The Team

Ann Brown Schmeltzer, RN,MEd

Ann Brown Schmeltzer, RN,MEd


Ann first learned about the program in 2008 from a friend in Sioux Falls who was losing weight very quickly. “I had her send me product and I lost 40 pounds.”

Ann is a registered nurse who graduated in 1973. She holds a master’s degree in counseling, and is a certified cardiovascular nurse. Most of her years in nursing have been in cardiac and nursing management. She and her husband John have two children, Steve (and his wife Nikki), a daughter, Kristin (and her husband Chase), and 5 grandchildren.

When did you decide to bring Ideal Protein to Spearfish? “People kept asking me what I had done. I referred them to Kathy (regional director in Sioux Falls) and she finally convinced me to open a clinic in Spearfish in 2009. The program continued to grow, expanding to the neighboring towns of Belle Fourche and Sturgis. The offices have since been consolidated to the one location in Spearfish.

Why do you do this? “The health benefits I see for clients.”

What have you gained from Ideal Protein training sessions? “The networking with other centers.”

Words of wisdom for dieters: “Don’t cheat.”

Her biggest challenge while on the program? “A long weekend with a high school girlfriend — and I didn’t even cheat.”

Best tip? “Don’ cheat. You are only cheating yourself.”

Favorite Ideal Protein product: Chocolate drink

Biggest struggle in maintaining: “Keeping up with veggies and water. I love the new cookbook!”

What do you most want people to know about the program? “It is a lifestyle change.”

Dianna Archer, RN

Dianna Archer, RN


Dianna is a registered nurse with 47 years of experience in nursing — 12 years in hospitals as well as working in nursing homes, management (as director of nursing for 22 years), and home health since 1995. She has specialty experience in geriatrics and diabetes education.

Dianna married her high school sweetheart in 1964 and has two children, 4 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She loves to oil paint, drive through the hills, and go camping.

Dianna works part-time at Ideal Way (since May 2011) every other Monday. She also fills in as needed other days. Dianna says she loves being with the clients and teaching and helping people. “It’s a fun job! You get to see such good results.” She is certified in Ideal Protein Level 2 and Level 3 training.

Personal success with Ideal Protein: After hearing about Ideal Protein from a good friend, Dianna decided to try the program. She lost more than 50 pounds.

Her word for dieters: “This is the best program ever, and I’ve been on many. The weight melts off.”

Her biggest challenge on the program: “It’s a challenge not to cheat. The trick of it is that you need to substitute special items for your treat, so when others have something special, you have something special too.”

Best tip for success on the program: “Use the puddings for cakes, and zucchini like baked apples.”

Favorite Ideal Protein product: “That’s tough — I like it all. But the chocolate drink and the peanut butter crunch bar are my two favorites.”

Phrase to live by: “Let’s get it done.”

The Protocol

There are four phases in the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. During all four Phases you will receive one-on-one coaching, teaching you how your body gains weight and what you should be eating in order to maintain a balanced weight.


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8:00am - 7:00pm

Earlier and later by appointment.  
Call us at 605-559-1005.


The Ideal Way Inc 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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