Pinnacle Health

Medical Weight Loss

Our Speciality

Medical Weight Loss

As with all of our services, our weight loss plans are based on each individual’s health status and goals. Your personalized plan is designed to assist you in succeeding not only in losing weight but keeping it off. More importantly, our focus is on optimal health not just weight loss. We believe baseline blood work is an essential part of developing a patient’s care plan. We assess for potential concerns as well as determine if a hormonal imbalance may be contributing to weight gain and inability to lose weight. Any program that does not screen for low thyroid function may be missing a crucial piece of information for current treatment and long term management. Baseline blood work also allows patients to track their overall health improvements as they progress through our program. 

Our Fit3D scan is included in our program at no additional cost. It provides comprehensive information including weight, body measurements, percent body fat, muscle mass, posture and even creates a 3D image of your body using 3 cameras. You will receive a log in to review your results online. At every visit you are offered the opportunity to scan. This allows us to track weight, percent body fat and muscle mass to ensure patients are not losing muscle mass. At the end you will be able to compare your images to visually see the progress you made. 

Our nurse practitioner Christine has been successfully prescribing semaglutide as part of a weight loss program since it’s approval for weight loss in 2021. We have also been prescribing tirzepatide since the fall of 2023.  We are not a Med Spa adding on this service or a national chain that popped up just to make quick money on the newest trend. We truly understand the benefits and know how to manage the side effects of semaglutide and tirzepatide. We have relationships with several reputable compounding pharmacies that provide the product for us. If you want a comprehensive program with a provider dedicated to your success please give us a call for a free consultation. Our pricing is transparent with no hidden costs. 

We offer a variety of options including:

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SEMAGLUTIDE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM:

 

Wegovy whose main ingredient is semaglutide is a once weekly injection. It was FDA approved for weight loss in June 2021 for chronic weight management in individuals with a BMI greater than 30 or a BMI greater than 27 with at least one weight-related comorbidity. The cost of the name brand Wegovy is $1,300 to $1,400 a month and is often not covered by insurance. Compounded semaglutide offers an affordable option.

First visit is $380 which includes an initial comprehensive office visit with the nurse practitioner, follow up visits until next vial is needed, 2.5 MG of semaglutide, and supplies. Typical dosing is 0.25 mg for 2 weeks and 0.5 mg for 4 weeks. With this dosing schedule the initial vial will last 6 weeks.

Typically at the second in person visit at week 5 or 6, the patient will be prescribed a 5.0 mg vial which will be $270 including the office visit.  Depending on an individuals required dosing that vial could last up to 10 weeks but will most likely last 6 weeks.  

To break it down for most patients the average cost over the first 3 months is $216 a month. 

 Per vial + office visit cost is as follows:

5 mg vial with visit and supplies $270 

7.5 mg vial with visit and supplies $345

12.5 mg vial with visit and supplies $495 (at the highest dose this will last 5.5  weeks, making our highest price $90 a week, most clinics START at $100 a week) 

TIRZEPATIDE WITH B12:

 

Recently approved for weight loss under the brand name Zepbound, Tirzepatide is getting more attention as an effective weight loss medication working as both a GLP 1 and GIP. Tirzepatide is considered more effective and and better tolerated than semaglutide. 

 

 

First visit is $650 which includes initial comprehensive office visit, follow up visits until next vial is needed, 20 MG of tirzepatide, and supplies.

Typical dosing is 2.5 mg to start. With this dosing schedule the initial vial will last 8 weeks. Dosing may increase as needed.

After the initial visit, the per vial + office visit cost is as follows:

20 mg vial with visit and supplies $500

40 mg ( 2 vials with 20 mg each) with visit and supplies $830

 

Testimonial

Before (left) and after 10 weeks of injections (right)

I have been 230 pounds and I have been at my lowest 140 pounds, so when I say I know about the struggles with weight loss- I do.  It seems like I’ve been on a diet since I was 14 years old. I am now almost 50. The last medically supervised weight loss program I tried did not work (and believe me I tried and followed all the instructions). I took all the oral medications, bought the shakes and the bars, and went into the office weekly to weigh in. All to be disappointed- I gained a 1/2 pound despite my willpower.  (March 3021)

The semaglutide weight loss program is a game changer for people like me.  I have lost 22 pounds in 10 weeks.  I had no expectations of losing this weight before summer and I am in shock, the number on the scale keeps going down and finally matches my hard work! I don’t follow a special “diet”, I don’t have to go into the office weekly and I don’t buy any shakes or special meals. I take a shot once a week, eat healthy, I am conscious of what I eat and the portion size.  (Calories in versus calories out as Christine says) I stay hydrated and have an active lifestyle (Pilates). And my body now responds the way it was intended to.  This honestly was the easiest way to lose weight. I feel like my metabolism has been reset and my body is using insulin/glucose and metabolizing it correctly!  I can’t thank Christine enough for helping me! (March 2021)

Before and after 10 weeks of semaglutide injections

How does it work:

Semaglutide is a Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1)

  • Stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Delays stomach emptying which leads to a feeling of fullness with smaller size meals

Are there any contraindications?
Family or personal history of medullary thyroid carcinoma, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 or hypersensitivity

Are there any common side effects?
Nausea is the most common side effect, but it is generally mild and short lived. And there are strategies to reduce the chances of this side effect.

Program Includes:

  • Weekly semaglutide injections (self injected at home)
  • Comprehensive initial consultation with Nurse Practitioner
  • Follow up visits as needed throughout the program
  • Communication via phone calls and messaging
  • Fit3D scan
  • Optional referral to a Registered Dietitian that may be covered by insurance
  • No additional or hidden costs

Our Services:

 

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide see above.

 Other packages start with a $150 initial consultation which includes in person comprehensive visit with the nurse practitioner, B12 injection (if indicated), Fit3D scan and development of personalized medically supervised plan.

Blood work required prior to initiation of treatment

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