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Center for Weight Loss

When you are ready to embark on a life changing weight loss journey, Fauquier Health is here to help you every step of the way. Fauquier Health now offers a surgical weight loss program for individuals where traditional weight loss options have not been successful.

While eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are the best ways to lose weight, we know it does not always work for everyone. Over 15 million people in the United States are considered morbidly obese and an estimated 75% of those individuals develop other diseases directly related to obesity. These co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease can result in a shorter lifespan.

At Fauquier Health we want to arm individuals with all of the pertinent information necessary to make the right decisions to reach optimal health and wellness. Significant weight loss has shown to have a direct impact on the life threatening diseases associated with weight loss, and can be attributed to  reversing these diseases in some instances. Weight loss surgery requires a lifelong dedication to health and wellness. The process begins three to six months prior to surgery and continues for a lifetime.

Patients will have access to a dedicated team pre- and post-surgery that will ensure patients are equipped with pertinent information about the process. Fauquier Health also offers informational seminars for pre-surgery patients and support groups for pre and post-surgery patients.

Meet the Team

The surgical weight loss team includes the surgeon, registered dietitians, registered nurses, psychologists, exercise physiologists and others to provide all the needed support to reach a successful outcome. The team will answer questions and provide step-by-step support throughout the process to keep patients on track for weight loss success and ultimately, improved wellbeing. Our bariatric coordinator is available to answer questions and guide individuals through all of the options.  In this journey, we know there are many choices to be made and steps to be taken. The hands on navigation and education will equip those interested in weight loss surgery with the confidence they need to make the best decisions for themselves. The most important person on the team is you!

If you’re ready to begin and commit to your journey toward surgical weight loss call 540-316-2735 or email to take the first step.

Alexandra Zubowicz, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Zubowicz is board-certified in general surgery and has almost a decade of experience working at an accredited center prior to coming to Fauquier Health.
Isabel Maples, Med. RDN is Fauquier Health's bariatric coordinator. She understands how difficult weight management can be, physically, socially and emotionally. As a seasoned registered dietitian, she can guide the process, plus share tips and tricks from her toolbox, until you find the changes that work for you.
Taylor Bireley, BS Exercise Science, ACSM CPT, is an Exercise Physiologist at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center with eight years of experience in the health and wellness field. She understands the benefits and importance of body movement, as well as implementing daily health habits. Little changes over time make a difference for your health and quality of life in the long run. She is ready to help you make these changes pre and post surgery.    
Andrea Stump, BS Exercise Science, ACSM CPT/GEI, is an Exercise Physiologist for Fauquier Health with seven years of experience in fitness and wellness. She is certified in a wide variety of exercise formats to facilitate finding the perfect activity to help her clients enjoy movement throughout their lives.

Informational Seminars

Fauquier Health will hold informational seminars every month to educate and inform patients about the overall process. The seminars will be conducted by the surgical weight loss team, including Dr. Zubowicz, and will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Surgical options
  • Insurance
  • Risks and benefits
  • Frequently asked questions and concerns
  • The surgery process and recover
  • Dietary and nutrition
  • ​​Exercise

Ultimately, our focus is to provide patients with the education they need to so feel comfortable about their process. To see when the live informational seminars are held, please be sure to visit our Events & Education calendar to register online.

Fauquier Health also offers the chance to complete the educational seminar online. This provides patients with a more convenient way to complete the seminar from the convenience of their own home. We understand schedules get busy, if you are interested in completing the online seminar contact us at

Support groups

Patients, both pre- and post-surgery are encouraged to attend the monthly support group meetings. The support groups are offered as part of the surgical weight loss program and are complementary to attend. The main focuses of the support groups will include topics to accommodate health, physical, emotional and mental needs. The support groups also provide great networking opportunities for both prospective and post-surgery patients.

To see details regarding the next support group, please be sure to visit our Events & Education calendar.

The Process