We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Knopke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
My first inclination is to say the most important thing I do is to keep them alive. Nobody tells you that your job as a parent is to keep your kids from killing themselves. Any parent can identify with phrases such as “don’t jump off the counter”, “no hopping over the cat”, “no you should not try to do a back flip while standing on the floor”. But really, the best thing to do is to be honest with your kids. Your job as a parent is to share in your own successes and failures. I have always talked to my kids like they were adults. I want to explain to them how to navigate the world from a place of honesty. Kids are great at assimilating to and learning about the world around them as long as they know what that world is really like.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Inland Empire Weight Loss has been a long process and it is constantly changing and adapting. What brings me the most pride is that we deliver evidence based, personalized therapy to each person who struggles with their weight. I love obesity medicine because there is just so much that can be done. I am at times part coach, endocrinologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, chef, and family medicine doctor. What makes me happiest is when someone gets to stop taking blood pressure medications, or they get to stop taking diabetic medications. I love it when patients share with me their personal successes such as “I have not fit in these pants in 10 years”, or “my energy has never been better.” I suppose like many businesses, the start up was slow and somewhat accidental. I got my start after talking to a friend of mine in the hospital lobby about what was new in his life. He told me that he was trying out this new thing called bariatrics, which is the old term now. Since that time and about a thousand hours of medical education later, I have seen the field really develop. I was among the first class of board certified obesity medicine physicians in 2014, just one year after the formation of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Since that time, obesity medicine has become the fastest growing specialty in medicine. It is the recognition that excess body weight drives so much of what is wrong with people today; hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and many other things. When you realize that treating obesity, the root cause of most medical pathologies, is the thing that makes healthcare better, it is a very satisfying feeling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During the pandemic, I would joke and say come over to my house. That is where I have been hanging out. When we are talking about not being in the time of COVID, what I want most is to drive up the coast. Before my wife and I had kids, we would get in the car and drive out from Riverside to LA, get onto PCH and drive north. We would stop off in lots of places, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle and Big Sur. I love the places that you run into, the restaurants that are found and the sense of travel. One of my favorite places to go from childhood is Sea Ranch north of San Francisco. The houses and the atmosphere nearly drove me to architecture school. It is so peaceful and it is a great place to take a trip and rent a house. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Right off the bat, I will have to say my parents and then my wife and kids. They have all done so much to mold me both in growing up and also I find that I am molded by my family as my kids grow up. I am always changing as I grow. However, I do want to give a shoutout to my swimming coach, Mike Hastings. He meant so much to so many. I would not be the same person without him. He taught me structure, commitment, and reward through dedication to hard work. I was never the kind of top level swimmer that were many of his athletes. But each of his students benefited from his wisdom. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a strong influence in their life. https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/passages-mike-hastings-coach-of-summer-sanders-passes-away/
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