Dr. Kimberly Ballard attended Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and her internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Ballard is affiliated with the Blount Memorial Hospital and UT Medical Center, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Ballard has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 10 years. She enjoys being able to care for women from their early years to their elderly ones, providing them professional and personal direction and insight along the way. Dr. Ballard is also trained in using the da Vinci Surgical System for non-invasive surgeries.
Dr. Ballard has two children. She likes to read medical mysteries and enjoys snow skiing and playing trumpet in her church orchestra.
Dr. Kimberly Wilder Collins is a Diplomate with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received her bachelor’s degree in zoology. She completed her medical degree and residency at the University of of Tennessee, Memphis. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society and American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Collins is also board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Collins has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 20 years. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, working with them through each stage of life.
Dr. Collins met her husband, a pediatrician, in medical school. She has two grown children, Emily and Ward. She enjoys reading for pleasure, cooking and baking, and traveling. She is a member of Ekklesia Blount Church where she serves as an elder.
Dr. John Carl McAmis, III, completed his undergraduate degree in zoology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, where he also completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. McAmis is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. McAmis has been with Women’s Care Group since 1983. While Dr. McAmis enjoys seeing patients of all ages, he has many patients who have been with him his entire career at the clinic. “A lot of my patients are women we’ve delivered…are daughters of the folks we delivered…even grandchildren of women who are our patients. You see people you can sit down and talk with. You see them for years, and they become like family.”
Dr. McAmis is married and has two children. Dr. McAmis’ father was a woodworker, and while he couldn’t convince his son to choose a career in woodworking, he did pass along an appreciation for the outdoors. Dr. McAmis thoroughly enjoys any time he can spend outside: cycling, fishing, camping, visiting national parks, and landscaping are his favorite activities. He’s also an avid reader of American colonial history.
Dr. Richard C. Metelka completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. He attended medical school and completed his internship and residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, the Blount County Medical Association and the East Tennessee Ob/Gyn Society. Dr. Metelka is affiliated with Blount Memorial Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Dr. Metelka has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 27 years. He enjoys women’s health but also the obstetrics side. “Obstetrics is very family oriented, a happy environment for extending family traditions and life together.” Dr. Metelka has seen the advancement of technology in gynecology, specifically with surgical techniques as well as the improved early intervention and improved prenatal care of obstetrics.
Dr. Metelka is married to his high school sweetheart and has four children and one grandchild. He takes great pleasure in the outdoors, including fishing, hiking or camping in the Smoky Mountains. He is a board member of the Great Smoky Mountain Council and the Boy Scouts, and is a commercial-rated pilot.
Dr. Patrick L. Morgan received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. He then attended medical school at the University of Alabama College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Dr. Morgan is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, the Blount County Medical Association, and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Morgan is affiliated with Blount Memorial Hospital, where he is the current Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Dr. Morgan has been with Women’s Care Group for more than 22 years. He performs surgeries with the minimally invasive robotic da Vinci Surgical System. He has also seen how new technology has benefited the obstetrics side as well, improving the odds of finding high-risk babies and seeing ultrasounds change from looking “like snow on your TV” to crystal clear images.
Dr. Morgan is married and has six children. He enjoys photography and photo editing, examples of which are on display at the Women’s Care Group in Maryville. Dr. Morgan also likes to read science fiction and was the winner at a writing conference of the best opening chapter to a book.
Dr. Julie Turner completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She attended medical school and completed her residency in both obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Turner has served as both the Vice Chief and Chief of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee.
Dr. Turner has worked with Women’s Care Group since 2005, but joining the field of obstetrics and gynecology was not her first choice when she started medical school. “When I began actually doing the rotations, I found that I loved the variety of ob/gyn. I loved the birth, I loved getting to know your patients, and I loved really getting to focus on one specialty.” Dr. Turner extends that same passion for her specialty to the care and attention she gives each of her patients. She values the importance of sitting down and talking with each patient. “Caring for my patients means I know their individual needs and concerns, and that I address what can be fixed based on best practices, based on what research has shown is most helpful.” Dr. Turner believes her role as a physician is to act, in part, as a guide and a resource, enabling patients to find happier, healthier lives regardless of their age or stage in life.
Dr. Turner is married and has four children. “Work is pretty quiet in comparison to home,” she laughs. “But they’re really good kids. For the most part, I feel like I’m very similar to a lot of my patients. I have the same struggle with motherhood, career, life…. Family is one of the most important things we have. And that’s it — to not lose yourself in all that, to do something for yourself and not just for everyone else.”
Dr. Annie Tensen-Johnson joined Women’s Care Group in 2016. Dr. Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern College of Iowa. She completed her doctorate of osteopathic medicine (DO) at Des Moines University and then went on to spend four years in Pittsburgh, PA, where she completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital. During her residency training she was awarded the American Association of Gynecologist Laparoscopists excellence in minimally invasive gynecology award.
She is a member of several medical organizations including the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Johnson chose obstetrics and gynecology because she wanted to care for women in all stages of their lives. She loves getting to know her patients and working with them to provide evidence based treatment. She has a passion for empowering and bringing women together.
Specific professional areas of interest include long-acting reversible contraception, abnormal pap smears and colposcopy, infertility, menopause and hormone replacement therapy, endometriosis, global health and prenatal care.
Dr. Johnson is married and has a dog named Maggie May. She loves spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband. She enjoys yoga and fitness, cooking new recipes and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Lewis-Beeler received both her B.S and M.S. degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee and is a certified Registered Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Melissa is also a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Melissa has been with Women’s Care Group for almost 10 years in Feb 2018. Her special interests include adolescent gynecology, contraception and family planning, high-risk obstetrics, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, nutrition, obesity, and weight loss.
She has three children and “loves, loves, loves” Disneyworld.
Dr. James Shirk has a particularly calming, steadying effect on his patients. His demeanor stays relaxed through most topics, except for when discussions turn to delivering babies. That’s his favorite part, and even then, his excitement is marked only by a slightly broader, brighter smile.
When most physicians chose to move around the globe, testing job markets, physician groups, and new towns or cities, Dr. Shirk’s medical training and career have stayed as consistent as the man himself.
His medical milestones are all in Upper East Tennessee. Dr. Shirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He then attended medical school at East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine in Johnson City. His residency in obstetrics and gynecology was at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, UT Medical Center.
In 1997 Dr. Shirk began his professional career with Women’s Care Group. Though he originally considered orthopedic surgery, Dr. Shirk would become convinced that obstetrics was for him after one rotation in the specialty. ”Delivering babies was a much better route to take. It’s a happy specialty,” Dr. Shirk states with obvious delight. Healthy pregnancies and deliveries are certainly an upside to the profession, but he doesn’t shy away from providing consistent, quality care that’s appropriate to each of his patient’s needs. “We do good care here. We have always provided good care, no matter how technology or the field may have changed in the past twenty or so years. We’ve always given good care – then and now.” Some things – and some people – can always be counted on.
Dr. Shirk is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and has been appointed as a clinical instructor and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Christina Burns-Shaw graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed osteopathic medical school at Des Moines University, Iowa, and her residency at Christina Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Medical Association, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Shaw has lived in Japan as well as several states in the U.S., including California, Texas, Florida and Maryland. Her father was in the military, but his family’s roots were here in East Tennessee, which is how she found her way back to Knoxville. Dr. Shaw’s exposure to the military not only offered varied life experiences, but it also provided insight into the field of osteopathic medicine. Her adaptability to change and her appreciation for diversity show in her practice at Women’s Care Group. As an osteopathic physician, she provides an approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients that is different from conventional techniques. For example, Dr. Shaw includes physical therapy and manipulation as part of her treatment plan for conditions ranging from breast cancer to menopause. “Physical therapy along with medical therapy means the care I give is all encompassing.”
Dr. Shaw enjoys boating on Norris Lake and spending time with her daughter and family, and she still enjoys traveling.
Dr. Jamie Perry completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She received her doctorate from East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, where she participated in the Rural Primary Care Track. RPC is a nationally ranked, four-year community-based program emphasizing training in rural culture, interdisciplinary teams and leadership development. The track was a perfect match for Dr. Perry, who continues to be dedicated to community involvement and service.
Dr. Perry completed her bachelor of science in psychology at East Tennessee State University and her associates degree in biblical studies at Johnson University. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Perry chose obstetrics and gynecology because of its continuity of care and the long-term relationships she can nurture with her patients. She takes seriously the role she plays in some of the most important events in a woman’s – and a family’s – life, and she understands the amount of trust her patients ask of her. To her it’s important that she knows the patient’s purpose for being there and that each patient’s specific goals and concerns are addressed.
Specific areas of interest for Dr. Perry include treating sexual dysfunction, basic infertility concerns, vaginal deliveries after cesarean (v-bac), pelvic floor surgery, global health concerns, and the role of medical simulations in teaching future physicians.
Dr. Perry is married and has one son as well as two goldendoodles. She enjoys cooking and outdoor activities, including Spartan races, which allow her to embrace challenges and rise to the occasion, assisting in her commitment to lifelong self-improvement at work and at play.
Dr. Richard Thigpen graduated with his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Thigpen’s internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology were completed at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, where he was Chief Administrative Resident and received the 2013 Medical Student Teaching Award. Dr. Thigpen is a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Thigpen’s clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, contraception, chronic pelvic pain and infertility. He is a member of UT Medical Center’s Lactation Council, where he works to develop plans and policies to support breastfeeding efforts of women in East Tennessee.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Thigpen met his wife in Knoxville while conducting undergraduate research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They have three children, and often care for foster children as well. He can be seen around town cheering his sons as they play baseball and football, or supporting his daughter at her dance recitals.
Women’s Care Group is proud to welcome Dr. Heather K. Moss to our Knoxville practice! Dr. Moss is already well respected and admired in our community. She has worked with Women’s Specialty Care and has served as assistant clinical professor with the University of Tennessee, where she received two Excellence in Teaching awards. Dr. Moss was also the owner and a staff physician at Women’s Physicians of Knoxville.
Dr. Moss completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. She then served as staff physician at U.S. Naval Hospitals in Okinawa, Japan, and Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Moss is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will see patients at our UT Medical Center office and at our new location at 9220 Dutchtown Road.
Women’s Care Group is proud to welcome Dr. Michael E. Bullen to our Knoxville practice! Dr. Bullen is already well established in our community, having worked as an OB/GYN in Knoxville since 1994. Dr. Bullen completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will begin seeing patients in December at our UT Medical Center and Dutchtown Road offices. Dr. Bullen has a special interest in managing chronic pelvic pain and interstitial cystitis as well as Overactive bladder, and offers Interstim procedure for urinary urgency and fecal incontinence.
Ramona Scott has been serving as a nurse practitioner with Women’s Care Group since 1988, providing a variety of services for women of all ages. After receiving her bachelor of science in nursing from Tennessee Technological University, Ramona worked as a registered nurse in a variety of hospital settings. She then received her masters of science in nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the specialty of women’s health. In 2013, Ramona completed her nursing education with a doctorate of nursing practice from Frontier Nursing University. She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation.
Areas of special interest include contraception and menopause. Ramona enjoys working with teenagers and young adults to help them navigate contraception and enjoys answering the many varied questions this population asks. “In many regards I serve as a life coach, responsible for educating my patients.”
Certified by the North American Menopause Society as a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner, Ramona works specifically with women transitioning and living in menopause. Each patient is individually evaluated regarding their needs for hormone therapy and management.
Teaching is a special interest and Ramona serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Tennessee and also teaches clinical skills to nurse practitioner students from several universities. On a personal note, she is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
After family nurse practitioner Susan Houchins received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, she worked with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. When she returned to Tennessee, she was employed as a public health nurse, received her master’s in nursing and became the first family nurse practitioner to open a primary health care clinic with the Knox County Health Department — where she credits hands-on learning regarding wellness checkups for infants, obstetric care and immunizations. For more than 37 years Susan has counseled patients on a wide range of topics and concerns, including birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, menopause and hormone replacement.
Susan enjoys golfing and gardening as well as time with her grandchildren and husband of more than 40 years.