Welcome to Dr. Zumbado’s Lifestyle Community

Ideal Lifestyle Community

You deserve to live a full and healthy life in a body you love – and we know how to get you there. Explore our community website and become familiar with our successful weight loss, weight maintenance, and physical and mental fitness strategies. See how they can work for you.


Welcome from Dr. Zumbado

Hello and welcome to the Ideal Lifestyle Community. Please explore my website and see how we can help you on your journey to a life and body you love.

I started my career as a chiropractor with additional degrees in nutrition and the health sciences, and have been in the “helping” business for more than 25 years. I have been helping people lose and maintain weight for over a decade. As Regional Development Consultant for Ideal Protein of America, I have created an avenue to successful weight loss for thousands of people, and my mission is to spread this access to thousands more in an effort to end the obesity epidemic. As you can see, I’m on a mission.

I understand the struggles many of you face when trying to lose weight. I am not a naturally thin person. I studied nutrition for that very reason – to figure out once and for all how I should eat to maintain a healthy weight. I was doing everything right – eating nutritious balanced meals and exercising religiously – but I still struggled with my weight. I consulted physicians (you must be eating too much or not exercising enough, bah), nutritionists (you have food sensitivities, by the way the test is $500), and even friends and colleagues (maybe you’re not eating enough?).

My internal preoccupation with weight, and my disgust with my increasing body mass was nearing a tipping point. That’s when it hit me – maybe how we think about dieting is wrong. If calorie restriction and exercise are valid methods of losing weight, why can so few of us do it? Seriously, we Americans can’t all be undisciplined and lazy.
So I began to think less about the weight loss paradigm and more about how the body works. With my knowledge of nutrition and my understanding of physiology through my chiropractic training and practice, I realized the importance of integrating the two. There in started my odyssey toward becoming an Ideal Protein coach. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is backed by sound science, and just makes sense. I have spent the past decade educating the lay public on basic tenets of physiology and how the body maintains a healthy weight.

I realized that access to a structured and proven diet plan grounded in science was still not enough. We needed to provide education, mental training, support, and community to eradicate the culture of obesity in this country. The purpose behind this website is to provide an access point for you (the reader, dieter, coach, or physician) to have a truly viable solution to weight loss and healthy maintenance.

I believe you deserve to live a full and healthy life in a body you love. My team of passionate coaches and I want to make that happen for you. Please visit often and spread the word. Together we can do this!

— Dr. Dolores Zumbado


About our Clinic

The Dr. Zumbado Lifestyle Community clinic is conveniently located in the RIO Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. We are a warm and welcoming place with a friendly staff committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals, regain your health, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are also host to public and private lectures and educational workshops by Dr. Zumbado and team on weight loss, weight maintenance, and the cognitive approach to weight loss and maintenance. Please stop in to find out how we can help you regain your health and live a healthy lifestyle.


Meet the Team

Cathy Newman has been working with Dr. Z for 5 years, first as a diet coach, and now as a member of Dr. Z’s support team, training and educating coaches in over 85 clinics. With a BA in Behavioral Sciences, and coursework in gerontology, she spent 15 years working with hospice and the elderly before discovering her true passion – transforming lives through weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. While devoting 20 years to raising three sons with her husband Phil, she was a tireless volunteer and fundraiser for various elderly organizations, schools and her church. An avid cook, she enjoys inspiring others to eat healthy, delicious and nutritious foods.
Karen Deblasio graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College West in 1998. With her medical background, she is a crucial member of the team, reviewing each of our client’s health profiles before they begin the weight loss protocol. Doctor Karen, as she is known in our office, was first introduced to Ideal Protein when she noticed many of her clients dropping significant amounts of weight on the Ideal Protein protocol administered by Dr. Zumbado’s clinic, which was at the time sharing space with the wellness center where she practiced. In 2010, Doc Karen lost 50 lbs in 4 months on the protocol and shortly after began exclusively coaching Ideal Protein with Dr. Zumbado. She celebrates her job daily and feels truly blessed to bring the same results that transformed her life to others.

Kathe Montgomery In addition to compassionately coaching many of our clients, Kathe is the administrative whiz who keeps the office running. She majored in dietetics while at the University of Maryland and has always had an interest in cooking and nutrition. She lost 35lbs in 4 months on the protocol before joining up as a coach with Dr. Z in 2010. She has raised three children, staying home for several years to homeschool them. Outside of Dr. Z’s, Kathe enjoys spending time with family and friends, sewing, reading, walking, and cooking.

Renee Brodsky has 8+ years of coaching experience, and is a wellspring of knowledge regarding our products and the issues and challenges facing our clients. She lost 25 pounds on the protocol in 2008, inspiring 12 family members, who lost between 10 and 85 pounds, to join the Ideal Protein community. When not coaching, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, skiing, hiking, bowling, and playing tennis.

Judy Furnish, a Coloradan by birth (and Broncos fan), received her BA in Education and History from the University of Northern Colorado. A teacher by training, Judy has a kind and gentle approach, providing encouragement and instilling confidence in her clients. She has taught pre-school through high school, and even homeschooled her own children for a few years. Judy lost 30 pounds on the protocol in 2009 and joined the coaching staff in 2015. In addition to coaching at Dr. Z’s, she currently teaches high school journalism at Covenant Life School and volunteers at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

Cara Copeland received her BS in human ecology from the University of Maryland and spent over 20 years planning and designing interior space for federal and commercial institutions. In 2009, she became an entrepreneur, opening a high end women’s consignment shop, which happened to be steps away from Dr. Z’s original Ideal Protein clinic. In 2011, Cara became a dieter and lost 15lbs, inspiring many of her consignment customers to join Ideal Protein as well. Cara conveniently outfitted them during their weight loss transformations. Cara joined the coaching staff in 2016. When not inspiring and encouraging clients, Cara loves spending time with her teenage children and lovable lab, Lily.

Carolyn Lemm has worked with the Ideal Protein Program for the past five years, first as a coach in Champaign, IL and then most recently as a Clinic Coordinator in Austin, TX. Carolyn attended the University of Texas, where she attained a B.A. in Human Ecology with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Business. As a prior collegiate water polo player, competitive swim coach and Youth Sports and Fitness Director for the US Army, she gained a strong fitness and coaching background. Her interest in nutrition was born of her own love of food and cooking. This diverse academic, work, and life experience helps Carolyn take a unique approach to motivating Ideal Protein patients to successfully reach their goals. In her free time she enjoys swimming, kayaking, and traveling with her husband and son. She is a member of Junior League of Washington and actively volunteers in the community.