Gastroenterology is the specialty of medicine that provides care for diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Focusing on the evaluation and treatment of gastroenterology disorders, a gastroenterologist does not perform surgery. Instead, he does perform procedures such as liver biopsies and endoscopic examinations of the esophagus, stomach, and small and large bowel. In evaluating your gastroenterology condition, your HMG gastroenterologist will work closely with your primary care provider and, if surgery is needed, your surgeon, in providing follow-up care relevant to your particular digestive disorder.
Your Initial Appointment
Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in order to complete new patient documentation.
Lawrence Bailey, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and his medical doctorate degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA.
The recipient of multiple awards and honors, Dr. Bailey has nearly three decades of experience in treating gastroenterology-related conditions and diseases.
Jennifer Phemister, MD treats a broad range of gastroenterological diseases, including pancreas, stomach, and colon disorders.
The variety of procedures, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatments, drew her to gastroenterology. Having Dr. Phemister on staff gives patients the option of choosing either a male or a female gastroenterologist.
Dallas Shone, MD is board certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. After completing his residency at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, he completed his gastroenterology fellowship at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
With over three decades of experience, Dr. Shone has been with Holston Medical Group since 1994.
James Swenson, MD was fascinated by biology and medicine and knew he wanted to become a doctor. “I have always loved medicine and I still love it after 30 years,” said Dr. Swenson. Dr. Swenson has performed approximately 40,000 endoscopic procedures during his career.
Dr. Swenson completed his residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda MD, and his doctorate of medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
A native of Southwest Virginia, Jacquelyn Baker, FNP received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in Kingsport, TN.
Jacquelyn Baker, FNP has been with HMG since 2019.
A native of Southwest Virginia, Amanda Campbell, FNP received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, and her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
Nurse practitioner, Amanda Campbell, FNP has been with HMG since April 2021.
A native of Southwest Virginia, Ashlee Fleming, FNP received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from King University in Bristol, TN, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University.
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association for the Study of Liver and Diseases Oncology Nurses Association.
A native of Southwest Virginia, Rhonda Ragsdale, FNP received both her Master’s Degree and an undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University.
Specializing in gastroenterology, Rhonda Ragsdale has been with HMG since 2009.
The most common gastroenterology procedures include endoscopy, liver biopsy, ERCP, colonoscopy (tradition & virtual), and PEG tube placement.
Most gastroenterology procedures are performed at these facilities:
- MeadowView Surgery Center
- Renaissance Surgery Center
- Holston Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
- Indian Path Medical Center
- Holston Valley Medical Center
Further, our doctors are trained in minimally invasive techniques designed for reduced incision size, reduced pain, and reduced recovery time.
The most common gastroenterology procedures include endoscopy, liver biopsy, ERCP, colonoscopy (tradition & virtual), and PEG tube placement. Most gastroenterology procedures are performed at:
- Sapling Grove Endoscopy Center
- Holston Valley Medical Center (outpatient GI Lab)
- MeadowView Surgery Center
The virtual colonoscopy is performed at HMG’s Outpatient Diagnostic Center at MeadowView Lane.
The Virtual Colonoscopy
Thanks to leading-edge technology like the new “virtual colonoscopy” introduced at HMG’s Outpatient Diagnostic Center at MeadowView Lane, patient screening measures for one of the most preventable types of cancer—colon cancer—just got an incredible boost. Learn more about virtual colonoscopies.
Most gastroenterology procedures require advanced patient preparation. You may view prep instructions by selecting the various procedures listed:
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