Employee Spotlight: Debbie Simerly, Operations Director

On March 1, 1982, Debbie Simerly joined GIA, and after 39 years with the company, she remains passionate about promoting the importance of colon screenings and gastrointestinal health. That commitment is fueled both by her love for her work and losing a younger family member to colon cancer.

“I love helping patients,” Debbie said. “The field and the technology have improved so much that we are now able to detect cancer earlier. If caught early, outcomes are so much better with the current treatment available. Our providers are phenomenal. Make the appointment!”

Now serving as GIA’s operations director, Debbie supervises the medical records and scheduling departments and oversees maintenance at all GIA locations. She loves challenges and describes herself as determined, compassionate and a problem solver.  

Realizing that free time is scarce, “I’m my husband’s apprentice for our beef cattle farm,” the couple makes time to share a love of camping because “I’d rather be in the mountains right now!” At home, Debbie can be found enjoying Lady Vols basketball, church activities (delayed due to COVID-19 and awaiting a return) and reading.