Changing the lives of our patients for lifelong health and wellness...
Welcome to Cascade Weight Loss Center, conveniently located inside Fitness Experience in Albany, Oregon. Here, our professionals know that health is more than just the number on a scale. According to the CDC, over 70% of Americans are overweight, obese, or extremely obese. Day after day, thousands of healthcare providers recommend weight loss for a number of medical conditions linked to obesity. Some of the most common of these include Type 2 Diabetes, Acid Reflux/heartburn/GERD, Fatty Liver Disease, Hypertension/high blood pressure, and high Cholesterol. These among many other obesity-related conditions almost always require expensive medications and regular visits with their healthcare provider to attempt to control the potentially devastating outcomes if left untreated, to include cirrhosis, heart attack, stroke, even increased risk of certain types of cancer. As a local healthcare provider, our medical director felt compelled to find a means to help the thousands of people in our communities bridge the gap between recommending weight loss to actually helping them achieve their weight loss goals through a medically supervised program with proven results.
Here at Cascade, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools to transform your life to achieve overall health and wellness for both you and your family. When your family witnesses your transformation while making healthy diet choices, they in turn benefit from the education and guidance provided during this life changing experience.
Our mission is to help our patients accomplish their weight loss goals in a welcoming, compassionate, judgement free environment. All of our professionals are passionate about your health and well being and are ready to help you every step of the way.
Johanna grew up outside of Lebanon, Oregon, and attended Lebanon High school. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Air Force and spent 12 years of combined service on both Active duty and in the Air Force Reserve. She graduated from Linfield College in 2005, where she majored in Biology and received a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating with departmental honors and Magna Cum Laude. She went on to Oregon Health Sciences University where she graduated in 2007 with a Master's of Physician Assistant Studies. Upon graduation she moved to Bend, OR where she worked in General, Trauma, Colorectal & Bariatric surgery, as well as Urology for almost 8 years. She joined the wonderful team of providers at Mid Valley Gastroenterology in 2015, serving Lebanon, Albany, Corvallis, and the surrounding communities.
As a local healthcare provider, she often sees patients with obesity-related health issues and has struggled with maintaining a healthy weight herself. As a gym owner, she has noticed that several of her members still struggle with their weight despite their efforts of exercising regularly, and the frustrations that ensue. She felt compelled to find a solution for the many people who struggle with being overweight or obese, and the medical issues that accompany this all to common medical condition. Obesity is now affecting over 70% of Americans. As a healthcare provider and a gym owner, she has found that there is a lack of education about nutrition and weight loss, and as a busy clinician, a lack of time to spend with patients to help them reach their weight loss goals. With Cascade Weight Loss Center, she has found a way to bridge that gap between recommending weight loss for her patient's obesity-related medical conditions and now actually establishing a plan and protocol for their weight loss goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Lareina has a background in healthcare, having worked for the Red Cross and as a medical assistant in the local community for several years. She grew up just outside of Lebanon, and as a local, she treats all of her patients with respect and ensures you have the most pleasant experience possible. She is passionate about bringing considerate, high quality care to all of her patients. She is married and has 3 wonderful children, and loves spending time with her family. She also owns her own small business where she is quite handy refinishing and repurposing furniture and antiques for home decor. Lareina takes pride in helping her patients achieve their weight loss goals, as she understands the struggle, having battled with maintaining a healthy weight after starting a family, which is all too familiar for so many of us.