Owner • Health Coach
I have been working with The Ideal Weigh since its beginning in 2008 as the first Ideal Protein clinic in South Dakota. Before coming to Ideal Weigh I was working as a health coach and personal trainer. The results I would see with clients were good, but since being with The Ideal Weigh I have seen the most incredible, life-changing results. Over the years I have helped people reach goals of losing 10 lbs up to over 300 lbs, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the weight-loss. The life-changing transformations I see make me feel like I have the most fun and rewarding career, and I cannot imagine doing anything else! My interest and passion has always been in health coaching and fitness, and I feel blessed to be able to live this passion out every day helping people lose weight, improve their health, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Health Coach • Sioux Falls
I love my job! I started as a receptionist/administrative staff for Ideal Weigh in February of 2013. I watched clients come to us and have such great success that my husband and I became dieters. We loved the diet! I felt so inspired by the coaching and encouragement I received, I wanted to be a part of that too. I have always liked to help people and I now feel with the success I have had and the knowledge about the diet that I can be a good coach too. I trained to become a coach and now I have both duties. The people I work with here are wonderful people, plus we have such a great program to offer our clients, it is a blessing for me and job that I continue to enjoy.
Health Coach • Sioux Falls
I was introduced to Ideal Protein by my doctor about 9 years ago and was successful in losing close to 50 pounds. This was life changing for me as it inspired me to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Not only did I find wonderful support from the Ideal Weigh coaches and learn a great deal about ways to make more healthy food choices, but I also discovered a new lifestyle that helped me to be successful on my weight loss journey. Since then, my interest in health and wellness has continued to grow. I am passionate about helping others on their wellness journey, and feel blessed to be a part of that as a coach at The Ideal Weigh.
Health Coach • Yankton
I have been a health coach in Yankton for 3 years. I began my weight loss journey with Ideal Weigh in February 2016 after trying countless other programs. I lost over 40 lbs so I know firsthand that the program works. I love my job! Not only do I get to meet new people, I get to teach them to eat healthy at the same time. Encouraging my clients to stick to the Ideal Protein protocol helps them achieve their goals quicker. I look forward to new clients and working with all the current dieters in the Yankton community as they continue their journey to a healthier lifestyle. I feel very blessed to be a part of this awesome team. My amazing husband of 32.5 years (Merrick) and I have 5 adult kids and they have given us 16 beautiful grand children and 5 grand dogs and 2 grand cats.
Deb Pinkelman, RN
Medical Director/Health Coach • Yankton
I am a recently retired nurse of 40+ years and have always aspired to help my patients be in the best health possible. I was introduced to Ideal Protein in 2012 and have had major success compared to the other diet programs I have attempted in the past. I lost 54 pounds while doing the Ideal Protein protocol. In addition, I have experienced many mental and physical health benefits. My goal is to bring my own experience with Ideal Protein along with my background in nursing to inspire clients to keep going with the protocol and become more confident along the way.