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Medical Weight Management

Losing weight is hard. The Metabolic & Weight Management Center offers medical weight management options for individuals who may not be candidates for bariatric surgery, or who would like to try a non-surgical weight-loss approach first.

We know shedding pounds isn’t always as simple as trying a new diet and exercise plan. There are many factors that play an important role, such as one’s environment, stress, genetics, medications and lifestyle habits. Our on-site endocrinologist and obesity medicine specialist help treat the complex disease of obesity and its related disorders by assessing each individual to determine an appropriate medical regime.

 

Patients work with the multidisciplinary Medical & Weight Management team to create the ideal treatment plan for their situation. Plans may involve further lab work and treatment of obesity-related complications, as well as modifying factors that promote weight gain. Endocrinologists can diagnose and treat a number of conditions and comorbidities, including:

 

  • Diabetes
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s disease)
  • Disorders of the pituitary glands, and more.

 

Advantages of the Medical Weight Management Program

The Metabolic & Weight Management Center has all of the tools required for successful weight loss under one roof. We address numerous lifestyle factors that can keep individuals stuck at a weight they are uncomfortable with. Patients receive a comprehensive approach to weight loss with extensive staff support throughout the entire process. The Medical Weight Management program also offers:

 

  • Guidance from a registered dietitian
  • Customized weight-loss diet plans
  • Access to a variety of nutrition and food prep classes
  • A full-service kitchen with group cooking classes
  • Lab and medication management
  • Meal kits that coincide with customized diet plans
  • Access to store products including protein and vitamin supplements

 

Who Benefits from Medical Weight Management? 

Individuals experiencing trouble with stubborn fat and weight loss may benefit from medical weight management. Those who struggle to implement healthier habits will also find the education and support beneficial to creating a more nourishing lifestyle.

 

Patients with BMIs ranging from 27 to 34.9 are not considered candidates for bariatric surgery but may benefit from weight management assistance and services provided under the care of our endocrinologist and board-certified obesity medicine physician. Patients with BMIs of 35 or higher may qualify for both bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight management, depending on individual unique factors. Our staff will help you decide which option is the right fit for your specific goals.

 

Alex Bonnecaze, M.D., is a Pinehurst Medical Clinic endocrinologist and certified diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Bonnecaze completed his internal medicine residency, as well as two fellowships in endocrinology and metabolism, and obesity medicine, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

Dr. Bonnecaze became interested in endocrinology and obesity medicine after developing an enthusiasm for exercise and nutrition in high school. Through both his clinical training and personal experience previously competing in multiple natural bodybuilding competitions, he developed a passion for helping those struggling with weight and related conditions.

 

After completing three years of internal medicine training and an additional two years of endocrinology fellowship, he pursued an additional clinical year dedicated to the management of obesity. During this training, he worked exclusively with both surgical and non-surgical patients with obesity. The training included education by obesity medicine specialists, bariatric surgeons and multiple other specialists to provide comprehensive management of the patient with obesity. He has previously given lectures across the country on obesity medicine and is currently working with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) on developing future guidelines for the management of obesity.

 

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