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Meet other caregivers at REX Bariatric Specialists who help patients like you achieve their weight-loss goals.
Tricia Burns, PA-C

Tricia Burns, P.A.-C Physician Assistant

Joining the practice in 2013 Tricia is now the Advanced Practice Provider team lead for NC surgery. She is originally from Upstate New York and moved to Raleigh with her family in 2007. She completed the Physician Assistant Graduate Program with a surgical focus at Cornell University Weill Medical College in New York City. A seasoned provider, Tricia is happiest in the operating room, in addition to bariatric surgery she has experience in plastic surgery as well as neurosurgery. She spends her time outside of work, biking, hiking and training for Rex Sprint Triathlons.


Erica Mckearney, PA-C

Erica Mckearney, P.A.-C Physician Assistant

Erica McKearney, an Oregon native, earned her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She earned a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Methodist University in 2011. She worked as a Physician Assistant in urgent care and family practice for five years before joining REX Bariatric Specialists in 2016. She enjoys reading, hiking, walking her dog, and spending time with her friends and family.


Hannah Garehan, PA

Hannah Garehan, P.A.-C Physician Assistant

Hannah, a Louisiana native, initially joined the Rex Bariatrics team as a dietitian in 2017. She then completed her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Campbell University. Hannah began her career in Gastroenterology, evaluating and treating patients in a busy clinic for a year before rejoining Rex Bariatrics in 2022. She enjoys spending time with her cats and her family.

Afton Carducci, M.M.S., P.A.-C Physician Assistant

Afton received her Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed additional surgery specific training at the WakeMed Surgical Physician Assistant Residency Program in trauma, gastrointestinal surgery, intensive care and orthopaedics. After residency she worked in a surgical practice focused on colorectal and general surgery prior to joining REX Bariatric Specialists in 2018.


Abbey Wrobleski, P.A.-C Physician Assistant

Abbey Wrobleski, a Michigan native, earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College. She earned a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South College in 2019. She worked as a Physician Assistant in primary care for 2 years before joining REX Bariatric Specialists in 2022. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants around Raleigh, and playing board games.

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