Weight Loss Specialists

Dr. David A. Croland

Dr. David Croland leads the team of weight loss specialists at Learn2Lose. As an Osteopathic Physician who has practiced medicine in the Carolinas since 1992,  Dr. Croland earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at the E.W. Sparrow Hospital Michigan State University Family Medicine Residency Program. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and he is also certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Croland is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) and is a Diplomate of  the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Jean Marie De Barros, PA-C

Jean Marie De Barros, PA-C

Jean Marie completed her Physician Assistant Studies at Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami and received a Master of Clinical Medical Sciences. At the University of South Carolina, she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology. Jean Marie has been practicing as a PA since 2006 and is focused on providing excellent clinical care to patients. She is currently licensed in North Carolina and is board certified as a PA through the NCCPA. She joined our team of weight loss specialists in 2012.

Nikol Timmons, PA-C

Nikol Timmons completed her Physician Assistant degree at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. She graduated in 1991 with BS degree in medical science with a minor in Psychology. Nikol has been a practicing as a PA in Charlotte since 1993. She is licensed in North Carolina and is board certified through the NCCPA. She joined our team of weight loss specialists in December 2018.

What is a Bariatrician?

A bariatrician is a licensed physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of overweight, obesity and other weight-related conditions. Dr. Croland leads our team of weight loss specialists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, at our Matthews and Charlotte locations.

What Makes a Bariatrician Different from other Physicians?

Any physician can diagnose obesity and prescribe a basic weight loss plan, but a bariatrician has studied the diagnosis and treatment of overweight and obesity extensively. A bariatrician has the skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to tailor a weight management program to the needs of each individual patient. This means that, when working with a bariatrician, patients have an increased chance of success with their programs.

To receive certification as a bariatrician, a physician must be a member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) and have received special training in the medical treatment of overweight, obesity and related conditions.

Bariatricians help their patients lose weight and keep it off with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and, when appropriate, weight loss medications.