Dr. Christine James, ND, Weight Loss Physician
As a regional leader in obesity medicine, Dr. Christine James helps people transform their lives. She provides science-based, individualized weight loss programs to the Seattle area at Sound Medical Weight Loss located in Kirkland, Washington. Dr. James specializes in helping patients reduce and manage their weight to improve their health and overall well-being. Her medical weight loss programs specifically address many weight related conditions such as heart health, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea and many more.
Dr. James earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. There, she developed her nutritional, dietary, diagnostic, and disease management skills. After obtaining her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine she completed nearly a year long externship with a cardiologist where she received advanced training in conventional and integrative cardiovascular care. She has advanced training in obesity medicine to address the complexities of weight gain.
Patients receive comprehensive medical assessment, metabolic analysis, and an individualized weight loss plan when they meet with Dr. James. Her holistic approach improves their overall wellness and helps them reach a healthy body weight. She addresses diet, exercise, lifestyle as well as beliefs, emotions, eating disorders and behaviors. She may recommend advanced tests for food sensitivities, weight related genetics, as well as hormone and metabolic panels, to help identify hidden factors that can inhibit weight loss to better help her patients achieve their goals.
Dr. James has a compassionate, honest approach to weight loss and truly wants to help her patients lead their healthiest and most vital lives.
Aman Gill, ARNP Weight Loss Provider & Botox/Filler Specialist
Aman Gill is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University where she received her Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner. She brings over 10 years of experience to her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Aman believes that every patient is a unique individual and as a result, she treats every patient with the respect and dignity that they deserve. She focuses on providing holistic, non-judgmental, compassionate care in a positive healthcare environment. She is dedicated to educating patients in promoting healthy habits and preventing disease. Aman’s philosophy is to strive for progress, not perfection!
Sarah Kniss, Patient Coordinator & Office Manager
Living a healthy lifestyle has always played a major role in Sarah's life. She studied Kinesiology and Health Science at Biola University where She also played volleyball. She spent 5 years as a personal trainer before getting into the medical career. With 10 years of experience in professional office positions with high-volume, high-pressure environments, She skillfully manage administrative duties and client relations. Her passion is to build relationships and help others become better versions of themselves, both physically and personally.
Mariel Ilardi, Coaching Specialist
Mariel became a weight loss coach with SMWL after being a patient herself -- she was Dr. James' first "feature of the month," having lost 65 pounds through the program! In addition to coaching SMWL patients, Mariel is the founder and CEO of Haven Coaching, an executive and career coaching company. Mindfulness-based tools and resources are the key bridge between Mariel's weight loss and executive clients; mindfulness truly changes lives.
Mariel is a seasoned executive with experience owning $1 billion+ P&Ls and managing large (50+ person) multi-layered teams. She is an alum of Wall Street, Amazon, The Wharton School (MBA) and Harvard University (BA). Mariel is also trained by the World Coaching Institute, an accredited International Coach Federation program.
Mariel has a strong track record of delivering forward leaps in growth and efficiency in the corporate world. However, Mariel's super-power lies in her warmth, empathy, and her ability to draw mindset shifts and maximum joy out of her clients so they can achieve their biggest, boldest dreams.
Brian Lovelace, Coaching Specialist
Change happens when we give ourselves permission to think differently." -Brian Lovelace
As a pioneer to life, Brian found his passion in helping others succeed through 20,000+ hours (18 years) of fitness/ performance/ cognitive coaching practice. He began practicing NLP (neuro-linguistics programming) as a tool for development in communication and personal growth for clients looking to drastically impact their lives with positive change through cognitive and behavioral management. As a teacher, mentor, and coach, Brian still considers himself a constant student. Brian says, "You cannot coach a destination that's never been experienced before, but you can coach an opportunity to experience it.
Chante Fiamengo, Master Aesthetician
Chante Fiamengo is a Master Aesthetician with an extensive background in laser treatments, and body contouring. She has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years starting her career as a Makeup Artist and taking her passion for skin, beauty, and health to the next level to provide the best service for her clients.
Her philosophy is “Thoughts become things” and believes that with the power of the mind and a positive attitude, anything can be accomplished.