Supriya Rao, MD

Hi! My name is Supriya, and I am a quadruple board-certified physician in internal medicine, gastroenterology, obesity medicine, and lifestyle medicine who focuses on digestive disorders, gut health, obesity medicine, and women's health and wellness. I received my undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after which I graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. I completed my internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. I went on to complete a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Boston Medical Center. I am now a managing partner at Integrated Gastroenterology Consultants. I completed further board certification in obesity and lifestyle medicine and am the Director of Medical Weight Loss at Lowell General Hospital. I also run the motility program, which focuses on disorders of the esophagus, irritable bowel syndrome, and anorectal disorders. I am passionate about empowering people to improve their health through sustainable lifestyle changes!

I began practicing as a gastroenterologist in 2014. I have always loved meeting patients and helping them with their medical problems. Over the last several years, I have noticed a shift- patients want more information and guidance on how to be healthier- whether via diet, activity level, or improving stress and sleep. I saw a strong correlation between their lifestyles and gastrointestinal issues. I pursued further board certification in obesity and lifestyle medicine, further confident in my ability to treat patients. However, I knew I was missing a piece- I needed further training to help patients change sustained behavior.

Instead of telling people what to do, I want to be able to work collaboratively to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. So, in the Fall of 2021, I joined the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program and have yet to look back! I have incorporated the techniques I learned in this program into how I practice medicine. I have seen improvement in patients' lives as well as my own. I am now excited to offer my services beyond the scope of an office-based medical practice and open my expertise to you! I'm eager to help you on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Gina Kelley, NP

Greetings! My name is Gina, and I am a board-certified family nurse practitioner. I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and have practiced medicine since 2012. I specialize in gastroenterology, obesity medicine, and lifestyle medicine. I am also a behavior change expert. My clinical interests include metabolic-associated fatty liver disease, nutrition, culinary medicine, and environmental sustainability. When not working with clients, I enjoy gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Before entering the clinical arena, I worked as a program coordinator in an urban public school system. I could not help but notice the high prevalence of obesity among the students. I looked at their food, which was ultra-processed and high in sugar, salt, and fat. I wondered if their families had access to healthy food and if they knew how to prepare it. I also thought about the need for more green space in their community. At the age of 22, I decided I wanted to make the world healthier.

As a nurse practitioner, I gave the best advice on preventing and reversing chronic disease through lifestyle choices. I studied obesity and lifestyle medicine. I taught classes and provided resources. Yet, I found myself having a similar conversation with patients day after day. They would say things like, "I want to exercise, but I don't have time," or "I know I should eat healthy, but it's too difficult to meal prep." I realized I didn't have the training to help the individuals I cared for make sustainable behavior changes.

At the same time, I was deeply reflecting on my own life. I had the best intentions of creating healthy habits but needed more follow-through. This was causing a significant amount of dissatisfaction and frustration in my life. In 2021, I began working with a personal health coach and enrolled in the Vanderbilt University Health Coaching Program. Since then, I have changed the way I practice medicine. As a result, I have effectively helped my patients make positive, lasting changes in every aspect of their lives. I, too, have seen the benefits of health coaching on a personal level!

I am ready to take health coaching from the clinic directly to you. I look forward to joining you on your incredible health journey!