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Meet Your Coaches

Our coaches feel passionate and enthusiastic about helping clients get healthy and learn how to maintain their health in the long-term. Although the approach with each client varies, there are some general principles we value as health coaches:

  • Finding a personalized solution that works for you because one size does not fit all.
  • Compassionate guidance and careful listening so that together we can create a plan, and personal approach that works for you.
  • A science-based approach to nutrition while valuing the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection to health and well-being

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Watch her story on what drivers her to be an Ideal Protein coach

  • Anna Bonadies

    Ideal Protein Coach

    Anna grew up in Connecticut and attended UCONN. She graduated with a master's degree in education and after teaching middle school for 8 years, she became a stay-at-home mom and raised her two children. Once they were older and in school, it was time for a new career. Anna always had an interest and passion for health and nutrition, so when given the opportunity to become an Ideal Protein coach, she took it. Anna has been with Banic Chiropractic for almost 4 years and has helped hundreds of clients reach their weight-loss goals. She enjoys working with people and develops great relationships with her clients. In Anna's free time, she loves traveling, wine-tasting, hiking, spending time on the beach and reading in the sun.
  • Ivonne Merrin

    Ideal Protein Coach

    Ivonne was born in Cuba and raised in Northern California where she grew up, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University, and worked at Hewlett Packard, Compaq and numerous technology startups. She moved 14 years ago to the PNW and fell in love with the beauty of the area. Ivonne struggled for10 years to lose the weight she gained after having children, until a friend recommended the Ideal Protein Program. She lost 30+ pounds, became an avid evangelist for the program and joined Banic Chiropractic. She received certification from Ideal Protein in 2015 and developed a deep passion for helping our clients lose weight and lead healthier lives. Ivonne believes it’s crucial to listen and get know each of her clients personally, so she can create an individualized plan for success. When not at work, Ivonne is spending time with her family on Lake Sammamish boating and wake surfing, or traveling in search of amazing food and wine experiences.
  • Melinda Potensky

    Ideal Protein Coach

    Melinda was born and raised in Florida, moved to Princeton, New Jersey and finally settled in Issaquah 25 years ago. She always says she felt like she found nirvana in the Pacific Northwest being a skier, hiker and lover of nature. With a passion for cooking and a lifelong struggle with weight, she understands the challenges of weight loss. Emotional eating, nightly medicating with alcohol and celebrating with food is a battle. Throw in an aging metabolism to the mix and you need a coach! Melinda brings a no shame, motivating and fun relationship with her clients. She takes such pride in her client's new found health and being their best self. A lover of dogs, her husband of over 30 years, their two boys, shopping and talking about how to be your best self.

The secret to success:

Our Coaches & You

Following the Ideal Protein Protocol isn’t just about losing weight. This is about tapping into your own strength, courage, and optimism that already exists inside you.  We do it through personal coaching so you can hit reset and ignite a big, bright, healthy, new life full of possibilities. Your personal coach will motivate and hold you accountable every step of the way through weekly meetings where you’ll talk about tips and get help where you’re struggling.  You’ll get sessions and ongoing education.  The support you’ll get here, just for you, will be invaluable. 

Our specially-trained, dedicated coaches provide weekly:

  • Empowerment
  • Support
  • Sessions and ongoing education
  • Personalized weight and measurement progress analysis
  • Healthy strategies

Thousands of people just like you
have seen great success with Ideal Protein! 

This is one of our success stories, Tuni.  He lost 103 lbs with Ideal Protein.  He has been so inspired by his weight loss and his new lifestyle that he has become a coach to help spread the word about how easy this is and how life-changing it can be.  I’ll read you his quote:

"I have done things that I never thought I would be able to do! I got to zip line for the first time, do a rope course, ran my first 5k and a 10k. I was also asked to be an Ideal Protein coach at Billings Last Diet and of course, I said yes!! I want to share what I have learned and help someone change their life, to be healthier and let them know that Ideal Protein works and how it changed my life!!"

This is Julie.  She lost 111 lbs, and is so inspirational.  She says: 


 "I see and I feel the joy in my life that I have now, I see the success that Ideal Protein has given me… it’s given me a life back. I'm proud that I committed to my Amazing Transformation because I have found a new me. Of course, I'm still my old self but now that I have self-confidence and improved self-esteem. So many wonderful things have come my way because of my dedication to Ideal Protein."

Food is Medicine, Weight Loss is Health Care

Dr. Tran explains this concept in an easy to understand video.