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Nurse Anesthetist (NA) Staff

Joy Goins Lewis


Joy Goins Lewis is a native of the Cumberland Gap area having been born and raised in Middlesboro, Kentucky.    In the mid-1980’s Ms. Lewis left Middlesboro and moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky in 1991.  After graduation Ms. Lewis stayed in Lexington and practiced nursing at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. 

In 1999 Ms. Lewis moved to Knoxville Tennessee to continue her education at the University of Tennessee,  where in 2001,  she was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Anesthesia. After graduation Ms. Lewis lived and practiced in western Kentucky briefly before relocating back to Middlesboro in 2002.  Ms. Lewis has practiced at most of the hospitals in the surrounding area and continues work at various local facilities on an as needed basis.

Ms. Lewis joined the faculty of the Caylor School of Nursing in May in 2010 and served as interim assistant program director from Jan 2011 to August 2011.  Ms. Lewis is an instructor of nursing and clinical coordinator for the nurse anesthesia program.

When she is not at work Ms. Lewis and her family are busy remodeling the 55 year old house that they live in.  She is also the wedding planner and coordinator for her church and serves on the children’s ministry team.  She enjoys working in her garden, going to nearby Norris lake and any activity that involves her daughter. 

Tony Johnson

Assistant Director

Tony Johnson came to Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration.  His basic nursing education was obtained at the Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida where he received his ASN in 1993. He continued with his nursing education at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where he received his BSN in 1997.   He then obtained his MNA degree and CRNA certification at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in.  Dr. Johnson’s  DNAP was earned at Virginia Commonwealth University in  2010.

Johnson began his career in 1983 as a firefighter-paramedic in South Florida.  His 14 years in the fire service included time on the high rise rescue team and underwater recovery team; he also served on the city police swat rescue team.  After anesthesia school, he practiced anesthesia at The Mayo Clinic, followed by practice at Fort Sanders Medical Center (FSMC) in Knoxville for three years.  After leaving FSMC he embarked on a solo anesthesia career in a small rural TN hospital for the next six years until being recruited by LMU for his current position in the nurse anesthesia program.

Outside of work Dr. Johnson is a current volunteer fire fighter in his home town of Norris, TN.  He enjoys all time spent with his wife and two young boys as well as; camping, biking, kayaking, sky diving (he is a B licensed jumper with over 120 jumps to his credit), scuba diving, and hiking (particularly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park).