Heuser Health

 

Dr. Louis Heuser, MD
CEO

Dr. Louis Heuser, MD

 I became acutely aware of the value of exercise in the 5th grade. That was the first year we were required to take the Presidents Physical Fitness Test. I failed the test and was extremely embarrassed in front of my classmates.  I was the class president and this physical failure was devastating. I started reading every body building book and magazine I could get my hands on. I hid in the basement and exercised in secret to over come the disability I was living with. I was all alone, miserable but I was adamant I could turn this problem I had around. It took a while but by the time puberty caught up with me I had built a fairly fit body. I was never an outstanding athlete but I did get most of my college tuition paid by pole vaulting. I finally had some self esteem. Exercise was my awakening to a new way of life. Exercise has been part of my daily life every day.  Even through residency and my surgical practice when it would be easy to not exercise and devote those hours to society I found time to exercise. I found I gave more if I took care of my self.

           The bottom line to this story is that if I can be fit, anybody can be fit. You just need to know how to do it, and then follow through with effective exercise.

      Nutrition became part of my professional duties during medical school and surgical residency. Surgeons learned how to feed people by vein in the early 70’s. Burn victims and patients with massive abdominal wounds can not be feed by mouth. With the GI tract unavailable, we learned how to give every gram of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and vitamins in liquid suspension intravenously. I was very much involved from the ground up in surgical nutrition challenges with extremely difficult cases. We had incredibly gratifying results saving people that would have died just months before we learned these new techniques. The same nutrition science that heals massive wounds also builds fit bodies in healthy people. It’s a lot more fun to eat protein, carbohydrates, and fat I assure you.

     I developed Heuser Heuser because I watched the overall health of Americans deteriorate over the past 30 years. As I got older my patients got sicker. Not from the diseases they were referred to me for, but they were sicker because they were getting fatter and fatter.  They all had heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. My breast cancer patients were not dying of breast cancer, they were dying of heart attacks. I saw more and more patients with surgical complications of diabetes. Easy operations were made hard because of all the fat. No one in medicine was doing anything to help people prevent all these preventable diseases. My interest in nutrition and exercise was the answer to this frustrating dilemma. The Clinic was developed to help people help themselves by eating nutritious foods and exercising effectively, building fit healthy, vigorous bodies.  We prevent 90% of the diseases Americans die prematurely from.

     The clinic is the place to come to learn how to take control of your life and live a healthy life-style. The whole family is invited to learn together to have generations of wellness.

Dr. Louis S Heuser MD

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Education:                                   Bachelor of Science                      1968-1972                                           

                                                     University of Florida

                                                  Gainesville, Florida

                                                    Master of Science (Anatomy)1974-1978

                                                  University of Louisville

                                                  School of Medicine

                                                  Louisville, Kentucky

                                                  Doctor of Medicine(Honors)

                                                   School of Medicine

                                                  University of Louisville                             1974-1978

                                                  Louisville, Kentucky

 

Residency:                                General Surgery                                           1979-1984

                                                  University of Louisville

                                                  Louisville, Kentucky

                                                  Chief Resident                                             1983-1984

                                                  University of Louisville

                                                   Louisville, Kentucky

Fellowship:                              Surgical Resident                                         1981-1982

                                                 Children’s Hospital Medical Center

                                                 Department of Surgical Research

                                                 Harvard Medical School

                                                 Boston, Massachusetts

Appointments:                         Private Practice                                            1986-2003

                                                 President                                                      1997 -1998

                                                 Norton Healthcare

                                                 Norton Medical Staff

                                                 Louisville, Kentucky

                                                 Chairman, Laparoscopy Committee            1996-1997

                                                 Center for Advanced Surgical Technologies

                                                 Norton Health Care

                                                 Louisville, Kentucky

                                                 Board of Directors                                       1994-1997

                                                 Adult Operating Board

                                                 Norton Health Care

                                                 Louisville, Kentucky

                                                 Chief of Surgery                                          1987-1997

                                                 Norton Hospital

 

                                                 Louisville, Kentucky

Honors and Awards:                President, Junior Class                                1977

                                                 University of Louisville

                                                 School of Medicine

                                                 Morgan Williams Memorial Award            1977

                                                 University of Louisville

                                                 Department of Surgery

                                                 Israel Muss Memorial Award                      1977

                                                 President, Senior Class                                1978

                                                 University of Louisville

                                                 School of Medicine

                                                 Alpha Omega Alpha                                     1978

                                                 Phi Kappa Phi                                               1978

                                                 George P. Caldwell Memorial Award          1978

                                                 University of Louisville

                                                 Department of Surgery

                                                 William L. Brohm Award                             1980, 1983

                                                 University of Louisville

                                                 Department of Surgery

 

                                                 Resident/Fellow Basic Research Award       1985

 

 

Peggy Heuser, MSN, A.P.R.N.
APRN (Chief Medical Officer)

Peggy Heuser, MSN, A.P.R.N.

Peggy is a native of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, but has lived more than 35 years in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her nursing degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Spalding University and is currently enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program at Spalding University.
Her passion is her family, her business and all of her clients (and having fun!)

Fun Facts about Peggy:

  • Favorite Book: Younger Next Year
  • Favorite Music: Anything I can sing to
  • Favorite Sports: Swimming, Waterskiing, Cycling, and Running
  • Favorite Place: Carefree, Arizona and Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Secret: My real name used to be Mary Margaret, but I changed it officially to Peggy

Chris Thompson
Chief of Staff/Fitness Director

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is from Louisville and graduated from University of South Florida (undergraduate studies) and the University of Louisville with a Master’s degree in Exercise physiology. He joined the Heuser team in 2002 and enjoys getting to know and work with clients and helping them make positive changes in their lives.

Fun Facts about Chris:

  • Favorite book – “The Brothers Karamazov”
  • Favorite music – U2
  • Favorite TV show – The Golf Channel
  • Favorite teams – Louisville and Tampa Bay Bucaneers
  • Favorite getaway – Kiawah Island, SC
  • Favorite activity – Running cross country with his daughters
  • Long-held secret – Used to be a pro golfer

Jeff Ellison
Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Ellison

Originally from Tulsa, OK, Jeff earned his degree in Finance from University of Kentucky. He has 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and account management; and, he serves on the Louisville Sports Commission Board of Directors. He is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.

Fun Facts about Jeff:

  • Favorite sport – College football
  • Favorite band – The Allman Brothers Band
  • Favorite book – “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and “Lonesome Dove”
  • Favorite activity – Coaching competitive travel baseball
  • Long-held secret – He’ll never tell

Patrick Smalley
Director of Training

Patrick Smalley

Originally from Lebanon, KY, Patrick earned a degree in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and a degree in Sports Medicine from University of Louisville. He joined Heuser in 2006 and enjoys helping people in a family environment.

Fun Fact about Patrick:

  • Favorite sports teams – UofL and the Oakland Raiders

 

Melissa “Missy” Sachs
Executive Director Heuser East

Melissa “Missy” Sachs

Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Missy is a graduate of Bellarmine University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. Missy has been with Heuser since 2011 and cherishes her “opportunities to meet and help so many people.”

Fun Facts about Missy:

  • Favorite movie – “Gladiator”
  • Favorite TV show – “Gilmore Girls”
  • Favorite sports teams – Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Cubs
  • Favorite activity – Playing and coaching soccer
  • Favorite getaway – Anywhere warm with a beach for sand volleyball
  • Long-held secret – She’ll never tell

Marissa Higgins
Exercise Physiologist

Marissa Higgins

Marissa is from Louisville KY and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She loves working at Heuser because the team is such a blast! She is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and helping people feel better about themselves.

Fun Facts about Marissa:

  • Favorite book -“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
  • Favorite Music – Country and slow R&B
  • Favorite sports teams-  Louisville Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys
  • Favorite activity- Anything that involves being at the lake!
  • Favorite Getaway- Her parents Lakehouse at Nolin with my friends and family
  • Long-held secret – She can eat an entire large pepperoni pizza by herself!

Nate Blue
Exercise Physiologist

Nate Blue

Nate graduated from Bellarmine University in May 2015 with an Exercise Science degree and a successful Lacrosse career! He’s also helping to coach Ballard High School’s Lacrosse team, with his older brother. Nate is from Medina, Ohio; his favorite color is Blue (Nate Blue), and he’s one funny guy; favorite teams Buckeyes, Cavs, Browns and Indians.

Matthew Ryan Collins
Exercise Physiologist

Matthew Ryan Collins

A Louisville native and Heuser associate since August of 2013, Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from University of Louisville. Even though he’s been with Heuser a short time, he has already discovered a great appreciation for his clients and co-workers, claiming “I have never worked anywhere before where I was greeted and welcomed by everyone so fast. Not only that, but greeted with a smile and genuine concern for me and my overall well being.”

Fun Facts about Matthew:

  • Favorite books – “The Word” (The Bible) and “Battlefield of the Mind”
  • Favorite music – Christian, Diet Metal, Christian Rap
  • Favorite TV show – Doesn’t watch much TV
  • Favorite sports team – Kentucky Wildcat Basketball
  • Favorite activity – Guitar
  • Favorite getaway – Playing his guitar on the porch on a cool summer night, worshipping the Lord
  • Long-held secret – He used to have a mullet

Chip Day
Exercise Physiologist

Chip Day

Chip is a native of New Albany, IN, who earned degrees from University of Louisville in Business Management, Exercise Science, and Sports Administration. He joined the Heuser team in 2007 and enjoys his daily interaction with our members and his co-workers.

Fun Facts about Chip:

  • Favorite music – Country
  • Favorite TV show – Seinfeld
  • Favorite sports teams – UofL, Cincinnati Reds, Denver Broncos
  • Favorite activity – Playing basketball
  • Favorite getaway – A fast car and a ski mask
  • Long-held secret – He wears a wig

Moriah Facktor
Exercise Physiologist

Moriah Facktor

Moriah is from Louisville, KY and graduated from Bellarmine University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She joined Heuser in 2013 and enjoys working with “the great staff and the variety of clients.”

Fun Facts about Moriah: 

  • Favorite music – Country
  • Favorite TV show – “The Americans”
  • Favorite sports team – Cards!
  • Favorite activity – Field hockey
  • Favorite getaway – The beach!
  • Long-held secret – She’ll never tell

 

Donny Hack
Exercise Physiologist

Donny Hack

Donny is a native of Clarksville, IN who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from University of Louisville. He started his career with Heuser in 2001 and enjoys “pushing members to their max.”

Fun Facts about Danny:

  • Favorite book – “Freakonomics”
  • Favorite music – White Stripes
  • Favorite TV show – “Seinfeld”
  • Favorite sports teams – Louisville Cardinals
  • Favorite activities – Mountain biking and volleyball
  • Favorite getaway – Brown County Park, IN
  • Long-held secret – Drives fast (but courteously)

Mike Hill
Exercise Physiologist

Mike Hill

Michael is from Louisville and graduated from University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. He joined the Heuser team in 2004 and enjoys educating people about fitness and helping people feel good about themselves.

Fun Facts about Michael:

  • Favorite book – “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas”
  • Favorite music – John Legend
  • Favorite TV show – The Cosby Show
  • Favorite sports teams – Louisville Cardinals and Cleveland Browns
  • Favorite activities – Flag football and volleyball
  • Favorite getaway – Chicago
  • Long-held secret – Had 12 years of perfect attendance in school

 

Geoff Holladay
Exercise Physiologist

Geoff Holladay

Geoff is a native of Louisville, KY who graduated from Asbury College with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. This is his second stint with Heuser and he’s back because he enjoys meeting and interacting with different people from all walks of life.

Fun Facts about Geoff:

  • Favorite book – “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis
  • Favorite music – Anything that’s not too “pop” or too “twangy”
  • Favorite TV show – “Dexter”
  • Favorite sports teams – Georgia football, Kentucky basketball, Chicago pro sports except The White Sox
  • Favorite activity – Drumming, coaching, and pick-up games of any kind
  • Favorite getaway – Cancun
  • Long-held secret – He’ll never tell

Robert "Rob" Johnson
Exercise Physiologist

Robert "Rob" Johnson

A Louisville native, Robert launched his Heuser career in April, 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from University of Louisville and is “happy to be part of something great” at Heuser.

Fun Facts about Rob:

  •  Favorite book – “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein
  • Favorite music – All types
  • Favorite TV show – “Entourage”
  • Favorite sports teams – Louisville Cardinals, Boston Celtics
  • Favorite activities – Basketball and Weightlifting
  • Favorite getaway – The beach
  • Long-held secret – Loves country music

Shelby Hawkins
Exercise Physiologist

Shelby Hawkins

Shelby is from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise science. She is passionate about exercise and fitness and she enjoys working at Heuser because she gets the opportunity to help clients at all different fitness levels reach their goals.

Fun Facts about Shelby:

  • Favorite book: The Secret Life of Bees
  • Favorite music: She is a big fan of music so she can pretty much listen to anything but country
  • Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation and New Girl
  • Favorite sports team: University of Kentucky Wildcats!
  • Favorite activity: Playing field hockey and lake activities
  • Favorite getaway: The lake
  • Long-held secret: She used to act in plays when she was younger.She has been in three plays; Charlotte’s Web, Johnny Appleseed, and Oliver Twist