I’m Lora, a bariatric therapist, coach, and professional speaker with over 20 years of experience in obesity medicine. 

My passion is equipping people just like you with tools for change as they tackle barriers that have kept them from making lasting change in their wellness journey. Bariatric surgery answers how you will lose weight. But just as essential, you need to get to the root of why you eat. This is where I come in.

I help you work on the missing piece of bariatric treatment: recognizing the mental and emotional factors that affect weight loss and well-being. Or as I call it, headwork.

My expertise includes providing individual therapy and 1:1 coaching, facilitating bariatric support groups, and engaging patients in my online course, Foundations in Headwork for Healthy Weight Loss.

Additionally, I provide education to both medical providers and bariatric patients through speaking engagements and behavioral health classes at conferences and educational institutions.

Together, we will change your life for the better so you may be healthy in body, mind, and spirit.


"Lora is the support I needed. It is impossible to do a life-change on your own. Her support has been invaluable to every part of my life. She looks at the whole person and I am grateful for this."

Mary, Bariatric Patient

"I have had the pleasure of participating in several of Lora's presentations, and each time I leave educated, motivated, and inspired. She's phenomenal."

Paul Kemmeter, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon

"I needed somebody to tell me how to actually be successful and lead a healthier life. I had all the head knowledge in the world, but couldn't figure out how to actually apply it. I needed someone to help me."

Tom, Bariatric Patient

Individual Counseling

From a cozy office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lora provides therapy for clients seeking a healthier lifestyle and weight loss. These sessions are in-person or virtual. Please note, Lora currently only accepts insurance from patients in Michigan, but can serve self-pay clients anywhere in the US.

Group Counseling & Teaching

Lora also teaches bariatric behavioral classes and leads group therapy, facilitating both support groups and in-depth therapeutic cohort groups through the online bariatric support platform, BariNation.

Reach Out! 

If you are interested in learning more about Lora's services and the best way to engage with these offerings on your personal health journey, email her at [email protected]

Take the Next Step

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