About Us

WEIGHT2LOSE BACKGROUND

Weight2Lose Clinics started its journey as a medical weight loss and chronic disease prevention and management clinic. Since 2013, we helped thousands of patients every year successfully lose weight and address the root cause of chronic diseases. Our medical team is helping patients every day suffering from obesity, type 2 Diabetes, metabolic problems, hypercholesterolemia, enhanced autoimmune activity, inflammation, sleep apnea, energy deficits, depression, anxiety and numerous other obesity related disorders. Our objective is to stop the growing obesity and chronic disease threat globally, starting with Canada.

HEALTHCARE PROBLEM

The evidence is overwhelming that the root cause of most chronic diseases lies within patients’ lifestyle choices, particularly their daily nutrition habits, mindset and lack of physical activity. Despite compelling evidence for the above, our healthcare system is primarily designed to treat patients with costly medication and surgery, without addressing the root cause of the problem. Most medical doctors encounter strict time limitations and lack sufficient training in nutrition and cognitive behavioral therapy and recognize these as significant gaps in their medical training. Consequently, most medical clinics lack adequate resources to facilitate effective weight loss and chronic disease prevention and management programs for their communities.

WEIGHT2LOSE PREVENTIVE
HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS

Every health oriented practice is unique, with varying availability of physical space, onsite staffing requirements and medical regulations. Weight2Lose developed and optimized evidence based weight loss programs, health education and cognitive behavioral therapy resources, designed for integration and monetization in any health oriented setting. Whether you have an established health oriented practice (e.g. family doctor, chiropractor, registered dietitian, walk in clinic, gym, etc.), or you are an entrepreneur with a passion towards preventive healthcare, our team will provide you with appropriate training and resources for launching a successful, OHIP backed (or another form of coverage) program for your community.

Pillars of success

Treating all people with respect and integrity
Excellent patient care and attention to special needs
Developing partnerships with people and organizations who share our values and vision
Our responsibility of continuously improving the Canadian health care system
Continuous innovation, process improvement and simplicity
Helping Physicians target the root cause of their patients’ chronic diseases, not just the symptoms
Continuous development of research backed, ‘practice ready’ resources for weight loss and management of a wide range of chronic diseases
Making Weight2Lose programs and resources easily accessible for all Canadians and beyond

RESULTS SUMMARY

15,000+
Patients lost weight with Weight2Lose Clinics
250,000+
Visits to date
95%
Patient satisfaction rate
750+
Medical doctors referred their patients to Weight2Lose
Proven risk reduction for type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

TEAM (HEAD OFFICE)

PETER LITOVSKY, BKin

CEO and Founder


Peter’s mission in life is to transition primary care from reactive to proactive and preventative model of healthcare, with a focus on Canada. Since finishing his Kinesiology degree in 2004, Peter designed and deployed preventive healthcare projects, in dozens of clinical, corporate and fitness industry settings. Peter dedicated his life to developing evidence-based, turnkey programs designed to educate and empower primary care physicians and allied health professionals to target the root cause of their patients’ chronic diseases.

DR. PHILIP DERKSON, MD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr. Philip Derkson is a family physician with a passion toward functional medicine, who has been at the forefront of integrative and holistic medicine for many years. Dr. Derkson has done extensive research and training in the areas of dietetics, cognitive behavioral therapy, LCHF, Paleo, low carb, intermittent fasting and ketogenic nutrition.

DR. JENNIFER RUSTAD, MD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr. Jennifer Rustad is a family physician with a strong passion and commitment to the practice of preventive medicine, CBT, nutrition and exercise promotion. Dr. Rustad is also a Weight2Lose research collaborator, helping clinical psychologists deploy research backed programming in primary care.

DR. SAMUEL DIRENFELD, MD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr. Samuel Direnfeld is committed to helping patients live a healthy lifestyle. A family physician with a passion towards preventive medicine, Dr. Direnfeld provides comprehensive, accessible, and patient-centered care at Weight2Lose. As a powerful advocate of cognitive behavioral therapy in nutrition program facilitation, he regularly contributes to Weight2Lose program development through research backed interventions.

DR. SHERRI FARBER, MD
 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr Farber completed her Family Medicine Residency at Columbia University, and has been practicing as a Family Doctor in Toronto since 2016. Dr Farber recognizes the importance of correcting the underlying problems that cause chronic disease, and not merely treating the symptoms. She is passionate about weight management and uses proven techniques that will improve the quality of life of her patients.

DR. CHRISTINE SAKIYAMA, MD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr. Christine Sakiyama is a family physician with many years of experience counseling patients in weight loss. Dr. Sakiyama is a strong advocate of healthy lifestyle counseling in primary care and offers her patients lifestyle interventions in nutrition, exercise promotion and behavioral modification.

DR. CHRISTOPHER WOO, MD, CCFP, DABFM

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR


Dr. Christopher Woo has a passion towards health education and preventative medicine. He is a licensed family physician in both Canada and United States, and has strong ties in training medical residents, motivational interviewing, and health care improvement. Dr. Woo provides simple yet comprehensive patient-centered education backed up by well documented research.

SCARLETT REZA

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISOR


Scarlett is the front desk supervisor at Weight2Lose main clinic location. Her versatile experience in clinical administration and excellent organizational skills, enable Weight2Lose physicians facilitate smooth and reliable programming and research for Weight2Lose patients.

JOANNE WU

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISOR


Joanne is an integral part of Weight2Lose main clinic location. Her commitment to Weight2Lose patient-centric services and dedication to accurate completion of all tasks enable Weight2Lose physicians facilitate smooth and reliable programming and research.

FERN KATZMAN, B.ASc, CHN, NNCP, RNT

Director of Programs


With decades of experience in nutrition and food formulation and multiple degrees and certifications, Fern is an integral part of Weight2Lose Clinics. Working with numerous medical doctors, Fern is an expert in developing and facilitating programs for a wide range of chronic diseases and weight loss. Fern’s experience in educational program development includes curriculum development leadership roles with various clinical organizations, the York Regional Municipality, York District School Board and various media outlets.

JIM TSOURIS
 

Fitness Manager | Personal Trainer


Jim is a highly motivated and knowledgeable Personal Trainer with over 13 years of experience. Originally from London, England where he obtained his Diploma in Personal Training, Jim thrives on helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. His passion for strength and stability has enabled him to develop a unique style that has a core focus on body fat loss, optimal exercise technique, injury rehabilitation and muscle strength and tone. He ensures that each session is diverse, motivational and fun.

DR. EFIM LITOVSKY, PhD
 

Research Consultant


Dr. Efim Litovsky is a prominent scientist in Energy Transfer/Transformations and Thermal Physics. He has more than 200 research publications, 5 books, 14 patents, prestigious International Scientific Awards for outstanding contribution in the field. Dr. Litovsky regularly consults Weight2Lose in research projects and helped Weight2Lose Clinics introduce the Canadian Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program.