Success Stories

Our patients measure their successes not by what they lose,
but by what they gain. Here’s what they had to say.

Weight Loss Surgery

“I truly believe having this surgery has saved my life.”

Tina Julian | Lynnwood, WA

A trauma as a child started a lifelong struggle with emotional and binge eating. In middle school I started the cycle of dieting. Over the years I tried so many different avenues to lose the weight: diets found online, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and medications such as Redux, and Phentermine. Each time I had some success but always regained the weight I lost, plus more, and never made it below the low 200s. Some of the biggest struggles were feeling hungry frequently and portion control. I was literally eating so much at one time that I would make myself feel physically ill.

I started having some serious health issues, and after years of visiting many different specialists I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Because of the pain and weight I could not be as active as I wanted to be, and I started gaining more weight. I was unhappy with how I looked and felt. I no longer wanted to take care of myself, dress nicely or do my hair and makeup. Trying on clothes was awful. I continued to go up higher in sizes, and nothing felt or looked good. I would constantly worry about whether I would fit in a seat such as on a plane, at a restaurant or concert venue and if I would bother the person next to me.

Finally, I reached a point I never thought I would: I weighed over 300 lbs. After a lot of online research and reaching out to several places, I felt like Eviva was the best fit for me. I was excited, yet very nervous, when I made my consultation appointment. When I had my consultation I felt like everyone was so friendly, helpful and patient in answering all my questions and making sure I understood everything clearly. I left feeling confident in my surgeon and Eviva as a whole in making sure that I was taken care of during the entire process.

My surgery went smoothly, and all the staff I dealt with were wonderful and communicated everything clearly with me. Dr. Harris is amazing, and obviously loves what he does. He makes sure to always answer any questions I have and has celebrated my achievements with me. The aftercare was wonderful. I felt supported and was given the tools that I needed to be successful with help from counseling, my nutritionist, the Facebook group and monthly support meetings.

I have lost over 161 lbs and have gone from a tight size 4X/28 to a size M/8. I have dropped my body fat from almost 57% to 23%. I haven’t been this small since I was just starting high school. I am still shocked at how much I have changed during this journey. I was able to get off my high blood pressure medication, I was able to stop using my CPAP and my fibromyalgia pain has significantly decreased. I am so much happier with how I feel and look. I can do so much more physically, and I feel so much stronger. I never even think anymore about whether I will fit in a seat somewhere anymore.

I am not hungry all the time and I have completely changed the way I eat and even though it’s cliché, I feel like now I eat to live instead of living to eat. One thing I am super excited to do that I would never have imagined before is to do the Bike MS over Deception Pass this year. I would say to the old me considering weight loss surgery: You will not regret this decision. You will feel and be so much healthier than you have ever been.

To anyone looking for help I would say Eviva is the place to look. Everyone has been knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and supportive. I felt like I was given the tools and support to be successful. I have seen so many stories of people that are given the surgery with little to no information and just tossed aside afterward, and it makes me so thankful that I found Eviva. Also, as a result of going through cosmetic procedures with Eviva & Dr. Harris I am feeling more confident and beautiful than I think I ever have in my life.


"When I first called Eviva I was 405 pounds"

Jonathan P. Dichter | Bothell, WA

At nearly 405 pounds and 37 years old, I was convinced my doctor was going to give up on me and tell me to go home and die. I was a single dad, struggling through a divorce, had battled obesity my entire life, and was now my highest weight ever. I was getting winded walking with my daughter through the grocery store. My back started to hurt when I tried to clean myself after using the bathroom. It was horrid. I was on three hypertension medications, two antidepressants, a supplement, and a crash course with an early grave. I’d tried everything you can think of over the years and had moderate successes. Hell, I’d even walked a few half-marathons! I’d lost up to 80 pounds in a go. Weight lifting. Weight watchers. Brown rice. Atkins. 30/10. You name it. I tried it. It worked. A little. And then didn’t - a lot. I was also struggling with some huge emotional triggers and issues that had come along with the divorce, losing a job, losing a parent, and more.

Stepping on that scale and seeing 400+ pounds for the first time in my life scared me senseless. I was terrified and resolved to do whatever my doctor and counselor told me to do. If they hadn’t already given up on me. Lord knows, I sure as hell had.

When I finally came to the decision to make the call and the consult and knew I was going to have surgery - I started finally feeling curious and hopeful. Not to mention TERRIFIED. I’d never had surgery before and was frightened of the whole process. The team at Eviva, and Dr. Landerholm specifically, put me at ease immediately and comforted me into letting my extroverted competitive side come out. 

That consultation changed my entire life. I sat with Dr. L and listened to him tell me how the procedure worked. He was filled with such confidence and such caring. I work as a professional (attorney) dealing with client care, and I could immediately tell he was sincere. More than that, he wasn’t stuffy or jargon-y. He just talked to me. Like a friend would. We joked around a little even. When he asked me what my goal was, I decided to shoot for the moon. I told him I wanted to be on the cover of their success story binder.

Surgery day was nerve-racking because despite doing a ton of research, I was still scared. The staff, the anesthesiologist, and Dr. L (of course) put me at ease once again. My surgery went off without a hitch, and I was home within 12 hours and resting. I was on my feet nearly immediately walking and starting the recovery. The aftercare program was a huge part of how and why I chose Eviva. Their staff, both medical and surgical, as well as the Facebook group and support meetings have really helped keep me accountable and helped me meet lifelong friends and companions on this journey. Even my soulmate, if you can believe that!

When I first called Eviva I was 405 pounds - and today I’m 240.4. I’ve gone from a 4xl to a Large in most things and a Medium in a few others. I’d still like to get to 220 and am working on it. I’m off almost all medication and am feeling great. I’ve completed several running challenges (doing 10ks and Half Marathons on successive days) and written a book about my experience through this process called #SleeveLife: Losing Half of Myself and Finding the Rest. What excites me now is just the range of things I can do and consider doing - like buying off the rack - or going indoor skydiving - or fitting comfortably on theme park rides. So much “normal” stuff that people take for granted.

It is NOT a cop out to have surgery. It’s not easy and it’s not for wimps. It’s a tool and if you treat it right it can and will drive you towards success. I know you can do it because if I can - anyone can.

Medical Weight Loss

“I wanted to take control of the one thing that I could never control before.”

Sunny Larway | Snohomish, WA

“When I hit my thirties, my health started to catch up to my lifetime of carb binges and sugar overloads.” But it was a picture taken at Sunny Larway’s son’s birthday party that was the final straw.

Sunny had had it. “I had been overweight my entire life. I used to feel like I could hide the pain and sadness by wearing clothes that covered me up, rather than actually losing the weight.”

Sunny’s health began to suffer. Her gall bladder had to be removed and she suffered two extremely painful bouts of pancreatitis. “Being overweight made everything harder: getting pregnant, being pregnant, caring for an infant.” She remembered when she hit rock bottom. “I was looking at pictures of me at my son’s first birthday party and I didn’t even recognize myself.  I couldn’t believe I had let myself get to that point. Pictures don’t lie.”

“I wanted to take control of the one thing that I could never control before. I surrendered to the fact that I needed help and made the call to Dr. Welcome, who had been my Ob-Gyn before she left her practice to pursue weight loss medicine.”

Over the next few months, Sunny worked with the Eviva nutrition team to design a custom meal plan. She learned how her body and mind works, which allowed her to stay accountable. “Dr. Welcome and Eviva gave me all the tools I needed to conquer every situation; they gave nothing but positive support every step of the way.” In less than a year, Sunny dropped 104 pounds. “I’ve completed multiple fun runs and even have an appointment with Eviva for some cosmetic work. Calling Eviva has truly changed my life.”

Weight Loss

"I lost 210 pounds!"

Carrie Wilson | Bellingham, WA

When Carrie first came to us, she could only stand for 10-15 minutes at a time. Her weight was impacting every area of her life, and she was ready for a change. She came to Eviva, formerly Puget Sound Bariatrics, and was ready to take the next step. Working hand in hand with our staff, we helped Carrie reach her goals, and fulfill her dreams. As the weight came off, Carrie began to, "Start exercising, and start getting out there". She's gone through three wardrobes, and she plans to go through a couple more!

Surgical Weight Loss

"I have now completed 3 marathons!"

Katie Lundstrom | Lynnwood, WA

Katie’s weight loss journey began 14 years ago. She decided it was time to lose the weight she had been packing on since she was 11. Katie read up on the subject, bought some vitamins and a Tony Little's Gazelle and began her diet. She was very successful! 

Except, she could never finish the journey. Every time Katie lost weight she couldn't reach her goal or maintain what she had lost. Before coming to Eviva, she had lost (and gained) over 500 pounds in the 12 years and she had been trying. She knew emotionally she couldn't do this again. Something had to change. This is when she reached the decision to have weight loss surgery. Since having surgery in June of 2016, we are pleased to announce she has lost 150 pounds. But, what she has gained is even better. Slowly, she is gaining confidence in who she is and who she is meant to be. Katie has become a runner with the last weight loss journey pre-Eviva, but losing the weight she has, and gaining her confidence has made her running journey so much better. She has now completed 3 full marathons with another in the books. She has fallen in love with Kayaking and plans to do more hiking in our beautiful Northwest. Katie’s new body even took her and her nephew to Universal Studios Orlando where they had a BLAST and never had to worry about fitting into a seat! Eviva has given her the life she had wanted for so long.

Bariatric Procedure

“We really felt like they had our backs—like true friends would.”

Scott & Jamie Jensen | Kingston, WA

Scott Jensen struggled with his weight for years. “It seemed every pound made it ten times harder to do anything about it.” But then he realized that he didn’t have to do it alone.

Scott Jensen had more to lose than a few pounds. His list of weight-related illnesses was long: he was prediabetic and suffered from sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). His blood pressure was all over the map. It seemed like too much to surmount. And, as a deputy sheriff, he knew being able to physically perform at a higher level could mean the difference between life and death, both for his coworkers and the public at large.

Scott’s wife, Jamie, had her own struggles. They had both tried “just about every possible way to lose weight”—but to no avail. Finally, they came to Eviva (then Puget Sound Surgical Center). After several months of personalized consultation, Scott and Jamie had their surgeries on the same day. Nine months later, they had lost a combined 190 pounds. “LapSleeve has proven to be the tool missing from our toolbox. The surgery gave us the opportunity to stay on course with diet, exercise, and portion control. And what a great benefit to have the support of the entire staff. We really felt like they had our backs—like true friends would.” Scott was even able to pursue a post-retirement career of personal and executive protection—a dream that wouldn’t have been possible before.

“This is the best thing we could have ever done for ourselves. Physically, emotionally, professionally: we look forward to every day and how to make the most of it. Our only regret? Not doing it sooner.”

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