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The Team

Dr. James W. Smith

Dr. Smith is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and member of the Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic. After graduating medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, he completed a one-year internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a four year Ob/Gyn residency with sub-specialty training at The Ohio State University. Dr. Smith and his family moved to Stephenville in 1998.

“As an osteopathic physician, I have been trained to focus on preventative health and the patient as a whole, not just parts. Additionally, each individual is different and one treatment does not fit all. I have tried to keep this training in mind over the past several years, but it has become more difficult as we battle an increasingly prevalent disease, obesity. For most it starts as being a little over weight, but as time goes on the weight goes up. It seems to be the natural course for many people and the implications are quite serious. As body weight goes up so does the risk of multiple medical problems. This would include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke just to name a few. Obesity alters the body’s ability to function properly creating metabolic imbalances that only promote more weight gain, a vicious cycle indeed. To add insult to injury, the psychological implications of being overweight or obese are too numerous to count.

The American diet driven by a savvy food industry is without a doubt promoting the epidemic of obesity. Many diet plans are derailed by the marketing strategies of the food industry coupled with the readily available high carbohydrate, high fat and high sodium products we are bombarded with on a daily basis. On the other hand, It is astounding the number of efforts that have been made to achieve weight reduction. There are thousands of diets and hundreds of weight loss procedures, few of which actually address the underlying problem.

My medical partner Dr. Smith incorporated the Ideal Protein weight loss method into her practice 3 years ago. Over this period of time I began to notice a significant change in patients that participated in this program. Not only did they lose weight and improve their overall health dramatically, but also gained understanding of the actual problem at hand and the power to beat it. Finally, there was hope. When asked if I were interested in taking over this program in my partner’s absence, I first wanted to know more. I read the scientific data, participated in medical conferences and spoke with dieters all to learn more about Ideal Protein. The more I learned, the more I was convinced this could be a viable answer to obesity.

It makes sense medically and in every other way. So, I had to try it. At 210 pounds I was guilty of a poor diet, limited exercise, stress and high blood pressure. I did not realize how bad it was until I lost 40 pounds in 3 months on the Ideal Protein Protocol. I am amazed how well I feel, not to mention how much better my blood pressure is even after stopping my medication. Most importantly, I’m a happier, healthier person. However, I cannot give all the credit to Ideal Protein. My wife, Kimber decided to do the program with me and without her, I would not have been as successful. With a background in nutrition, she saw the benefits of Ideal Protein and has fully incorporated this into our life style. Both she and my coach Shannon understand the balance achieved with this diet and never let me stray far from the plan.

I enjoy working with patients on Ideal Protein. I am happy to answer any medical questions for our dieters and make sure their health is improved with Ideal Protein. I am also happy to coordinate care with their physician or provide specialty referrals if needed.

I now have a real answer for patients that struggle with their weight and suffer medically and emotionally because of it.“

James W. Smith

Kimber Smith – Ideal Protein Coach

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. Then I hit my 40’s and well…you know. Like many of you, I have done and read everything on how to lose weight. I have always believed that if I had an understanding of nutrition and how my body works, I could control my weight. I even had started back to school for a degree in nutrition. Several years ago, I participated in a program through my endocrinologist, where I worked with a nutritionist and trainer on a weekly basis. I learned a lot but was never given tools to help me once I lost the weight.

Also, there is the emotional factor that plays a role in why we overeat. Many of us have a dysfunctional relationship with food that must be addressed if we are ever to enjoy food and not feel guilty. This may be the most important factor of all. The weekly one on one coaching along with daily coaching videos and easy access to my coach has truly made a difference. Not only was it the fastest weight loss I had ever experienced (25lbs in two months!), but because of the training and continued one on one coaching in the 3 phases following the weight loss phase, I now possess the tools and knowledge I need to sustain a healthy weight.

I have been a wife, a mom, and a teacher. As my youngest daughter is heading off to college, I have been contemplating what new adventure awaits me. As always, a power higher than myself laid it before me. I cannot think of anything more wonderful than to combine my love of teaching with my passion for health and nutrition. In just the short time I have been here, I can already tell that I find it as rewarding as anything else I have done. It is truly a blessing to think I am helping someone not only change their life but that of their family. It saddens me to think that for the first time in the history of civilization, children will not outlive their parents due to health issues related to obesity. We simply must stop the obesity epidemic. When we change how we view food, we change how our children view food. There is hope. There is Ideal Protein.

The Protocol

There are four phases in the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. During all four Phases you will receive one-on-one coaching, teaching you how your body gains weight and what you should be eating in order to maintain a balanced weight.


Business Hours

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday. We offer some early-before work-appointments and after work evening appointments. We are closed on Thursday afternoons.


River North Wellness Center, LLC is Authorized to Use the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and Products. The testimonials on this website are those of the individual that is identified, you should not necessarily expect to receive these results. Typical results vary from person to person and individual to individual when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other diet program to determine if it is right for your needs.

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