Our Team

Robert M. Gathings, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Dr. Gathings is a board-certified Dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, along with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Gathings received his B.S. from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Gathings continued his education at the University of Mississippi where he received his Medical Degree. Dr. Gathings completed his internship year at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham, Alabama, and his Dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

After completing residency, Dr. Gathings participated in a Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship. During this fellowship, Dr. Gathings received advanced training in the management of skin cancer with the Mohs micrographic surgery technique and facial reconstruction. Dr. Gathings treats Mohs surgical patients at our Knoxville Dermatology Group office in West Knoxville and our Dermatology Associates’ office at UT Medical Center.

When he is away from the office, Dr. Gathings enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, sports, and being outdoors.

Connie Hayes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DCNP

Connie Hayes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DCNP is both a Family Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1995, and a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) with advanced clinical training to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and perform procedures for skin, hair, and nail conditions in patients of all ages. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Indiana University School of Nursing, magnum cum laude;  Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Texas; and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing.

Connie is dedicated to her patients in providing individualized and comprehensive care to all. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. During her time off, she likes to swim, bike, read, and participate in local organizations.

Whitney E. Colella, MPAS, PA-C

Whitney Colella, MPAS, PA-C, started her career as a PA in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Baylor University and received her PA degree from MCPHS University. She has experience with general and surgical dermatology. Whitney enjoys treating all skin conditions and performing surgery. Whitney is a Diplomate Fellow with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of PAs. Whitney is also a member of the American Academy of PAs.

During her time off, Whitney enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and traveling.

Jess Stockton, MPAS, PA-C

Jess Stockton, a former teacher, began his second career as a Physician Assistant in 2021 working in Mohs surgery and reconstruction. As a Knoxville native, he earned his undergraduate degree and Masters of Education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Afterward, he attended South College for his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.

Jess is passionate about providing patients with excellent cosmetic and therapeutic outcomes following Mohs surgery.