistant and receptionist who play a significant role. Each team member goes above and beyond to provide the utmost support to our patients, so they have the greatest chance of success.
In what ways do you give back to the community?
As we are a fairly new practice, and due to opening during covid, we have not been able to give back to the community as of yet. I have done several lunchtime talks discussing obesity and its impact on health and how we can overcome it. I plan to continue to do this as a way to educate the public – for both adults and children. I would also like to focus on obesity in children and work with the local school system regarding healthy lunches. We plan on sponsoring various events that related health and wellness.
I am currently a community faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School (my alma mater) where I volunteer my time to teach medical students. I also volunteer my time there to interview incoming medical students.
What would it mean to you and your business to win a Small Business Award?
Winning the Small Business Award would be a true honor, especially as we are just a two-year-old business. I hope that it sheds more light on the disease of obesity, its impact on individual health, and the amazing treatments that are available when we take a medical, comprehensive approach. I want to make everyone understand that obesity is a disease (like diabetes and hypertension), and we must treat it as such. We need to take away the blame, stigma and shame that is attached with excess weight.
What is the smallest thing that has made the largest impact on your business?
I think it is the fact that when we help one person succeed in their weight loss journey, it has an impact on so many people around them-especially family and friends. When we teach lifestyle changes to one patient, they take that knowledge and apply it at home – which has just a tremendous effect on their entire family, especially children.
Who is the one person that has influenced you the most in your career?
Rather than just one person, I would have to say it is my family. From when I young, my parents were my biggest supporters and always encouraged me to do the best to my potential. As I got older, my husband and children been additional influences. My husband is also a physician and business owner and has been a huge inspiration. My children influence me every day so I can show them that it is possible to be both a good mother and a successful physician at the same time.
What is your favorite thing about running a business in Loudoun County?
I have been a resident of Loudoun County since 2004. Over the years, I have seen amazing growth in this county. I love practicing in an area where I also reside. We have so many amazing small businesses in the area which shows that we have so many opportunities available. It’s nice to see so much local support and encouragement.
What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
Growing up, I had always wanted to be a physician. I always had a love for science. I was the first physician in my family – I never feared hard work and have to thank my family
for their continuous encouragement.
If you’re not in the office, where can we find you/what is another passion you have?
When I am not my office, my passion is traveling the world. In fact, I am currently writing this from beautiful Seville, Spain. I also enjoy gourmet cooking and gardening. I am passionate about cooking using clean, fresh, and healthy ingredients.
How do you see your business evolving in the next 5 years?
I hope to continue to see my practice grow and evolve. My most immediate goal is to open my teaching kitchen. It has been on hold due to Covid. I aim to combine both medicine and cooking -literally bringing the doctor into the kitchen.
I plan to continue incorporating new, up-to-date, evidence-based methods for weight loss and wellness.
Learn more about Physicians Premiere Weight and Wellness Center on their website!