Center Director: Constance Simms, RN, CBN
Connie is the director of Carolinas Weight Management. In addition to her duties as the center director, Connie also coordinates the bariatric surgery program. She was the first nurse in the region who is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN). Connie has extensive experience in nursing administration and has a background in ICU, GI nursing and endoscopy. Connie is an affiliate member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the North Carolina Medical Group Manager’s.
Office Manager: Ashley Hassey
Ashley is the office manager at Carolinas Weight Management. She manages the office staff and has many years of diverse managerial experience. Ashley serves on committees within Carolinas HealthCare System and coordinates health fairs and outreach for the center.
Support Services and Managed Care Coordinators: Lisa Green and Heather Howard
Lisa Green is the support services coordinator. She verifies insurance benefits and has extensive experience with claims and insurance submissions. Lisa coordinates the insurance verification and pre-certification process for all patients in the bariatric surgery program.
Heather is the managed health coordinator. She also assists with insurance benefit verification and scheduling new patients. Heather meets with all new surgical patients on their first visit to go over their specific insurance requirements and any other requirements or consults that the surgeon feels are necessary prior to surgery.
Front Office Staff:
Left to right: Jocelyn Boswell, Regan Huffman, Tasha Owens, Anita Blizzard, Melissa Holsey and Dawn Kindley.
Jocelyn works at the front desk at patient check out and assists patients with scheduling appointments. She is also the medical secretary for the medical providers and manages all outside patient referrals.
Regan and Dawn are patient access representatives and work at the front desk. They check in and register patients and assist patients with appointment scheduling. They are the first friendly faces that you see as you enter the practice!
Anita works at the front desk at patient check out and assists patients with scheduling appointments.
Tasha and Melissa are our live answer coordinators. They are the friendly, welcoming voices that most callers hear when they call the practice.