Dr La Puma is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a nutritionist and an international leader in his field. He provides you with the support, structure and strategies you need so you can lose your weight quickly, easily and without hunger or deprivation. He sees you himself, and works for you and your success.
Your individualized program is a long term weight control system that is personal and effective. It’s designed to run in the background of your daily life. To learn more, call Thomas Thomas, or Barbara Hanover at 805-284-2238. Or e-mail us.
Patient Programs and Forms
Download your Eating Day Book Form, copy three times and bring three days, completed, to your first visit.
Download your Registration Form, complete and bring to your first visit.
Download your Metabolic Assessment Tool, complete and bring to your first visit.
Download our Arbitration Agreement, review, sign and bring to your first visit.
Download your Athlete’s Nutrition Questionnaire.
Read about successful patients and testimonials.
See The Wall Street Journal and Costco Magazine for national media reports about Dr. La Puma’s work in lipid/cholesterol control, optimal health, lifestyle change and weight management.
Optimum Health Consultations
Dr. La Puma is committed to helping you reach your optimum health.
Take an in-depth look at how lifestyle impacts your health. Get recommendations to begin reducing the risk for developing chronic diseases and reduce your dependence on prescription medication.
Dr. La Puma asks you to complete an in-depth assessment of your current health status in order to determine the most effective lifestyle changes that can affect longevity and capacity for leading a healthy, joyful life.
Patients with the following conditions can look forward to a personalized optimal health consultation of two sessions to help them look and feel better.
- Cancer Prevention
- Digestive Disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
- Diseases of Aging
- Healthy Weight and Metabolism
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia)
- Insulin Resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Stroke Prevention
- and many more
To learn more, contact Barbara or Thomas in Dr. La Puma’s office.
FAQs: Seeing Dr La Puma
Do you think you can help me?
Yes. When you come for your first appointment, Dr. La Puma will try to understand your personal medical goals, and help you achieve them. He can also refer you to another specialist, if appropriate.Do I have to see Dr. La Puma in person for my medical consultation?
Dr. La Puma needs to see you in person; his medical licenses require it, and there is no substitute for an initial doctor-patient connection. Follow-up appointments can be arranged by phone or in the office.Where are you located?
We are located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. The Santa Barbara Airport is 20 minutes away and Los Angeles International Airport is 95 minutes away.I cannot travel to Santa Barbara for regular appointments. Can you still see me?
Yes, but you need to come to an initial in-person appointment. Other appointments can be by telephone.What should I expect at the first visit?
Does Dr. La Puma prescribe medication?
The initial appointment with Dr. La Puma is scheduled for up to 1.5 hours. Dr. La Puma will personally review your medical history and your current medications and supplements, the forms you’ve completed and medical records and laboratory tests you’ve provided. He will also recommend a weight loss program for you.
There are no mandatory laboratory or diagnostic tests, or dietary supplements or meals to purchase, nor are there are devices to buy. We know care is expensive, and do not want you to spend your money unnecessarily.
He does when necessary. The focus of his approach, however, is to help you change your habits with nutritional and lifestyle measures, and with coaching, accountability and practical strategies.Can Dr. La Puma be my primary care physician?
No. Although he is a board-certified internist and trained as a general internal medicine physician, Dr. La Puma works with you to help you address your nutritional medical problems, including weight gain, diabetes, back pain, high cholesterol and more. He can and does confer with your primary care physician and other specialists as needed.Do you take insurance?
We do not take insurance or Medicare, or file insurance paperwork. However, we will provide a detailed receipt for services performed for you to submit to your insurance carriers, and you will be provided with diagnosis and procedure codes to assist you with possible insurance reimbursement. You can also use flex spending accounts and medical or health savings accounts to pay for your consultation and program. Payment in full by check, cash or credit card is due at the time services are provided. There is no payment plan or sliding scale.What credit cards do you accept?
We accept MasterCard and Visa.Where can I learn more?