COSTA MESA — When she was a girl, Cynthia Stamper Graff willingly served as a guinea pig for her father's research into weight management.
"He had us fasting every Monday," said Graff, chief executive of the Lindora Clinic, recalling how her dad, Dr. Marshall Stamper, had her follow a dieting technique known nowadays by Lindora clients as "Protein Mondays."
The technique has the dieter consume mostly proteins throughout the day as a way to counter weekend over-eating, she said.
"In those days, they called it 'woo-woo science,'" Graff said.
But in today's world, high-protein diets are commonplace.
"The world is finally catching up to him," Lindora Facilities Manager Bernie Stamper said of his father. "His passion is the preventive side of medicine."
In 1971, Dr. Stamper opened Lindora's first clinic in Newport Beach. Forty years later, the Costa Mesa-based company has grown to 44 locations in California and two in Saudi Arabia. The company will celebrate its 40th anniversary in March.