Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
Marketing/Public Relations Department, Marcus Johnson
AMERICUS — Kristin T. Collier, MD, a local general surgeon, was guest speaker at the Americus Kiwanis Club’s weekly meeting this past Tuesday. Among those in the crowd were her parents, Mr and Mrs. Carl Tott. Her father is a member of the club.
A native of Americus, Collier talked about her upbringing in Southwest Georgia and why she wanted to become a physician.
“I was a Physician’s Assistant for four years, and I decided to go back and get my medical degree to become a physician,” said Collier, who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta before completing her residency in general surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. “I always knew I wanted to come back home and practice, and it has been very nice to have so many people happy that I am here.”
Collier, who is a member of Phoebe Sumter Surgical Associates along with Dr. Doug Joyner, Dr. Jeremy Joyner and Dr. Sean Sheff, stated that their practice sees a lot of cases that most general surgeons in bigger cities do not.
“Our office has a number of dermatology cases such as cancer lesions, and gastroentolog- related ailments. We also perform a number of hernia repairs, carpal tunnel procedures and thyroid surgery,” said Collier. “In addition, we perform a large number of abdominal-related surgeries, including appendectomies and small intestine cases; just to name a few.”
Collier, who is the only female general surgeon in Southwest Georgia, said that many of her female patients ask her what they would do if she were in their situations in dealing with illnesses such as breast cancer.
“My passion is breast surgery, and I can empathize with my patients and they feel comfortable asking me certain questions since I am a female,” said Collier.
To make sure she didn’t leave the men out, Collier talked about colon cancer and the importance of screenings for men and women.
“Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., so regular screening beginning at age 50 is good for both men and women,” she said. “Colonoscopies have been shown to be very effective in preventing colon cancer or helping us catch it early, so I encourage anyone over the age of 50 to begin getting regular screenings.”
In closing, Collier stated that Phoebe Sumter Surgical Associates is here for the community and “there is no need to go anywhere else for the majority of the screenings and surgeries that people in Southwest Georgia need. We want you to stay here and let us take care of you.”
For more information about Phoebe Sumter Surgical Associates, please call (229) 931-7160 or go to www.phoebesumter.org.