A medical weight loss specialist has undergone additional education, training, and testing to become board certified in Bariatrics. Also, to become board certified, the national board of Obesity Medicine Association sends a previously board-certified physician to observe the practice and evaluate the physician and the clinic operations. This physician then reports back to a board of other physicians before final certification can be granted. Dr. Chris Puempel has qualified under these conditions and is Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine.

Because of this qualification, weight loss with an Obesity Medical Specialist is a complete program focusing not only on weight loss but also on weight maintenance. Specialists are skilled in helping overweight patients deal with their personal highs and lows during a weight loss program. They are experienced in the roadblocks of becoming successful in controlling the disease called overweight and obesity.