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Metabolic & Weight Management Center

The Metabolic & Weight Management Center is unique to the area and one of the few comprehensive metabolic centers in North Carolina. A joint venture by Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Pinehurst Medical Clinic, the Center offers both surgical and non-surgical medical weight management services, and a comprehensive approach to weight loss that is tailored to each patient’s specific goals.  

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Surgical care options include laparoscopic or robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy. Both surgeries aid in significant weight loss and maintenance for those suffering from morbid obesity. The Metabolic & Weight Management Center’s award-winning bariatric program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team that provides quality education and support before and after surgery.

 

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The program is recognized as a Center of Excellence by Optum and a Blue Distinction Center + for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Non-surgical treatment plans include one-on-one consultations with a provider and registered dietitian to establish customized weight-loss plans. Medical weight-loss management also consists of treating complex metabolic diseases, lab testing and prescribing appropriate medications. Meal plans, cooking classes and access to a variety of nutrition classes are also available.

 

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Complete our mandatory weight-loss surgery information session to learn more about the benefits of having bariatric surgery, surgical treatment options, hear from our bariatric surgeons, and more.

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Board Certified

Raymond G. Washington, Jr., M.D.

General/Bariatric Surgeon

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic
Specialties
  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
Hospital Affiliation
  • Moore Regional Hospital
Training
  • M.D., Medical College of Virginia
Internship & Residency
  • Christiana Care Health System, Del.

Board Certified

David W. Grantham, M.D.

General/Bariatric Surgeon

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic
Specialties
  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
Hospital Affiliation
  • Moore Regional Hospital
Training
  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fellowship
  • Laporoscopic & Advanced Gastroenterology Surgery, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, N.C.
Internship & Residency
  • Wake Forest University, N.C.

Board Certified

Alex Bonnecaze, M.D.

Endocrinologist

Pinehurst Medical Clinic
Specialties
  • Endocrinology
  • Obesity Medicine
Training
  • M.D., University of Washington
Internship & Residency
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Christi Embler, BSN, R.N., CBN

Bio

Christi Embler earned a B.S. degree in communication with a minor in marketing from Appalachian State University and worked in the marketing industry before deciding to become a nurse. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Sandhills Community College in 2010 and a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2015 from ASU.

Embler serves as the program manager for the Bariatric Center.  She previously worked as the nursing liaison for the Bariatric Center and a floor nurse on First Surgical, the nursing unit where patients are cared for after bariatric surgery.

Embler recently earned the title of Certified Bariatric Nurse from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

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