Season 7: A Little Bit Louder Now • June 11, 2024

Self Improvement, Lifestyle, and Holistic Care.

Shana Cosgrove talks to Dr. Christina Parisi,MD, the Owner and Founder of Maryland Weight Care.

Dr. Christina Parisi, MD

In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove interviews Dr. Christina Parisi, MD, the Owner and Founder of Maryland Weight Care. Christina began her medical career in the Emergency Department in 2013. While she enjoyed the instant gratification of “fixing” and pivoting in a moment, she recognized the need for a better approach: preventing emergencies before they happen. Taking a leap of faith, pursued further education, becoming certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and started her own practice. Christina focuses on addressing health issues in one’s 30s and 40s to ensure a fulfilling life in one’s 70s and 80s. A “recovering perfectionist” whose feet hit the ground at 5:02 each morning, Christina is driven to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible.


  • “Medical providers running their practices is good for medicine because it aligns the practices with the incentives. The incentives are for the patients and the doctors, not for a business administrator.” – Christina Parisi [10:00]
  • “When you start to understand how the body works when it comes to weight, you realize it’s less about blaming yourself for your failure and more about biology.” – Christina Parisi [17:17]
  • “The ‘best diet’ that you can do is the diet you can stick to, the diet that works for you.” – Christina Parisi [36:28]


  • [00:04] Intro
  • [01:34] Meet
  • [02:00] Start of the Day, Family Dynamics and Workload
  • [03:46] Professional Life – Today
  • [04:51] Transition from ER to Private Practice
  • [07:39] Continued Education in Obesity Medicine
  • [09:13] Reaction to Transition to Private Practice
  • [10:53] Starting Her Practice – Business Administration and Economics 
  • [15:24] Engagement and Focus of Practice
  • [17:52] Baseline Testing for Patient Metabolic Data
  • [20:43] Physiologic Measurements Indicating Health
  • [24:21] Benefits of Exercise
  • [27:02] Medical Weight Loss Drugs
  • [31:25] Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro Trends
  • [36:14] Intermittent Fasting
  • [38:02] Maryland Weight Care Grand Opening
  • [39:01] Branding and Outreach, Client Retention and Referral
  • [39:33] Bariatric Surgery and Today’s Treatment Plans
  • [40:46] Social Media Presence
  • [41:36] Childhood Goals and Today’s Achievements
  • [43:36] Higher Education Path
  • [45:17] Best Piece of Advice
  • [46:35] Book Recommendations
  • [49:19] Unexpected Fact
  • [54:25] Outro



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