Meet Our Staff

We’re Here to Help!

Our behavior modification plans along with prescription medications will help you, help yourself!

  • Our office is run by a Physician and a Physician Assistant.
  • We have the ability to write for prescription medications.
  • You will see one of the counselors or providers pictured below every time you come to the Medical Weight Loss Center.
  • Each appointment is one on one with a provider who can guide, encourage and treat YOU individually.
  • We do not require you to sign any contracts or require payment up front before services are performed.
  • We will empower you to become the person you know you can be.
  • We will give you the tools that you need to become the healthier, happier, thinner person you want to be.
  • We offer a “one stop shop” where you can be prescribed medications, have them dispensed and get a great price on them without having to go to the pharmacy.
  • With weight loss, we can safely help decrease your risk of many medical problems as seen on our weight loss information page.
  • We offer a significant amount of informative handouts that can guide you to continuous and successful weight loss and then weight control.
  • We only require monthly appointments to keep you on track and check on your medications. We do not require weekly meetings or group settings, but we will give you information about meetings that can help certain individuals overcome additional problems that may be contributing to their weight gain.
  • If you choose, we will communicate with your family physician to keep them apprised of your weight loss.
Lauren Kropa, PA-C, Dr. Paul Baughman and Chelsea Gernak, Clinical Dietitian
Lauren Kropa, PA-C, Dr. Paul Baughman and Chelsea Gernak, Clinical Dietitian

Who We Are

Dr. Paul Baughman

Dr. Paul Baughman

Dr. Paul Baughman graduated in 1993 from Lycoming College and obtained his medical degree in Philadelphia at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his Family Practice Residency at Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg and practiced on Locust Lane until Feb 2009, when he moved his family practice to a larger building on Dover Rd.

Dr. Baughman is now one of only a few physicians in Pennsylvania to hold a Board Certification in Obesity Medicine -and the ONLY Board Certified Physician in the Harrisburg area that works solely in the area of non-surgical weight management! He now holds both a certification in Family Practice and Obesity Medicine. This is a very exciting accomplishment for Dr. Baughman and for our practice.

Lauren Kropa, PA-C

Lauren Kropa, PA-C

Lauren Kropa PA-C graduated in 2007 from King’s College’s Physician Assistant Program with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  She is certified by the NCCPA and Licensed under the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been practicing with Dr. Baughman since October of 2007. Lauren has always had a passion for helping patients lose weight and is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Medical Weight Loss Center of Harrisburg.

Chelsea Gernak, Clinical Dietitian

Chelsea Gernak, Clinical Dietitian

Medical Weight Loss Center of Harrisburg is proud to welcome Chelsea Gernak, Clinical Dietitian, to our practice. Chelsea graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in May 2015.

Chelsea has been working in the field since her graduation in 2015. She worked in clinical dietetics, food service, and weight management before joining Medical Weight Loss Center of Harrisburg. She has also taught weight loss classes in the primary care setting.

She loves empowering others to achieve better physical and mental health. Chelsea holds that weight loss is a major key to reaching these goals. Chelsea brings an energy to the practice in addition to a unique skill set which compliments the other providers’ knowledge of medications and exercise physiology.

Many patients have requested meal planning, guidance in food preparation, review of My Fitness Pal data, help with food diaries and dietary advice on sweeteners. Chelsea can address these issues as well as give daily caloric needs, provide strategies for dealing with food allergies, suggest foods for fighting disease states and more. Consultations can be scheduled through the Mind Body App, online through the website or by contacting our office.

Caitlin Leister, Weight Loss Counselor

Caitlin Leister, Weight Loss Counselor

Caitlin graduated in 2010 with a medical assisting associate’s degree. She worked in the primary care field for 5 years at Baughman Family Medicine. Caitlin worked her way up to lead medical assistant before leaving BFM to help open The Harrisburg Medical Weight Loss Center. In her past five years working at the weight loss center, Caitlin has continued her study of biology, physiology and weight management. She and Chelsea have developed the handouts and material aids we use in the education, counseling, and management of our patients. She has also written policy and procedures regarding patient flow, drug approval, medication prior authorization and encounter documentation. Recognizing that she had a passion for counseling patients with regards to diet, exercise, healthy habits, and medical options, Caitlin decided to pursue becoming a Weight Loss Counselor. After shadowing the providers and studying treatment guidelines Caitlin took our in house Medical Weight Loss Counseling Certification exam and passed. A weight-loss consultant educates patients on issues regarding weight loss, diet, and exercise. Consultants assess a client’s current weight and nutrition choices to provide guidance in obtaining a healthier lifestyle and losing weight. Caitlin works hand and hand with Dr. Baughman and Lauren to provide patients with options and accessibility to the practice.