Dr. Holly earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed her internal medicine and endocrinology training at the University of Colorado. She has been involved in the field of obesity, weight management and metabolism her entire career and personally struggled with her weight and maintaining a reduced healthy body weight earlier in her life. She is a practicing physician and clinical researcher at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), Aurora, Colorado, and is the co-founder and medical director for The State of Slim a transformative weight loss program that specializes in long-term strategies for weight loss and transforming your life.
Dr. Holly has more than 20 years of clinical experience in weight reduction using behavioral treatment, dietary therapy, physical activity interventions, weight loss medications, and surgery. She was the medical director for seasons four and five of ABC’s TV show Extreme Weight Loss. Dr. Holly has spent much of her research career following more than 10,000 “successful losers” in the National Weight Control Registry to investigate what makes people successful during their weight loss journey. She also has investigated the reasons why Colorado is the leanest state in the nation. Her passion for and expertise in helping obese individuals successfully transform their bodies, minds, and lifestyles has made her a popular clinician, speaker, and obesity educator.
She believes everyone can achieve a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life and uses weight reduction as the starting point for much bigger life transformations. She shares much of what she has learned in her book State of Slim, co-authored by James O. Hill, PhD. and is co-founder and manager of Shakabuku LLC, a company whose mission is to remove barriers to bring out everyone’s inherent greatness. Shakabuku LLC brings State of Slim programs, products and services to organizations, groups and individuals across the country.