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Our Staff

Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE (Endocrinologist, Bariatrician, Internist)

Dr. Sicat grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and attended Williams College in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he studied both the sciences (Biology) and the arts (Studio Art).  He attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV-VCU) and remained there to complete his Internal Medicine residency in 2002.

His great interest in metabolic conditions led him to pursue and complete his subspecialty fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. 
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Sicat co-founded the Virginia Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Center in 2004
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During the early part of his seven years as a practicing endocrinologist, Dr. Sicat developed an interest in helping his patients achieve weight loss to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pains, and infertility.  He witnessed the dramatic improvements in these conditions as his patients were often able to reduce or discontinue multiple medications previously required to treat these conditions.  But more than anything, he witnessed the dramatic improvement in overall well-being and personal health in each of his patients.  Thus sprouted his passion for the field of medical weight loss (obesity medicine).

In pursuit of more comprehensive subspecialty training in weight loss medicine, Dr. Sicat trained extensively with the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)
and regularly attends comprehensive programs and courses through the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), Harvard University, The Endocrine Society, and the
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).   

Dr. Sicat is among a small number of physicians in the country board certified in bariatric medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as well as the American Board of Bariatric Medicine (ABBM).  He is also board certified in Internal Medicine (2002) and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (2004).  He is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) / American Society of Bariatric Physicians, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Endocrine Society, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Society of Virginia.  Dr. Sicat has lectured extensively on medical weight loss and has been recognized by his peers in Richmond Magazine’s “Top Docs” and was recognized by his patients in the "2013 Best Bedside Manner Awards."  He is an active member of the national Obesity Medicine Association where he was recently elected by the society to serve on the Board of Trustees.  [click here for a link to his CV]


“I personally appreciate how difficult it is to lose and maintain a healthy weight. In previous years, I was extremely active in competitive sports, exercising at least 2-3 hours per day through high school, college, and even medical school. As a result, I was able to eat without limitation and thus did not need to learn healthy eating habits. However, with the extensive time commitments of medical training, building and growing a medical practice, and devoting (wonderful) time to my family -- I gradually gained more than 40 pounds over the years. With the strategies and techniques that I have learned over the years through my professional training, I have personally lost most of this weight. However, on a daily basis I continue to appreciate the struggles, temptations, and triggers that cause weight gain.  At Virginia Weight and Wellness, we develop and implement individualized treatment plans, we set realistic goals, and we help you reach these goals."  ---- Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE"

 
Kelly Steiner, MSN, ANP-BC (Nurse Practitioner)

Kelly grew up in Randolph, New Jersey and attended the University of Georgia where she completed her undergraduate studies in Communications and Psychology, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She continued with her education, receiving her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2006. Upon graduation, she began employment at VCU Health Systems as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit. Kelly pursued her Master’s Degree in Nursing at VCU specializing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and graduated in 2009.

Her professional credentials include board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Kelly is a national member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), National Association of Bariatric Nurses (NABN), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She is also a local member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP).


Kelly’s passion for caring for others facing physical or emotional challenges has been inspired by her own difficult, multi-year journey as a patient herself, within the hospital, surgical, outpatient, and rehabilitation health care settings. 

During her tenure at VCU, Kelly was awarded the 2006 VCU School of Nursing Marguerite G. Nicholson Award, presented annually to the graduating senior student who "best demonstrates the humanitarian qualities of unselfishness, helpfulness to others, consideration, and humility."

"My practice philosophy has been founded in a solid nursing education and guided by my own personal experiences as a patient. I understand, first hand, the great importance of nurses serving as a therapeutic partner and patient advocate in the health care system.  I strive to empower patients with education by using clear and compassionate communication. In turn, patients are then well equipped to make informed personal decisions to guide and manage their own health care experiences.  I am committed to treating patients in a warm and holistic manner. By experience, I have learned that achieving wellness not only focuses on a patient’s specific medical diagnosis but includes healing from within by honoring the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, culture, relationships, and environment." 

"At Virginia Weight and Wellness, we are committed to providing individualized, medically-supervised weight-loss plans focusing on nutritional development, behavior modifications and exercise.  It is an environment where patients are treated with the utmost respect and support while they reach their personal goals.  If you are considering a visit to our practice, I look forward to meeting you and feel honored to be a part of your wellness journey."


Erin Poston, PA-C (Physician Assistant)

Erin Poston grew up in the Richmond / Central Virginia area and attended King William High School where she had the honor of being her class salutatorian before obtaining her BS in Biology from Mary Washington College in 2000.  She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania in 2003.  Since then she has been helping patients achieve their health goals in her family medicine practice in the Richmond area for over 10 years.

She has enjoyed great satisfaction in her career knowing that she is impacting patients' lives for the better and has formed trusting comfortable relationships with her patients over the years, working side by side to support patients in achieving their goals for successful long term weight loss and overall improved health and well being. 

Erin is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants (VAPA).

She resides in Midlothian with her husband, who is a teacher, and their 2 young daughters.  She enjoys exercise, hiking, boating, teaching Sunday school, and playing the piano.



Heather Sedwick, PA-C (Physician Assistant)

Heather grew up out west in Nevada and Utah.  She attended Brigham Young University and earned her Bachelor's degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology.  During that time she also worked as a physical therapy aide in spine therapy.  After graduating in 2006, she attended JMU's PA program where she earned her Master's degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Physician Assistant Studies.  She is a board certified PA and practiced Family Medicine for 5 years in the Richmond area.  During that time she found a great love and concern for the patients with whom she worked with.  After relocating to the Staunton / Fishersville area, she cared for uninsured patients in the Augusta Regional Free Clinic where she became better at looking for options for those who feel unable to overcome barriers to improved health and well-being.  

During these years of practicing medicine, she has found a great love for developing a strong patient-provider relationship.  She appreciates the chance she has to listen to people, understand what they are experiencing, and find ways to improve their health.  Her great joy is getting to see a person over time and catch-up with them on their lives and health from visit to visit.  She understands that each person is at a different level and stage in their journey to their best health and has compassion for those who do not feel they are where they want to be.  Helping patients set achievable goals that will lead to long term change is a passion for her, and she hopes to make everyone feel comfortable with embracing struggles and setbacks to move forward with each new day.

Heather is excited to be back in the Richmond area with her husband and 3 young children.  She loves to cook, try new foods and restaurants, run, ski/waterski, listen to podcasts, and spend time outdoors with her family.  She is excited to be part of the team at Virginia Weight and Wellness and looks forward to being part of your team for better health!

Brigitte, PharmD, BCPS, FNAP (Practice Manager)

Brigitte grew up in Northern Virginia and attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1998 and completed both a general pharmacy practice residency (1999) and a specialized residency in primary ambulatory care (2000) at the Medical University of South Carolina.

From 2000 - 2015, she served on faculty at the VCU School of Pharmacy where she was an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services.  As Vice Chair, she provided oversight of the department's clinical activities, assisted faculty in developing their clinical practice sites, served as a liaison with the practice partners, and worked with key leaders and stakeholders to develop patient-centered pharmacy services.

She is passionate about providing patient-centered care and has over 17 years of experience providing patient care as a member of interprofessional teams in internal medicine and endocrinology with an emphasis on chronic disease management, medication management, medication reconciliation, medication adherence counseling, and motivational interviewing.

She has received several teaching and mentoring awards and was recently named a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system.

Brigitte resides in Glen Allen with her husband and their 2 young daughters.  She enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

She is extremely excited to be a part of this team of health providers recognized in our community for their clinical experience and focus on proactive, individualized care.  Most of all, she is excited to partner with our amazing patients in achieving their health and wellness goals.

 

Angela (Reception and Front Desk Coordinator)

Angela has more than 20 years of experience in the medical administration field with backgrounds in endocrinology, ENT, and physical therapy.
 
Angela loves being a mom and wife to her two favorite men.  She is no stranger to hard work and some of her passions include working and growing her vegetable garden, preserving what she grows, cooking, crafting, involving herself in her church (including being a Sunday school teacher), and raising her son to be the best he can be both morally and honorably.

When you check in for your appointments, you will meet Angela at the front desk and we are excited for you to speak with Angela when you call in to see how she can be of assistance to you in any way possible.  







Diane (Lead Medical Assistant)

Diane grew up in Pittstown, NJ and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology.  While there, she spent time raising money for Alzheimer's Disease Research and worked as the Resident Advisor of her sorority house.  She also enjoyed volunteering at Warm Hearth Village and the Lewis Gale Emergency Department.

She hopes to attend medical school in the future and is eager to gain clinical experience at Virginia Weight and Wellness.  She understands that vast skill sets required to succeed while pursuing a career in healthcare, and is excited to learn from a team of compassionate and experienced providers.

In her free time, Diane enjoys baking and cooking new recipes as well as traveling to new places.  She likes to stay active by running, playing tennis, and loves cheering on the Hokies.



Laura (Medical Assistant)

Laura is a 2016 graduate from James Madison University.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and plans to attend dental school in the future.

She is excited to work alongside the Virginia Weight and Wellness team and enhance her clinical knowledge by working closely with both patients and healthcare team members.  She believes her passion for helping others and desire to learn will help to provide her patients with the best experience.  She is constantly inspired by the healthcare providers who have helped her throughout her life.

In her free time, Laura enjoys volunteering at her church, baking, swimming, spending time with her dog, and rooting on Pittsburgh sports teams. 




Elizabeth (Medical Assistant)

Elizabeth graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in chemistry.  During her time at Tech, Elizabeth mentored life science students through the DaVinci Living Learning Community while also working at the campus gym.  In addition, she enjoyed working with Virginia Tech Sports Medicine through her field study with athletics and as a student athletic trainer during the summer for the football team.

She one day hopes to attend Physician Assistant school in order to begin her career in sports medicine.  Her passion for athletics and a healthy lifestyle make Virginia Weight and Wellness the ideal place for her to gain patient care experience along with valuable knowledge that she can utilize in her later schooling and career.  Her goal is to thoroughly communicate with each patient to ensure that they receive the best care possible and feel comfortable at every appointment.  She is thrilled to be a part of the VWW team, providing her the opportunity to learn from skilled and dedicated providers.

Elizabeth is a Hoosier by birth and a Hokie by heart.  In the Fall she is a dedicated VT football fan and in the winter she cheers on her IU Men's Basketball team.  She enjoys playing tennis, going to the gym, and spending time with her family.  She is extremely excited to be a member of the VWW team and looks forward to her future growth at this practice.
 

 

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