Meet Our Staff


Each member of our staff is committed to providing our patients with the most compassionate care possible, while making them feel at home in the process.


Dr. John Hettiarachchi FACS


After spending his childhood in London and Sri Lanka, Dr. Hettiarachchi moved to NYC to attend the City University of New York where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Magna Cum Laude). After working in the Biochemical industry for two years, he attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island, NY from 1993 to 1997. He went on to complete a six year Urology residency at New York College of Medicine in Westchester, NY in 2003. One of his highlights during training was a scholarship to perform surgeries and enhance his education in Cameroon, Africa. He is Board Certified in Urology with subspeciality certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery. He continues to be proud of being elected into the the American College of Surgeons.

He is the only urologist in the area with double board certification. Every year, Dr. Hettiarachchi attends several key urology conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments and research in the world of urology. These include the annual American Urological Association conference, Society for Urodynamics and Female urology and the World Endourology conference. These meetings are attended by leaders in the field and gather minds from all over the world.

Brandy Ritch

Brandy H. Ritch

Hello, my name is Brandy Ritch, MA. I graduated from Wilkes Community College with an Associate in Applied Science-Medical Assisting in 2006. I was a member of the WCC Medical Assisting club and served as club Historian. I was also awarded the Medical Assistant of The Year in 2005-2006. Following my internship in 2006, I joined the staff of Piedmont Urology.

I enjoy helping patients with all aspects of their care. I do some of the insurance billing and coding, assist Dr. Hettiarachchi with in-office procedures, and educate the patients on surgeries or procedures. I act as a liaison between the hospital and the office to coordinate surgeries and procedures. You can count on me to provide you with important information you may need concerning procedures or surgeries. I enjoy my work and meeting new people. I am interested in learning new things as the time goes by at Piedmont Urology.

I reside in Boomer with my fiancé Scottie, my daughter McKinzey and son Sollie.

I look forward to helping you!

Tiffany Blackburn

Tiffany Blackburn

Hello, my name is Tiffany Blackburn. I graduated from Wilkes Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science- Medical Assisting in May 2009. I joined the practice here at Piedmont Urology in October 2009.

I am a compassionate and dedicated professional who works well with both the staff and patient’s here at Piedmont Urology. At your arrival, you will typically be greeted by me. I will manage your health information with discretion and professionalism in a friendly manner. I help Dr. Hettiarachchi with in-office procedures and labs. I also may help Sandy take vitals and obtain your medical information.

I like working here at Piedmont Urology and am devoted in learning new aspects in the field of the urology profession. I reside in North Wilkesboro, NC with my dog BoBo. I look forward to greeting you!

Cypress Brown

Cypress Brown

Hi, I’m Cypress Brown, MA. I graduated from Wilkes Community College with an Associate in Applied Science-Medical Assisting in 2010. While attending WCC I was a member of the Medical Assisting Club. In April of 2011, I joined the staff at Piedmont Urology.

I consider myself to be a sociable, caring professional at Piedmont Urology. My profession usually consists of Insurance coverage, estimates, and authorization; along with assisting patients at the front desk. Occasionally, I assist Brandy with billing & Sandy with labs. There is always something new and interesting to learn at Piedmont Urology and I am always intrigued to learn and embrace new experiences.  

Presently, I reside in Wilkesboro, NC with my husband, Talon and two children, Zariya & Talon Jr. I look forward to assisting you!