43,641 lbs

Total weight lost since December 2013

30,259 lbs

Total body fat lost since December 2013

1,979

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

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

Jun 3, 2020, 13:14 PM
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.
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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. 

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

Jun 3, 2020, 13:14 PM
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.
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