Congratulations on making your first step to a healthier life! The Beltline Health staff would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family and thank you for the opportunity to share with you some vital information regarding weight loss surgery and our team.
Diana Wong, Chief Operating Officer
Focusing on a positive weight loss journey for all of Beltline Health’s patients, Diana is a leader that is not afraid to jump into any part of the Practice to ensure patients receive the care and compassion they deserve. After hours you will find Diana spending quality time with those closest to her, usually at the newest restaurant in Atlanta. So when you next see her, ask her for a restaurant recommendation!
Nina Lyons, Managing Director
Creating a welcoming environment where patients can feel comfortable to take on the challenges of lifestyle changes that improve their weight and health is what draws Nina into the office every day. An athlete at her core Nina is constantly moving, and if you don’t see her running around one of our offices, you will find her partaking in one of the many fun, family-orientated activities Atlanta has to offer. If you catch her at one of our offices, ask about her tennis skills and maybe get some advice on your backhand technique.
Michelle Ledford, Nurse Practitioner
Michelle is our new Family Nurse Practitioner. She was a cardiac nurse at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital for 7 years before attaining her Masters Degree in Nursing at Georgia State University. She is very excited to be a Beltline Health team member and contribute to our growth! Michelle is very passionate and loves patient care. She sees patients after surgery to help them attain and maintain their weight loss goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends!
Charity Morgan, Nurse Practitioner
Empowering patients to take control of their health and their weight by sharing her knowledge and 17 years of experience, Charity builds lifelong relationships with her patients. In addition, her strong planning and organizational skills come in handy when helping patients establish new routines for a healthy lifestyle. A family-oriented individual, Charity is proud to share her children’s accomplishments with her Beltline Health teammates, so don’t forget to ask her how her family is doing the next time you meet.
Taylor Rizzo, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Making a personal connection with her patients so she can genuinely partner with people on their journey toward a healthier lifestyle, Taylor will listen with empathy and share her nutritional knowledge in a way that gets everyone excited about making healthier food choices. In addition, Taylor is proud of her Spanish skills; she offers consults in Spanish and has helped with translating our guides and manuals so she can provide help to those in the Spanish-speaking community. Away from the office, you can find Taylor in the kitchen baking or seeking out new recipes to try. At your next consultation, make sure to ask for a fun recipe.
Jeanette Shelley, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
Jeanette is passionate about educating people on nutritional health to make healthy lifestyle choices to impact their future health and weight positively. After achieving a 200lb+ weight loss following bariatric surgery, Jeanette has walked in the shoes of Beltline Health’s patients, which has enabled her to empathize with her patient’s struggles on a whole other level. Jeanette is an artist at heart, and if you don’t find her outside nurturing her garden, you will find her creating something beautiful for her home. Get her to sign her illustrations the next time she talks to you about your surgery.
Krizia Chinchilla, Surgical PA-C
Having a positive impact on patient’s lives makes Krizia passionate about working with bariatric patients. Seeing big smiles return to patient’s faces when they begin gaining back the parts of their lives that they lost as they gained weight. Krizia loves to dance, so the next time you hit a goal in your weight loss journey, ask Krizia to join you for a happy dance. You may learn some new moves.
Taquoya Pearson, Revenue Cycle
You may not see Taquoya because she is usually hidden away dealing with the numbers! But, where most of us find dealing with financial data a pain, Taquoya sees potential. She. If works her magic to keep patients' accounts accurate and to make sure the lights stay on. She is an empathetic listener, and her advice is usually on-point making her the person most of the team turn to when they need some problem-solving assistance. Taquoya unwinds at the end of a busy day by spending time with her big family and her best friend.
Leslie Henry, Patient Coordinator
Leslie will celebrate every step you take in your weight loss journey, and her compassion comes across whether you talk with her in person or over the phone. Leslie will go above and beyond to ensure you have all the support you need to make the significant lifestyle changes you face as smooth a transition as possible. Outside of work, Leslie spends her time indulging her two passions of interior design and music, so the next time you speak with her, ask her about her latest find!
Amy Franklin, Patient Coordinator
Amy loves helping others, both patients and her teammates. She is excited to welcome every new patient because Amy knows the journey may not be easy, but the results they achieve will make it worth it. Outside of work, Amy spends time with her family traveling, cooking, and making memories. Ask about Amy’s latest travel plans the next time you have a chance to speak with her.
Theresa Addison, Patient Coordinator
With over 20 years of experience, Theresa knows what excellent patient care should look like, and she strives every day to bring that to the patients at the Macon office. It is essential to her to create an environment where patients feel comfortable and supported because every patient deserves her full attention and support to achieve their weight loss goals. Theresa puts family at the heart of everything she does. When she isn’t supporting patients, she is playing with her grandchildren. So the next time you visit the Macon office, ask Theresa for a quick game of name that tune. She is unbeaten!
Rochelle Farmer, Registered Medical Assistant
Passionate about helping others make positive changes to their lives and driven by the desire to be a positive role model to her three daughters, Rochelle is an excellent addition to the Beltline Health Family. With empathy and compassion, she assists patients in achieving their weight loss goals. Rochelle is usually spending quality time with her friends and shopping when taking a break from her busy work and home schedule.
Airika Gibson, Registered Medical Assistant
Guiding patients successfully through the bariatric process to better health and a lower weight number is the best part of Airika’s role at Beltline Health. Witnessing the joy patients and their families express as they start to discover all the things they can now do together because their weight isn’t holding them back. When Airika gets to ditch her scrubs for the day the outdoors are calling, she loves exploring new trails and parks with her wife and their twin girls.
Dominique Warren, Registered Medical Assistant
Dominique is a goal-setter for herself and her patients. Seeing Beltline Health’s patients grow in confidence as they smash through their weight loss goals gives Dominique a sense of accomplishment and the drive to help more people achieve a healthier lifestyle. As a busy mom of three, she understands how difficult lifestyle changes can be and how rewarding it is to reach them and be an excellent example for her children. When Dominique gets some time for herself, she will usually head for the gym, so she is a great person to talk to if you want advice on making the most of your new gym membership.
Jill Brassfield, Front Office Coordinator
Jill greets everyone with a helpful, positive attitude because a smile goes a long way to brightening someone’s day. Working at Beltline Health has allowed Jill to combine her passion for helping others with her willingness always to be learning and growing. If Jill isn’t at work, she is most likely with her family either at the beach or planning their next beach vacation.
Michael Jones, Front Office Coordinator
With a smile, Michael greets every patient when they walk into the Atlanta office. His goal is to make sure everyone feels welcomed and receives 5-star service from him with every interaction. Michael loves interacting with patients and doing everything he can to make their weight loss journey easy to navigate by helping them understand their billing and successfully joining a virtual appointment. Michael takes every opportunity to be outside, taking in the fresh air and sunshine wherever he can and honing his photography skills, making him the go-to person if you need assistance taking the perfect selfies to show off your weight loss success.
Eliza Barr, Patient Intake Coordinator
Eliza takes her role as Patient Intake Coordinator seriously. She strives to provide every new patient with excellent customer service, so they feel like part of the Beltline Health family from day one. Eliza isn’t scared of a challenge, as proved when she packed up her family and moved from Nebraska to Georgia to start a new life in The South. When not having a movie night with her family, you will find Eliza treading the boards at local theatres with her amateur dramatics friends rehearsing for their next big production.
Brittany Daugherty, Patient Intake Coordinator
A compassionate and caring individual, Brittany enjoys talking with new people every day and knowing that she is helping them to the first steps towards the healthier life they wish to achieve. Brittany takes advantage of any opportunity for new experiences and sees them as a chance for growth and self-improvement. Away from the office, she indulges her creative side by crafting heartfelt personalized gifts for her friends and family, with the bonus of being a great way to spend quality time with her children.