Treating Obesity The Right Way
Welcome to the Institute of Health Management (IHM) Website! You have the opportunity to participate in a unique San Francisco Bay Area weight loss program. This clinic is one of the few clinics in America that is actively managed by an endocrinologist (in this case Dr. David A. Chappell, M.D). By following a protein-sparing modified fast, participants will rapidly lose 3-5 pounds per week in a safe, medically-supervised environment with weekly individual contacts and group behavioral modification classes.
Dr. Chappell is a 35-year expert in managing obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and other obesity-related complications. He was a participant in IHM at its inception by Dr. Robert Park, M.D., a well-known nephrologist who started the clinic in 1985. Under Dr. Chappell’s supervision since 2016 the clinic has enhanced the maintenance programs that consolidate the spectacular weight loss reductions seen with those who follow the modified fast.
An additional feature of our program at IHM include access to fat sculpting after weight loss has been achieved. In 2018 Dr. Chappell purchased the 1st noninvasive, laser-mediated fat sculpting machine in Sonoma County. The SculpSureTM device provides a state-of-the-art means to destroy unwanted fat deposits that are resistant to weight loss. These fat deposits include the chin, abdomen, thighs, love handles, and back.
Moreover, in a separate practice setting, Dr. Chappell is one of a handful of concierge physicians in California who practice personalized endocrinology and primary care. Dr. Chappell has a strong research background with over 30 publications of original research in cholesterol and fat metabolism. He was a professor of Internal Medicine at UCSF and University of Iow prior to open his practice in Petaluma, CA in 1998. Dr. Chappell is expert in the use of all FDA-approved weight loss medications, general endocrinology, and general internal medicine.