Meet Our Clinical and Administrative Professionals
In addition to Drs. Ng, Sharp and Bermudez, Rex Surgical Specialists offers an entire team of clinical and administrative professionals to help you through your weight loss journey. Meet the rest of our bariatric surgery care team.
Tricia Burns, PA-C
Tricia Burns, P.A.-C. received her undergraduate degree from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY before completing the Physician Assistant Graduate Program with a surgical focus at Cornell University Weill Medical College in New York. Ms. Burns is an experienced physician assistant with experience in bariatric surgery, plastic surgery and neurosurgery.
Erica Mckearney, PA-C
Erica McKearney, an Oregon native, earned her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She earned a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Methodist University in 2011. She worked as a Physician Assistant in urgent care and family practice for five years before joining Rex Bariatric Specialists in 2016. She enjoys reading, hiking, walking her dog, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jillian Vari, PA-C, RD, CNSC
Jillian Vari, PA-C, RD, CNSC received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She earned her masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from James Madison University. She worked as a Registered Dietitian in bariatric surgery, general medicine, and inpatient surgery for 5 years prior to returning to PA school. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and being outdoors.
Clinton S. Bolton III, Ph.D., LPC, LPC-S, NCC
Clinton S. Bolton III, Ph.D., LPC, LPC-S, NCC received his Bachelor’s at The University of Florida before completing his Master’s Degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then pursued his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. He has provided mental health services to bariatric patients since 2007 and has been active with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in training other mental health professionals on best practices in behavioral health with bariatric patients. Dr. Bolton has a passion for empowering patients and working with them throughout the weight loss journey.
Krista Herrell, R.N., B.S.N.
Krista Herrell, R.N., B.S.N. works with patients from their initial consultation, through surgery and beyond to make sure that patients have the resources and support needed for successful weight loss.
Hannah Garehan, MS, RD, LDN
Hannah Garehan received her master’s degree in Nutrition from North Carolina Central University. She is passionate about making nutrition easy to understand and helping patients realize their full potential. She is originally from Louisiana and enjoys spending her free time with Pickles (her cat).
Mary Gray Hutchison, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Mary Gray Hutchison, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. is a graduate of NC State University with an advanced degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been providing nutrition therapy and education in the Raleigh area since 2008. She has been working with weight loss surgery patients for most of her career. She has a passion for facilitating group classes, grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations.
Caroline Pope, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Caroline Pope, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. received her Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College in 2014. Helping this population achieve life changing success has been her dream since receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Raleigh native, she has a long background in fitness coaching and enjoys encouraging behavioral change and mindfulness in nutrition therapy.
Margaret Roberts, MS, RD, LDN
Margaret Roberts received her master of science in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She has provided nutrition counseling within a variety of environments, including a weight loss surgery practice, cardiac rehabilitation, and a dialysis clinic. She enjoys seeing the positive ways that nutrition can impact a person’s life. She moved to Raleigh with her husband, cat, and English bulldog to escape the cold Pittsburgh winters.