Its Our First Newsletter of 2022!
Tips For Living Your Best & Healthiest Life
Dr. Peter Billing is the founder of Transform Weight Loss, LLC. He finished his surgical
training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in 2000. In 2008 in Edmonds, WA, Dr. Billing
performed the first worldwide sleeve gastrectomy in their ambulatory surgery center
(ASC). Since then, he has done thousands of ASC bariatric procedures. He has
authored several peer-reviewed clinical studies on the safety of same day case sleeve
gastrectomy. He is a national and international speaker and most recently spoke in
Oxford, England at the Bariatric Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society meeting, July
2021. He is also a consultant for Medtronic and Ethicon regarding ambulatory bariatric
surgery. He has been an innovator in bariatric surgery and has several firsts to his
credit in bariatric surgery. Transform Weight Loss, LLC was founded by Dr. Peter Billing
in 2018 to oer clients tools, along with a friendly, experienced team to help people
lose weight and live their transformed life.
Peter Billing, MD, FACS
Teriyaki Salmon with Marinated Cucumbers and Cauliflower Rice
This recipe was recently shared at our January
support group. It is a great option
that is loaded with veggies!
1. Combine cucumbers, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil,
monk fruit sugar, garlic, and crushed chili flakes. Let sit
for at least 10 minutes to marinate.
2. Combine all ingredients for teriyaki sauce. Whisk until
mixture is homogenous. Bring to a boil and continue to
whisk until thickened. Remove from heat.
3. Pat dry the salmon and season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a pan and sear on both sides until salmon is
crispy on both sides. Alternatively, preheat oven to
350⁰F and cook about 7-10 minutes. Remove salmon
from pan and add cauliflower rice to the same pan. Cook
4 ounces salmon
1 tablespoon avocado oil or high heat oil
1 teaspoon black or white sesame seeds
1 cup cauliflower rice
Makes 1 serving
3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon of Lakanto® monk fruit sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes
Makes 4 servings
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 cup Lakanto® monk fruit sugar
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 cup water
Benefits of Chocolate
• Chocolate is made by extracting the bean from
the cocoa pod. The bean is fermented, dried
and roasted. Then the shell is removed from the
nibs, which are ground into a liquid, where it is
finally made into chocolate.
• Dark chocolate is a source of iron, copper,
magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and flavanols.
• Dark chocolate is high in flavanols, which are
compounds that lower blood pressure and
increase insulin sensitivity.
Patient Spotlight: Lisa Billing
Year of Surgery: February 2009
Why did you decide to have surgery?
I was stuck with no options left or hope of ever getting rid of my extra
What are your some of your daily habits since having surgery?
Gratitude for my health. I am never without my water bottle. I also have
numerous small healthy snacks with me at all times.
What has been the biggest surprise since having surgery?
I no longer crave or even want sweet treats and it is not about
willpower and just saying no. I now have the ability to hear my body tell
me what it needs for nutrition. Over the years my taste buds have
changed. I now choose protein for snacks (nuts and cheese), lots of
veggies, and just water to drink. I do have an occasional sweet and still
like to bake, but a small bite will satisfy. There is no desire to indulge as
I know sugar will make me feel sick.
What would you tell someone considering weight loss surgery?
I would ask you to consider what you think your life will look like in 10
years. You cannot change getting older, but you do have the
opportunity to feel younger when you take care of your health. I am
happier and healthier at 55 then I was at 40.
Cosmetic Surgery at Transform
Dr. Harris is a Bariatric, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Specialist. After completing his surgical residency at the Mayo
Clinic and beginning his practice in the Southwest, he’s spent
over 20 years here in the Pacific Northwest.
Cosmetic Services Offered
Body Contouring (Liposuction)
• Abdomen & waist
• Inner/outer thigh
• Upper and lower back
• Buttocks with low back/waist
liposuction (Brazilian Butt Lift)
• Male Chest Reduction
• Breast Procedures
• Breast Lift
• Breast Augmentation
Excess Skin Removal
• Tummy Tuck
• Fleur de lis abdominoplasty
• Dermal Fillers
In Office Biopsies of Skin Abnormalities
Community Group Meetings
Every other month, Transform is oering meetings for all patients to attend virtually. The meetings will feature a specific wellness topic and discussion led by the providers. In November 2021, we launched our first meeting “10 Tips for Success During the Holidays”. In January 2022, the topic was “A Layered Approach to Weight Loss” and featured a discussion by Dr. Billing on metabolic syndrome. The meetings also include a cooking demonstration led by Kelly, one of our dietitians. Past demonstrations have included an Autumnal Salad and Teriyaki Salmon. The community groups are a great way to gain knowledge and support wherever you are in your weight loss journey. The next community group will be held on March 8th, 2022, at 6:30 PM. We will be discussing the importance of follow-up appointments at this meeting. A zoom link will be sent out once we get closer to the date.
Every other month when there isn’t a
community group meeting, there will be a
community activity. The activity will feature
in-person outings within the Seattle area. The
event will be educational and focus on overall
wellness. Outings this year will include
botanical gardens, picnics, fall walks and
even a ropes course. The next community
activity will be at the Theo Chocolate Factory.
The Transform office will be participating in the Seattle Cherry Blossom Run, 5K
Saturday, March 26th, 2022
We would love to have other Transform members join us for
this exciting day. You may join in-person or virtually. Once you
sign up, look for our group:
Group Name: The Transformers | Password: TWL2022
More info can be found at Seattle Cherry Blossom Run
Theo Factory Experience
WHEN: Saturday February 19th @ 11am – 12pm
WHAT: During this hour-long interactive
experience, you’ll discover the origins of
cacao, see how Theo crafts our chocolate
from scratch in Seattle, and learn about the
close partnerships we’ve cultivated with the
farmers we source from. Plus, you’ll get an
inside view of our factory to see where the
magic happens. What chocolate experience
would be complete without tasting? During
your visit, you’ll try a wide range of treats, from
their nationwide bestsellers to hand-crafted
WHERE: Theo Chocolate Factory 3400
Phinney Ave N Seattle WA 98103
WHO: 12 Available spots for Transform
patients (First come, first serve)
COST: $15 per individual
RSVP: Call our oce @ 425-305-5182 with
payment to RSVP BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18th
Ask how to join the private Facebook
Transform Community Group.
COVID VACCINE CARD OR NEGATIVE COVID
TEST DATED NO MORE THAN 48 HOURS
PRIOR TO TOUR IS REQUIRED UPON ENTRY
NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5