PHYSICIANS

Meet Our Physicians

At Villa Rica Ear, Nose & Throat, each of our professional staff members possesses many years of in-depth training and experience to help patients suffering from hearing loss, sinus and allergy conditions, and problems with the throat, tonsils, and adenoid. Same-day and walk-in appointments may be available for in-office procedures.

Count on us for the latest techniques when it comes to Balloon Sinuplasty, CoolSculpting, and other treatments.

Call us today at 770-459-0408 for more information. We work with most insurance plans. Parking at our facility is FREE.
Eric Charles Andrist, M.D.

Eric Charles Andrist, M.D.

Education
2001 – 2005
  • University of Louisville
  • Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Resident
2000 – 2001
  • University of Louisville
  • Department of Surgery
  • Surgical Internship
1996 – 2000
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • M.D.
1992 – 1996
  • University of Georgia
  • B.S., Chemistry with minor in Biology, magna cum laude
Research
Summer 1997
  • Summer Research Fellow
  • Samuel B. Lehrer, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine. Conducted cross-reactivity testing among inhaled and ingested, phylogenetically related allergens
1994 – 1995
  • Research Assistant
  • Jonathan Amster, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Used High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography, Electrospray Mass Spectrometry, and Capillary Zone Electrophoresis for separation and characterization of various digested proteins and peptides.
Publications
  • E. Andrist, G. Wesley, A. Nissen, J. Bumpous. “An Otolaryngology Standardized Patient.” Presented as an Oral Presentation at COSM, National Meeting of Triological Society, April 2004
  • E. Andrist, J. Goldman, D. Van Himbergen, J. Bumpous. “Complications of Tonsillectomy as a Function of Body Mass Index (BMI).” Presented as Poster at the Southern Section of the Triological Society, January 2003
  • J. Smullen, E. Andrist, G. Gianoli. “Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence: A New Cause of Vertigo.” Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, Volume 151, Number 8, Page 397-400
  • E. Andrist, S. Lehrer, G. Reese, T. Carle, C. Lerover, L. Parfetti, A. Cartier. “Arthropod Allergens: Crossreactivity Between Lepidoptera (Ephestia kuehniella) and Shrimp (Penaeus aztecus).” (Abstract). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 1998, Volume 101, Number 1, Page S91
  • E. Andrist, S. Lehrer, G. Reese, T. Carle, A. Cartier. “Cross-reactivity of Arthropod Allergens.” (Abstract). Journal of Investigative Medicine, January 1998, Volume 46, Number 1, Page 49A
Honors and Awards
  • 2005 Honorable Kentucky Colonel – Given by the Governor of the state of Kentucky for service to the state of Kentucky
  • 2005 Cohen Award – from Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Louisville for compassionate patient care and service
  • 2002 Resident Research Award – from Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Louisville 
  • 1997 Summer Fellowship Grant – American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology 
  • 1996 Phi Beta Kappa 
  • 1995 – 1996 Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1995 – 1996 Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society 
  • 1992 – 1996 Alumni Scholarship. University of Georgia. Half tuition merit scholarship
Extracurricular
2000 – Present 
  • Professional Memberships. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy 
1996 – 1997 
  • Brantley Center. Administered and evaluated tuberculin skin tests at a homeless shelter
1995 
  • Athens Regional Medical Center, Physicians Imaging Center. Volunteer. Mainly clerical work, including ordering lab tests and filing films. Some patient contact involved with giving dyes, etc. for various exploratory procedures
John Henry Burson, III, M.D.

John Henry Burson, III, M.D.

Personal Information
  • Birthdate: 30 July 1934
  • Birthplace: Carrollton, GA
  • Marital Status: Married, 4 children
Education
1956
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Cooperative Program
  • Georgia Tech
  • Atlanta, GA
1963
  • Master of Science – Metallurgy
  • Georgia Tech
  • Atlanta, GA
1965
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Georgia Tech
  • Atlanta, GA
1975
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Emory University
  • Atlanta, GA
Post Graduate Medical
1975 – 1976
  • Intern – Surgery
  • Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
1976 – 1979
  • Resident – Otolaryngology
  • Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
Professional Societies
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • New York Academy of Sciences
Honors and Awards
  • Sigma Xi Research and Excellence in Academics
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Who's Who in South and Southeast
  • American Men of Science
  • President of Emory University Medical School Class – Junior and Senior Years
Licensure and Certifications
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Fellow, American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 1976
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1983
  • Licensed Professional Engineer – Georgia, California, Pennsylvania
Consultant
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Military
  • Lt. Colonel, USAR, Retired
  • Graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Appointments
  • Tanner Medical Center, Carrollton, GA, Active Staff
  • Tanner Medical Center, Villa Rica, GA, Active Staff
  • Higgins General Hospital, Bremen, GA, Consulting Staff
Major Medical Assignments
  • Chief of Staff, Tanner Medical Center
  • Chairman, Bylaws Committee, Tanner Medical Center
  • Executive Committee, Tanner Medical Center
  • Credentials Committee, Tanner Medical Center
  • Pediatrics Committee, Tanner Medical Center
  • Chairman, Surgery Department, Tanner Medical Center
  • Computer Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Washington
  • Committee of National and International Standards, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Washington, DC
Representative 
  • American National Standard Institute
  • International Standards Organization
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Georgia Medical Care Foundation – Physicians Review Organization
  • “KEY-DOC” Legislative Affairs Coordinator for American Academy of Otolaryngology
Director / Trustee
  • Tanner Medical System – Chairman, Board of Directors
  • McIntosh Commercial Bank – Chairman of Board; Founding Director
  • Tanner Health Services – Chairman
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church – Trustee
  • SunTrust Company Bank of Northwest GA
  • Alexander Tharpe – Georgia Tech Athletic Association
  • West Georgia College Board of Trustees – Vice Chairman
  • Georgia Tech Board of Trustees
  • Truitt-McConnell Board of Trustees
  • West Central Technical School Trustee
  • Carrollton City Schools Educational Foundation – Chairman
  • School of Chemical Engineering – Georgia Tech – External Advisory Board
  • Emory University Medical School – Dean's Advisory Committee
Major Publications
  • Over 40 major reports and publications in open literature on subjects in Medicine and Engineering
  • Frequent lectures and seminars on Otolaryngology Topics to Physician Peer Groups, Nurses, Community Groups, and Civic Groups
Shandi L. Pike, Au.D.

Shandi L. Pike, Au.D.

Dr. Shandi L. Pike received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Doctor of Audiology degree from Auburn University. Dr. Pike completed her residency training with Hearing Doctors of Georgia in 2009 and practiced in Auburn, AL, specializing in cochlear implants, pediatrics, and hearing aid technology. 

She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA) as Secretary, President, and as a convention liaison and Board Member for this professional organization since 2006. Dr. Pike has also served as a member of multiple ABA Task Forces. 

Dr. Pike’s special interests include hearing aid technology and pediatrics.
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