GFM Direct Primary Care


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About Us

GFM Weight Management is the brainchild of Dr.Theresa Garcia, a Family Physician who has practiced in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri for 20 years. All this time, she has seen many patients with weight problems and realized that what doctors have been advising patients about weight management – Eat Less and Move More – does not work. Medical evidence that shows that the most successful approach to weight management is the provision of multiple, frequent counseling sessions. There is no way such counseling can be well-delivered in a regular doctor’s office environment. One doesn’t have enough time to counsel, and with a full patient panel, patients can’t come in frequently enough for the counseling to be meaningful. But the biggest problem is our society’s belief that being overweight is a reflection of the patient’s character or lack thereof. Our society believes it is the patient’s choice and if they only had the willpower to resist eating and the energy to exercise more, they could CHOOSE to be slender and svelte. Nothing could be more untrue or more unfair. Obesity is a disease, controlled by hormones and each body’s metabolic set-point. It must be managed and managing a complex hormonal disease cannot be passed off to non-physicians. Obesity is a disease, which like all diseases, must be treated by a physician.That’s why you need a practice dedicated to weight management. We don’t promise that you will shed pounds like your cat sheds fur. We do promise that you will not leave the table hungry. We do promise to show you how to manage your weight for life.



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Dr. Tess Garcia M.D.