Page 110 - South Mississippi Living - December, 2023
P. 110

story and photos courtesy of
Singing River Weight Loss
As Erica Dominey approached her 50th birthday, she found herself at a crossroads in life. Despite trying numerous fad diets, she struggled to shed excess weight, and her health was deteriorating.
Her life was burdened by multiple medications, swelling in her limbs, sleep apnea, memory loss, and a constant lack of energy. Both of her parents passing at the early ages of 53 and 61 due to poor health also served as a constant reminder of the urgency to take control of her well-being. At nearly 300 pounds and with a milestone birthday on the horizon, she decided it was time for a change.
Frustrated with many unsuccessful attempts, Dominey turned to the internet in search of a solution. Singing River Weight Loss caught her attention, and after thorough research, she discovered that Dr. Hall, a local bariatric surgeon, had not only studied in Mississippi but also in Texas. The fact that he returned to his roots to practice in a field he specialized in made Dominey feel comfortable entrusting him with her health.
From her first visit to the clinic, Dominey was met with compassion and understanding. Dr. Hall and his staff made sure she felt like a valued individual rather than just another person seeking a quick fix. Her initial meeting with Dr. Hall left a lasting impression as he provided comfort, answered her questions patiently, and fully informed her about the entire weight loss process, including diet and mental health stability.
On February 11, 2021, Dominey underwent gastric bypass surgery, weighing in at 242 pounds with a BMI of 41.54. The day marked the beginning of her transformative journey.
Post-surgery, her life took a positive turn. In just 13 months,
her weight dropped to 147 pounds with a BMI of 25.3. The embarrassment she felt in public disappeared, replaced by newfound confidence. Erica’s energy levels soared, allowing her to be more outgoing and pursue a nursing career. Successfully graduating from nursing school in May of 2022 served as a powerful testament to her boosted confidence and improved well- being.
Remarkably, Dominey is no longer dependent on medications for blood sugar or hypertension. Her energy now surpasses that of younger colleagues, and her mental health has seen a positive transformation. Despite facing criticism and skepticism from others, Dr. Hall’s unwavering support and straightforward approach played a crucial role in Dominey’s success. His comprehensive approach, addressing both physical and mental
DOMINEY before and after her weight loss surgery.
aspects, warranted a full life transformation.
For those considering a similar journey, Dominey emphasizes the
importance of thorough research, mental health preparation, and most of all, having patience and faith during the process. Despite the challenges, she attests, “The journey is undeniably worth it. Dr. Hall and the Singing River Weight Loss team not only helped me lose weight but also empowered me to reclaim control over my life.”
     William T. “Pete” Avara III, MD, FACS
Singing River Weight Loss Center
15190 Community Rd., Gulfport
1124 Oakleigh Rd. Ocean Springs
William Berglind, MD, PhD
John Hall, MD, PhD
Robert Cromer, MD
Jason Payne, MD, FACS
   110 | December 2023 | SOUTH MISSISSIPPI Living

   108   109   110   111   112