John Argerson, MD
Dr. John Argerson is a licensed MD in Tennessee and Virginia. Dr. Argerson graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He attended the Medical College of Virginia and graduated in May 1986. He completed his residency at Johnson City Family Medicine Program at ETSU, 1986-1989 and was Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1989. With more than 10 years of experience in hormone replacement therapy, he is currently in process of receiving his Board Certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine (ABAARM) from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (the A4M). The A4M is a US federally registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization comprised of over 26,000 members including: physicians, health practitioners, scientists, governmental officials, and members of the general public, representing over 110 nations.
The A4M is dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. The A4M is also dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breaking technologies, and anti-aging issues.
Jessie Vincent Pernell, APN
Jessie has years of experience in Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Beginning in 2008, as an RN, she administered to literally thousands of patient procedures in BHRT and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. So committed to this practice of medicine, in 2012 she left Bella Vita Medical Center and decided to return to school and acquire her advanced degree. Jessie has now earned a post-graduate Masters in Nursing and obtained her license as an Advanced Practice Nurse. After gaining Advanced Practice Nurse experience in general med-surge working with hypertension, diabetes and other chronic conditions, she returns to Bella Vita Medical Center as our Nurse Practitioner collaborating with Dr. John Argerson, MD. Together they make an exemplary team of skilled practitioners in the medical field of BHRT. We are grateful to have Jessie back with us at Bella Vita.
Charlie Cannata, RN, MDX
Educated at the University of Vermont, Charlie graduated in 1975 and passed the nursing boards for his RN (Registered Professional Nurse) in that same year. His career started at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in med-surg. He received advanced training in coronary care and respiratory disease and practiced in both the CCU and RCU. Charlie also had experience in the ICU environment.
In 1980 he received his certification as an EMT and practiced for over a decade in emergency medicine, utilizing both his RN and EMT. Living near one of the Great Lakes, Charlie obtained his NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) Rescue Diver Certification in 1982. He continued in emergency field medicine for nearly 15 years.
Charlie has held supervisory positions in nursing as Director of Nursing in extended care and supervising a staff of 100 consisting of RNs, LPNs, CMA’s and clerks for state government caring for over 2500 male, female and juvenile patients.
His entry into hormone replacement came after his own personal experience with hormone loss (you can read his story under the tab “Our Story”). Charlie has focused on the research and literature of hormones and bio natural hormone replacement therapy since 2008.
Charlie has said, “I have a deep passion for what we do at Bella Vita and know firsthand the positive changes that such treatment can make in a person’s life. It certainly did in my case.”
In addition, he says, “I am driven to carrying the message that hormone loss need not mean the loss of self. I nearly lost my marriage and my enthusiasm for life all together. Today, as I look back, I feel truly blessed that I was able to remedy my condition and now I want others who are experiencing the same pain from hormone loss to know there is an answer.”
In 2012 Charlie received his State of Tennessee license in Radiography for Bone Densitometry. He hopes to one day publish research data on hormone replacement and its impact on restoring bone mineral density.
Susan Cannata, LPN, MDX
After 20 years in business administration in the financial industry, Susan took an early retirement. While retiring young initially seemed like living the dream, she eventually became restless and wanted a new career – but in a field where she felt she could serve her community. She chose nursing and went back to school in 2009 at age 47 to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
After two years in skilled nursing, an opportunity to work in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy became available. Having already experienced firsthand the benefits of BHRT, Susan jumped at the chance and has never looked back.
“While working with patients in advanced stages of various diseases has its own rewards, as a nurse and a member of society, I wanted to do more. I fully believe BHRT is cutting edge medicine and is quickly becoming the next big thing in wellness care.”
“Although BHRT continues to be hotly debated by traditional medicine in the U.S., it is widely accepted in European countries as the preferred method of hormone replacement. There are numerous research papers and clinical studies showing the benefits of BHRT and considerably more to come. But a picture is still worth a thousand words and I see the results every day. I can think of no career more rewarding than this.”
Annette Edwards, Medical Assistant, MDX
Blood work is a necessary part of Hormone Replacement and we are so fortunate to have Annette as a part of our team. With years of experience behind her, she is able to calm even the most anxious of patients. She is known for her gentle technique and her warm, friendly demeanor. It is evident that patient care is her passion.
Annette is a multi-talented team member who will assist you in many ways throughout your Bella Vita experience. You’ll mostly appreciate her for keeping your wait time to an absolute minimum. When there is overflow of any kind, Customer service calls, B-12 shots, Blood work, Annette is quick to assist because we know how valuable your time is. Her specialty is ensuring all prescriptions are ordered and accurate.
It takes a focused and dedicated team to keep the process moving forward efficiently and seamlessly. Annette is integral to that process at Bella Vita.