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When someone decides to start a new lifestyle of making a choice to eat healthier, support is often desired— but when Brian Vanvranken started his diet last year, he never imagined that six members of his family would join in on his weight loss journey.

In 2013, Brian became a patient of Tidewater Bariatrics when his employer, Architectural Graphics Incorporated (AGI), partnered with the clinic to offer its employees treatment at Tidewater Bariatrics as an employee wellness benefit. Tidewater Bariatrics, a non-surgical weight loss center located in Chesapeake, specializes in medical weight loss and weight management. Dr. Margaret Gaglione, a board certified MD 

specializing in Internal medicine and Bariatrics, and her team of nurses, administrators, and health educators work with patients in the weight loss and weight maintenance phases to teach the behaviors and skills that are needed to live a wholesome lifestyle in an unhealthy culture. The staff has successfully facilitated more than 1,200 patients to lose over 56,000 lbs since it first opened its doors in April 2007.

 With the support of TWB and his company AGI, Brian lost 105 lbs. After seeing Brian’s success, his brother-in-law, Christopher Bruffy, joined the program in the summer of 2013 and has lost a total of 142 pounds. Chris notes that the program has completely transformed not only his eating habits but his entire life. He states that he is now able to stay active, enjoy cooking healthy, and says he just feels happier. Chris, whose former goal was to travel across the US frequenting all of the pig-out restaurants featured on the popular TV show “Dinners Drive-Ins, and Dives,” says he can’t imagine ever doing that now. Instead, he claims that one of his new indulgences is trying new healthy recipes. In August of 2013, Chris convinced his father William and mother Terri to join the program and they have subsequently lost 72 and 79 lbs respectively. Terri’s sister, Rachel Crockett, joined in the winter of this year and has lost 35 pounds. Brian’s wife Natalie and his sister-in-law Anna also decided to join the program in the early spring of 2014. Natalie’s goal was to lose the baby weight that she had gained after their first baby was born earlier this year. She was successful in her goal, losing 55 pounds. Anna was pleased to notice the inches lost while also dropping a few clothing sizes due to her 12-pound weight loss.

The family of seven has since lost a total of 500 pounds. The Bruffy family is now active in the maintenance phase, which is a crucial part of the program to help protect the body weight they had worked so hard to attain and the skill set that they have learned. All seven of the family members are looking forward to a happy, healthier future. Many of their friends and coworkers have since joined Tidewater Bariatrics after watching the remarkable transformation of the family of seven. “We made health our new priority following few other things in our life,
and that is how we were so successful with the program,” Chris Bruffy said. The family acknowledges that their journey is not over because they recognize that these healthy habits have become their new normal.

“There is no going back to the way things were,” Rachel Crocket says. “This is my new lifestyle.”

From left: Rachel, Terri, Bill, Natalie, Chris, Anna and Brian

Chris and Anna

From left: Brian, Bill, Terri, Anna and Chris

Natalie and Brian

The Bruffy family has lost a total of 500 pounds!

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Bill and Terri BEFORE

This is the first step in improving your health and lifestyle.

At Tidewater Bariatrics, my staff and I are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

I am a board certified Bariatrician and Internal Medicine physician. I will tailor a program specific to your needs, time constraints and abilities.

Our program is modeled after successful academic university medical center programs, and is dedicated to decreasing your health risk, improving nutrition, providing health education, and increasing your overall wellness. You can expect to lose weight, improve your cardio-vascular health, and reduce your risk of developing long-term obesity complications.

Even if you already have the complications of obesity, weight loss can decrease or eliminate their effects.

Dr. Margaret Gaglione

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