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After having Breast Cancer 2 times, leaving me with after effects from Chemo, Radiation, Lumpectomy, later having a double Mastectomy, Tomoxifen, all my female organs being removed along with Severe Arthritis and gaining 50 lbs, I decided to return to BMI in 2015. I had to loose weight, my health was deteriating do to "life's " obstacles. I was ready ! I was doing extremely well with Rob(dietician) and Kelly( Physical Trainer). My only problem being punctual 2x's with Dr. Freedhof. He would turn me away after I drove from Orleans , very busy traffic on Hunt Club as well having just been diagnosed with ADD. ADD has not been by friend as it is more pronounced now after CHEMO than it ever has been. I get down on myself every day in regards to punctuality and this continues to be a struggle of mine. Well after being sent away 2x for being 5 to 20 mins late, I was even more mortified. Dr. Freedhof put his hand on my shoulder and said, "I understand but I just can't take you". This time being a cold afternoon, no one around but Rob and Kelly with Dr. Freedhof appearing to be free having small chat's with Rob the Dietician. Why did I have to suffer this embarrassment and feeling like Dr. Freedhof was treating a 57 year old like a child and did not understand what impact ADD had on life and punctuality. I am still angry and continue to gain weight . It could have been so different. I was doing so well with Kelly and Rob. If you don't fit into Dr. Freedhof's mold, don't bother with this program! It only reinforced to me with ADD and Being on Tomoxifen for the next 10+ years, weight loss will be short of a small miricle. This doctor does not care about how he comes across if punctuality is lacking!!!
An odd comment about meetings. Our program has unlimited one on one access with all team members for the duration of the program and while "mandatory" is an odd term to use, the bare minimum has patients seeing at least one team member 3 times monthly along with on-site fitness 3 times weekly. Should someone want to book more frequent appointments, again, there are no limits. As I'm unable to leave this comment without ranking, I will be ranking our office highly, but be aware, I'm rather biased. Yoni Freedhoff
Dr. Freedhoff is an excellent and knowledgeable diet and healthy living doctor. It's the BMI program that is severely lacking. Mandatory meetings with the dietitian or Freedhoff are about 3 times in 22 weeks. What's missing is regular counselling with behaviour modification as a key to weight loss and maintenance. Healthful living and healthy diets is totally missing. Exercise is supposed to be an integral part of the program but attendance at 'fitness' classes' is limited to three small half-hour to 45 minute sessions per week. Let's not forget that BMI is a business so keeping costs low and a returning client base are important.
So if you really want to lose weight and keep it off, head to the Ottawa Hospital Weight Management clinic with its 26 one hour sessions with a complete team of specialists.
Dr. Freedhoff is extremely knowlegeable, very encouraging & supportive, finds fun & humourous ways to get his messages across. His clinic is very well run, and there is a very positive atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door.
I’d like to be up front and say that after finishing the program I have since become an employee of BMI. Yoni is punctual (he often takes you in earlier if he can) which allows enough time to talk with him and not feel rushed. I feel that he listens well and provides realistic guidance and medical advice. He bases his reasoning on scientific evidence. The truth is, if you are willing to put in the effort, the program works. And it prepares you for the long haul. The biggest thing about Yoni is that you can feel that he cares about you and you know that the program is truly a labour of love. This is not a guy out just to make a buck, he is out to make a difference. And he does. Prior to meeting Dr. Freedhoff, I felt lost, misguided and like a failure. With his help I have not only lost the weight I needed to lose, I also gained more self confidence than I ever thought I deserved, along with a healthy outlook on food, weight, and life in general. Stephanie Nakamura
I have been a patient of Dr. Freedhoff's for over four years. In that time he has helped me to eliminate all my medications for Diabetes, high blood preasure, and cholesterol. With his extensive help I have been able to maitain my 50lb weight loss, for the last 3.5 years. I have had apprx 25 appointments with the Dr. during this time. He has never been late for one of them, and often if I am there early he will see me early. To me this shows how much he cares about his patients, and respects and values their time, as much as his own You are always greeted with a smile, and given the impression that he is honestly happy to see you. Dr, Freedhoff practises HEALTH CARE, as opposed to the disease care that we ussually receive in Canada. I had type 2 diabetes for 10 years prior to meeting Dr. freedhoff after only 5 months my diabetes was cured. Take pills for 10 years and watch condition worsen (disease care) Or address obesity issue and eliminate the diabetes (health care)
I am shocked by some of the negative comments. In the three years I have been a patient, during which I have lost and kept off 30 pounds, I have never been kept waiting by any member of the team. Dr. Freedhoff answers emails promptly, has an open door between appointments, and is unfailingly cheerful, helpful and sympathetic. His expertise in obesity medicine is equalled only by his enthusiasm and respect for his patients. Not everybody is ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary for permanent weight loss, and I have to assume that the negative comments expressed are from people frustrated by their own inability to make these changes. My experience with BMI and Dr. Freedhoff has been positive and life-changing.After many years of suffering through diet plans, I have finally found the help I needed to permanently change my life-style, eating habits and fitness.Dr. Freedhoff is a skilled and caring doctor leading an excellent program. CynthiaFieldRose
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