By Brian Shaffer

1st Care Medical prides itself on being Brandon’s premier urgent care center and now it is offering an additional service that is also the best in the area. In fact, the new medically-supervised weight loss program from 1st Care Medical is the first of its kind in Brandon.The facility, located in the plaza at the southwest corner of Lumsden Rd. and Kings Ave., opened last year with a focus on becoming a place neighborhood residents could turn to when their primary doctor is unavailable.

However, 1st Care Medical is broadening the scope of its services to best help those in need.With obesity numbers on the constant climb, many residents of Brandon and the surrounding communities are left looking for guidance, answers and support. Under the supervision of the doctors and specialists at 1st Care Medical, these patients can take the steps necessary to defeat any weight-related struggles that they are experiencing and get on the right track to a healthier, more enjoyable life.

The program, which was developed by the Nestle Corporation, consists of 24 medically monitored weeks. Patients receive meal replacements as well as education and advice each week. The team of professionals at 1st Care Medical who will be responsible for providing services throughout the duration of the program include Robin McClain, ARNP, David Halpern, MD and Jose Dominguez Jr., MD.

“Patients are monitored by our medical provider at a minimum of every two weeks,” said Jamie Lowrance, director at 1st Care Medical. “Therefore, patients with health issues such as diabetes, elevated blood pressure or high cholesterol can participate in this program safely and in return may be able to decrease or even discontinue medications for these conditions upon medical provider approval.” In addition to the supervised weight loss program, 1st Care Medical offers a wide variety of medical services for patients in need.

Open seven-days-a-week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the office provides basic care that covers an office visit, moderate care that can include services such as burn treatment, lab tests, X-rays and more, and complex care if a patient is in need of treatment for a dislocated joint, laceration, or other more involved ailment. 1st Care Medical also strives to be as accommodating as possible to the residents of the Brandon area by accepting all insurance plans and networks, creating flexible pricing options and striving for an average wait time of about five minutes. For more information, visit

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