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About Us2024-04-19T11:33:51+00:00

Rivas Medical Weight Loss

We are a weight loss clinic where you can meet regularly with a medical provider who specializes in helping you improve your health and wellbeing.

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Dr. Paul Rivas is a sought-after expert in the field of weight loss. Board Certified Physician, with over 30+ years of experience, Dr. Rivas has an exceptional determination to fight the serious and growing health risks caused by obesity. His distinctive approach to weight management sets him apart from the crowd. He rejects the one-size-fits-all approach and focuses on an individualized approach to patient care. Dr. Rivas began practicing medicine in simple, rural office where he employed just one secretary and often biked to work. To meet extraordinary patient demand, Dr. Rivas slowly began opening more locations to provide convenient access to patients across the State of Maryland. He has received 13 awards for excellent health care, including “Most Compassionate Doctor” and “Maryland’s Top Doctors.” He is an author of 5 well-received books about medical weight loss and has been featured in over 50 media outlets, including radio, magazines, newspapers, and television shows including Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America.

Dr. Rivas’ entire team of qualified medical providers is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care. We strive to help you reach and sustain your goals through tailored treatment plans, education, and practical advice. We understand the unique anxieties and frustrations that go along with weight loss and are committed to providing a positive and encouraging atmosphere. In addition to being experienced in treating patients, many of our providers have personal experience with successful weight loss and maintenance

Our Treatment Philosophy

We believe weight management is similar to a chronic condition like high blood pressure, and should be treated as such, with medication supported by lifestyle changes. We treat our patients from a medical point of view, rather than from a judgmental willpower or character flaw perspective. We now boast a very high success rate with this approach.

What really drove us to this profession was our passion for helping people. Our patients reverse pre-diabetes and diabetes, fatty liver, sleep apnea, joint pain, high blood pressure, acid reflux, high cholesterol, have more energy for their children, reduce their anxiety and depression, increase mobility, help reduce their BMI so they can qualify for a needed surgery, increase their healthspan and lifespan, regain confidence, get married, lose baby weight, quit smoking without gaining weight, pass their DOT physical, Military PT test, Fire and Police physical and so much more. We are there for you when you are taking care of your elderly parents, taking care of someone ill, mourning loved ones (including pets) and moving or renovating a home. We try not to be hard on you because we know we are always too hard on ourselves. We celebrate the wins together and we minimize the setbacks, because we all have them. We treat people, not weight. 

What we do Differently

  • What makes our weight loss program stand out is the exceptional support you receive every week from our dedicated physicians. In contrast to standard practices that involve prescribing medications like Ozempic or Wegovy for self-management, our approach is uniquely personalized.
  • With our program, you’ll have regular one-on-one sessions with a provider, ensuring continuous support and guidance throughout your journey. Our physicians not only offer valuable insights but can also prescribe FDA-approved medications to address obesity in cases where conventional methods such as diet and exercise haven’t produced the desired outcomes.
  • Embark on a weight loss journey where your progress is our priority, guided by our dedicated physicians every step of the way.
  • Our physicians are highly qualified and specialized; each has considerable experience in weight management.
  • We are affordable. We don’t believe in over-charging patients and there are absolutely no hidden fees or contracts of any kind.
  • We are proud to offer the convenience of receiving medications in the office if you choose. This eliminates the need to travel to a pharmacy.
  • With over three decades of expertise, we handle a remarkable 10,000 in-office appointments monthly across 10 offices.
  • Semaglutide and Tirzepatide sourced from an FDA-inspected facility

Meet the Team

Eli Luft

Physician Assistant and Manager


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Mauricio R. Manuel Jr.

Physician Assistant


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Lisa Randolph

Physician Assistant


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Rachel Weinberg

Physician Assistant

Jennifer Kurman

Physician Assistant

Sophia Ro

Physician Assistant

Operations Manager

Isioma Wright

Physician Assistant


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Ili Wathen

Physician Assistant

Charles Burrows

Physician Assistant

Mackenzie Murray

Physician Assistant

Kaitlin Jordan

Physician Assistant

Vincent Bottaro

Physician Assistant

Erika Bramlette

Physician Assistant

Deirdre Kidera

Physician Assistant

Debra Pinales

Nurse Practitioner

Julie Merrill

Physician Assistant

Ashley DeLashmutt

Physician Assistant

Michaela Hicks

Physician Assistant

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