Success Stories

How Carol Lowered Her Cholesterol
and Reduced Her Risk of Heart Disease

Carol R (63 yrs) was motivated to avoid having a series of heart attacks like her father and siblings had. After less than 4 weeks of working with Dr. Elise, she brought her cholesterol down 33% and experienced lots of other benefits along with that change, including weight loss and increased energy.

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“Doc, you were right!!! Since our last conversation, I have eaten a plant based diet. I did not think that it could possibly make a change so quickly. My husband did it with me and he had great results as well. I also have lost about 6 pounds and have more energy than ever, so that is a plus. I never would have believed it. The miraculous thing is that anyone can get better in such a short amount of time. Amazing, thank you!”

How Jose Controlled His Diabetes
and Avoided Complications

Jose L (54 yrs) had poorly controlled blood sugar with an elevated Hemoglobin A1c of 10.5 when he was first diagnosed with diabetes. Although he declined to start medication, that number dropped to 6.8 within the first 3 months of seeing Dr. Elise. A few months after that, he was out of the diabetic range and he no longer feared suffering from all the diabetes complications his mom had lived with.

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“I don’t believe it! Based on what I saw my mom go through, I never thought I’d get my diabetes under control, but you showed me how to do it without even using any meds. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and I feel better than I’ve felt in years. I even have my sex life back, and my wife told me to tell you thank you!”

How Tracy Shed Excess Weight
and Regained Her Confidence

Tracy P (48 yrs) struggled with her weight for years and wasn’t sure she’d ever feel comfortable in her clothing again. She was frustrated after trying so many different diets and exercise programs and was beginning to feel like there was something wrong with her. Within the first few months of working with Dr. Elise, she lost 14 pounds and started to enjoy how she looked and felt.

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“I had almost given up, but you showed me that it’s possible to feel like myself again. The changes you encouraged me to make seemed daunting at first, but using low dose weight loss medication helped me be successful and gave me courage to take control of my health. Now I like how I look and feel and I never feel guilty about eating. Thank you for giving me my life back!”

How Randy Reversed His Hypertension
and Got Off Medication

Randy S (34 yrs) was disappointed to be told he had hypertension – high blood pressure – and was scared of what that could mean for his future as a father of two young children. He knew that heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and vision loss were real possibilities. He was motivated to turn his health around so he could be his best self for his family. He was thrilled with the results he saw from working with Dr. Elise.

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“I couldn’t believe it when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, even though I’m fit and not even overweight. My doctor immediately put me on medication, but it didn’t work that well and I couldn’t imagine living with the side effects for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me the tools to get off medication and get my BP down to normal. Now all my friends want to know my secret, and I love telling them!”

How Janet Regained Her Kidney Function
and Returned to the Great Outdoors

Janet G (54 yrs) had mild chronic kidney disease which prevented her from taking over-the-counter NSAID medications, like Ibuprofen, when she got hurt. This led to the need for frequent follow-up visits and bloodwork and limited her participation in her favorite outdoor activities, until Dr. Elise helped her take control and reverse her kidney disease.

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“You know I didn’t believe you at first, but I trusted you anyway and went along with your plan. How is it that kidney disease I’ve had for a decade got better in a month? I’m no longer scared to go mountain biking and I can’t wait for my next trip to Colorado. I’m sleeping better, too. Thanks for being patient with me – that made all the difference!”

How Steve Resolved His Arthritis
and Improved His Metabolic Health

Steve M (71 yrs) had arthritis in his knees for so long, he couldn’t remember ever not having it. He was delighted to learn from Dr. Elise that the same strategy that would help his pain would also improve the metabolic conditions he thought he just had to live with, like fatty liver, prediabetes and excess abdominal weight.

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“When I came to you for help losing weight so I could put off having knee replacement surgery a little longer, I wasn’t expecting the results I got. You were so invested in my health that I got into it, too. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever get new knees – they hardly ever bother me anymore! And apparently I don’t have fatty liver anymore, either. What do you know??!!”

More Testimonials

Dr. Elise is by far the leading example of a superior physician. I recommend her to everyone I know because of her heart of gold and ability to truly promote healing. My wife and I agree that she is the best ever.

Carlos S.

Dr. Elise’s knowledge, humor, warmth, understanding and willingness to go the extra mile contribute so much to my staying healthy. She always seems to come up with many solutions and choices to address the issues I face.

Beth M.

Dr. Elise makes me feel like I am her most important client. I am grateful for her dedication and expertise.

Charles W.

Dr. Elise is everything I look for in a doctor — knowledgeable, experienced and kind. It’s clear that she loves what she does.

Rhonda P.

I am so grateful to Dr. Elise for being an advocate for my health. Her thoroughness in assessing my medical and family history, her focus on using nutrition for cancer prevention, and her commitment to listening to and addressing all my concerns has been essential to my well-being. I feel lucky to have such a thoughtful, caring and intelligent physician.

Robert D.

Dr. Elise is extremely professional, competent, attentive, thorough and empathetic. She is a great physician and I am lucky to have her on my team.

Donna S.

Dr. Elise is the most professional, knowledgeable, down-to-earth doctor I have ever had. She helped me lose excess weight and now I feel so much better in every way and am more active than ever!

Lucia S.

Dr. Elise’s knowledge of the research available to treat chronic disease is top notch. She is bright, attentive, thoughtful and motivated to go above and beyond for me.

Cheryl A.

Dr. Elise is someone I can trust with my health. She is dependable, empathetic and a wonderful listener. She makes me feel safe and cared for, even when we address the most uncomfortable issues.

Patricia S.

Dr. Elise is a very caring doctor. She takes her time to explain everything and makes it clear that my health is her priority. I give her extremely high marks for thoroughness, conscientiousness, thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

Mariah L.

I cannot say enough about the professionalism and compassion that Dr. Elise consistently shows. She makes me feel like I am her only client, which of course I am not. I have and will continue to recommend her to all my family and friends. She is an outstanding physician and a great listener.

Raymond B.

I am in great health because of Dr. Elise’s skills, knowledge and interest in helping me take care of myself. The weight loss I achieved in her care was important, but was only part of the experience. I felt listened to and valued as a whole person and that motivated me to make the changes that reversed the course of my health.

Daniel R.

I am so grateful to Dr. Elise for showing me the power of using food as medicine. I feel that part of why my family and I have never gotten Covid is because of transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet, as she recommends. We look forward to many years of healthy lifestyles and good health!

Tony R.

It’s very important to me to have a doctor I trust, and I found that in Dr. Elise. She is supportive and helpful in addressing my complex medical issues – can’t beat that combination.

Aiden N.