myWELLNESS Weight Loss

I am so excited to bring our new weight loss program to our patients.  Healthy weight is absolutely critical to health.  For many of our patients, weight loss is the single most important priority to improve their health. Illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint pain, heart disease and many others can be cured or vastly improved.  But, losing weight is one of the most difficult tasks anyone can face.  

Obesity is an illness.  Like other illnesses, it takes an in depth understanding of the complex interactions between your body, food and activity to treat.  For these reasons, I strongly believe weight loss requires a team approach and that a physician should lead the team.  This is true in terms of success and in terms of safety.  In addition, the team approach is necessary to ensure consistency over the weeks or months that it takes to lose the weight.

As many of you know, we are using the Ideal Protein Protocol with great results.  The fact is, if you can avoid carbohydrates and eat a reasonable number of calories (protein and fats), you will lose weight.  Women in our program average 2.5 pounds of weight loss per week.  Men closer to 3 to 4 pounds per week.  The key is consistency.  

While anyone can do a "low carb" diet on their own (and I generally encourage most patients to try this first), it is difficult to have the discipline and staying power to stay true for the length of time necessary.  Our coaches help make sure you stay on track and meet with you in person at least once a week.  

Let's look at an example.  A 53 year old woman wishes to loose 40 pounds.  After being cleared by a physician to begin, she meets with her coach and has body composition analysis done, measurements, weight and photos (if desired).  She then receives a customized weight loss plan and journal.  She will meet with her coach every week and repeat her analysis and review the plan.  She will receive training and start on 3 meal replacements per day.  She will continue to eat 1 meal per day outside the diet and we specifically teach what to eat and what to avoid.  This outside meal is the first step in learning how to eat outside the diet.  We anticipate she will lose her goal 40 pounds over 16 weeks.  She will continue to see her coach as she transitions off the meal replacements and continues to build knowledge of how to eat outside the diet.

So that summarizes the myWELLNESS Weight Loss approach.   Please call 845-5700 for more information.  Ask for Emmanuel or Julie.  Email:

Best of luck in your own weight loss.

Dr Payne

The City Magazine

In the next few weeks we will be featured in "The City" El Paso Magazine.  Here is a glimpse. 


Here's the real story--I am an internal medicine doctor...  

About 6 years ago I joined a private practice.  After working like a fiend seeing 30+ patients a day, I decided to change my practice.  I became a "Private Physician".  This is sometimes called "Concierge Medicine" (although I don't like this term much).

This is how my practice used to be (and how most visits to the doctor are still):

--3-4 month waiting list for an appointment

--patients would get to see me for 10-20 minutes at the most

--patients would often wait for an hour or more for me in the lobby

--physical examinations were limited in scope

--I was not able to follow my patients in the hospital

--my staff had to protect me from hundreds of messages and phone calls, they actually formed a barrier between me and my patients to try and protect my time

--there was not enough time to do all of the things necessary for patients


I tried my best but the reality was it was not the best care.

This is how it is now:

--every patient has my personal cell number and email

--most visits are 45 to 90 minutes long

--patients' time is valuable and we make the wait short (usually less than 10 minutes)

--same day appointments for acute care--most of my patients do not have to use urgent care centers because they can be seen or can speak to me directly 24 hours a day 7 days a week

--questions answered in real time

--a comprehensive physical examination with a wellness report for every patient

--an "Executive Physical"  for upper Tier patients that is based on the same physical done at the Mayo Clinic and Cooper Clinic

--These Executive Physicals cost $2500 or more.  My upper Tier patients pay far less than this AND they have a private doctor who is on call for them 24/7

--I am able to take care of my patients if they are hospitalized

Each of my patients now receives the very best care I am capable of providing.

The cost of this program starts at $69 per month

I feel this is the future of medicine.  I believe that patients taken care of in this manner will live longer and healthier lives.  This is truly an investment in a person's future health.  If you think about all the things we spend money on, for the cost of basic cable or cell phone service, you can safeguard the most important thing--health.


Dr Payne's New Program Featured on KFOX

Thursday April 24, 2014

Dr Douglas Payne's new program "my WELLNESS" was featured on the local news.  Concierge care for the average citizen.

The "my WELLNESS" program provides exceptionally high quality care with rapid access to your doctor and outstanding preventive care.

A couple of corrections to the story.  Dr Payne accepts insurance but the "my WELLNESS" program is paid for outside of insurance.  At the end of the story Ms. Castillo states the Dr. Payne will continue to see patients if they do not sign-up for the plan.  This is incorrect.  All patients in his practice are part of the "my WELLNESS" program.


Please click this link to view the story and video