Allison Groff, MD, MPH

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obesity Medicine

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Dr. Groff is dual board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in obesity medicine. She is a private practitioner of full scope obstetrics and gynecology, as well as consultant for a telehealth service, and past experiences as medical consultant for postpartum depression program development. She has a special interest in psychosocial aspects of health, with publication and program experience.

Dr. Groff studied psychology and French literature at Cornell University, before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. She then worked as a post-baccalaureate intramural research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, studying primary ovarian insufficiency. She subsequently pursued a masters of public health, behavioral science, from Emory University. Her medical training and residency were both at SUNY Upstate Medical University, the latter in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since graduating from residency, Dr. Groff has been working in private practice, for the past 5 years at Capital Women’s Care, in Frederick, MD. She has been eager to incorporate telehealth options for patients and is a consultant for Simple Health.

Dr. Groff has a special interest in the psychosocial aspects of medicine. She published an article on the emotional needs of women with ovarian insufficiency in Fertility and Sterility. She has also participated in an advisory board to Seven Starling, as they developed their program addressing postpartum depression. In 2021, she added a board certification in obesity medicine to her experience, in the hope of making medical care more accessible to those suffering with this condition. 

Education

  • BA in psychology and French literature, Cornell University

  • Masters of Public Health in behavioral science, Emory University

  • Medical Doctorate, SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Board Certifications

  • Dual board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in obesity medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Obesity Medicine

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Insight Timer

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Allison Groff, MD, MPH

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I love this app, it has an amazing amount of meditations available and a huge variety. I have tried many other apps, including peloton meditation, head space, breathe, and this is the best I have found. Most features are available free.

Pros

The number or meditations is enormous with huge variety. The search feature is easy to use. There are different options - guided meditation, time, music playlists. There is option for tracking mood and effects on the mood. Calendar can help keep track of meditation frequency.

Cons

There are some features that are only available for a yearly membership of $59.99, but it seems like most of the features are available without the membership. I have not purchased a membership - but it says it would allow downloading meditations, fast forward/rewind, and additional courses.

Noom

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Allison Groff, MD, MPH

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The Noom app is designed to help with weight loss, but turn away from traditional dieting. As we know at present, traditional dieting can help with weight loss, but it lowers the overall metabolic weight, and therefore is a set-up for weight cycling. This plan is based on the psychological contributions to weight. It is more of a dietary adjustment rather than a calorie counting weight loss plan. In this way, sustainability is stronger and risk for development of disordered eating is lower.

Pros

The app is user friendly. it has a very nice weight graph. It offers encouragement even when weight is sustained or gained - and it encourages realistic understanding of weight - even if the weight goes up (and down), it’s because our weight fluctuates on a day to day basis. It’s the monthly curve that is more clear. The educational modules are helpful. It also encourages a slow increase from sedentary to active lifestyle.

Cons

There is a cost to the plan - the most economical option is still $199 per year. They point out that this is the same or less than gym memberships. The diet is based on high and low caloric density foods. Nothing is off limits, just that the more dense foods are discouraged. The downside is that if a participant were to be very rigid about their approach, they could develop a more extreme approach. However, the educational modules are clear that a broad diet is better and perfection is not the goal.

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Founding Medical Partner Interview

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