Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide empathetic care for the early diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast disease. We consider the emotional and physical needs of both our patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay.


Our Philosophy

It has been an honor for us to participate in the care of all our patients. We have been truly blessed by each and every patient. We actively partner with our patients to provide the highest quality care, with the best patient outcomes in a compassionate fashion.



History

The Tennessee Breast Center opened in March 1991. We remain at the forefront of breast health care and the following are some of the achievements accomplished by our physician team:

First breast center in East Tennessee to have a woman surgeon (1991)
First multidisciplinary breast center in East Tennessee (1991)
First accredited breast center in Blount County (1992)
Standardization of pathologic reporting (1991)
Database for following breast cancer patients (1991)
Standardization of prognostic indicators (1991 and ongoing)
Involvement in the 1st chemoprevention trial as one of six sites in Tennessee (1992)
Consensus on the treatment of Ductal Carcinoma in-situ (1993)
Criteria for selection for breast conserving surgery (1991 and ongoing)
Downstaging tumors for attempt at breast conservation (1993)
Early adoption of Sentinel Node Biopsies (1997)


What can Tennessee Breast Center offer you, the patient?

  • Thorough breast evaluation of each and every year including personalized instruction in breast self examination as part of your prevention program
  • Annually updated low-fat, high fiber diet to assist you in maintaining a more healthy lifestyle
  • Obtaining breast history; identifying patients at increased risk for developing breast cancer and discussing chemoprevention with those patients at high risk
  • Physician examination of every patient presenting with a breast problem in addition to those identified with a problem on screening mammography
  • Double reading of the films increasing tumor detection rates by 10-15%
  • Once referred to the breast center for evaluation, we make every attempt to gain compliance with annual mammography by our computerized recall system
  • Provide state of the art care in an empathetic fashion for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Seamless movement of patients through screening, diagnosis and treatment for benign breast problems or breast cancer
  • Provide continued follow-up of breast cancer patients to detect regional or systemic recurrence

Convenience

  • Located on main roadway
  • Free parking and easy access to building, including handicap accessibility
  • Warm and friendly environment with helpful staff
  • Most breast procedures can be performed in the comfort of our office: e.g. ultrasound, cyst aspirations, needle biopsies, etc.
  • We accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare
  • Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Our Physician Team

 

Melissa Trekell, M.D., FACS, M.B.A.
Medical Director

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Current Position:
General and Breast Surgeon
Blount Memorial Hospital

Undergraduate Degree:
Sterling College

Medical School:
University of Kansas
School of Medicine

Residency:
University of Kansas
School of Medicine/Wichita

Post Graduate Degree:
Masters of Business Administration
University of Tennessee

Board Certification:
General Surgery




 

David Gilliam, M.D.
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Current Position:
Director of Laboratories
Pathologist
Blount Memorial Hospital

Undergraduate Degree:
Louisiana State University

Medical School:
Vanderbilt University

Residency:
University of North Carolina

Fellowship:
Surgical and Breast Pathology
Vanderbilt University

Board Certification:
Anatomic, Clinical and Cytopathology




 

Dean Kleto, M.D.
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Current Position:
Plastic Surgeon
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Parkwest Hospital
Blount Memorial Hospital

Undergraduate Degree:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Medical School:
University of Tennessee

Residency:
General Surgery
Erlanger Hospital
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fellowship:
Plastic Surgery
Duke University

Fellowship:
Hand Surgery
University of Louisville

Board Certification:
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery




 

Tom Kubota, M.D.
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Current Position:
Medical Oncologist
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Blount Memorial Hospital

Undergraduate Degree:
University of Chicago

Medical School:
Vanderbilt University

Medical Residency:
Vanderbilt University

Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology




 

Albert Petty, M.D.
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Current Position:
Director of Radiation Oncology
Blount Memorial Hospital

Undergraduate Degree:
University of South Florida

Medical School:
University of South Florida

Residency:
Radiation Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Board Certification:
Radiation Oncology



Our Staff

Front Row (L to R): Erlene Stubbs, M.A.; Terry Bradley, CPC, Business Administrator; Sherry Hicks, Patient Relations Coordinator; Kathy Trombley, R.N.

Back Row (L to R): Betty Baker, R.T.(R)(M); Judy Talley, L.P.N.; Janice Caughorn, Billing Specialist; Donna Hicks, Patient Relations Coordinator; Angela Cunningham, L.P.N.; Deloris Davis, Billing Specialist.


Medical Links

American Cancer Society

Breast Reconstruction

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Treatment Decision Guide

Lymphedema Network

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information

Nonprofit Breast Cancer Information

Women's Information Network Against Breast Cancer


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