Dr. Phemister treats a broad range of gastroenterological diseases, including pancreas, stomach and colon disorders. She says the variety of procedures as well as inpatient and outpatient treatments drew her to gastroenterology.
Colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography) are the primary procedures Dr. Phemister performs. She is especially interested in promoting regular colonoscopies. “Removing polyps can prevent colon cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the United States.” Phemister explains the importance of regular colonoscopies to all her patients.
Born in Kingsport, TN, Phemister received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. Prior to completing her medical degree, she was a chemical engineer at Eastman Chemical Company. She completed her medical degree, internal medicine residency program and gastroenterology fellowship program at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN.
Board certified in internal medicine, Phemister is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Phemister and her husband, Ryan, reside in Johnson City. Both of them along with their four children recently attained certification in scuba diving. The family enjoys traveling, especially to scuba diving locations. She also makes time for gardening and cooking.
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