Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD

 

Dr. Susan Baumgaertel, MD is a Menu for Change provider
Dr. Susan Baumgaertel, MD is a Menu for Change provider. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.

I’ve been in private practice at The Polyclinic since 1996. I truly enjoy my Internal Medicine primary care focus, and have been in the Partnership in Health program since its inception over thirteen years ago.

Along the way, I’ve been working with my patients to better manage their weight. I’ve also heard countless stories of which weight loss program worked best and which program was the worst. I’ve seen my patients try and fail so many different “diets” that I’ve lost track of how many there are out there. The stories are almost always the same – things work for a while, then the weight just comes back. There is a commonality to the reasons for failure: life stress (divorce, job loss, relocation, family trouble), financial (just can’t afford that club anymore), motivational (I just can’t find the time any more), and lack of accountability.

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Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.

I’ve found that there is just too much information out in the Internet world we live in. It is often times confusing and contradictory. Our day-to-day lives get so busy and we sometimes just don’t make time for ourselves any more. We are available to others 24/7 but not available to ourselves.

Menu for Change journey

My journey to creating the Menu for Change program has been so rewarding. I’ve connected with people from all professions and disciplines, and from all over the United States and abroad. I even met Jack LaLanne in 2009…what a cutie! As I’ve developed and refined the program content, it has been very rewarding to share experiences and ideas with my local and regional colleagues. It has also been a great pleasure to welcome Kira Baum and Carrie Dennett to my program’s journey. I believe we complement each other and bring to the table a collective expertise that is rich and varied.

  • Dr. Baumgaertel in front of a Seattle Seahawks mural
    Susan Baumgaertel, MD believes in empowering people to make change. This is fundamental to their shifting balance in health and wellness. This is so important to more successful weight management, and accountability is key in her Menu for Change program.
  • Winner of a yoga mat a Menu for Change event
    The Menu for Change program includes access to special events, including the annual potluck. Participants have an opportunity to meet and chat with providers and guests of the program. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Dr. Baumgaertel promoting Menu for Change
    Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Dr. Baumgaertel hosts monthly walks as part of Menu for Change events
    The Menu for Change program includes access to special events, as well as monthly walks. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Dr. Baumgaertel hosts regular events for Menu for the Change program
    The Menu for Change program includes access to special events, as well as lectures, health activities and the annual potluck. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Dr. Baumgaertel hosts regular health activities for Menu for the Change program
    The Menu for Change program includes access to special events, as well as lectures, health activities and the annual potluck. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.