About Us

Blissful Wellness Medical Weight Loss Center is A Professional and Compassionate Weight Loss Program in Jacksonville

Blissful Wellness Medical Weight Loss Center was founded by Elyssa Blissenbach, M.D., a Board Certified Internist who has practiced medicine for more than 15 years. In 1996, she moved to Jacksonville where she set up her practice in Historical Riverside. Over the years, Dr. Blissenbach became increasingly aware of the growing trend of obesity in her practice. Research data proved evident that obesity was quickly becoming an epidemic in the United States. Most importantly, people were developing all of the complications of obesity including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and joint destruction. How bad is the problem in America? According to a recent health study, 58 million Americans are overweight; 40 million Americans are obese; and 3 million Americans are morbidly obese. What’s more frightening? Eight out of ten Americans at the age of 25 are overweight. It was enough for Dr. Blissenbach to embark on a mission to establish a medically supervised weight loss clinic within her practice.

Developing the Weight Loss Solution

With a focus on education and support, she and her team are dedicated to tackling the misconceptions of obesity and the causes of the disease. As a result, Blissenbach found that many of her patients were unaware of what they were doing wrong and how to change their behaviors. She set up goals and diet plans for her patients to alter behaviors and change mindsets. Healthy living was easy, and she showed them how.

Developing the Right Diet

Based on her medical knowledge, Dr. Blissenbach knew that the only diets that would be effective were those that were low in carbohydrates. The fat-free diet craze that was proclaiming it to be the solution to weight loss was actually contributing to making obesity worse. How so? The intake of fat has increased over the last eighty years, but the increased incidence of obesity was observed despite the availability of over 1,000 so-called fat-free foods. When sugar replaces fat in these foods, there is often no difference in caloric content as compared to the full-fat version, so that consumption of fat-free foods does not reduce calorie intake.
Not only did she know that a low carbohydrate diet was imperative to successfully losing weight, but she knew that not just one diet would work for all patients. In response to that need, she decided to incorporate several different low carbohydrate diets into the program. When she realized that so many people in the Jacksonville area were also facing the same challenges, she felt compelled to reach out to the community that was so desperately in need of a medically supervised weight loss program; a program that would provide each patient with a medical healthcare provider to continuously monitor their health and intervene medically if necessary.

Why Choose Blissful Wellness Centers

At Blissful Wellness Medical Weight Loss Centers, we have established a superb alternative to the rather tired formats used by many of our competitors. Our intensive use of state-of-the-art technology and our highly qualified experts will lead to permanent solutions for those battling obesity.

Dr. Blissenbach and the team at Blissful Wellness are committed to providing their patients with a medically supervised weight loss center that treats patients as unique individuals and provides its patients with every tool available to achieve what is important … a life changing experience.

Meet the Team

Elyssa Blissenbach Jacksonville FL

Elyssa Blissenbach, M.D., P.A.

Founder of Blissful Wellness

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Medical License in Florida #ME0069426
  • Member of Duval County Medical Society and Intl. Society of Clinical Densitometry


  • BS at Fairfield University
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine (Magna Cum Laude), Resident at Medical Univ. of SC


  • 1989 Fairfield Univ. Bio Science Award
  • President of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society
  • Research Award at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Dean’s Commendation at SUNY


Valerie Ficke

Valerie Ficke

Support Group Leader


Valerie graduated with Business/Political Science degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. 2001. She has lived in Jacksonville for over 21 years and has been employed and self-employed in many areas of Mortgage Lending, Financial Planning and Business Development in the Jacksonville area. She has recently joined Blissful Wellness after working in the field of Addictions Counseling for the past 5 years. Valerie is a natural with Blissful Wellness, as she is active within the community in the following areas: Active member Brooks Family YMCA, Active Member Body Yoga-Southside, Active volunteer with multiple groups for Recovery Community. Active Member Celebration Church of Jacksonville, Active member Florida Federation of Women in Politics and the local Republican Party of Florida. Valerie participates with various Corporate Networking groups through the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and Health and Wellness Inititives in the community.