Dr. Simonds is the founder of Physician Assisted Weight Loss and currently practices Obesity Medicine with offices in Durham and Raleigh. Dr. Simonds is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He was Chief Resident during his residency in Emergency Medicine at Penn State University/York Hospital. Dr. Simonds received his MD from East Carolina University after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biology from Campbell University. He is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and The Obesity Society.

He was raised in Durham, N.C. and graduated high school from Cresset Christian Academy in Durham. He has served his country in the U.S. Army with duty stations in Korea, Louisiana, and Iraq. The latter involved deployments in (1)1990 and 1991 for Operation Desert Shield and Storm, (2) 2003 to Southern Iraq in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and (3) 2005 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. Simonds is married to his wife Anna who is an Registered Nurse. They have four children and two grandchildren. He is active in church and community activities. His hobbies are the study of American history and the Constitution, playing golf, and competitive shooting and firearms.

Our Staff

 



Allison Bean, a Nurse Practitioner who has been with Physician Assisted Weight Loss since 2010, is a true Carolinian, having spent most of her life in North and South Carolina. She grew up in Mooresville, NC and completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.

After following her love for pediatrics to work in the Children's Hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, she returned to graduate school to expand her scope of practice. While completing duel degrees as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, she was able to pursue her interest in holistically caring for the entire family, with an emphasis on womens health, preventative medicine, and wellness throughout the lifespan.

Allison now lives in the Raleigh area where she enjoys playing tennis, trips to the farmers market and healthy cooking, spending time with wonderful friends, and visiting her family in Myrtle Beach and San Francisco. This fall she will have the opportunity to combine her passion for travel with an interest in international medicine and service as she travels to Haiti on a medical mission trip; hopefully with more to follow in the future!

 

 



Michelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Physician Assisted Weight Loss in May, 2012. She is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has approval to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina from the North Carolina Board of Nursing. As a nationally certified Nurse Practitioner, Michelle can assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic illnesses, write prescriptions, administer and dispense medications, order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, and consult with and refer to fellow healthcare providers.

Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 2008. Upon graduation she moved to Pennsylvania and worked as a nurse on a medical/surgical unit in a community hospital. Caring for hospitalized patients with health complications due to preventable diseases helped her realize that contributing to the prevention of these diseases in an outpatient setting was where she felt she could have the most impact. She decided that the advanced education and clinical experience required to become a Nurse Practitioner would allow her to provide more comprehensive care to patients in an outpatient setting where she could focus on disease prevention and management.

She completed her Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Delaware and graduated with her Master's Degree in Nursing in January 2012. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Michelle lives in the Triangle area with her husband, Brian and enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, watching movies, and being Brian's #1 fan at his Triathlon races.

Hannah Harvey

 



Hannah earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Meredith College and completed graduate school at East Carolina University in 1998. She joined Physician’s Assisted Weight Loss in 2012 and enjoys the diversity of people that she partners with on their journey to improved health.

Hannah first got her “healthcare toes” wet at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro and comes to us after tenures with the Durham County Health Department, Moses Cone Health System, and most recently, Duke University School of Medicine.  The thread that weaves these experiences together is her desire to listen and tailor her expertise to each individual’s health needs and desire for change.

Hannah enjoys the cultural and agricultural flavors of NC, and tries to support as many local farmers, restaurants, and food trucks as her budget allows!  Her free time is spent staying active and engaged with her spouse, 2 children, 2 cats, dog, hamster, and an ever-fluctuating number of fish!

Courtney Locklear

 



Courtney is a registered dietitian nutritionist who embraces her southern roots. She is originally from Pinehurst, NC, and completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in 2011. She became certified as a Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine before pursuing her graduate degree. She has since received her Masters in Public Health Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill at the end of 2013 and is now credentialed as a registered dietitian.

Being overweight throughout her childhood, teen, and early adult life, Courtney has firsthand experience in the area of weight loss and maintenance. She is passionate about optimizing diet quality and other lifestyle factors to mediate weight loss, improve energy and sleep, and minimize the risk of other weight related health conditions. Her nutritional focus follows a combination of Paleo/Primal and low-carb principles.

During her free time, Courtney enjoys immersing herself in the local food scene, with trips to the farmer’s market, trying new local restaurants, and playing with her backyard chickens. She and her fiancé like to stay active with working out and walking trails with their dog Brayde.

Mary Sheldon Boney

 



"Mary Sheldon" Boney is a board certified Physician's Assistant who joined the Physician Assisted Weight Loss team in 2014. She is nationally certified by the NCCPA and is licensed by the NC board of medicine. She is a Florida transplant and moved to North Carolina in 2011 to attend graduate school at Duke University School of Medicine. She fell in love with North Carolina and after completing her graduate school education August 2013 she decided to make"the triangle" her home.

She grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and has always had a desire to pursue a career in medicine. She graduated Cum Laude with her bachelor's degree in Biology from Stetson University in Deland, FL and went on to work in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She holds a Master's of Health Sciences from Duke University in addition to her certificate of completion from their Physician's Assistant program.

She has a particular love for pediatric patients and having battled weight loss for the majority of her life also has a passion for working with patients who are fighting their own weight loss battles.

"Mary Sheldon" (yes that's her whole first name) now lives in Durham and enjoys running and going to Zumba. While she loves the Blue Devils, her #1 team will always be the Florida Gators. She enjoys watching both college football and college basketball.

 

 

 

Susan Carter, Front Office

 

 

 

Cindy Chapman, Front Office

 

 

 

 

Alejandra Dorantes, Front Office

Robin Hollander, Front Office

 

 

 



Robin Hollander, Front Office

 

Brian Phillips, Pharmacist

 

 

 

 

Brian Phillips, Pharmacist

Anna Simonds, RN. Registered Nurse

 

 

 

 

Anna Simonds, RN. Registered Nurse

Gloria Simonds, Front Office

 

 

 

 

Gloria Simonds, Front Office

Jack Simonds, Front Office

 

 

 

 

Jack Simonds, Business Manager

Ashley Powell, Front Office

 

 

 


Ashley Powell, Front Office