Southeastern Spine & Neurosurgery
Southeastern Spine & Neurosurgery

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Dr. Jay JolleyDr. Jay Jolley returned to his hometown of Chattanooga in 2004 to provide specialty care in adolescent scoliosis, artificial disc replacement and cervical spine surgery.

A Baylor School graduate, Jay Jolley earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. Jay Jolley served his Internship and Residence at the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga and then relocated to Salt Lake City to complete his Spine Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery at the University of Utah.

In 2012, Dr. Jay Jolley opened Southeastern Spine, now located at 281 N Lyerly Street, Chattanooga, TN (Get Directions).

In December 2014, a second location of Southeaster Spine was added at 9309 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN

Jay Jolley is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds associations with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Jason Eck grew up in Topeka, Kansas, but always had family ties to Tennessee. In 2013 these ties brought his career as an Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon to Chattanooga where he now resides with his family.

Dr. Eck completed medical school at The University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri, followed by an internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, where he was named resident of the year. Following his residency, he performed his spine surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At the completion of his fellowship, Dr. Eck served as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts for over four years.

Dr. Eck is committed to alleviating pain and restoring function in those with spinal disorders and sees patients at both of Southeastern Spine’s locations: 281 N Lyerly Street, Chattanooga, TN and at 9309 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN on the third Wednesday of every month.

Dr. Eck is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and has received numerous research awards from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Cervical Spine Research Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He has sub-specialty training in spine surgery and has authored more than 90 articles and 4 books. He has presented extensively at regional, national and international conferences.

A native of the Tri-Cities, David Wiles, MD, received his bachelor of science from Auburn University, Al., and his doctorate of medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. Following, Dr. Wiles completed his general surgery internship and a neurosurgery residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Board certified in neurosurgery, Dr. Wiles has trained under internationally-known spine surgeons, including Kevin Foley, MD, Maurice Smith, MD, and Peter Klara MD. Following his training, Dr. Wiles returned to the Tri-Cities where he established the East Tennessee Brain and Spine Center. This brought leading-edge neurosurgical care to those he knew and loved. Dr. Wiles has also been actively involved in the development of numerous spinal surgical techniques and devices.

Trained and experienced in Mazor Robotics, Dr. Wiles was the Director of the Neuroscience Department for a system that included 20 hospitals. Most notably, he has participated in several investigational studies with the Food & Drug Administration. Such experience has allowed him the honor of speaking at international meetings and serving on the Evaluation Committee for ARGOS, the European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosynthesis.

Today, he is privileged to serve as a faculty member at teaching conferences held across the United States for the purpose of training spine surgeons and orthopedic and neurosurgical residents. A member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurosurgeons, the Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the North American Spine Society, the International Society for Advancement of Spinal Surgery, the Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care andthe International Meetings for Advanced Spinal Technologies.

Dr. Wiles is also a member of the Critical Care Committee at the Johnson City Medical Center. Practicing since 1997, Dr. Wiles and his wife now make their home in Chattanooga.

Rebecca Payne, Nurse Practitioner to Dr. Jay Jolley, grew up in the Chattanooga area. She graduated from the nursing program at Dalton State College in 2002 and worked for six years at Memorial Hospital.

Rebecca attained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 2008 with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Rebecca joined Southeastern Spine in 2014 after working for five years in a related specialty.

Rebecca is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Division of Health Related Boards.

Jessica Scott, Physician Assistant to Dr. Jay Jolley, grew up in Cleveland, TN. After relocating to Chattanooga, she graduated from Chattanooga Central High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Professional Biology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2005. Jessica then pursued Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest UniversitySchool of Medicine where she graduated with honors and a Masters of Medical Science Degree in 2010.

Prior to joining Southeastern Spine, Jessica began her career in 2010 in Emergency Medicine at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Cleveland, TN. In 2011, she joined Dr. Jay Jolley’s team in spine surgery.

Jessica is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, watersports, and travel. Jessica is also an avid sports fan and especially enjoys watching her Tennessee Volunteers on Saturdays.

Nathan Woody, Nurse Practitioner to Dr. Jay Jolley, grew up in Cleveland, TN. He graduated from Bradley Central High School and moved to Chattanooga in 1999. He received his nursing degree from Chattanooga State Community College in 2007, and then worked for seven years in the CCU at Memorial Hospital.

Nathan received his Masters of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2014, from Southern Adventist University. His experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes nephrology, internal medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.

Nathan and his wife Christen have a 3-year old son, Keaton, and a baby girl on the way. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, working on construction projects or doing just about anything outside.

Nathan is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Division of Health Related Boards.