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Treating the whole person

Nucare Medical and Weight Loss Center meets patients' needs in one place

When Dr. Nar’Cissa McDonald and Carissa Bolden, NP-C bet on themselves and created NuCare Medical and Weight Loss Center, they also bet on the Gulf Coast community.

And when the Biloxi center opened just over a year ago, McDonald and Bolden knew one thing for sure: They wanted a compassionate primary care facility that did double duty as a weight-loss hub.

“We are all about our patients,” says McDonald, who has a doctoral degree in nursing. Bolden has a master’s degree in nursing and is completing a doctoral program. Both McDonald and Bolden have over 18 years in the nursing field. The primary care providers offer wellness exams and can manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension to name a few.

“We can also do quick walk-in sick visits if you have some upper-respiratory things going on, or if you think you might have COVID, we can do a COVID swab,” McDonald says. “We can order imaging like X-Rays, CT scans, and mammograms. We can do referrals to any specialist that a patient might need, such as if someone needs a colonoscopy or needs to be followed up by GI.”

Many of the conditions they treat go hand in hand with the weight-loss side of the facility, and they discuss weight-loss remedies and treatments so their patients can avoid surgical procedures to include diet, exercise and FDA-approved medications.

“A lot of people don’t realize that you could have some bloating and some excess weight gain, and you might need your thyroid level checked,” McDonald says. “Or you could be going through perimenopause, and you don’t know you’re having some fluid retention. So, we can touch on both sides and make them coexist in the same world. You’re right there in one place for your health needs.”

“A lot of primary care clinics refer you elsewhere for weight loss, and then that’s just another office you have to go to,” McDonald adds. “And that’s why a lot of people don’t even bother with weight loss because it’s so much to do. But we are treating each person as a whole, and we can just knock it all out as a whole.” If for any reason we feel medical weight loss is not the best fit for them, we refer them to weight-loss surgeons.”

They’ve been so successful they’ve had to increase their office space. The practice celebrated its first anniversary in May, and McDonald notes that it has grown significantly over the last year.

“We started in just a little suite,” she says. “We are in the same building, but we’re on the other side and we have accumulated three additional rooms.”

NuCare Medical and Weight Loss Center will be accepting commercial insurance in the future for primary care. Affordable cash prices are available for visits and treatments involving obesity management.

Visit or call (601) 283-8999 for additional information.

Written by Cherie Ward

Cherie Ward is an award-winning writer and journalist from Ocean Springs, Miss.
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