Your first consultation is about an hour to an hour and a half long. During that time you see one of our counsellors, as well as Dr. Bishop. You will be set up on a nutrition program based on your desired goal weight, taking into account your lifestyle habits and your medical history. We have a variety of individualized nutrition plans, ranging from a medical program that promotes rapid weight loss, to more conventional programs (i.e. 1400, 1700 calorie), which promote a steadier loss of weight. Some people choose to start off on the medical program to give themselves a kick-start, and then switch to a more conventional program after a certain period of time.
Depending on your flexibility, it usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to get an initial consultation. Occasionally, the wait time can be longer.
While OHIP does cover the small medical portion of your visit with Dr. Bishop, they do not cover the remainder of the visit, which is considered “preventative medicine”. For this reason, the initial consultation fee is $125.00. We recommend weekly visits until you feel that you’re established. If things are going well you can choose to come every two weeks or every month – this is a personal choice. If you have insurance, we can provide you with a detailed receipt as some companies may reimburse a portion of the cost. Subsequent visits are $18.00; we suggest weekly visits, especially as you’re getting started. As you feel more comfortable and into a routine, you may decide to come in every 2 weeks or every month, whatever works best for your schedule. We also have high protein supplements available for purchase; however, these are only required with the very low calorie Medical program. With our higher-calorie Conventional programs, many people like to use them as mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks, but this is not mandatory.
Counselling is always on an individual basis and our approach is very self-guided, not aggressive by any means. We give you the motivation and tools to acquire healthy lifestyle habits that you can use for a lifetime.