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.




Susan Carter, Front Office




Cindy Chapman, Front Office





Alejandra Dorantes, Front Office





Hannah Harvey, MS, RD, LDN. Registered Dietitian





Robin Hollander, Front Office





Brian Phillips, Pharmacist





Anna Simonds, RN. Registered Nurse





Gloria Simonds, Front Office





Jack Simonds, Business Manager

Erin Smith





Erin Smith, BS-Exercise Science
Exercise Specialist