Advisory Board

Robert Oesterle, MD

Robert Oesterle has been practicing medicine for over 23 years. Completing his internship and residency at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, he specialized in Internal Medicine. Robert continued his fellowship at the University Medical Center, this time with a focus on endocrinology, metabolism, and hypertension. This expert knowledge in internal medicine makes Robert a perfect fit for the MRC team.

As a physician, Robert Oesterle sees the impact of excess weight on a person's life and health day in and day out. He knows that weight loss is much more than simply changing eating habits. Metabolic Research Center provides the nutritional advise, expertly designed weight-loss menus, one-on-one support, motivation, and the education a client needs to be successful. Robert knows firsthand how knowledgeable the Weight Loss Specialists at the center are. Combined with their supportive and encouraging demeanor that mirrors his own, Robert is proud to be an advising member of the medical board at MRC.

Allan N. Spreen, MD

Though Dr. Spreen’s interest in nutrition and health began in his teens, it was the affliction of a family member that turned this interest into a passion, and ultimately his profession. A competitive springboard diver at Georgia Tech, he was personally affected by the connection of health and performance. Later, as he transitioned from athlete to coach in the 1970s, he enlightened other athletes eager to maximize their own physical performance. So, when his sister was diagnosed schizophrenic as a sophomore in college and the mainstream medical community offered no hope of recovery, his family was unwilling to accept that she would spend the rest of her life institutionalized. Instead they sought alternatives, eventually finding Canadian physician Abram Hoffer, MD/PhD, who treated schizophrenics with high doses of B-3 and other supplements. As Dr. Spreen watched his sister recover, and subsequently attend law school and begin her law practice, his enthusiasm for non-conventional health therapies intensified. His sincere desire to understand and fairly evaluate both conventional and alternative therapies eventually led to him to a degree from East Tennessee State University medical school in 1982.

In his private practice, limited primarily to nutritional therapies, he counseled patients who preferred alternative options to traditional allopathic techniques. He often found that his weight loss patients were those most likely to follow his recommendations. Like the athletes he coached, their progress in health was measurable: they lost weight, felt better physically, and felt better emotionally about themselves. Dr. Spreen’s background in successful weight loss with his own protocols, supplements, and clinical trial evaluations has made him a unique asset for MRC.

In 1995, to allow him more time for research and coaching, he launched “The Nutrition Physician,” an information service for alternative and complementary medicine. Soon after authoring his signature books: Nutritionally Incorrect, written in his uniquely humorous style, and the bestselling collaboration with Dr. Janet Zand, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living, Dr. Spreen accepted a position as Director of Scientific Research with Metabolic Research Centers. Always on top of the latest in health research, he evaluates products and works with our other on-staff experts to offer optimal results, while proposing alternative products and formulas to better serve our clients.

Dr. Spreen believes we can all improve our health and we can all reach our optimal weight. Many question the expense and necessity of supplementation in a weight loss program. Dr. Spreen explains that the foods we eat do not have the nutritional value of the foods our grandparents and great-grandparents either raised themselves or to which they had ready access: “Large scale fertilizers, pesticides, and hybridization have wrecked the quality of our food supply. Organics are not always available, nor affordable. Our environment has more pollution and our culture more stress than in ‘the good ol’ days’. Smart supplementation can help a body overcome many of the stresses of modern life and begin to improve overall health. That is what I hope to offer all MRC clients.”

Dr. Spreen’s guidance has been valuable to MRC in both the past, present, and into the future.

Carol Kazounis, RD, LDN

Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Carol Kazounis is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian (RD, LDN). Graduating from UNF (University of North Florida) with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN), Carol specialized in Nutrition. Prior to joining the Metabolic Research Center team, she worked for over six years as a diabetes educator. For Carol, this work was very personal and close to her heart; having a grandmother who battled fiercely with the disease.

Carol has personally experienced the power of MRC programs, having lost weight following the births of her two children. She also has many friends who have seen great success with the program, too. Carol is passionate about her work with MRC, exclaiming, "I am so proud to be able to help a broader audience realize their best selves through the Metabolic program - just like I was for so many years!"

I have been going to the clinic since October so far I've lost 25 pounds and took off 54 inches. I had to drop out for two months to recover from back surgery. Because I had bought two months of the program in advance they allowed me to start right back up where I had to stop. I did not lose any of my paid time. I go in every week to to weigh and and meet with the most amazing consultant Amanda. I enjoy just going to the office. They have alot of fun and very high energy and excitement. I love the protein drinks and the bars are off the chain. They make it fun. After every 5 lbs you get beautiful stone and for every 10 pounds you get bracelet. After each measurement you are given a ribbon showing the number of inches. They have several products such as their weight loss diet pills that works wonders. I've gone from size 24/26 down to 14. I have until end of June to get to my goal. I lost 8 lbs first week never have I lost that much weight before. I would highly recommend this program. It's fun, easy worth every penny I have spent to look and feel better.


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