Southeastern Spine
Southeastern Spine

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Dr. Jay Jolley

Dr. Jay Jolley returned to his hometown of Chattanooga in 2004 to provide specialty care in adolescent scoliosis, artificial disc replacement and cervical spine surgery.

A Baylor School graduate, Jay Jolley earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. Jay Jolley served his Internship and Residence at the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga and then relocated to Salt Lake City to complete his Spine Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery at the University of Utah.

In 2012, Dr. Jay Jolley opened Southeastern Spine, now located at 281 N Lyerly Street, Chattanooga, TN (Get Directions).

In December 2014, a second location of Southeaster Spine was added at 9309 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN

Jay Jolley is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds associations with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the North American Spine Society.


Dr. James “Jim” Ulibarri grew up on a ranch south of Douglas Wyoming.  Dr. Ulibarri obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming, then completed his medical degree and orthopedic surgery training at the University of Wisconsin, followed by his spine surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh.  After completion, he and his family spent several years in Knoxville, Tn. where Dr. Ulibarri worked as a spinal surgeon at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Hospital.

Dr. Ulibarri returned to his home state of Wyoming for a number of years, however East Tennessee had captured his heart.  He enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle including activities such as bicycling, paddle boarding, and polo just to name a few.  The evolution of Chattanooga as an active city over the years along with the mountain beauty drew him back to East Tennessee.  He recently reconnected with Dr. Jay Jolley whom he had originally met about 13 years ago. 

Dr. Ulibarri is excited to return to East Tennessee and join Southeastern Spine to practice with Dr. Jolley.  He is now in his second decade of practicing spinal surgery and has developed special interests in motion preservation and less invasive spinal procedures of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Dr. Ulibarri is board certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the North American Spine Society.


Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott, Physician Assistant to Dr. Jay Jolley, grew up in Cleveland, TN. She graduated from Chattanooga Central High school and attained a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Biology at UTC.

After relocating to Winston Salem, NC, she received a Masters of Medical Science and graduated with academic honors from Wake Forest’s Physician Assistant Program.

She began her career in the Emergency Department at Sky Ridge Medical Center and became a part of Dr. Jay Jolley’s team in 2011.

Jessica is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Health Related Boards.

She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.





Rebecca Payne, Nurse Practitioner to Dr. Jay Jolley, grew up in the Chattanooga area.  She graduated from the nursing program at Dalton State College in 2012 and worked for six years at Memorial Hospital.

Rebecca attained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 2008 with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Rebecca joined Southeastern Spine in 2014 after working for five years in a related specialty.

Rebecca is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Division of Health Related Boards.