Board certified in family medicine and obesity medicine, Spencer Wong, MD, FAAFP, has experience working in the community and outpatient settings within the Bay Area and Central Valley. Spencer is passionate about medicine and education and prior to joining Calibrate, he taught residents at the San Joaquin General Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program-UC Davis affiliate. He currently serves as Medical Director at Cañada College's Health Center in San Mateo County while working at Calibrate.
With Father’s Day coming up, we asked Spencer, a father himself, a few questions about how he incorporates health and wellness into his family’s day-to-day. Read on to learn how his passion for helping others began and what his favorite activities are to do himself and with his family.
I was working as an attending physician in FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) and saw many patients who were struggling with multiple medical problems related to weight. We only had one endocrinologist for the entire county clinic system and no nutritionist or dietitian, so I ended up referring many patients to a bariatric center in a completely different town. It was amazing to see some of the transformations they went through after experiencing weight loss. A few of these patients were taken off over 6 different medications they were on for a variety of diseases including high blood pressure, depression, thyroid problems, and diabetes. The impact was tremendous and I wanted to learn more about how I could play a greater role in this group health journey, so I decided to pursue board certification in obesity medicine.
I was attracted to Calibrate’s team approach and the extensive involvement of the accountability coaching team in the program. Additionally, Calibrate’s leadership team is incredibly passionate. Metabolic health and weight loss can be a difficult journey, but it is much more manageable with an amazing team. The virtual program also allows me to reach a greater patient population, as now I can help manage a patient’s metabolic health not just in my home town, but across the country.
A significant reason for my interest in obesity medicine was the amount of discrimination I have seen from physicians towards patients with an unhealthy weight. They see cardiac problems, diabetes, hypertension, and a variety of other illnesses as “diseases” which command some reverence, but when dealing with a patient with obesity, they commonly view it through a “lifestyle” lens as if believing it is the patient’s fault or maybe even their choice to be at that weight. I hope to educate my peers and set an example for future generations of physicians by treating obesity as what it actually is—a complex disease with important health implications that should not be stigmatized.
My family has encouraged me to pursue new adventures and has supported me in taking a physician role at Calibrate, which itself has been a large part of my wellness journey. Even though we learn about health and wellness in medical school and residency, we tend to focus that education on our patients and not ourselves. Since joining Calibrate I have started to feel less stress and enjoy my work significantly more while getting a chance to actually practice what I preach.
The smoothies from the Metabolic Jumpstart Challenge! They are not only healthy but extremely delicious!
Hiking and camping! I’m an Eagle Scout who also volunteered with the local sheriff’s Search and Rescue team. I continue to enjoy the outdoors and have been introducing that experience to my son and wife.
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