About Dr. Rachel Chastanet

Rachel I. Chastanet, MD, FACP

Dr. Rachel Chastanet has spent much of her professional career treating the consequences of obesity, so she is delighted to be able to address the problem head-on as a weight loss doctor. Dr. Chastanet knows from her personal struggle with obesity, and genes that favor obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart attacks, how hard it is to lose weight and gain health. She knows how important professional education, planning, structure and support are in winning the battle against obesity.

From the age of 12, Dr. Chastanet dedicated herself to becoming the best possible doctor, and graduated from the Penn State/Jefferson Medical College BS/MD program in 1987, at the age of 22. She completed her obligation to the US Navy but remained in the Reserve in 1996 and undertook further residency training in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She graduated and achieved Board Certification in both specialties in 2000. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2009.

Dr. Rachel Chastanet has practiced hospital medicine, outpatient medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, academic (teaching) medicine, private practice, civilian and military medicine. She has been the Senior Medical Officer of two ships and two major Naval Clinics, deployed on ships, traveled to Iraq with the Marines three times, and served brief periods with missionaries in Bangladesh and Haiti.

In late 2010 Dr. Chastanet retired from the Naval Reserve and underwent extensive training and testing to become a Board Certified Bariatrician (Obesity Treatment Specialist).

Rachel is the mother of three active sons and two dogs, teaches Sunday school and volunteers for too many things, but loves to read novels in those few spare moments she finds