Leaders in Obesity Medicine
Courtney Younglove, M.D.
Dr. Younglove understands your battle with obesity. She began her struggles with excess weight in adolescence. Prior to getting her degree in Obesity Medicine and figuring out her body, she gained and lost the same forty pounds at least twenty times. She is also a busy single mother of three boys and understands how tempting it is to forego healthy foods in order to get something on the table between school, work and obligations. She brings her own personal life experience into the exam room along with her medical knowledge. Dr. Younglove has a passion for living a healthy life and believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a life of wellness: physically, emotionally and mentally.
Dr. Younglove is board-certified in both Obesity Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She recently earned her fellowship in the Obesity Medicine Association – a designation earned by only 70 people so far! She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas in 1997 and her Doctor of Medicine from The University of Kansas School of Medicine four years later. She has practiced medicine in the greater Kansas City area for over 18 years and has practiced Obesity Medicine since 2015. During the course of her career, Dr. Younglove has received many awards, including being named one of the “Best Doctors in America” for five years, as featured in the Kansas City Business Journal.
Maribeth Orr, D.O.
Maren Ozier, FNP-C
Alex Lee, DNP, FNP-BC
Alex began her nursing career in the neonatal intensive care unit and the operating room. She returned to school to obtain her doctorate in clinical nursing and during her training, developed a passion for chronic disease prevention and treatment as well as mental health. She wrote her doctoral dissertation about the association between poor wound healing in patients with diabetes and depression. Alex and her husband, Ryan, live in Overland Park, Kansas with their dog, Scout and they just welcomed their first baby girl in May of this year! When Alex isn’t working or snuggling with her daughter, she enjoys gardening and all kinds of exercise.
Ashley Winblad, DNP, FNP-BC
Ashley’s passion for Obesity Medicine grew during her years practicing primary care. Frustrated with the mounting rates of chronic disease and underlying theme of metabolic disease, she returned to the academic world and earned her doctorate degree in 2021, centering her doctoral project around accurately measuring visceral adiposity in a primary care setting. She is currently working toward her PhD with her dissertation emphasis focused on the gut microbiome and how it affects visceral adiposity. When Ashley isn’t seeing patients or working on her PhD, you will probably find her on a soccer field, baseball field, tennis court, or track with her husband, cheering on one of her three boys as they compete in some sport or another. Ashley completely understands the challenge of managing life chaos and still focusing on health, healthy eating and regular exercise.
Caitlin Rachal, RN, BSN
Caitlin’s life-long battle with asthma has required her to take a lot of medications to control her disease – many of them weight-positive. She is also well aware of the toll that an unpredictable schedule, long hours, and less-than-ideal working conditions can take on a person’s ability to execute a healthy eating plan. Caitlin has been in the medical field since completing high school. She began as a paramedic, then went on to serve on the faculty at Johnson County Community college – teaching EMT and paramedic students. A perpetual student, she returned to school and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, making the transition from emergency medicine to Labor and Delivery. Throughout her career in both of these fields, she has experienced first-hand how excess weight negatively impacts a person’s overall health. When Caitlin isn’t at Heartland Weight Loss, she is busy raising two kids (she just had a baby this year)! She loves to cook, plays the piano, and has a passion for taking medical mission trips all over the world.
Liza Blanc, Nutritionist and Kinesiologist
Liza Blanc earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis in eating disorders & Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. Liza has devoted her life to helping people create healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes while focusing on the person as a whole. Liza has 5 children, and 3 adorable grandchildren. Her family members keep her busy with school, sports, and church activities.
Teia Brown, RMA
Through the years, Teia has seen both men and women struggle with health problems exacerbated by obesity. After spending 30 years practicing as a Medical Assistant in the fields of both Urology and OB/GYN, she was drawn to the field of Obesity Medicine, hoping to work upstream in order to make a difference in people’s health. Teia is originally from Oklahoma and is a die-hard Sooners fan. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two grown children, her two grandbabies, and her dogs.
Valerie Bartlett, RMA
Valerie has an incredibly diverse background. In addition to being a full-time medical assistant, she is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT – and a mother of two kids. Valerie spent most of her career in primary care before joining us at Heartland Weight Loss. She is excited to be in a field that is focused on improving chronic disease – instead of simply treating it. Valerie and her family live in McLouth, Kansas.
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