Let Food Be Your Medicine and Your Medicine be your Food ~ Hippocrates

Our ten month program offers guidance from a team of dedicated professionals. Our web-based learning and tracking system helps you understand the weight loss process and how to be successful. The hallmarks of our program are:

Education, Monitoring and Accountability

Meet The Team That Makes It All Happen

Dr. Charles Pruchno

Dr. Charles Pruchno, MD, FACP

I am a practicing internist and nephrologist- a kidney specialist- in the Cedar Rapids area for the past 30+ years.  My primary focus is on providing the nutritional cure for type 2 diabetes, and other chronic medical illnesses associated with being overweight and obesity.

For much of my career I focused an enormous amount of energy learning everything I could about diabetes, obesity, and the digestion of sugar and processed carbohydrates.

I focused the last ten years of my career on attempting to understand why people gain weight, and what important changes in behavior are necessary to impact meaningful sustained weight loss.

Over the past 6 years, it has been my privilege to work with over 1000 individuals, giving them the formula and format to allow successful, sustained weight loss and transition to a healthier lifestyle.  I have helped people permanently eliminate the need for insulin, other diabetes medicines, and medications for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, arthritis, and chronic GERD.  I have watched individuals walk better, improve their sleep, and gradually become more active and full of life.



I am a registered nurse with over 13 years experience in various roles from medical surgery, skilled nursing, and hospice. I have been the clinical nurse for Dr. Pruchno and this program for over five years.

I really enjoy working in our clinic because I have a passion for health and fitness. I love being able to share this passion with our patients and teach them how to be more active in their health. I enjoy watching and encouraging each participant’s growth.

Being physically active is especially important to me.  I enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, golfing, camping, hiking, and walks around the pond with my dog Paisley


Health Educator & AAMA CMA

Over 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and that drove me towards working in healthcare. My goal to make an impact in the lives of others who struggle with chronic conditions such as diabetes.

Our program provides me the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives in addition to acquiring knowledge for future growth in becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).

Outside of work and grad school, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, camping, and caring for my plants. At home I enjoy the simple things like spending time with my family, my two dogs and low carb cooking.


Intake Specialist

I love working with people and being a part of their lives. I particularly enjoy being a part of a team that is patient focused and shares my passion for people. I love meeting new patients and watching them transform as they participate in the program.

Diabetes runs in my family, so I can understand how our patients feel when they come to our clinic. I want to make them feel comfortable and welcome.

When I’m not working, I have the greatest joy of being the mom to a very bright and spunky little boy. In my very little spare time I enjoy crocheting, crafting, kayaking and being outside in the sun.