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Blount Memorial Weight Management Center

The Blount Memorial Weight Management Center's caring, professional staff custom-tailors a comprehensive weight management program to fit each patient's specific situation and needs. Each member of this multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping patients reach their weight loss goals safely and effectively.

  • Heather Pierce, weight management center director
  • Angie Tillman, registered dietitian
  • Dr. Mark Colquitt, bariatric-trained surgeon and bariatric medical director
  • Dr. Jonathan Ray, bariatric-trained surgeon
  • Dana Bradley, registered nurse and bariatric program coordinator
  • Chad Hodson, fitness coordinator
  • Jeff Smith, surgical services director
  • Michelle Ritchey, office coordinator

Heather Pierce, Weight Management Center director

Pierce directs the center's bariatric surgery, diabetes management and non-surgical weight management programs. She also conducts individual and group nutrition education sessions for patients, and leads support group meetings.

Education: Masters in Nutrition from East TN State University, Certified diabetes educator, advanced training in bariatric surgery nutrition from BariMD,

Professional Affiliations: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Mark Colquitt, bariatric-trained surgeon and bariatric medical director

Colquitt, who is board-certified in general surgery, performs gastric bypass, banding and sleeve procedures through the Weight Management Center's bariatric surgery center of excellence.

Educational background: medical degree, University of Tennessee at Memphis; internship and residency, St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.

Professional affiliations: member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Dr. Jonathan Ray, bariatric-trained surgeon

Ray, who is board-certified in general surgery, performs gastric bypass, banding and sleeve procedures through the Weight Management Center's bariatric surgery center of excellence.

Educational background: medical degree, Louisiana State University, New Orleans; residency, Charity Hospital System, New Orleans, La.; fellowship, Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.

Professional affiliations: member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Dana Bradley, registered nurse and bariatric program coordinator

Bradley provides pre- and post-operative education for all bariatric patients; serves as a resource to nursing staff on the hospital's bariatric unit; monitors the progress of bariatric surgical patients during their hospital stays; facilitates support groups; measures outcomes; provides sensitivity training for all staff working with bariatric patients; and serves as a liaison between the hospital and physicians.

Educational background: associate degree, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate; bachelor's degree, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Professional affiliations: member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Chad Hodson, fitness coordinator

Hodson provides exercise education, consultation and instruction based on the individual needs of each patient.

Educational background: bachelor's and master's degrees, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate; American College of Sports Medicine - certified health and fitness Instructor

Michelle Ritchey, office coordinator

Ritchey schedules the monthly bariatric program seminars; registers patients for appointments, seminars and classes; sends out monthly support group letters; helps schedule support groups; answers patient questions and offers support; and calls patients to schedule appointments with the center's registered dietitians, registered nurses and diabetes educators.

Jeff Smith, surgical service director

Bachelors degree in nursing, University of Tennessee Knoxville. Masters of Business Administration Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate Tennessee

Professional affiliations: The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and the Tennessee Hospital Association

Angie Tillman, registered nurse

Educational background: bachelor's degree, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City; certified diabetes educator; certified group exercise instructor; and advanced training in bariatric surgery nutrition and bariatric surgery coordination from BariMD

Professional affiliations: member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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