The Protocol

Our medically developed weight loss protocol and smarter lifestyle choices education offers dieters what they really want…a structured program that can put an end to constant dieting.

I lost over 30 inches!

Ideal Protein helped me lose the weight: over five months, I dropped from 196 lbs and a BMI over 30 to a weight in the 150s and a BMI under 25. Between my arms, chest, waist, hips and thighs, I lost over 30 inches. Clearly the protocol was a success..... Read more..

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The Team

Theresa Gries

Role with Mercy
Theresa is currently an Ideal Protein Coach at MercyCare North Liberty, MercyCare Edgewood, MercyCare Blairs Ferry, Hiawatha and Mercy Hospital.

Background with Ideal Protein
Theresa has a background in fitness and nutrition. Theresa previously managed a fitness club and earned her personal training certification and group fitness certification. She has now been an Ideal Protein Coach for five years.
“I have always had a passion for nutrition, enjoyed teaching, coaching and encouraging a healthy lifestyle,” Theresa said. “I enjoy helping others reach their personal goals, helping them make healthy lifestyle changes, and providing daily support and encouragement to clients. Most clients experience immediate results within the first week which is motivation alone.”

What Inspires Theresa
The daily satisfaction of knowing she is making a positive lifestyle change in someone else’s life is what inspires Theresa. A lot of times, the families experience healthy eating habits as well.

What Motivates Theresa
With everything going on in the world today, the one positive thing you have some control over is what you eat and drink daily and being the healthiest version of you that you can be.

Personal Interests
Theresa enjoys spending time with her three daughters and going to their extra-curricular activities. Theresa likes just about any outdoor activity – walking, biking, golfing, paddle-boarding and kayaking to name a few – and spending quality time with friends and family.

Kimberley Barns, RN

Role with Mercy
Kim is currently an Ideal Protein Coach at MercyCare Marion, MercyCare Mount Vernon, MercyCare Edgewood and MercyCare Center Point. Kim has been an RN for over 30 years and uses that experience in her current Ideal Protein Coach role.

Background with Ideal Protein
Kim has always been a health-minded person with a focus on exercise and nutrition, so she was very interested to learn more. She felt that she could combine her nursing background and fit-minded lifestyle to help patients be successful with the weight loss journey. She has now been an Ideal Protein Coach since February 2021.
“I have developed connections with my patients at a very personal level,” Kim said. “I have learned that a connection of trust and respect must develop in order for patients to feel comfortable enough to open up and be honest and accountable to themselves and their choices. It brings me joy watching patients reach their goals and experiencing this journey with them.”

What Inspires Kim
Living each day to its fullest and never missing an opportunity to learn or grow. Life’s a journey; learn from the past, focus on the future and enjoy every second of every day.

What Motivates Kim
Being able to live life to its fullest is Kim’s biggest motivator. She wants to continue to be mentally and physically active and healthy for years to come, so exercise and self-care are a huge priority to her. Kim’s family and friends also motivate and support her to reach for the stars and keep pushing forward. She always tries to focus on the positives in life.

Personal Interests
Kim loves spending time with her boyfriend, Chris, and her three kids, Jon, Elizabeth and Andrew. She and her family enjoy Jeeping, biking, running, skiing, watersports, triathlons, working out, concerts and sitting by the fire after a fun day of adventures.


Mercy Care Edgewood is Authorized to Use the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and Products. The testimonials on this website are those of the individual that is identified, you should not necessarily expect to receive these results. Typical results vary from person to person and individual to individual when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other diet program to determine if it is right for your needs.

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