Our Stories2018-10-29T17:48:32-05:00

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Dr. Donald Strong

Size 40″ pants: The Birth of Strong Weight Loss

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I really don’t remember exactly when it occurred, it was somewhere around my last year of pulmonary fellowship. I was out shopping and the 38″ pants were a bit snug. OK, they were too tight, I had a difficult time getting the zipper up. I tried on the 40″ pants… ahhh. That was much better. Then I thought, “Forty inches? That’s 8 inches more than when I graduated high school. When did this happen?” That’s when I decided. I put the pants back and started my weight loss journey. Within a year, I was back to the 32″ waist that I had in high school. I spent the next 10 years yo-yo’ing between 32 and 36″, mostly around 34″.

I finally had it with my ups and downs and decided to find the “best” diet to keep the weight off. That’s when I found the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. I went to a couple of conferences and learned a ton about weight loss, and what I was doing wrong for the last ten years. At that time, I had been a practicing physician for 11 years with four board certifications. Now, if I didn’t know all this about weight loss, how was the average Joe, or Jane, supposed to figure it all out. This was how Strong Weight Loss was born. Since I’ve joined the ASBP, I’ve stayed in my 32″ pants and don’t plan on buying anything larger.

Abigail Hackett

Weight Loss Specialist, Nutritional Therapist and Student of Natural Medicine

Here at Strong Weight Loss I feel SUPER HUMAN! After all, I am the “vampire” for all the blood tests, and I position the “fat melting laser beams” with our Verju Laser System. If only that made me a skinny superhero! But the real details are below: I am fat, obese really, and I hate it. I have tried many of the fad diets out there and have had some success, and many failures. I saw the most successful in the military. They “run” the fat out of you during boot camp and then you are on your own. Motivation in the military was not optional, which worked well for me. When I left the military, I lost the motivation. I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I have a whole list of excuses as to why I am obese, here are just a few: skeletal injuries, prescription medications, college parties, emotional eating, and two pregnancies.

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Now, years later I joined the staff at Strong Weight Loss. I felt like a hypocrite working at a weight loss clinic and still being overweight. I listened to Dr. Strong give patients his educational class and I decided that I needed to be a patient too. I knew that I would be a better coach, more empathetic, and provide better care if I had taken the same journey as our patients.

Along the way, I have had my up and downs, but continue to succeed at losing weight and improving my health. My biggest struggles are insulin resistance, stress, and insomnia. In the time since Strong Weight Loss opened its doors, I have lost over 100 pounds and maintained at least 90-92 pounds of that loss. I am still a patient working towards shedding the last 45 pounds.*

In my free time, I enjoy being active in my community. I am the Leader for West Vernon 4-H Club, the Advancement Chair for Boy Scout Troop 229 and can be found at benefits or events supporting numerous community organizations. I have two teenage boys that keep me busy when I am at home, and when I am not! My husband is very supportive of my career and enjoys (that may be pushing it) the benefits of tasting lots of new recipes. I love the outdoors, reading, watching movies and spending time with my family.

I hate getting my picture taken, gag at the thought of eating raisins or cherries, and secretly wish I could carry a tune vocally!

I am currently studying to be a Doctor of Natural Medicine, and recently became a licensed nutritional therapist through the Academy of Health Sciences.

Professional Achievements:

  • Licensed Nutritional Therapist.
  • Nationally Registered EMT/Paramedic.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • EKG Technician
  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification.
  • Decorated Naval Veteran.
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