Good nutrition and mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while we are not mental health experts, we do provide medical guidance for nutrition and weight loss through trained coaching and understand that good nutrition can promote better mental health. Our brains are fueled by the food we eat. According to an article on the Harvard Health Blog, “what you eat directly affects … Read More

Overcome barriers to healthier habits

March is National Nutrition Month®, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to magnify the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. It’s a good time to reiterate that there are so many ways to make little changes that add up to a big impact on our health. Adding more movement, getting … Read More

Are thyroid issues keeping you from losing weight?

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness and providing education about thyroid health and diseases. It’s a great reminder to explore some of the functions of the thyroid and how an imbalance can be tied to weight issues. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces and regulates hormones important to many bodily functions, such as … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Sheron Whittier, Medical Assistant

For nearly 16 years, Sheron Whittier has served at GIA, first as a float nurse and now as a medical assistant, working with Dr. Hannah Jones. “I worked with Dr. Barry Maves for 12 years until he retired, and I am so glad that I got to keep so many of my patients who now are now with Dr. Jones!” … Read More

What to do before 2022: Finding the right doctor

Jeff DewChief Executive Officer, Gastrointestinal Associates, P.C. We’re introducing a three-part series about some healthcare-related topics to think about as we wind down the year and prepare for 2022. If you are looking for a new doctor or specialist, this post offers some helpful tips to pursue that endeavor. We’ll follow by sharing more about your gut health, including planning … Read More

The benefits of having a weight loss coach

A weight loss coach is trained to help you reach your weight loss goals. To use a sports metaphor – when you think about coaches, what comes to mind? Someone who knows the inner workings of the game, how to create a strategy, what motivation works for each player, how to course correct and how to win. It’s the same … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Bean, LPN

Stephanie Bean, LPN, started at GIA more than 15 years ago as a float nurse, then as a nurse for two other doctors, and is now a float nurse – a role she calls a team nurse for good reason – for three GIA locations, helping all the providers. She shares: “I have to wear many, many hats. From pill … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Gail Nipper, Medical Records Clerk

GIA medical records clerk Gail Nipper strives to be compassionate, helpful and caring and tries to treat people as she would want to be treated. “I enjoy interaction with patients and being able to help others. I always think about who is on the other side of the counter and put myself in their shoes,” she shares. When Gail started … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Cathy Webber, Physician Administrative Assistant

October marks 21 years since physician administrative assistant Cathy Webber started at GIA. She’s grown into this role from her first position in pre-certification, then assisting the clinical trials team, then as a secretary for GIA co-founder Dr. Bergein “Gene” Overholt. Today, she supports all of the GIA physicians by helping them stay on top of continuing education and credentialing … Read More

Gastrointestinal Associates welcomes Dr. Ramanujan Samavedy

Ramanujan Samavedy, M.D., has joined Gastrointestinal Associates, one of the leading GI practices in the southeast. Samavedy is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in both gastroenterology and internal medicine and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. “As GIA celebrates 50 years of serving East Tennessee, we want … Read More