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Comprehensive Planning to Make Healthy Changes

The Lifestyle Consult Service allows you to get a comprehensive lifestyle medicine plan and help implementing the plan. This plan can help you make healthy changes to your behavior. It takes advantage of a network of health care teams with a focus on lifestyle to help you prevent and treat disease. Patients get similar care regardless of where you get care at University of Utah Health.

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What Is a Lifestyle Consult?

A lifestyle consult is a consultation or appointment where you meet with a health care provider specializing in lifestyle health factors. At this appointment you will explore these areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep
  • Emotional health/resilience

During this consult, we help you get resources to live your best life.

You care team may includes a variety of specialists with a specific interest in this area, such as:

  • dieticians,
  • coaches,
  • sleep specialists,
  • physical therapists,
  • athletic trainers,
  • social worker/psychologists, and
  • advance practice clinicians/physicians. 

You don’t have to get a referral to have this service, though you could get one from your current primary physician or other health care provider. We will connect you to the best team members to help you depending on your interests and needs.

Prevent, Manage, & Treat Chronic Disease

Lifestyle medicine is the use of these tools to treat and possibly reverse chronic disease:

  • Whole food
  • Plant-predominant dietary lifestyle
  • Regular physical activity
  • Restorative sleep
  • Stress management
  • Avoidance of risky substances
  • Positive social connection

You should think about a lifestyle consult if you are looking for ways to change your lifestyle to prevent or treat chronic disease.

If you already have one or more chronic diseases, such as pre-diabetes, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, mental health conditions, and others, you may be able to lessen their symptoms. You could also slow the progress of your illness.

If you don’t yet have a condition, you may be able to prevent it by focusing on these lifestyle factors:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep
  • Emotional and spiritual health

If you have a severe disease, you may want to schedule an appointment directly with a specialist, such as a cardiologist, weight management/bariatrics specialist, or psychiatrist.

Initial Consults

For your first consultation, you will meet with one of these team members.

Richmond S. Doxey, MD

General Internal Medicine

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Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine: Non-Surgical

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Rachel Goossen, MD

Family Medicine

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Tiffany F. Ho, MPH, MD

Family Medicine, Transgender Health, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

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Amy B. Locke, MD, FAAFP

Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Family Medicine

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Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Transgender Health, Lifestyle Medicine

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Jose E. Morales Moreno, MD

General Pediatrics, Lifestyle Medicine

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Susan D. Pohl, MD, FAAFP

Obstetrics, Women's Health, General Pediatrics

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Selim W. Sheikh, DO, MBA, DipABLM, FAAFP

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Integrative Medicine

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Carole H. Stipelman, MD, MPH, FAAP

General Pediatrics, Lifestyle Medicine

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Steven G. Sugden, MD, MPH, MSS

Addiction Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Psychiatry

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Christina Thuet, MD, FAAP

General Pediatrics, Lifestyle Medicine

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Sonja N. Van Hala, MD, MPH, DipABLM, FAAFP

Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Women's Health, General Pediatrics, Lifestyle Medicine

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Alessandra Zimmerman Maw, PA-C, MPAS, MPA

Family Medicine, Transgender Health, Adolescent Menstrual Management, Lifestyle Medicine

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Rich Wolferz, MD

Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine

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Secondary Consults

Secondary consultations are appointments with specialists that your care team recommends you see.


University Orthopaedic Center (UOC)

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How to Request a Consultation

To request a consultation, as your care provider or doctor for a referral. You can also schedule with us directly by calling the Skaggs Patient Wellness Center.

Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

Phone: 801-213-8720


We will bill your insurance for the consultation.

Find more information about which insurances we accept and billing.