If you want the best, come to the best – Idaho Weight Loss

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.

Deb A. Mabbutt

MS, PA-C, Member Obesity Medicine Association

“I enjoy putting the pieces of the puzzle together regarding treating the individual patient. Medicine is not an exact science, and research gives us new information all the time. My goal is to give our patients the tools to become healthier individuals and avoid those diseases that are caused from being obese.”

Deb received her master’s degree as a physician assistant from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. She did her residency training in family practice medicine in the Treasure Valley of Boise. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from Boise State University.

Deb is member of the Idaho Association of Physician Assistants, and the Idaho Medical Association. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, cycling, and gardening.

Her winter weekends are spent as a National Ski Patroller at Soldier Mountain, where she is the medical advisor as well as a certified Senior Patroller. Deb is also a certified Outdoor Emergency Care instructor.