Joelle Keller – My Success Story with Tirzepatide and Medical Grade Weight Loss at Studio R Aesthetics in Charlottesville, Virginia
My name is Joelle Keller and this is my story of how I changed my life before I hit my 40th year.
I have always been an “athletic” body type. Growing up I was heavily involved in sports and horseback
riding. I never had to worry about my weight and was always muscular and in great shape. In my
twenties my metabolism was so fast that losing weight (if I gained it) was really easy and it would come
off with little effort. When I hit my thirties things significantly started to slow down despite my activity
level remaining high.
I moved to DC in my early thirties and gradually over the years my weight crept up. Food delivery was at
my fingertips and it was the easiest option after a long hard day at work. For years, I woke up every
morning saying “today is the day I lose the weight” and then I’d make a bad choice and the next day
would come and I’d say the same thing. I made many efforts over the years and mostly failed.
I was at the point where I was avoiding social situations because I hated the way I looked. I didn’t want
to go on vacations because I wasn’t comfortable doing long walks or other activities. I was avoiding
visiting old friends because I was embarrassed they’d be thinking “geez, look how heavy Joelle got”.
Bottom line, I was miserable. The final straw was when my dad came to visit. I hadn’t seen him in
nearly a decade and while it was a good visit, I was nervous what he thought and refused to take any
photos. He left and I thought “wow, I have no photos of these memories because of my weight”. That
was it. I didn’t want to waste anymore of my life and I vowed to not go into my 40th birthday (I had just
turned 39) feeling this way.
I started tracking calories and lost 50 pounds in around 5 months. For the last part of that weight loss I
started taking Tirzepatide with Dr. Itri in a weight loss challenge. I’ve lost 18 lbs in 10 weeks (which
included a little bit I had gained back from the initial 50).
I feel like a whole new person. I’m enjoying life again, taking photos (in fact I just did a photoshoot with
my horse a few weekends ago!) vacationing and feeling good. I went from a size 14, XXL to a size 6/8,
Medium. I started running again also after a multi year hiatus and ride my horse 4-5 days a week. Some
days I run and ride, which wouldn’t have even been possible a year ago!
My goal is to lose another 20-30 lbs to get back to my high school weight! Sounds crazy, but I think it’s
possible especially now with the assistance of Dr. Itri and Tirzepatide. I wish I had known about this
wonderful medication when I started.
The medication is NOT a miracle drug. You must put in the work and combine it with some sort of
tracking mechanism. It all comes down to calories in/calories out, but, with the medication it makes it
MUCH easier to not overeat and to stay on track.
About Studio R Aesthetics
Studio R Aesthetics is a physician-owned, physician-run Medspa and Physician Practice in Charlottesville whose priority is to ensure that patients receive the best aesthetic results and outcomes that exceed their expectations. We opened this practice because as both physicians and patients, we have a unique perspective on how to deliver the highest quality patient care. We treat every patient as if they were a family member.