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 weight loss surgeons offering all approved procedures as well as revision, corrective and conversion surgery with an office based multidisciplinary team.
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, RN, CBN, 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. Sarah has recently joined our list of weight loss surgery patients which adds to her understanding from both sides of the table, so to speak.
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!” Also Kelley is one of our patients, check out the before and after photos. The bariatric 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.
Krystal Cameron, RD, received her bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics from Carson-Newman University. 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.
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 weight loss 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.
Morgan Thomas, received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science from East Tennessee State University, where she also was a member of the soccer team. She also received her master’s degree through California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion/Rehabilitation Sciences. She has worked in many areas of exercise science including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and collegiate strength and conditioning. She is a Certified Speed Specialist (CSS) through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE), as well as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 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 two, seven and twelve 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.
Megan Smith MS, RN, APRN, FNP-C began her Nursing career in 2009 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She went on to complete the Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas, graduating in 2015. Megan is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Throughout her nursing career, Megan has practiced in the fields of Bariatric Surgery, Medically Supervised Weight Loss, Cardiology, and Women’s Health.
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.
The Pre-determination team’s responsibility is to get you approved for your surgery. Within the first couple of days after your initial consultation they will start to gather all the information that is required by your specific insurance. They will send out all requests to Physicians and will sort through the documentation. If any more information is needed we will inform you. The Pre-determination team 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 the Pre-D team 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.
As Patient Advocate, Karen Hinkle, RN-BSN, will work 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.
Bariatric Patient Coordinator Amanda Burgio is exceptional in patient care. She greets our patients and also acts as our Nurse Practitioner Coordinator. She is glad to assist you with scheduling any follow up appointments. Our bariatric patient coordinator will be able to assist you with any questions you may be, as well as help you purchase our products. Her primary goal is to meet the satisfaction of all patients, so don’t hesitate to let them know if you have a need.
Physicians Plaza 1, Suite 305
Turkey Creek Medical Center
10810 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934