Meet the Staff


Meet Our Team

What We Can Offer

Why Weight is a physician guided program focusing on empowering and supporting your inner self, while assisting you in attaining your health and weight loss goals. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and extensive medical experience, Debra S. Salter, M.D. will assess your metabolism, and evaluate your current health status. During your personalized consultations, she will work with you each step of the way to establish reasonable short and long term goals. Throughout your journey, the Why Weight medical team will educate and accompany you as you discover and uncover the more vibrant, energized and empowered you.


Debra Salter, M.D.

Debra Salter, M.D. is one of four physicians with an active certification in Obesity Medicine in the State of Colorado. After 30 plus years as a Board Certified Family Medicine and ER physician, Dr. Salter followed her passions and opened her 5 star rated Obesity and Metabolism Center, Why Weight, LLC. Located in Littleton, CO, she draws patients locally and internationally.

Debra was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the CU Boulder. Dr. Salter has been in medical practice since the completion of her medical degree and Family Medicine Residency at SUNY Buffalo Medical School, in Buffalo, NY. Throughout her career Dr. Salter has gravitated toward mentoring and leadership positions. She has served as Clinical Professor for FM Residency in Grand Junction as a Urgent Care Medical Director for the state of Colorado, as a member of the Medical Board of Directors for Community Hospital and served on the Nutritional Counsel on Obesity. She is a published clinical researcher, and is currently active with projects related to obesity, genetics, and metabolic disorders.

Debra has been married for 38 years, has three children, two dogs, and lives in Indian Hills, CO. She plays flute and sings in a Celtic band with her husband. She has co-authored a fictional novel, a children’s book, and medical education booklets. She loves to quilt, hike, camp, and mountain climb.


Wallace Salter, M.D.

Dr. Wallace Salter graduated from SUNY at Buffalo Medical School and board certified in Family Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in Family and Emergency Medicine.

He is excited to be part of Why Weight and to offer his expertise in testosterone replacement, weight loss, cardiovascular risk reduction, and aid in improving his patient's general wellness. He is caring, compassionate, and a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

In his free time he loves to hike with his dogs, ski, collect antique guns, play guitar, and piano, and has written over 30 songs. He and his wife of 40 years, Debra, co-authored a medical thriller and continue to collaborate on works of medical fiction.


Stephen Hood - Your Why Weight Colorado Personal Trainer

A University at Buffalo graduate and former Navy Diving Medical Technician, I now specialize in finding exercise solutions for people who are trying to shed some weight and/or improve their overall health and wellbeing. As a Corpsman and Navy Diver I was fortunate to work and train alongside many amazing people in some of the top US military Special Operation’s units.  The values I learned there, I now carry to my clients through my commitment to understanding their needs and goals and my sense of duty towards helping them to achieve those goals in a safe manner. I approach every interaction with honesty, integrity and my client’s best interests at heart. I am passionate about educating my clients throughout every step of the process with clear, concise, and easy to understand explanations and demonstrations, so they can make the most out of every training session. While I am knowledgeable and hardworking, at the end of the day when it is all said and done, I genuinely care about you the client and your well-being.



Although I've worked with Dr. Salter for four years, it seems like yesterday that I started learning the ropes of working in a medical practice. Each day is an incredible opportunity to learn from my boss. I've spent the majority of my career as a retail executive and it is gratifying to be part of a business and a team that is focused on one thing: helping people achieve their goals. We have amazing patients that we actually consider friends.

On a personal note, my sun, moon and stars is a Cairn Terrier named Declan. His antics and affection are just what the Doctor ordered! I love cooking for my friends, traveling and my weekly martini.



Anne is our billing and purchasing manager, and possesses a bachelor's degree in biology from CU Boulder. Anne performs front office duties as well as medical tasks as needed. Anne's gentle and warm personality offer a welcoming touch for our patients.



I am originally from Kentucky, but my love for the outdoors and sunshine drew me to Colorado after I obtained a Bachelors degree in Education. Soon after moving to this beautiful state I joined the Why Weight Team with Dr. Salter in 2019 as a Medical Assistant and Certified Verju Laser Technician. Through working with Dr. Salter I have learned the importance of taking care of ones body and mind and how to establish trust within to maintain health and happiness.

In my leisure time, I enjoy exploring the mountains with my pup Indi, having random adventures with my fianceé, and spending as much time as possible in the sun, whilst reading from my favorite novels. I am excited about everything there is to learn as a staff member of Why Weight and happy to be a part of this awesome work family.


Karen Shrum

Nutritional Expert  

Karen Shrum holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Nutrition Therapy Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Through customized nutrition therapy, Karen guides those navigating health conditions back to improved quality of life.

After watching family and friends battle cancer, hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, obesity and other diseases, she set out determined to find a better way. Through God’s guiding hand, she discovered that food can be medicine, and became a Nutrition Therapy Master. Taking Hippocrates’ belief that all disease begins in the gut, Karen takes a science and research-based approach to analyzing gut health, nutrient deficiencies and hormonal imbalances that prevent others from improving their health. 

Karen has called Colorado home since 1994 and now resides in Littleton with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, volunteering and living out her favorite motto: Life’s Too Short To Eat Bad Food.


Why Weight
10268 W Centennial Rd., Suite 204
Littleton, CO 80127
Phone: 720-678-3000
Fax: 866-633-3858
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