Debra Salter, MD

After 30 plus years as a board-certified family medicine and ER physician, Debra Salter, MD, followed her passion and opened her five-star rated obesity and metabolism center, Why Weight. Located in Littleton, Colorado, she draws patients locally and internationally. Dr. Salter is one of four physicians with an active certification in obesity medicine in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Salter was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been in medical practice since completing her medical degree and family medicine residency at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York.

Throughout her career, Dr. Salter has gravitated toward mentoring and leadership positions. She has served as Clinical Professor for FM Residency in Grand Junction, an urgent care medical director for the state of Colorado, a member of the Medical Board of Directors for Community Hospital, and a member of the Nutritional Counsel on Obesity. She is a published clinical researcher and is currently active with projects related to obesity, genetics, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Salter has been married for over 40 years. She has three children, two dogs, and lives in Indian Hills, Colorado. 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, MD

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 over 40 years, Debra, co-authored a medical thriller and continue to collaborate on works of medical fiction.

Jennie Grunert

Registered Dietician Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

Jennie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Her role is to help people meet their health goals through food and behavior modification. She has over 10 years of experience working with various diabetes programs, non-profits organizations and other hospitals all around Alaska. Her favorite thing about being a dietitian is working with people and their family.

Jennie graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science with a specialization in Human Nutrition in 2007. She did her Dietetic Internship at Loma Linda University in California. From there she took her first job at BBAHC as the Dietitian for the Diabetes program. There is where she found her passion for helping people prevent and control their diabetes with food. She received her Certified Diabetes Educator certificate (now known as Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist) while working at Southcentral Foundation. Although she enjoyed the convenience of living in Anchorage, Jennie always fancied the village life.

Jennie moved to Alaska in 2012. She fell in love with Alaska and has never left…Except for vacations. She lives in Chignik Lagoon with her husband, 2 daughters and their dog. She enjoys fishing, boating, gardening, and hiking.

Stephen Hood

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.