43,641 lbs

Total weight lost since December 2013

30,259 lbs

Total body fat lost since December 2013


Patients helped to live a healthier life

40 lbs

Average weight lost on the program

Our focus and passion is to help you live a healthier, more vibrant life from the inside out. We specialize in weight loss, using the Ideal Protein Protocol. Ideal Protein is a medically designed and supervised, partial meal-replacement, ketogenic protocol. The protocol works by restricting your carbohydrate consumption, to encourage your body to use its fat stores for energy. This flip of the fuel source helps you maintain muscle throughout weight loss, so you can burn more fat.

Our Wellness Team

The Virginia Heart Health and Wellness center offers a comprehensive program to help our patients get the weight loss kick start they need and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our wellness team has helped hundreds of patients in the Northern Virginia area achieve their weight loss goals, become more active, and live a life they never believed possible. In addition to our team of certified health and wellness coaches, we have a registered dietician on staff who is available for one-on-one consultations, providing meal planning and guiding to meet specific medical conditions and individual needs.

Virginia Heart is an independent authorized Ideal Protein Clinic.

What is Ideal Protein? Ideal Protein is a medically designed and professionally supervised weight loss protocol intended to improve overall health and wellness through successful weight loss and weight maintenance. It is a 3-phased protocol that helps you set, achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.

Maintaining Your Weight Loss

Once weight loss is achieved by following the Ideal Protein protocol, we will transition to stabilization and then maintenance. Patients will continue to work with their wellness coach who will tailor stabilization and maintenance to each individual's needs. In stabilization, we begin removing the meal replacements and add in whole foods such as complex carbohydrates, whole grains, starchy vegetables, fruit, healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds, and incorporate lean proteins. As the patient gains confidence and comfortability in their new lifestyle the transition to maintenance will begin. Phase 3 is the removal of all meal replacements and mirrors a heart healthy Mediterranean diet. Through every step, a coach is there to providing individualized meal suggestions/recipes, and lifestyle tips to provide an empowering lifelong change!

Contact Us

Virginia Heart is excited to partner with you for a healthier life! To learn more about our programs give our wellness center a call at 703-766-5893 or email weightloss@tcg.md

Meet our Health and Wellness Coaches

Mara Peck: Health and Wellness Coach

Mara earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Business from the University of South Carolina. During her time there, Mara worked at the University's Center for Health and Wellbeing and was a member of their Public Health Society. As a health and wellness coach, Mara is passionate about being an accountability partner to her clients throughout their weight loss journey and likes to take a holistic approach when coaching. She enjoys helping them set and reach for their wellness goals and share in their successes. In her spare time, Mara enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and visiting family and friends in her hometown of Philadelphia.

Caribay Reyes: Health and Wellness Coach

Caribay (Cari) earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Andes in Venezuela where she also taught English at the Medical School. Cari has an extensive history working directly with patients as a dietician and nutrition counselor. Most recently, she worked at the American Diabetes Association coaching patients affected by diabetes on nutrition and health education, personalizing their individual plans based on their background and health condition. Cari is passionate about helping others and guiding them to achieve their goals. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, watching horror movies and spending time with her husband and cat, Piki.

Liliana Mulhern: Health and Wellness Coach

Liliana Mulhern studied biochemistry at The University of Bolivia in her native country. Health and fitness have always been her passion and lifestyle. She enjoys counseling and coaching her dieters as they drop pounds and achieve their health objectives. In her spare time, Liliana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as staying active with good workouts at the gym.

Eve Mogadam, NP: Medical Director

Eve is the Medical Director and Director for the APP Program at Virginia Heart. She received her Master of Science, Nursing at George Washington University and her Master of Health Education and Wellness at George Mason University. She lives with her husband in Annandale, Virginia, but enjoys visiting her son in Virginia Beach and daughter in Colorado. Her hobbies include reading, walking, gardening, and relaxing by her Koi pond.

Lauren Miller: Program Manager & Health Coach

Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in public health and health sciences with a minor in nutrition. As a certified Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) group exercise instructor, she has extensive experience as a fitness specialist working with clients to implement a healthy diet and exercise regimen. She has served as a nutritionist for the Virginia Department of Health in Spotsylvania County and the City of Fredericksburg, before joining Virginia Heart. Lauren is extremely passionate and excited to see her patients transform their lifestyle and live each day to the fullest. In her spare time she spends time with her family, and likes to go for walks with her dog and husband.

Common Questions

  • How does Ideal Protein work? 

    Ideal Protein is a 3-phase protocol. Phase 1= weight loss. Personalized coaching sessions, using meal replacements to maintain muscle mass while burning fat during weight loss. Phase 2= stabilization. Weaning off the meal replacements, and gaining lifestyle education from your coach for successful maintenance. Phase 3= maintenance. Maintenance education, continuing to meet with your coach for accountability, and discontinuing use of meal replacements. 

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John's Story- Sleep Apnea and Wellness

John appreciates the coordinated "one-stop" care he receives from Virginia Heart. This proud member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Regimental Band has vastly improved his cardiovascular and sleep health by losing 80 pounds on the Ideal Protein weight loss program. Having his general cardiology, sleep apnea and weight loss care all provided to him by the Virginia Heart team makes it easy for him to keep marching on the road to good health.