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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
  • 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

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 dietitian

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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