If you are overweight, your health may be at risk.

That’s why, before you sign up for any weight loss program, you should ask these questions for your own safety:

At Idaho Weight Loss, the answers are always YES. Protecting your health and welfare means everything to us.

The Idaho Weight Loss medical practice philosophy is that each patient will be evaluated individually. A weight loss and maintenance plan will be developed to meet the specific needs of every patient in accordance with the guidelines of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). Honesty, respect, and medical safety for every patient are our highest priorities.

Exceptional Care from an Exceptional Team

At Idaho Weight Loss in Boise, our medical obesity management doctors specialize in healthy weight loss you will discover something extremely rare in today’s weight loss clinics: real doctors and staff with real credentials and over 100 years of combined experience helping real people lose weight and improve their health. Our clinic was the first and may still be the only clinic in America with three board-certified weight loss physicians. Practitioners travel across America to Idaho Weight Loss in Boise to meet with our medical obesity management doctors, study teh program or receive medical treatment themselves.

Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)

The OMA is the largest association of clinicians working in the field of obesity medicine. OMA physicians have formulated guidelines to ensure the most advanced care for those who seek treatment regarding overweight conditions.

The OMA is the national non-profit professional association of physicians. Through its excellence in medical education and research, the OMA provides its members with guidelines and procedures to follow in the practice of quality care bariatric medicine. So, when you select a physician with this professional affiliation, you can be confident knowing your physician is receiving the most up-to-date information in the field.

Overweight and obesity produce numerous health risk factors that can lead to serious diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions. Just a few pounds of weight loss can dramatically reduce your health risk profile. Your choice of a Boise area medical obesity management is an investment you make in the rest of your life and the gift you give to others who count on you.

Our program developer, Allen Rader, MD, has been nationally recognized by the OMA as the Medical Weight Loss Doctor of the Year. Our clinical results are no secrets, either. We post them on our website.

Come to the home of the “gold standard” of weight loss, and see how Idaho-Weight Loss of Boise’s medical obesity management doctors can help you. Call us or click to schedule an appointment.

If you want the best, come to the best

Idaho Weight Loss was the first weight loss center in America with three physicians certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Michelle M. Freshwater

MD, OMA, Diplomate of ABOM

“I started as a successful patient in our weight loss clinic. Finally getting control of my own weight made an incredible difference in my life. I want to help patients find the same success that I experienced. I like being a health partner with my patients. I hope to give them the knowledge and skills to manage their own health.”

“The fact that I have struggles with my own weight helps me relate to my patients. I understand the challenges they’re facing, and I draw on my own successes and failures to find solutions to obstacles. I love working with patients who take responsibility for their choices, actions, and success.”


Dr. Freshwater earned her M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency training in family medicine at the Via Christi Family Practice Residency program in Wichita, KS. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Freshwater is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and serves on its Advocacy Committee. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping in the outdoors, as well as filmmaking with her husband and 2 active sons.

Blythe Bartos

MD, OMA, Diplomate of ABOM

Dr. Blythe Bartos received her B.S in Biology from Stanford University and her M.D. from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine since 2018. 

After residency she spent 14 years as a hospitalist working for Kaiser Permanente in California.  During this time, she developed her skills and a passion for treating obesity.   In 2021 she and her family moved to Idaho where she expanded her skill set by working in primary care. Dr. Bartos joined Idaho Weight Loss in August 2023. 

Dr. Bartos is passionate about the practice of obesity medicine and is committed to working with her patients to “treat the roots, and not the fruits” of the disease.  Born in Mexico, Dr. Bartos is fluent in Spanish. She values educating and treating our Latin community.  

When not at work, Dr. Bartos can be found enjoying the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer with her three daughters and husband of 19 years.  As a family they enjoy camping, skiing, bicycling, and hiking. 

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