Foothills Weight Loss Specialists would like to welcome our new office manager, Wendy Crawford! Wendy is a Knoxville native who enjoys gardening, hiking, fishing, and being outdoors. She has been married to her husband for 26 years, and they have two daughters.

Not only is Wendy a Knoxville native, she’s a bariatric patient herself. After taking a hiking trip with friends to Cades Cove and struggling through the trek, she decided it was time to make a change. “I was out of breath and in a lot of pain,” Wendy says. “I was embarrassed and ready to give up. I knew I couldn’t continue like this. This was the day I decided I needed to do something about it.” Wendy had the procedure done in 2012 and never looked back.

Because Wendy has gone through the bariatric process, she is familiar to the unique challenges that bariatric surgery patients face throughout their journey. “The thing I’m most excited about in my new position is to share my journey with patients who are preparing to start their own.”

The key to success after bariatric surgery is the commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Wendy knows that there are struggles along the way, but when asked what advice she would give to a prospective bariatric patient, she says, “Just do it. The reward is so much greater than the struggles. I had to keep that in mind when faced with my own challenges because I knew that the end result would be worth the work.” …and it was!

After bariatric surgery, she did the hike at Cades Cove again and it was much easier and enjoyable this time around. “I wasn’t in pain and I was able to finish strong,” she tells us.

Start Your Journey

Thinking about bariatric surgery? Wendy and the staff at Foothills Weight Loss Specialists in Knoxville are ready to help you take on the journey. The process isn’t always an easy one, but with commitment and perseverance, you can have a success story of your own. Register for one of our free seminars today and learn if bariatric surgery could be for you!