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VOL. 40 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 12, 2016

Loyd joins state mental health team

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Johnson City native Dr. Stephen Loyd has been named Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ medical director for substance abuse services.

In his role, Loyd will deal with addiction as a disease and work to reduce the stigma associated with treatment and recovery.

“A big part of removing stigma and shame is to talk about addiction as you would any other disease that’s treatable” said E. Douglas Varney, state commissioner.

“Dr. Loyd has walked the walk. He is going to help lead many Tennesseans into recovery from their addiction, helping them get better and ultimately, hopefully melt away the shame.”

Loyd became addicted to prescription drugs while a practicing internist in Johnson City in 2004.

“I am very fortunate,” said Loyd. “My father intervened and I received excellent treatment for my addiction. I returned to practicing medicine and eventually became the program director for the Internal Medicine residency program at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.”

Loyd also worked with the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center in Johnson City, as its chief of staff for education. He supervised the residency training program and was eventually appointed chief of medicine.

“Over the course of roughly ten years, my focus as a physician shifted to the disease of addiction,” said Loyd. “My own experience dealing with shame helped me connect with people who I would have never been able to reach if it was not for my own experience. The more we can bring addiction out of the shadows, the more people and families will be healed.”

Campus safety group honors Eighmy


Taylor Eighmy has been named the 2016 Campus Leaders Who Care award recipient.

The honor was given by the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Association, recognizing those who enhance laboratory and research safety at U.S. universities.

Eighmy, who is vice chancellor for research and engagement and a professor at the University of Tennessee, serves as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Task Force on Lab Safety.

“This award really reflects the great work of the entire APLU Lab Safety Task Force,” said Eighmy. “We were very fortunate to have assembled a great team that tackled a challenging task. I can say unequivocally that we all believe that now is the time for universities to proactively nurture and grow their culture around improving lab safety on campus.”

UT selects Bryant for interim alumni post


Noted fundraiser Chip Bryant has been named interim vice chancellor for alumni affairs and development at the University of Tennessee.

He began his new job August 1.

Bryant will replace Scott Rabenold, who is leaving on August 12 to become vice president for university development at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bryant was the executive director of development for the Haslam College of Business. He is also director of campus-wide campaigns.

Bryant led the Haslam College development team that received more than $200 million, and he directed the Haslam College endowment as it grew from $42 million to $102 million.

Bryant has been at the university for more than twenty years, graduating in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He worked with UT Athletics for 11 years as assistant athletics director for marketing, managing the corporate partner program and contracts.

Oak Ridge Schools welcome new staff

Oak Ridge Schools have announced new hires (more new employees will be published in upcoming editions of the Ledger/Knoxville).

Callie Painter has been hired for the gifted program. She has a B.S. and a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech and has eight years of experience in Tennessee schools.

Sarah Varnell is a new speech and language clinican with a B.S. and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Dana Turner has joined the Oak Ridge staff as an English Language Learner teacher. Her B.S. and M.S. are from Valdosta State. She has an Ed.S from Carson Newman. She has been teaching for 23 years.

Jacqueline Cohn is also a new ELL teacher. Her B.S. and M.S. is from UT and has done additional coursework for ELL endorsement from Middle Tennessee State University. She has 14 years of experience.

Logan Burke is a Pre-K teacher with a B.S. and M.S in special ed from UT. She has four years of experience.

Lakin Wooliver joins the Pre-K staff with six years of experience. Her B.S. and M.S are from UT.

Beth Green has been hired as a library/media specialist at Glenwood Elementary. Her B.S. is from Governors State University and her M.S. LIMS is from Chicago State University. She has 14 years of experience, six as a library/media specialist in Tennessee schools.

Melissa McCallen is a new special ed teacher at Glenwood. Her B.S. is from UT and her M.S. is from George Mason. She has 13 years of experience as a technology trainer and administrative assistant in Oak Ridge Schools.

Melody Shear is a new special ed teacher at Glenwood. Her B.S. is from the University of Phoenix with additional coursework in special education at Lincoln Memorial University.

Teresa Boshears is a new elementary teacher at Linden Elementary. Her B.S. is from Lincoln Memorial.

Christina Graham is a new elementary teacher at Linden. Her B.S. is from Lincoln Memorial and she has three years of experience.

Jennifer Longnecker has joined the staff at Linden as an elementary teacher. Her B.S. is from Texas A&M and her M.S. is from UT. She has one year of experience.

Tennova adds gastroenterologist to staff

Chad E. Potteiger, D.O., recently joined the Tennova Healthcare system.

He is a gastroenterologist who brings his new practice to Tennova Digestive Disease Center in North Knoxville where he will work with Steedman A. Sarbah, M.D.

Potteiger specializes in therapeutic endoscopy, gastrointestinal wellness and nutrition, and the treatment of autoimmune digestive disorders including celiac disease. He performs minimally invasive procedures exclusively at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Potteiger’s medical degree is from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his internship and residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

He completed fellowship training in gastroenterology and nutrition at Geisinger Medical Center.

“I am committed to providing each patient with personalized attention and quality, considerate care,” Dr. Potteiger said. “My principal goal is to help individuals with a variety of digestive disorders lead more comfortable and healthy lives through education, preventive screenings and, if necessary, medications and minimally invasive surgical procedures.”

Summit Medical hires new family physician


Justin W. Quinn, M.D., has joined Summit Medical Group in Fountain City.

He will work as a family physician at Fountain City Family Physicians and is accepting new patients.

Quinn’s B.S. is in chemistry and Spanish from Carson-Newman University. He graduated in 2009

His medical degree is from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2013. His residency was at Palmetto Health-University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Quinn, a native of Whitesburg, is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association of family doctors.

UT Medical adds Edwards as emergency director


The University of Tennessee Medical Center announces Jerry Edwards, D.O., as the medical director of the emergency department.

“Dr. Edwards comes to us with more than 30 years of emergency medicine experience,” said Bryce Sillyman, vice president of Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care at UT Medical Center.

“We are excited about his plans for the department and know he will do an exceptional job given his leadership skills, past experience and vision for emergency medicine.”

Edwards is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

He is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his emergency medicine residency at the University of Kentucky and received a MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Before going to medical school, Edwards worked during his college years with a local EMS program and was certified as an EMT and Paramedic.

Young-Williams Animal Center gets interim CEO


Janet Testerman has been appointed as interim CEO of the Young-Williams Animal Center by its board of directors.

A longtime supporter of the shelter, she served on the board for nearly five years.

Testerman succeeds Jeff Ashin, who resigned.

“Janet has been an active, passionate advocate and thoughtful counselor for Young-Williams Animal Center for many years,” said Dr. Kristi Lively, chair of the Young-Williams Animal Center board. “Recognizing her talents, dedication and vision, the board confidently selected Janet as interim CEO. We know she will be a forward-thinking leader for the shelter and that she will serve the best interests of the animals, the organization and our community.”

Previously Testerman was in a corporate communications management role at Scripps Networks Interactive and previously served as executive editor of Knoxville Magazine.

She has a degree in art and PR from SMU and a master’s in strategic communications from American University.

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