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Weight Management and Nutrition Center

At Fort Sanders Weight Management and Nutrition Center, our medically supervised approach to weight loss and personal health management promotes better health through sustainable, lifelong changes in diet, physical activity and overall health management. 

Thank you for learning more about our services and team!


Our Services:

  • Clinical weight loss team including a physician, nurse, dietitian and exercise physiologist
  • Nonsurgical weight loss options like FDA-approved medications and/or behavior modification
  • Therapeutic diet education for chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and heart disease
  • Nutrition counseling for weight management
  • Bariatric surgery nutrition and insurance consultations
  • Weekly meetings with our nurse practitioner
  • Monthly support groups and health education classes
  • Lab testing
  • Optional B12 and lipotropic injections

Our Programs:

  • Physician-ordered weight loss: for patients with a BMI of 27 or greater with comorbid conditions
  • Required weight loss for bariatric surgery patients: for patients with a BMI of 30 or greater who meet insurance requirements

For people seeking medical help with weight loss and nutrition, we offer an elective weight loss program that does not require a physician referral.

  • Elective weight loss (no referral required): 12-week weight loss program

For more information about our elective weight loss program or if you’re a physician needing to speak with us about a patient referral, call (865) 331-2290.


Contact Us:

2001 Laurel Avenue, Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37916
(865) 331-2290

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 8am-4pm
Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-4pm
Thursday: 8am-4pm
Friday: 8am-12pm

(We will be closed Mon-Thurs from 12PM-1PM for lunch.)


Our Staff

Patients are supervised by a clinical weight loss team of certified obesity and weight management experts, including includes a physician, nurse, dietitian and exercise physiologist. We’re among only a handful of such specialists in Tennessee and are excited to partner in your weight loss and personal health management journey.  

Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Medical Director

James P. Howell, D.O.

Supervising Physician

Misty Cotton, MSN, FNP-C

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Interests:

  • Nutrition
  • Obesity management

Education:

Master of Science in Nursing
Family Medicine,
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN

Associate of Science in Nursing,
Roane State Community College
Harriman, TN

Experience:

Throughout her nursing career of more than 20 years, Misty has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient setting, including cardiac telemetry, cardiac diagnostics, urgent care, and utilization management.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Obesity Medicine Association

Misty resides in Knoxville with her husband Jason. Between the two of them they have 5 children, one grandson, and an 8-year-old mini Australian Shepherd. She enjoys hiking, boating, playing tennis, and traveling. Misty has a passion for empowering individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyle and focuses on teaching patients about maintaining a balance for optimal health. 

Anny Carpenter

Office Manager