Our Program

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons was created to promote health and wellness by providing our patients the opportunity to achieve an obesity-free life and empower them through education, motivation and the highest quality medical care in a compassionate and supportive environment.

Our program is a collaboration between Foothills Weight Loss Specialists and Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is accredited as Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Our program offers a multidisciplinary team approach that includes certified bariatric surgeons, patient advocates, bariatric and designated coordinators, a registered dietician, an exercise physiologist, a behavioral health psychiatrist and the patient.

Our Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons

Dr. Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Colquitt was born in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed four years of active duty in the Navy as a surgeon prior to returning to East Tennessee in 1994.

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Residency: Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.; Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Board Certified: General Surgery
 Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Member, The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Meet Our Team

Trista Prater, RN
Dr. Colquitt’s Nurse
Ashley Dalton
Patient Advocate for Dr. Colquitt
Lisa Bellah
Front Desk
Wendy Crawford
Office Manager

Jessica Harvey
Bariatric Coordinator

Wendy Heidel
Bariatric Nurse Practioner

Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery Team

Rachel Ignomirello, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, Clinical Dietitian

Melissa Litton, RN
Fort Sanders Bariatric Coordinator

Sean Hagstrom, ACSM-EP, ACE-WMS Exercise Physiologist Fort Sanders Health & Fitness