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Skilled Practitioners in Surgical Weight Loss Solutions in East Africa

With over 20 years of excellence in medical practice, we are committed to helping you achieve sustainable weight loss and to provide the highest level of patient care. Holistic Living is the pioneer Weight Loss Clinic with over two decades’ experience in the treatment of obesity in East Africa. Our weight loss services include Lifestyle Coaching with Psychological Correction of Eating Habits, Dietetics & Fitness, and Bariatric Surgery: Gastric Balloon, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and Gastric Band. We are committed to providing world class services and bringing gold standard weight loss programs closer to you!

Our extensive experience and our passion for ideal health set us as the forerunner in tackling the obesity epidemic in East Africa.

Our Beginnings

Necessity is the mother of invention, so it is said. For Dr Vladimir Shchukin and his wife, Dr Lyudmila Shchukina, this adage proved to be true in their choice of medical practice.  The couple are the brains behind the weight loss clinic they founded, located at 5th Avenue building in Nairobi’s Upper Hill.

Holistic Living first originated in Ukraine with Dr. Shchukin and Dr. Shchukina, for whom this has been a very personal journey. It all began when Dr. Vladimir was obese and unable to lose weight in a sustainable way. After extensive research and a lot of headache and heartache experienced by the whole family, he decided to undergo the Gastric Sleeve Resection. This proved to be the solution they had been looking for.

As medical practitioners, both husband and wife noticed a growing obesity problem in Kenya and dedicated themselves to combatting the rising rates. They first began their practice in Kisumu, then Eldoret, finally settling in Nairobi.

Where We Operate

Our specialists conduct their practice in their private clinic at 5th Avenue Office Suites, as well as at the Nairobi Hospital, MP Shah, Aga Khan, Coptic, Mater, Nairobi South and Guru Nanak hospitals.

Our Philosophy

We at Holistic Living are fully convinced that obesity is a disease that arises from a combination of different factors. This is why we are passionate about bringing awareness to this non-communicable disease and treating it permanently using the latest knowledge and scientifically proven weight loss methods.

Patient Testimonials

Holistic Living has been completely transformational in my life, both physically and emotionally. My weight loss has improved my self confidence and motivation and I have a very positive image of myself and my whole family and we are all very happy.

Ms. R. ThomasAged 23

Getting surgery was the best decision I’ve ever made, and was worth every shilling! I can’t believe how amazing I feel the days after surgery, and the two years following it. I feel 30 years younger and am at the prime of my life! I can walk the whole of Uhuru Highway without pain or getting out of breath. Dr. Shchukina is only a call or email away and is very prompt with her help and response.

Mrs. J. O.Aged 62

I had the Gastric Sleeve procedure and in one month the change in my weight was tremendous. I had diabetes type 1, Hypertension; was on high dose of insulin 3 times a day and anti hypertensive medications.
In four months’ time I had lost 34kg and have stopped taking insulin and blood pressure medications. I feel fantastic and am loving life! I would recommend this surgery to whoever has struggled with their weight for a long time. I completely trust Dr. Shchukin. He is very professional and I see how much Holistic Living strives for quality in their procedures. I’m so happy they brought this to Kenya! It has saved me a lot of money and headache. I have never been so happy.

Mrs. J. WairimuAged 40

I had always been quite big, even from an early age. In school, I was constantly bullied and made fun of because of my size. I heard about weight-loss surgery and the huge benefits that came from it, but it was only offered in India, Europe and America, and my parents did not want me to travel alone. When I found out that Holistic Living was doing the same procedures as overseas with an even lower cost, I was so happy!! :D :D I convinced my parents and got the Gastric Bypass. I was 135kgs and now, one year later, I am 65kgs and have never felt more beautiful or healthy. I am infinitely thankful to Dr. Vladimir and Lyudmila Shchukin for all their support and wonderful work. This has changed my life and I feel like I am finally living.

Ms. E. ScottAged 25

I had the Gastric Band done. It was completely painless and I got back to work in less than a week. I lost over 30kg within the first 5 months. Am very satisfied.

Ms. Faridah M.Aged 66

My weight was 125 kg. I was considered myself health, but only I was feeling heavy. I had Gastric Bypass procedure and now my weight is 75 Kg and feeling very good. My son is a student in England, and he is severely obese with 130 kg. I told him clearly that I am taking him for the some procedure that I went through. He must understand that this is the disease that shortens life.

Mr. K. BangitAged 45

I was planning to go to India to have the Gastric Balloon procedure. I found out that Dr.V.Shchukin does the same procedure in Nairobi Hospital. I had the Gastric Balloon put in one year ago and have lost 25 kilos. It was removed after six months.
I want to put the Gastric Balloon again because I still need to lose 30 kilos. I am very happy with the progress, but am extremely determined to get my ideal normal weight so I will get it again.

Mr. P. JohnsonAged 55

I needed to lose 21kg. I didn’t want to go through surgery, so I decided to go through the Medical Weight loss program with Psychotherapy and calculation of calories. I lost 15kgs.  I am very happy with MYSELF because in the past I had tried to lose my weight using various methods (dieting, exercises and medications) but nothing ever worked. Dr. Lyudmila has been very patient and I am very happy I came to her. My thoughts on food have started to change and I’ve stopped thinking about food in the obsessive manner I did before. My colleagues at work look at me in wonder, and my family has seen a massive change in my confidence and attitude towards life.
I never heard of her method before and had some reservations before undergoing the Psychotherapy, but it really has changed my whole mindset and the mindset of my whole family.
I never want to see my children go through all the things I went through. Because of my wrong eating habits, I was feeding them the same things and I noticed that my 6 and 10 year old were becoming overweight. I after going through the sessions with Dr. Lyudmila, I started feeding my children and husband correctly, and the whole family is so happy and energetic! My children are so beautiful and their weight has become normal and they look wonderful. This decision has changed the life of my whole family. I don’t know how to thank Dr. Lyudmila.

Mrs. Nejri KamauAged 47

2006, 12 years old: I was never able to lose my weight, and since I started Medical weight loss it had helped me a lot. I am grateful to Holistic Living for helping me.
11th April, 2012: Hello Dr. Shchukina, I am so sorry that it has been so long since I last talked to you but I’ve been so busy with school. I just wanted to thank you for helping me with my weight problem. I am now perfectly fit and well shaped all thanks to you. I hope I can serve as an example to all those out there suffering because of their weight. I now weigh 58 kgs and feel great. Here is a picture of me of late. Thank you for all your help. With love, Faith”.

Ms. Faith. L.

I tried many different methods for weight loss (in America, Canada, South Africa, Kenya) but weight did not go. Since childhood my self-esteem was really low, in school children were calling me different names, and it was embarrassing for me to be obese and to hear those comments.
I started Medical weight loss in 2004 and already from the first few days I felt that I am losing weight. I lost already 25 kg and am comfortably maintaining the result already for 3 years. I am very grateful to Dr. L. Shchukina. My life has completely changed.

Mrs. Betty. M.Aged 43

I was diabetic and on insulin with 120 units a day.  My weight was 140 kg and despite of the high dose of insulin, my blood sugar was still high. My brother is a doctor and he said that without weight loss I won’t be able to improve my health. I was also on high dose of blood pressure medications. With my severe obesity my treatment option was only bariatric surgery.
I did the gastric sleeve procedure and now I am 50 kg down. I am out of any insulin completely, I do not take any more diabetic or blood pressure medications, because my blood sugar is perfectly normal.”

Mr. J. CollinsAged 50

Are you ready to change your life?

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