"As the son and grandson of physicians, I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor. I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I grew up with the notion that it is a privilege and honor to be able to do something that helps others.“In medical school, I found myself drawn to surgery, because it is the direct resolution of a problem. I also found that I liked the technical challenge of vascular surgery and found it satisfying... and the specialty in which I could make a difference in people’s lives. But what remained unsatisfying was the surgical ‘stripping’ procedure used to treat varicose veins. “When the new minimally invasive procedure first became available, I wanted to be able to provide the care that could provide excellent results, with far less hassle. 20 years later, I’m proud to have been able to help thousands of patients. And I remain committed to leading with a sense of compassion and to providing the most complete, appropriate and effective care for varicose and spider veins.”
Dr. Widmeyer is an active member of his community and very involved in his church and enjoys the outdoors as a hunter and obstacle course racer. Married and the father of adult twin sons, Dr. Widmeyer has worked with World Medical Mission and has traveled to Kenya and Niger to perform surgery in mission hospitals. He also served as a civilian volunteer vascular surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, treating injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.In his own words, Dr. Widmeyer says: “I feel blessed to have the ability and expertise that I have. I love taking something that is complex and unknown to a patient, and making it understandable, and then offering a safe and minimally invasive, state-of-the-art solution to that problem, and sharing in their joy and relief when the problem is solved.”
A board-certified vascular surgeon, Jeffrey H. Widmeyer, MD, is a true specialist in vein care. Over his many years of medical practice, he has successfully treated thousands of people with vascular problems, including spider veins and varicose veins.Known in the medical community for his superior skills and specialized knowledge, Dr. Widmeyer instructs other physicians in the treatment of vein disease and is often called upon to treat fellow doctors and their family members who have varicose and spider veins. His expertise in the treatment of varicose veins has made Dr. Widmeyer a highly sought-after, on-air vein-treatment expert who is trusted by other doctors to treat even the most challenging cases.
Dr. Widmeyer began practicing medicine in Lynchburg as a vascular surgeon in 1998. He found that Lynchburg was missing a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in vein care. Dr. Widmeyer opened the doors of Widmeyer Vein Center (As Vein and Cosmetic Solutions) in 2005. Since then, Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center has been treating patients for vein disease, hemorrhoids, and over the last 10 years, medically supervised weight loss and overall wellness.
Like many, Dr. Widmeyer struggled with gradual weight gain through his 30’s and 40’s. He researched and determined the best way to lose weight was the Ideal Protein plan and successfully lost 40 pounds – and has kept it off. Impressed with the results, and knowing the plan is scientific and medically supervised, Dr. Widmeyer incorporated Ideal Protein into his practice. Since then, patients have lost over 38,000 pounds using this plan.
With the combination of state-of-the-art vein care, medically supervised weight loss and minimally invasive procedures, the practice evolved to Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center.
Dr. Widmeyer is Lynchburg’s only board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in vein care. Over his 20 years of medical practice, he has successfully treated thousands of people with vascular problems, including spider veins, varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers. Dr. Widmeyer helped introduce Lynchburg to the most modern vein therapies, and was the first specialist to use the high-tech EVLT procedure.
Dr. Widmeyer is an active member of his community, involved in his church and enjoys the outdoors as a hunter. He is also an obstacle course racer. Dr. Widmeyer has worked with World Medical Mission and has traveled to Kenya and Niger to perform surgery in mission hospitals. He also served as a civilian volunteer vascular surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, treating injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, Dr. Widmeyer went to Puerto Rico to provide surgical services to the poor affected by Hurricane Maria.
Trained at the University of Virginia and Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Widmeyer is a member of the American College of Phlebology, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and Medical Society of Virginia. In addition to vascular surgery, he is board certified in general surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Lori is more than a wellness coach. In addition to being office manager and assisting Dr. Widmeyer with his office procedures for over 15 years, she has been helping patients achieve their weight loss goals for over 9 years. Her passion for offering support and concrete advice to people as they make small changes through the program, no matter the goal, is fulfilled on a daily basis. The overall lifestyle change is awesome to see and Lori is grateful to be a part of it.
As an empty nester, coaching has filled her natural inclination to nurture people. Lori not only enjoys watching patients lose weight, but appreciates the entire wellness journey. Lori finds great joy in supporting a patient who has transformed into a better version of themselves. While she is not at work, Lori can be found reading about weight loss and healthy lifestyles, cooking, walking and doing Pilates.
Lori has been married to Jeff for nearly 30 years. Together they have twin boys and a dog, Maggie.
Go to Item: Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix (made into a shake)
For nearly a year, Sarah has been assisting Dr. Widmeyer and helping clients achieve their weight loss goals. Her role at Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center allows her to spend time with clients, meet new people, and help them feel better about themselves. Coming to work is fun with such a great team.
Sarah and her husband have three teenage boys. She is a very busy football mom and loves to hike and play tennis.
Go to Snack: Southwest Cheese Puffs
Obagi product: Sarah uses them all
For nearly a year, Ruthie has been assisting Dr. Widmeyer and helping clients achieve Since January 2019, Ruthie has been assisting Dr. Widmeyer and working with individuals to achieve a healthier lifestyle. As a wellness coach, each individual’s weight loss journey inspires her, and Ruthie celebrates their achievements.
An avid runner, Ruthie keeps active and strives to stay healthy and lead by example. She loves working with the team at Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center.
Ruthie and her husband Bill have been married for 25 years, have three children, Sarah, William and Samuel, and three dogs.
Go to Snack: Lemon Wafers
Laura found Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center as a dieter in 2017. She had great success with the medically supervised weight loss plan and became a member of the team in March 2018. Laura now manages the team and keeps busy with assisting medical procedures and acting as a wellness coach.
Having lost 55 pounds following Dr. Widmeyer’s plan, Laura uses that experience to help coach clients. Her first-hand knowledge helps clients feel at ease, knowing that set goals are achievable using the scientifically-proven weight loss plan.
Married with 21-year old twins, Laura met her husband while involved in community theater. Laura is a singer, actor, choreographer, and director in local community theaters, as well as professional acting.
Go to Snack: Chocolate Crispy (Also a big fan of the Potato Puree for making pizza crust)
Since February 2019, Ellen has been assisting Dr. Widmeyer and working with clients on their weight loss journey. Ellen loves working with the Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center team and encouraging clients to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Married with two college boys, Ellen stays active by running, which is not only her favorite way to exercise but also her social outlet. Ellen is a Midwesterner from Wisconsin and is a twin.
Go to Snack: Nacho cheese DoradosFavorite
Obagi product: Vitamin C Serum
Since April 2018, Karen has been helping patients at Widmeyer Vein & Wellness Center achieve a healthier lifestyle. As a former teacher for 30 years, Karen utilizes her experience in the classroom and incorporates it into her role as a wellness coach. Staying positive and encouraging clients along their weight loss journey, Karen helps each client achieve their goals.
Karen loves the outdoors and enjoys horseback riding, hiking, skiing, boating, snorkeling, and traveling. Originally from Northern Virginia, she is happy to call Central Virginia home.
Karen and her husband, Scott, have two children; Ryan and Rachel and two black cats.
Go to Snack: Vanilla Crispy Squares
J.P.: "I work in the medical field so I’d heard about Dr. Widmeyer and his successful vein treatment … I am very pleased with my results.
“My job requires long hours on my feet and I was having pain and cramping in my legs. I work in the medical field so I had heard about Dr. Widmeyer and his successful vein treatment -- so I decided to go to him to have vein surgery. The surgery was not painful and I am very pleased with my results. I recommend Dr. Widmeyer for laser ablation vein treatment.”
T. K.: If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from varicose veins, I highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer!
“For over a year I experienced discomfort in my legs and was unable to sleep at night. I heard Dr. Widmeyer on “Ask the Expert” so I called him about my legs and he suggested laser ablation surgery to relieve the discomfort of my varicose veins. The surgery was virtually painless and I was able to resume normal activity right away. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from varicose veins, I highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer!”
H. W.: Since having the procedure I am free from the pain and sleeping at night. My husband wishes I had the procedure years ago because now he sleeps better too!
“Before I saw Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer and had laser ablation surgery, I was not sleeping well at night because of pain in my varicose veins. Since having the procedure, which was really almost painless, I am free from the pain and sleeping at night. My husband wishes I had the procedure years ago because now he sleeps better too. If you are bothered by varicose veins, I recommend seeing Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer right away."
S. W.: After only two days downtime I was back at work with my legs feeling like new.
“As a registered nurse, I am on my feet constantly. After 25 years of suffering pain from varicose veins … and unsuccessful vein stripping … I called Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer. His laser ablation technique was the answer. There was minimal discomfort and after only two days downtime, I was back at work with my legs feeling like new. If you are experiencing pain from varicose veins, I recommend calling Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer.”
Y. M.: Before the surgery I felt as if I were dragging around two logs and now my legs feel great, with no swelling or pain.
“Recently Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer performed virtually painless laser ablation procedures on both of my legs. Before the surgery I felt as if I were dragging around two logs and now my legs feel great, with no swelling or pain. If you have problems due to varicose veins, I recommend you see Dr. Jeffrey Widmeyer.”
J. W.: I spent no time in bed and there was very, very little pain …
“I had a problem with varicose veins for a number of years. When I told my doctor about my problems and the pain I was going through, he recommended Dr. Widmeyer. I made an appointment that day. The surgery took about 20 minutes. I spent no time in bed and there was very, very little pain.”
K.J.: "I have tried different diets, counting calories, seeing my weight go up and down like a yoyo. After struggling with my weight for years, Ideal Protein really works! I don't have the desire for bad foods anymore. I'm eating healthily, drinking plenty of water now and the foods are very good. I’m happy to say, I'm halfway to my goal! "
E.: "My legs are ready for summer! Dr. Widmeyer did a great job of getting rid of my spider veins."