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Recruitment Team

Tanner Health System’s experienced recruitment and credentialing teams have a proven track record for recruiting and credentialing physicians for key specialties and building strong relationships with Tanner’s medical staff and their families.

Physician recruitment team

Recruiting Phone: 1-866-940-0836
Email: physicianrecruiting@tanner.org


Shellie Brat

VP, Physician Recruitment and Development

Shellie BratAs director of Physician Recruitment and Development for Tanner Health System, Shellie Brat manages all facets of recruitment for key specialties, including sourcing, contracting, and the initial introduction of physicians to the community.

Brat works to build strong relationships with Tanner’s medical staff and their families, finding this to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her work.

Brat joined Tanner in 2005 after several years as a senior pharmaceutical sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline and a practice administrator for WellStar Physicians Group.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia.

Laura Barnett

Senior Physician & APP Recruiter

Laura BarnettLaura Barnett joined Physician Recruitment in 2018 after working as a talent acquisition specialist/nurse recruiter for Tanner since 2012.

A Carrollton native who was born at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Barnett also previously worked at Tanner from 1995-1999 as a ward secretary and nursing technician.

After deciding on a career change, she earned her bachelor’s in human resource management from the University of West Georgia and got her first job in recruiting for a local tier-one automotive supplier in 2003. Barnett also earned a master's in business administration from the University of West Georgia.

Even back then, Barnett knew she would make her way back to Tanner because she loves working in healthcare and being part of the Carrollton community, and her heart “bleeds Tanner green.”

Eric Johnston

Senior Physician & APP Recruiter

Eric JohnstonEric Johnston joined Physician Recruitment for Tanner Health System in 2004 and has recruited more than 200 physicians for the system to date.

Johnston previously worked as a search consultant with Ericksson Associates, as an account executive with Soliant Health, as a search consultant for Pinnacle Health Group and as a southern regional sales manager for PracticeMatch, a division of Caredata.com.

He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing education from the University of Georgia, where he was a presidential scholar recipient.


Medical Staff Services credentialing team

Medical Staff Services Phone: 770-812-8223
Email: medstaff@tanner.org
Fax: 770-838-8889
Director, Medical Staff Services - Leslie Gore, MBA
Credentialing Coordinator - Melissa Polk


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