Weigh to Wellness partners with each of our patients to develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs, focusing on weight loss and reducing the health risks associated with obesity.
Whether a patient wants to lose several hundred pounds or just a few, our comprehensive approach will help each individual establish long-term goals to avoid endless cycles of yo-yo dieting.
Meet Our Team
Get to know our physician, registered dietitians,
nutritionists, and medical assistants.
My name is Leslie Ellison, and I've worked in the weight management industry for over 25 years. I'm passionate about empowering people with knowledge, and working closely with patients to achieve their individual goals. I began a new journey myself by opening Weigh to Wellness in June 2014. I love my job! My husband and I have been married for 20 years, and we've been blessed with two precious children: Gavin, 16, and Ava, 12. We also have a miniature Goldendoodle named Cash. Our family spends a lot of time at the ballpark, and we enjoy being at the lake. I look forward to providing the best in weight management care for you!
Dr. Timothy H. Real
Welcome to Weigh to Wellness! My name is Dr. Timothy H. Real, MD, and I’ve been a private practice physician for over 30 years, board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. I am also a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Many of the chronic diseases I’ve treated over the years, have a major contributing factor of obesity. These diseases include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis of back and knees, hyperlipidemia and more and more evidence that being overweight contributes to many types of cancer. Most doctors counsel their patients that they must lose weight, but their focus is on the calories-in / calories-out model. They don’t provide the structure, tools, and accountability needed for sustained weight loss to happen. That’s where Weigh to Wellness can fill the need. In 1999, 30.5% of Americans were obese but by 2020, the obesity rate in Americans is well above 40%. Our risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes is near 50%. Weight loss is key to controlling this, with sustained weight loss the goal. We have found that when patients are motivated to make a change and lose those extra pounds, they require less and less medication. Let us help you get healthy and regain control of your life!
My name is Chelsie Leonardi and I am from Argo, Alabama. I have been in the medical field for several years and I have been with Weigh to Wellness since opening in June 2014. I enjoy coming to work each day and watching our patients meet their goals and become their best selves. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my family, and participating in various activities at my church, Corinth Baptist Church.
My name is Hannah and I am from Trussville, AL. I’ve been married for 5 years to my husband Matt, and we have a 1 year old son named Keys. I was a cheerleader at Mississippi State University, which is where I met my husband and started my degree in nutrition. I then transferred to The University of Alabama where I completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition. I have worked at Weigh to Wellness since 2014 and have loved every minute of helping people reach their goals and feel better about themselves. It brings me so much joy to encourage people on their journey and be a part of their support system.
MS, RD, LD
My name is Kaitlyn Harbison and I was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. I graduated from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition. In August of 2017 I completed my Dietetic Internship and combined Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Soon after, I completed my board exam to finally become a Registered Dietitian! I love spending time with family and friends, especially my pet bunny rabbit, Dixon and kitten, Piper. I enjoy using my background in nutrition to motivate others and help them achieve their goals!
My name is Candice Ficarra. I was raised in Clay, Alabama. I received my Bachelor’s of Science at Jacksonville State University in 2018. I then completed a distance Dietetic Internship through Utah State University and soon after my internship I passed the exam to become a registered dietitian. As a registered dietitian, I have a passion for educating people on how to live healthy lifestyles that fits into their individual schedules. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, going on motorcycle rides with my husband, and crafting.