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Dr. Rachel Chastanet

Bariatrics
Chesapeake, VA
35 years experience female

Locations

Chesapeake Weight Loss Consultants, PLLC

Chesapeake, VA

Address

680 Kingsborough Square, Suite D, Chesapeake, VA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 10am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(757) 447-3500

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

About

Bio

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. 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. Since then she has practiced medicine with the Navy and Marine Corp, as a civilian, in hospitals, ships, clinics and tents. She taught hundreds of residents and students, and currently owns her own practice with her husband Bob, a Bariatric Surgeon. Rachel is the mother of three sons and two dogs, teaches Sunday school and volunteers, but loves to read novels in her spare minutes.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Bariatrics

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Virginia

Doctor Q&A

162 Answers
63 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
> 14 grams of whey: Whey protein (found in milk naturally) and albumin (found in eggs naturally) are the highest quality protein supplements. You need at least 14 grams ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Diflucan (fluconazole): Apply diaper cream such as zinc oxide or A&D ointment to protect skin and see your doctor to get an oral treatment such as Diflucan (fluconazole) ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See surgeon ASAP: A fistula is an abnormal connection from one part of the intestinal tract to another, or to the skin. After a Gastric Bypass, a person could get weig... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Good Work!: Keep going. Your body goes through a lot of changes when you lose weight. Perhaps you are working those muscles a bit too hard and need to vary your ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Ice 24 hours: Initial use of ice (10 minutes on/10 minutes off, with a thin layer of cloth between ice and skin) right after an acute injury can decrease some of th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Decrease Carbs: High carbohydrate foods (such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, corn, beer, soda and sugars- like cookies, candy and cake) increase insulin resistance ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Period irregularity: Irregular periods are often caused by stress, either physical or emotional and irregular periods become more common in the late 40s approaching menopa... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Walk 15-30 min/day: Walking can strengthen back muscles, decrease back pain, increase strength and endurance and help a person lose weight. It is safe for almost everyon... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Several: White Blood Cells need sugar levels under 200 to fight infection properly, and a number of other processes in the body are not optimal when the blood ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Hashimoto's: Sounds like you have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease. The body attacks it's own thyroid resulting in high thryoid levels init... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Doubtful: Any sexually active woman could be pregnant, but pregnancy does not generally cause any stomach or abdominal soreness. Mild abdominal tenderness may ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Physical particles which are radioactive can get on or in people or things, thus rendering the person or thing also radioactive. In contrast, a perso... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Best to avoid fumes: It is best for all humans to avoid unnecessary exposure to exhaust fumes, but baby is protected by Mom's filtering systems. Also, most birth defects ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: High carbohydrate foods (such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, corn, beer, soda and sugars) increase insulin resistance and contribute to belly fat. ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
90-130: The "usual" blood sugars in pregnancy are the same as in non-pregnant people, but pregnancy increases the risk of diabetes. If this occurs, it is cal... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Decrease carbs: Most people are surprised at how few calories are actually needed to maintain a healthy weight, even with exercise. There are a number of free apps f... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Unknown: Phentermine does not usually cause erectile dysfunction, but any drug can have any side-effect. The way to find out is to stop the medication. Many ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
I don't recommend it: Liposuction is only useful for body sculpting. In other words, it is not useful for changing your overall body fat amount, only the shape the fat tak... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
In moderation: Sugar Free does not mean free of calories, and sugar free candy generally is made with sugar alcohols. Sugar Alcohols are poorly and incompletely abs... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
About 140: Any blood sugar at any time over 200 (two episodes) is diagnosed as Diabetes. Normal level for fasting is under 100. There is no standard, per se, f... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
No, get blood test: Your home pregnancy test should generally NOT still be positive over 2 months after an abortion, but the best way to evaluate this is to get a blood ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Possibly: Anything we ingest does indeed affect the color and appearance of our feces, and sometimes the appearance can be dramatic. I wouldn't worry unless th... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Save your money: Yes, garcinia can be taken with most vitamins, but you would get better value for your money by eating high quality fresh food than from the vitamins ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Adipex is a controlled medicine, so restricted more than some other medicines judged to have less risk of addiction or abuse. You will need to see you... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Ignore: Walk 15 minutes after supper to improve your bedtime sugars.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Depends on input: Any device that estimates calories burned using more of your body's own personal information or your actual mets of work performed will be more accura... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Unlikely: It sounds like you are already involved in seeing a doctor about your symptoms, and this is very good. The normal range for any blood test is set by ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): It sounds like you have a viral upper respiratory infection, what people call a "cold." Try some acetaminophen (one brand name is Tylenol) for the di... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Concerning-see Doc: I'm not sure what to think about the warm sensation on the top of the head, but the confusion is concerning for a possible neurological event such as ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Threadworms? see doc: Thread worms (also called pin worms) can appear in the toilet when the urine washes them out of the vagina. They live mostly in the intestines, but c... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See Cardiologist: Since you have Ehlers Danlos syndrome, I am more concerned about a possible serious rhythm problem related to possible heart valve issues. I recommen... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Eat more protein: 98 pounds is a little too slim for 5'4", even for a teenager. Make sure you are getting in 60 grams or more of complete protein (animal source or fro... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Patients who are this much overweight have a very significant decrease in fertility, and additionally have a much higher risk of complications in preg... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Phentermine prescribed by a physician trained in Bariatrics (weight loss medicine) is used in a safe manner in low risk patients and is generally well... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
DEVROM: Consider purchase of Devrom chewable tablets or capsules. You can find them on line. You might also try an enzyme product such as Beano when you eat... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See Gynecologist: 3 years without a period is not normal. Please see your Gynecologist for an examination and full spectrum of hormonal lab studies.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
It's ok: Any woman can occasionally have an anovulatory (infertile) cycle with bleeding at an unexpected time. This is more common in younger women and with a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Better not to: The Fish Oil is ok to take, but it has recently been shown to NOT help people live any longer, although eating fish might still prolong life. So alth... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
NOW: Check pregnancy test now, and if negative, repeat in a week. Use condom every single time unless pregnancy desired.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Probably: The Nomad website notes that this product is no longer sold in the United States, and this makes me a little concerned, but if it is working correctly... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Stop drug: If rash goes away when you stop the drug and recurs with trying the drug again, then it is a side effect of the drug and is treated as an allergy.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Hydroxizine: Diphenhydramine and Hydroxyzine are common over the counter antihistamines which can help treat allergies and mild allergic reactions. They are seda... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See OB-GYN: I am unable to find out what CD5 is, but great pain is never normal. Please see a gynecologist as soon as possible to help sort this out. If you are... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Normal: A body mass index of 22 is normal and healthy, so there is no need for you to lose weight. You can improve your body composition (more muscle and les... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Couple days: If your bite looks like a target (like the picture), please see a doctor right away to get treated for Lyme disease. In general, insect bites last a ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Continue Therapy: The best thing you can do for your daughter is to work hard on getting yourself well. Since you are required, for now, to not interact with your daug... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Stairs are great exercise, but be safe. Running on stairs may cause a fall or allow you to run into someone else. Try holding the rail, and/or just ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
YES: This might be at the low end of normal for your lab, but it is too low for optimal health and safety. Either take a supplement (1000mg a day orally) ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Yes. A sudden strong pressure can rupture a capillary on the surface of the eye. The blood can collect under the clear membrane over the white part an... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Best to call: It's unclear if the question is about you or your son, and the situation sounds somewhat complex. This would be a great time to call in with your que... Read More

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Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Chastanet is a good humored, knowledgeable, and caring physician. Bariatrics covers an area important to many of the HealthTap community.
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Jul 31, 2021
I need help I've paid for services I've not received I simply need a refill on my Zanaflex prescription
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chastanet is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Rachel! I have already cut down on fats in my diet and also reducing the carbs. Simultaneously, I am planning on starting aerobics
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Scarring is what I should have said, thank you for your help! The itching is annoying to live with. Thank you again!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! i am really emmbarassed to go see a doctor but this could affect my health so i will go

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

EVMS
Completed 2000

Residency

EVMS
Completed 2000

Awards

Best of Chesapeake- Gold medal winner for Weight Loss Practice 2014
Top Doctor, First Place, Norfolk Region - Summer
2014
Top Bariatrician , First Place, Virginia - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American College of Phyiscians
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
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