Our Team

Dr. Ruth Shields

 Dr. Ruth Shields is a medical doctor who has practiced medicine in Alabama since 1980. She practiced as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist until 2011. Since that time, she has devoted her efforts to the study of obesity medicine. Dr. Shields is passionate about the promotion of health through weight loss and lifestyle change. She became board-certified as a bariatrician (bariatric specialist) through the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2012. She is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Physicians, The Obesity Society, and The Obesity Action Coalition. Dr. Shields is married to Bry Shields and has 5 adult children and 3 grandsons, 2 granddaughters. 

Kelly West Keyser, MS, RD, CDE

Kelly West Keyser is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.  Kelly has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science from Auburn University and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Kelly loves helping others prevent chronic disease through healthy eating and exercise.  She personally loves to cook and try new recipes, and enjoys running and doing triathlons.

Brandi Roberson, Exercise Physiologist

 Brandi Roberson is our Exercise Physiologist at Healthy Weight 4 Me.  Brandi has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University.  Brandi has a background in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  She played college volleyball and has always had a passion for fitness. She believes exercise is essential for overall mental and physical health.

Laura Freeze, CNA

CNA and Receptionist

Laura received her certification for Nursing Assistant at SAAD Healthcare. She has worked in healthcare for nearly 10 years. Laura is song leader at her church and enjoys singing and playing piano.

Liza Rittiner


Liza is currently a student at University of South Alabama pursing a degree in Elementary Education.  Liza has been on our team since 2016. Liza enjoys being on the water on the weekends with her family. 

Jennifer Balthaser

Billing Specialist, CPC

Jennifer graduated from Lake Technical Center with a degree in Business Administration and Fayetteville Technical College with Medical Billing and Coding Certification. She enjoys boating, camping, and Alabama football.