Meet Dr. Cederquist
Caroline J. Cederquist, MD has taken a road few physicians have traveled. Beginning in 1991, she started her career in family practice. As it often happens with conventional medicine, she found herself prescribing round after round of medication, while knowing that if her patients could lose around 20-30 pounds that they wouldn’t need any medication at all.
With the desire to stop treating patients in a way that didn’t address the root of her patients’ problems, she came to a personal conclusion that conventional medicine did not provide all of the tools she needed to help her patients achieve optimum health.
Intent on discovering the underlying causes of her patients most common issues, like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight gain, she began to envision Cederquist Medical Wellness Center. She decided to move to Naples FL with her family, and committed to taking an entirely different approach to impact her patients’ health. She wanted an approach that could reduce medications, decrease a variety of risk factors, and improve health and quality of life long-term, by using food as medicine, and working with patients on an individual basis.
Dr. Cederquist founded Cederquist Medical Wellness Center in 1997, with the primary aim of treating patients by addressing the causes of their health issues. By providing the right dietary and lifestyle treatment program, she has helped patients normalize cholesterol levels without any medication. Patients who have tried everything to lose weight finally find the answers they need, and they began to lose weight after years of failure. Patients who have diabetes are able to reduce or eliminate their medications. Most importantly, patients have been able to improve their health and well-being in life-transforming ways.
Every patient is evaluated as an individual, and receives personalized treatment. Dr. Cederquist understands that what works for one person does not guarantee it will work for another. With a customized treatment program created specifically for each patient, Dr. Cederquist has helped thousands of people lose weight and achieve better health.
One of only about 250 doctors nationwide to have achieved board certification in bariatrics – the specialty of medical weight management, Dr. Cederquist has appeared as a weight-management expert in a variety of venues, including:
- The Dr. Phil Show
- The Ricki Lake Show
- The Ananda Lewis Show
- The Today Show, Locally televised NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, FL
- Local Radio "The Skinny on Your Health"
- Hundreds of Publications in regional and national magazines and newspapers
- National Upjohn Achievement Award for "Outstanding Personal and Professional Qualities Deemed Most Valuable in a Physician
- Chief resident at the Medical College of Virginia
- Board of Trustees of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians
- Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine
- National Merit Scholar
- University of Miami's Honors Medical Education Program
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Alpha Omega Alpha - Officer (Medical Honors Society)
Meet The Staff
Adriana Kinn, ARNP, has worked at Cederquist Medical Wellness Center since 2002 and lends her knowledge and expertise to patients by providing insights into medical management as well as motivational coaching to guide patients toward life-transforming wellness.
A graduate from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing, Adriana has advanced clinical training in weight management, preventative medicine, and science-based medical treatment.
Adriana has made it her life's work improving the health of others and, as a mother of two, has a passion for impactful youth coaching programs. These programs include topics on nutrition, self-care and body image for high school and college bound young adults. The rise in insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome is where she focuses her attention.
Her experience and pursuit of evidence-based methods of improving overall health and wellness have proved invaluable in improving the quality of life for patients of the Cederquist Medical Wellness Center.
Nicole Hartwick, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition & Food Science and Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
Nicole chose a career in nutrition and dietetics because of her interest in helping others. Nicole's goal is to educate others on healthy eating habits to promote long-term weight management and to be a source of inspiration, guidance, encouragement and accountability in each person’s journey. Since 2009 she has worked to develop the nutritional foundation for Cederquist Medical Wellness Center.
Her passion is to empower others to achieve dietary and wellness goals that lead to a vibrant and healthy life. Nicole is an expert in nutrition and metabolism and her specialties and interests include weight loss and weight management, hidden food allergies, insulin resistance, diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Amy Mackenzie, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Florida Dietetic Association. Originally from Maine, Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Williams College. Amy completed her dietetic internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, an academic medical and level I trauma center for pediatrics and adults in Madison, Wisconsin.
Working as a clinical dietitian at the University of Wisconsin she provided medical nutrition therapy to patients through nutrition evaluations, interventions, education and goal-setting. Amy strengthened her counseling skills and knowledge as a nutrition and wellness counselor at a summer weight-loss camp for families. She worked closely with adults and children and gained experience developing teaching materials, instructing nutrition classes and presenting cooking demonstrations.
In 2012 Amy joined the Cederquist Medical Wellness team to create lifelong transformations in patient's health and wellbeing. She is passionate about her work with patients, partnering with them to implement short term and long term plans of overall dietary lifestyle changes for lifelong success.
Natasha Genevro, Dietician Nutritionist, graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nutritional Sciences. Natasha has worked as a Nutritionist for the government "WIC" program where she guided and coached families on nutrition and healthy eating habits. Natasha has also worked as a Wellness Coach for Geisinger Healthcare System, providing a high level of nutritional counseling to her patients.
In 2012 Natasha become a part of the Cederquist Medical Wellness team to continue her dream of providing complete care and nutritional guidance as a Dietitian Nutritionist. As a source of inspiration and guidance and being actively engaged in what is important to the patient, she partners with patients to create an environment of integrity and a resource for continued health.
Since grade school, Natasha's passion in life has been to have a positive impact on the health of others and ultimately, the world. Inspired by Ann Wigmore: "The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."
Dr Donna Alpert, PhD, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, has worked with the team of professionals since 2001 at Cederquist Medical Wellness Center to educate, motivate and inspire patients to achieve optimum health. Dr. Alpert holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed mental health counselor and certified sex therapist that specializes in the treatment of weight management, eating disorders and disturbances, body image issues, sex therapy and relationships.
Dr. Alpert believes in the mind/body connection and how a healthy diet, exercise, relaxation and methods of stress-relief can positively impact a person's wellbeing. Her passion is promoting and living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to achieve optimum health and well-being.
Rebecca Jaen, Office Manager, has been with Cederquist Medical Wellness Center since 2010. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her bachelor's degree in Africana Studies in 2006. Her degree in cultural history and anthropology is an asset to her analytical skills, critical thinking, communication skills, and helps her to build a better appreciation for those that she interacts with daily. Rebecca strives to create a welcoming environment for every patient she interacts with.
Along with being an integral team member, Rebecca is the loving mother of three boys. As a working mother, she personally understands the time, frustrations and strength necessary to achieve weight loss goals. Through working with a dietician to help lose her post baby weight Rebecca was able to lose 30 pounds, correct her metabolism and learn healthy eating habits to strengthen her care for her children.