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Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers is an independent, locally owned and operated resource here in Lincoln that’s part of a nationwide network of medically-guided weight loss centers.
Give us a brief synopsis of what your company does.
Our specialty is healthy weight loss, with a focus on changing behavior and establishing new habits so that a person’s lifestyle supports his or her continued success. We want you to lose the weight, we want you to keep it off, and we want you to do it safely.
How long have you been in Lincoln?
Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers has been in Lincoln for 7 years now, but the company’s roots date all the way back to 1978.
Who are the owners/important executives?
Nancy and Jethro Hopkins are co-owners of PWLC Lincoln.
What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours?
As far as I know, locally, we are the only independent specialty clinic focused strictly on weight loss that has medical personnel on staff. We do this primarily to ensure the health and safety of our clients, but also to provide them with the support in the key areas that will ultimately determine their success all in one place. This also allows us to work with clients who have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart issues that would usually preclude them from dieting without serious risks involved. We change people’s lives by giving them weight loss options that are healthy and permanent, but that don’t require continued use of our products forever either.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know?
Our facility operates exactly as a medical clinic would – we have registered nurses on staff as well as the support services of a licensed mental health practitioner for behavioral guidance, our staff members have a variety of certifications, and we work under the supervision of doctors. In fact, we are a referral clinic, meaning a lot of our clients were referred to us from their primary physician because of our practices.
As such, some of our clients have been able to get reimbursed for their weight loss program through their health insurance plan/provider. This won’t cover up-front costs, but with your physician and PWLC working together to submit the necessary paperwork to your insurance company upon request, it’s a possibility to explore but largely depends on the insurance company. But, I think it’s important that more people are aware of this so they are able to take full advantage.
What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced?
Ironically, our best quality is tied to our biggest challenge – reminding people we are here and that we’ve been here for 40 years because our method works and we do it the right way. We even guarantee what we do works. But in the weight loss industry, whether it works or it doesn’t, people tend to go after the new trend or the latest fad and forget that they only reason you’ve lasted the test of time is because you’re actually helping people.
What has been your most important achievement as a business?
As the new owner for Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Center as of March of this year I would say my biggest achievement was very minimal disruption during the transition stage. We were there for our clients under the previous owners, and as the new owners we are still there for them in the same ways. It was a smooth transition that I would consider unnoticed by our clients.
What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?
Lincoln is a big small town. You get to know your clients and develop lasting relationships. When you do things right people know and vice versa. I believe this helps keep the playing field even for quality local businesses, as evidenced by how many there are here.
What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?
We are actively involved with LIBA. I am a strong believer that LIBA gives small businesses a voice. We are also involved with and support the work of Clinic With a Heart and the Children’s Advocacy Center. It’s our belief that as a locally owned and operated business, it’s our duty to help make our community a better place, so 100% of our efforts are directed towards local organizations.
What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?
Our society has been fixated on instant gratification and quick-fix dieting, so there’s always something new on the market. These fail to address the time it takes to literally reprogram a lifetime’s worth of bad habits. If you don’t fix the underlying problem, nothing will change long-term. Physician’s WEIGHT LOSS Centers has been around for more than 40 years, and for the most part has done business the same way during that time. This is because we’ve put everything in place that’s necessary to find a way that does work for each individual.
What do you see happening with the business in the next five years?
We plan to continue helping people do weight loss in a way that’s healthy for them and sets them up to succeed in reaching their goals. Corporate wellness has really caught on in recent years, so we plan to branch out more there and offer our services to local companies.
Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers – Lincoln is located at 5377 S. 34th St., Suite 200 in Williamsburg Village.
Find out more about Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers by visiting pwlclincoln.com, calling (402) 483-7952, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Call today to speak with a counselor or to schedule a convenient free consultation!