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.

Virginia Heart Registered Dietitian Counseling

Registered dietitians assess patients health and nutritional needs and counsel patients accordingly. The registered dietitians at Virginia Heart will counsel patients on nutrition, healthy eating habits, the importance of physical activity while helping the patient to develop a mean and nutrition plan.

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

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.

Liliana Mulhern: Health and Wellness Coach (Fairfax)

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.

Cassie Santaniello: Health and Wellness Coach (Alexandria & Vienna)

Cassie Santaniello holds a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her dietetic internship in NY, with a concentration in wellness. Upon graduating from the internship, she obtained her Registered Dietitian credential. She served as a clinical dietitian for Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in Providence, RI prior to joining Virginia Heart. Cassie's ultimate goal is to educate and help foster the achievement and maintenance of optimal health and wellbeing for each client she is granted the opportunity of working with. In her spare time, she loves to cook, go for long walks with her dog, and spend time with her friends and family.

Alexia Small: Health and Wellness Coach (Stone Springs)

As someone who has experienced the benefits of the Ideal Protein Protocol first hand, Alexia is excited to be part of a team of professionals that help patients achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is extremely passionate about helping others and is focused on helping others succeed with their personal weight loss goals by providing the education necessary, an empathetic ear, and encouraging and supportive coaching. Before joining the team at Virginia Heart, she owned and ran a successful business in Northern Virginia for 10 years, and has hosted over 20 teens from overseas through a non-profit peace and friendship building program. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and spending free time with her grandchild, family & friends.

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.

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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