About Tracy Evans
I am the director of the Lifestyle Program at the Institute, and I am very fortunate to have Dr. Evans as my husband. I have earned several certifications as a Lifestyle Educator including the Harvard Medical School’s American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s certification as a Lifestyle Educator. My role is to integrate the pillars of Lifestyle Medicine by inspiring patients to move toward better health through nutrition, exercise, improved sleep and stress resilience so that they can experience a better quality of life.
When I was in my 30s, I was not healthy. I was carrying around too much body fat – about 85 pounds. I have a very small frame, and I was wearing a size 24. I had a business, a teenager, and a mother with chronic illnesses that I was caring for. During a visit to my doctor, I was told I may have a fatty liver and needed to have a test run at the hospital. There, they stuck a very long needle into my side and pulled out a section of my liver, and they let me look at it. I could actually see the fat in the sample. Soon afterward, my mother passed away from heart disease associated with obesity. That’s when I had a wake-up call that I needed to change my lifestyle.
Today, in my late 50s, I have lost those 85 pounds. I feel so much better that I forget at times that I’m not still in my 30s. Five years ago, I decided to make a career change and started my certifications as a Lifestyle Educator; I wanted to help people move through the process of making the lifestyle changes that I made, but too quickly, and in a more evidence based and healthy way.
As a side note, I know that my mother, had she been able to go through a program like the one we offer at The Institute, I would have had her with me for many more years.
I am very excited to be a part of this process and can’t wait to get to know you!
Dr. Evans and his wife, Tracy, live in East Texas with their English Golden Retriver (Bodhi), two rescue dogs (Rocsi and Mia). Between the two, they have three grown children who live all over North America.