Dr. Younglove is board-certified in both Obesity Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas in 1997 and her Doctor of Medicine from The University of Kansas School of Medicine four years later. She did her residency training at The University of Missouri, Kansas City / Truman Medical Center and has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Overland Park for over 13 years. She became board-certified in Obesity Medicine in 2014 and opened a part-time Obesity Medicine business. During the course of her career, Dr. Younglove has received many awards, including being named as one of the "Best Doctors in America" the past four years, as featured in the Kansas City Business Journal.
Dr. Younglove lives in Shawnee, Kansas. She has three boys who keep her happy and grounded. In addition to spending time with her children, Dr. Younglove loves reading, gardening, and doing home-improvement projects. She lives a very active life and even picked up the sport of ice hockey this past year. She and her children love to travel - especially to sunny beaches. Dr. Younglove has a passion for life and believes in continually striving for wellness: physically, emotionally and mentally.
Jill Holub, R.N.
Jill Holub RN, is the Nurse Educator and Health Coach for Heartland Weight Loss. She has many years of experience as a clinical nurse in Primary Care, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Obesity Medicine and works closely with Dr. Younglove to streamline and customize your weight loss journey. During her years of nursing, Jill has witnessed the physical and emotional strain that obesity takes on patients' health and wellness, and understands the growing need for medical intervention. In the future, Jill plans to continue her education to obtain her Masters in Nursing and become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Jill and her husband, Matt, live in Paola. They have three active boys and enjoy camping, fishing, football, gardening, four wheelers and vacations together!
Liza Blanc, Nutritionist and Kinesiologist
Liza earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis in eating disorders & Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. Her goal is to complete her Registered Dietitian Credentialing in the next 18 months in order to expand her role in our office. Liza has devoted her life to helping people create healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes while focusing on the person as a whole. Liza has 5 children, and 1 adorable granddaughter. Her children keep her busy with school, sports, and church activities.
Who we partner with :
Active participation in a weight-loss program is essential for success. There is no magic pill or single behavior that will result in long-term weight loss alone. We have a lot of knowledge about health and weight loss and we want to guide you and empower you in your weight loss efforts. However, when you leave our office, you must put this knowledge into action.
Your primary care physician
Although we may be experts in the treatment of obesity and may spend a lot of time focusing on obesity-related illnesses, your primary care physician (PCP) is still the captain of the ship when it comes to your health. We will update your PCP about your health status and provide them a copy of your lab results. We may make recommendations about medication changes as your health improves. Routine health maintenance such as vaccinations, mammograms, colonoscopies, Pap smears and other screening tests should be continued while you are on our program. Furthermore, your PCP is still your go-to person to address medical problems unrelated to obesity - we don't have the equipment to assess you for an ear infection or an ankle fracture.
There is a plethora of data showing that obesity is not the result of sloth and gluttony. However, obesity is not a disease that can be hidden from others and obese individuals are often victims of bullying and/or fat-shaming. Because of this, many people that suffer from obesity have decreased self-esteem and/or sense of self-worth. The obese population has much higher rates of depression and anxiety. Eating disorders (especially binge eating disorder) are common in patients suffering with obesity. During the process of weight loss, many of these issues can become barriers to success and may need to be addressed individually. Successful weight loss also requires long-term changes in lifestyle behaviors and attitudes. Integrating new behaviors into family and workplace culture can be difficult and overwhelming. Topics such as these are addressed by our psychologists and active participation is necessary for long-term success.
The journey to health and wellness does not occur in isolation. Learning to be a part of a healthy community and practicing healthy behaviors is essential for long-term success. Studies have shown that patients are much more successful with weight loss when they engage in group learning - even if they don't enjoy being part of a group. Group classes are a required part of the program. They are taught by our experts and persist through active weight loss and during maintenance of weight loss. There will also be opportunities for group activity sessions, such as "walk with the doc" and other community-based events.
The story of Dr. Younglove's journey :
"During my years practicing Obstetrics & Gynecology, I began to notice some very disturbing trends. Every year, a great majority of my patients were just a little bit heavier than the year before and very few could figure out why. Occasionally patients came for their yearly exam, ecstatic about a significant weight loss, only to come back the following year having gained it all back and then some. Patients often voiced a great deal of frustration with their inability to manage their weight. So many intelligent, motivated women - who were so successful with other parts of their lives - just couldn't get their weight under control. As their weight increased, many general health issues worsened; obvious things like high blood pressure and diabetes, but less obvious things as well; sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, decreased libido, joint pain, and a general sense of just not feeling well.
“I began to pay attention to how excess weight negatively impacted my patients as a whole and realized that obesity was a common theme in many, many issues. I was doing a lot of counseling visits about infertility and PCOS and kept talking to patients about how they really needed to lose weight to manage their symptoms - yet very few of them were successful. Similarly, I noticed that many of my patients who began struggling with dysfunctional uterine bleeding could relate the change in their bleeding to their excess weight. Obstetric patients who began their pregnancies overweight or obese had a much higher rate of pregnancy complications; gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, macrosomia (large babies), cesarean section and wound infections. Many struggled to lose the excess weight after delivery and often entered the next pregnancy heavier than before, starting the cycle all over again.
"I started trying to wrap my head around what the core of the problem really was. I couldn't accept that my patients (along with a staggering 66% of Americans) were suffering from a lack of self-discipline! Although I had personally struggled with weight my entire life (and had convinced myself that I too was a "failure" at successful weight loss and maintenance). I decided to do some research to see if I could offer my patients something more.Telling my obese patients to just "eat less and exercise more" felt ridiculous - after all, I wasn't telling my patients with depression to "just cheer up".What I found in the course of my research was staggering. There was an abundance of information published about metabolism, nutrition and obesity that I was completely unaware of.I became involved in The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) and discovered a group of physicians that was passionately dedicated to combating the disease of obesity.Thus began my journey into Obesity Medicine. As I began learning the science of nutrition and metabolic health, I began to see patterns in my life as well as my patients' lives. I made some necessary changes in my nutrition and behaviors and improved my overall health and well-being; and in the process managed to finally take off (and keep off) my excess weight. I continued to learn and eventually became certified in Obesity Medicine. My goal was to transfer this knowledge into clinical practice and use it to benefit my patients' health. In order to do that successfully, I spent time training with one of the founders of The Obesity Medicine Association and one of the pioneers of physician-directed medical weight loss, Allen Rader, M.D. His medical weight loss program has been in place for over 15 years and has expanded to 20 cities throughout the United States. His program boasts the highest success rates for weight loss and maintenance of loss in the country and I was proud to bring that program to the Kansas City Metro area.
"In 2015, I founded Kansas Weight Loss & Wellness. For several years, I practiced Obesity Medicine part-time while still continuing to work full-time as an OB/GYN. During those years, I realized that in order to provide the best care for my patients, my Obesity Medicine practice needed to be operating more than 1-2 days per week. Furthermore, my patients needed integrated treatment from specialists of many disciplines. I spent countless hours gathering data about Obesity Medicine programs from all over the country and learning about what worked and what didn't. Two programs began to take shape in my head. First, a multidisciplinary clinic that integrated Obesity Medicine with physical therapists, psychologists and registered dieticians and that worked together with the patients' existing physicians. Second, an employer-sponsored onsite obesity management program that brought Obesity Medicine into the workplace - to bring this obesity treatment to individual patients while also creating a larger culture of wellness. Once I had the programs lined up, I decreased the hours I was spending as an obstetrician / gynecologist and expanded my hours practicing Obesity Medicine - both within the clinic and within the workplace. Heartland Weight Loss was born!
be strong be healthy be happy Courtney Younglove, M.D.
Heartland Weight Loss 11401 Nall Avenue Suite 216 Leawood, KS 66211 phone : (913) 620-1616 FAX : (913) 624-3848