The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery Staff is a group of experts in their respective fields with a collective experience in helping patients lose weight for over 75 years! Dr. Boyce has personally performed over 2000 weight loss surgical procedures. Dr. Boyce and Dr. Williams are the only surgeons offering all approved procedures as well as revision, corrective and conversion surgery with an office based multidisciplinary team.
Our Office Manager, Jama Stinnett, is a Tennessee native who has been a nurse since 1980. Ms. Stinnett has been involved in Medical Office administration since 1986 and holds a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality, a certification offered by the National Association of Healthcare Quality. Safe, healthy and successful weight loss is our team’s number-one goal at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. If you are having difficulty resolving any issue to your satisfaction, please do not hesitate to contact our office manager. We always want to exceed your expectations!
Sarah Grimes graduated from Roane State Community College in 2000 with her Associates of Science in Nursing. She began working with Bariatric Patients at Parkwest on the Post Surgical Floor and in 2004 came to work at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. She was designated a Certified Bariatric Nurse in 2007, and was one of the first to have this distinction. We know that surgery is not part of your everyday life as it is ours; Sarah feels education and knowledge are very important to help patients feel more comfortable with the weight loss surgery journey.
Robin H. Saunders, RN, BSN, CBN, received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Having worked in the hospital environment over 28 years, Robin brings a dedication for excellence to her role of Certified Bariatric Registered Nurse Coordinator. The Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Program is designed to assess the professional competence of practitioners of Bariatric Nursing and is a title she is honored to have achieved. Her desire is to promote healing and overall well-being by being attentive to your surgical needs as well as your privacy, comfort and emotional needs. Robin receives the most enjoyment from her position by being a participant in such a life-changing experience for our patients.
The bariatric Registered Nurse coordinators are specialized nurses with extra training in the needs of the bariatric surgical patient. They are a great resource for the patient and actually carry a cell phone and are available to patients 24 hours a day for medical concerns related to weight loss surgery. They are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and are instrumental in preparing patients for surgery.
Kelley Narramore, LPN, has more than 17 years of experience in nursing with a broad range of knowledge in assisting adults in various areas of healthcare. Kelley says she is excited to specialize in a side of healthcare that allows her to personally see the dramatic great results and life changes that patients experience. “I truly believe in what Dr. Boyce and Dr. Williams are doing and I’m glad to be a part of that!”
Krystal Cameron received her bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics from Carson-Newman College. She completed her dietetic internship through the State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. She has completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management – July 2012. She is also a licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist through the state of TN. Krystal has been a registered dietitian working in the field of bariatrics since 2007.
Ciara Csanadi House, MS, RD, LDN, completed her master’s degree in Nutrition and her Dietetic Internship at the University of Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University and a nutrition degree from the University of Tennessee. Ciara is a State of Tennessee licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. She has worked in multiple areas of nutrition including collegiate sports nutrition, clinical nutrition, and adult weight management. She says she feels blessed to be joining this wonderful team of professionals.
Our experienced registered dietitians are a vital part of our comprehensive multidisciplinary program and as such, are keys to the success of your weight loss program. Unlike a one-time consultation with a nutritionist, our registered dietitians provide you with ongoing, individualized support and education for your dietary needs as you advance through the stages of weight loss.
From the first visit through your annual follow ups, our dietitians are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss and health goals.
Rebecca Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Rebecca has over 11 years of experience in weight loss and health/wellness programs.
While pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in physical education/health and wellness, Greg Stanley was also a member of the football team. He attended the University of Tennessee for his master’s degree in exercise physiology. During Greg’s two-year tenure at UTK he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Lady Vol Athletic Dept. Greg is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Exercise is a very important part of a successful health and weight management plan and exercise instruction in our program goes beyond general recommendations. Each patient is instructed on the appropriate activity during their hospital stay and the activities to perform in the first month after surgery. Patients follow up with the Exercise Physiologist at regular intervals of 3, 6, and 12 months post operatively where they receive an individualized exercise prescription to improve stamina and strength. We understand the time constraints in our patient’s busy lifestyles so our Exercise Physiologist selects exercises that involve weight training and cardiovascular stamina to maximize efforts in the shortest amount of time. Exercise along with the proper nutritional plan facilitates maximum fat loss while preventing extreme muscle loss. Lifelong participation in exercise, eating healthy foods, getting better sleep, and making behavioral changes allow our patients to get and stay healthy forever.
Kristine Vanhoose, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, our nurse practitioner, received her bachelor’s in nursing from Pensacola Christian College and master’s in nursing with a family practice focus from Carson Newman College. Kristine had nearly 13 years experience as an RN in various critical care settings prior to becoming a NP. Kristine has been with the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery as the staff NP since 2008. The role of the NP in our practice involves pre operative consultation with each patient prior to surgery. The pre operative process involves collaboration with the surgeons, primary care physicians, specialists, pharmacists and anesthesia personnel to ensure that each patient is well equipped to safely proceed with surgery. The NP is available on site to meet with patients as individual needs arise.
Dr. Greg Foreman, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2001. He interned at Eastern Virginia Medical School, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Foreman began his private practice at the Behavioral Medicine Institute here in Knoxville in 2002. He maintains an office within our center in order to provide consistent and convenient psychological support for patients, both before and after surgery. His special focus on the needs of the weight loss surgical patients affords them a foundation to manage the psychological changes needed and experienced around bariatric surgery.
Jennifer Wood received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carson-Newman College in 2009. She has been with New Life 2 years working as the insurance Pre-Determination Coordinator. Jennifer’s responsibility is to get you approved for your surgery. Within the first couple of days after your initial consultation she will start to gather all the information that is required by your specific insurance. She will send out all requests to Physicians and will sort through the documentation. If any more information is needed we will inform you.
Jennifer is available by phone if you have any questions. Our philosophy is to do it right the first time so we get you approved for your surgery. If your insurance requires a medically supervised diet, let Jennifer know when you have completed your 5th month visit so she can be prepared to send your pre-determination packet as soon as documentation of completion (6th visit) is received.
Our full time Patient Advocate works with patients to assist them in beginning the process of obtaining weight-loss surgery. Insurance coverage dictates that patients meet certain requirements in order to be approved for weight loss surgery. The Patient Advocate can help you get started meeting these requirements so that the wait time for weight loss surgery can be minimized. The Patient Advocate works diligently to help you become familiar with your insurance requirements, the pathway to surgery, as well as with our Staff and services at the New Life Center.
The Bariatric Patient Coordinators, Donna Hicks, Melissa White, and Stephanie Hamilton are exceptional in patient care. Donna, who has been with New Life for over eight years, acts as the Patient Coordinator for Dr. Boyce while Stephanie, who has over five years of experience with us, works as Dr. Williams’ Patient Coordinator. Melissa serves patients as the receptionist and has been at New Life for over four years. They will coordinate your appointments, make referrals to other physicians’ offices, and schedule surgeries. Their number 1 goal is to meet the satisfaction of all patients so don’t hesitate to let them know if you have a need.
Jessica Flanary, RN, BA, BSN, CBN is the Director of Bariatric Services at Turkey Creek Medical Center and an East Tennessee native. After completion of her BA degree in English in 2002, Jessica taught at the New Beginnings Christian Day School in New Delhi, India as an extension of a senior mission trip through King College. Through an affiliated medical clinic, Jessica also helped provide Preventative Health Education. Jessica graduated with a BSN degree from King College in 2006. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Parkwest Medical Center from 2006 through 2012, serving as the hospital Bariatric Surgery Service Coordinator from 2008 to 2012. Jessica has served as the Director of Bariatric Services at Turkey Creek Medical Center since March 2012, with the move of the bariatric program. Providing excellence in all facets of care as well as patient and staff education, Jessica is credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN).
Jessica coordinates the daily operations of the post-operative Bariatric Surgery service line, including daily patient rounds and the facilitation of patient discharges, physician communication, and staff education. Jessica also writes and circulates a monthly facility Bariatric Bulletin and assists in the publication of the monthly Support Group Bulletin. Jessica serves as the liaison between the hospital and surgical practice, helping provide a continuum of care between pre-operative services and the hospital stay.
For those interested in signing up through the office, Jessica leads a monthly complimentary Bariatric Tour at Turkey Creek Medical Center and also moderates three surgery-specific Support Groups that meet monthly at Turkey Creek Medical Center. Jessica oversees both the Bariatric Support Partner Program as well as the Bariatric Ambassador Program. Training sessions for both programs are offered periodically by Jessica and the Turkey Creek Medical Center Volunteer Services. For more information regarding volunteering for these programs, contact Jessica at email@example.com.
Physicians Plaza 1, Suite 305
Turkey Creek Medical Center
10810 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934