Our September Staff Spotlight features Wellness Coach, Jayme Armstrong. Jayme works with our providers to give wraparound support in making the necessary changes in people’s lives to support weight loss and wellness. Before working at Oregon Medical Weight Loss, Jayme was involved in the food industry, both by owning a catering business and by working as a cooking teacher. In 2013, Jayme came to Oregon Medical Weight Loss as a patient because she had high cholesterol and wanted to address it through a lifestyle change rather than resorting to prescription medications. After starting the program, Jayme realized she had insulin resistance and at that point, these lifestyle changes became essential to her health. After finding great success as a patient, Jayme joined the staff at OMWL, eventually taking over as Wellness Coach when the former nutritionist relocated.
Jayme loves helping patients to achieve their weight loss and wellness goals, because being of service to others is one of her highest values. She finds it rewarding to facilitate the sustainable diet and intrinsic behavioral changes that will ultimately reintegrate patients into their own lives. She always aims to bring patients to a mental and physical place where they can stop focusing on weight loss and start focusing constructively on their long-term health. She is also a firm believer in the individual approach; she rejects the idea that “one size fits all” and finds value in helping patients to develop their own, unique methods of being healthy. She feels deeply gratified when patients find a new level of confidence and say “I’ve got this.”
Outside of work, Jayme loves singing and Morris Dancing. A fun fact about Jayme is that before she sought help at OMWL, she could dance for about 20 minutes straight. Now, she is about 40 pounds lighter and has danced/walked as many as 24,000 steps in a single day!