About Us

It’s really not about usit’s about YOU…Your Success Becomes Our Success

There is a new practice in the world of medicine.  It all begins with a focus on wellnessnot sickness.  Quite an interesting concept when you think about it.  Suddenly, life is full of new possibilities.  What if you could actually re-invent yourself?  We truly believe you can!

At InShape Apex our passion is  “helping you manage your health” with a comprehensive individual  plan addressing your personal health goalswhether they be weight loss, anti-aging, or nutrition in a professional, medically supervised, boutique wellness clinic setting. Health and wellness coaching coupled with highly effective protocols is central to our approach and the reason that our clients have such a positive experience and high success rates.

Since opening in 2012, InShape Medical has helped thousands of people on their path to optimal wellness.  Our medically supervised weight loss, wellness, and anti-aging programs are designed to help you achieve fast, effective, and lasting results.  Our patient friendly clinic is located in MacGregor Village in Cary, NC near the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Highway 64, making it convenient to all areas of the Triangle, including: CARY, RALEIGH, DURHAM, CHAPEL HILL, MORRISVILLE, APEX, and HOLLY SPRINGS.  Some of our patients even travel from as far away as FAYETTEVILLE and WAKE FOREST to receive the best treatment from our knowledgeable, friendly, and professional staff.


Our Staff

Robert Patterson, MD

Dr. Patterson is the Medical Director of InShape Medical.  Dr. Patterson is known for taking an integrated/functional approach to the practice of medicine. He has an extensive knowledge of both westernized medicine and alternative treatments, enabling him to draw from both traditions to best meet the needs of each patient. Dr. Patterson also has extensive knowledge and experience in anti-aging medicine and non-surgical aesthetics treatments. After receiving both his undergraduate & medical degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Dr. Patterson spent his residency in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, he has served on the faculties at UNC, Duke, and East Carolina Schools of Medicine.

Christine A. Lupienski, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Christine is a Family Nurse Practitioner at InShape Medical.  Christine has nearly a quarter century of experience in delivering high-quality medical care to patients in a broad range of clinical settings including family practice, nutritional therapy, aesthetics, weight loss, age management, and wellness.  She is known and appreciated for her passion in providing the highest quality care to all of her patients.  Christine received her BSN from Grand Canyon University and her MSN, FNP at Arizona State University.

Jennifer Taylor, MS, RN, FNP

Jennifer is a Family Nurse Practitioner at InShape Medical.  Jennifer has more than twenty years experience in delivering high-quality medical care to patients in a broad range of clinical settings including family practice, aesthetics, weight loss, age management, nutrition and wellness. She is known to our patients as upbeat and personable as well as being a knowledgeable and dedicated health care professional.  Jennifer received her BSN from the University of New Hampshire and her MSN, FNP at the University of Maryland.

Shelley Peptis, CMA

Shelley is a Certified Medical Assistant and a Wellness Consultant at InShape Medical.  She is a nationally certified laser technician and has extensive knowledge and experience in medical weight loss, aesthetics, nutritional therapy, and anti-aging therapies.  Shelley is on the front lines of patient care in the clinic.   She has a passion for softball and general fitness. Her energetic and thoughtful care, counseling, and coaching is greatly appreciated by patients and clinic staff alike.

Dennis Patrick Owens, MS, CHt, CNT, CHC

Dennis (or, Denny as he is known to patients and coworkers) is the Executive Director of InShape Apex.  In addition to directing the overall business activities of the clinic, he coaches and consults with patients and clients to guide them in meeting their individual goals for health and well-being.  Dennis takes a mind-body approach to coaching and consulting in order to address the whole person and has a passion for helping people live happier, healthier, more prosperous and fulfilling lives.

Among his credentials are:

  • Master of Science, Strategic Leadership
  • Certified Nutritional Therapist
  • Certified Health Consultant
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
  • Certificates in Positive Psychology & Meditation

Michele Owens, CNT

Michele is the Director of Patient Services and Practice Manager in addition to being a well-respected Wellness Consultant.  (Yes, she wears many hats at InShape Apex – and wears them well).  She is a Certified Nutritional Therapist and has a great breadth of knowledge in the subjects of weight–loss, nutrition, and age management.  Michele is driven by a passion for positive patient outcomes and is highly regarded among patients for being thoughtful and taking a personal interest in their health & wellness successes.


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"I loved this clinic! From my very first informational meeting to losing 54 pounds, this staff stayed upbeat and positive. I was on every diet you can think of and nothing worked. BUT THIS WORKS! I WAS NEVER HUNGRY!! YOU BURN THROUGH YOUR FAT!!!!!!. THIS DIET WORKS!. I have more energy and I feel better about myself. I have referred three friends here and all have had great success."– Alicia H. from Raleigh (Facebook Review)

"AMAZING!!!! 11 pounds in 2 weeks with the 60 day diet! I felt very educated and guided. The staff is amazing and spent a lot of time with me. (I had a lot of questions) 
Thanks guys! You are all amazing :) "- Chris P. from Cary (Facebook review)

“Hands down, five full stars! InShapeMD has a wonderful staff, which makes each visit personal…THANKS InShapeMD for everything!” – Blanka, from Raleigh (Yelp Review)

“InShapeMD is the best place to lose weight fast. I lost 40 lbs. of fat in 40 days.” – Robbie, from Apex (Google+ Review)

“Anyone serious about weight loss…This is the diet that not only helps to lose weight, but has taught me how to eat well…The only side effect - you will need to buy smaller clothes.” – M.L. from Apex (Yelp Review)

“Great weight loss! This program exceeded my expectations. I lost 30 lbs. in 5 weeks and have maintained it…” - Vicky, from Cary (Yelp Review)

“The program WORKS!!! I was looking for a quick fix and ended up with a healthier life plan and extended family” – Catrice, from Apex (Google+ Review)

“I could spend all day writing about my many positive experiences with this clinic…” – Keisha, from Raleigh (Yelp Review)

“InShape MD Apex has by far the best weight loss program in the triangle. I have been overweight since I gave birth to my son 10 years…I have lost 50 lbs!” – Nisha, from Durham (Yelp Review)

"I have been on every diet there ever was. From Jenny Craig, Optifast, Metabolic Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, you name it, I tried it. I have to say I have found one that has finally worked for me. I would recommend this diet to all my friends. It’s safe, healthy and easy. Thanks to Michelle and her staff and all their cheerful help & support I am a new woman…"- Lori G from Apex(Google+ review)

"I would highly recommend this diet to anyone. The staff at InShape Apex is fantastic. Everyone is highly supportive and very well informed." – Joni S. from Raleigh (Google + review)