At 49%, Saginaw county has the number one population obesity rate in the state of Michigan. With so many diseases related to obesity, the crisis is real.
Dr. Teona Maghlakelidze, M.D., and her husband, Jacob Gorelishvili, decided to address the need by opening Obesity Medicine & Metabolic Wellness, PLLC in Midland. Its mission is to change the statistics with four pillars of treatment: nutrition, fitness, behavior and medicine. Personalized treatment plans and concierge medicine round out the mix.
After finding the Michigan SBDC online, Gorelishvili and Maghlakelidze received help from Regional Director Chis Vieau for their startup with business plan development and financial projections. This assistance allowed them to purchase and renovate a medical office building, and to secure equipment and working capital.
“We’ve had an excellent experience with Chris and the MI-SBDC; he’s always asking if we need help. And to find this level of professionalism and excellence at no cost – we’d recommend the MI-SBDC to anyone,” said Gorelishvili.
Today the newly-opened clinic specializes in patients with weight loss plans and goals, utilizing a specialized scale that provides body composition analysis. Dr. Maghlakelidze treats metabolic syndrome, diabetes, impaired fasting glucose, weight loss for joint surgeries, post bariatric weight gain and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her team includes a nutrition specialist R.N., a social worker, a health coach and a fitness coach.
Moving forward, Gorelishvili and Maghlakelidze plan to continue working with the MI-SBDC to review operational efficiency, financial performance against established targets and marketing.
Learn more about Obesity Medicine & Metabolic Wellness, PLLC here.