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Tom joined UT Medical Center’s team as a speech pathologist in January 2016. While pursuing his master’s degree in vocal performance, he took a seminar on training singers recovering from injuries. “I knew quickly that was the route I wanted to take my career,” he shared. “Because speech pathology allows me to take my understanding of the voice and apply those skills in a therapeutic setting.”
The ability to speak is often taken for granted, and Tom said when a medical condition or trauma takes that away, patients can feel devastated. “I realize when I work with a patient, I am a piece of a much larger puzzle.”
We wish a happy Better Hearing and Speech month to Tom and all of our wonderful speech pathologists!
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Did you know May is Better Hearing and Speech Month?
Jennifer, a speech pathologist of four years, always hoped for a profession that allowed her to use compassion and innovation to help others. “I love to witness the first time a patient is able to communicate with his or her loved ones,” she said.
Speech pathologists at UT Medical Center embrace a collaborative approach to patient care and problem-solving. They work with patients of every age and background to support them with all aspects of communication.
Please join us in thanking our outstanding speech pathologists this month!
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In honor of Trauma Survivors Day, we recognize an individual who is using his personal trauma experience to help others.
In 2012, Sgt. Lowell Russell was injured in a near-fatal accident after being hit by a semi on I-40 during a traffic stop. He was transported to UT Medical Center, where he was on life support for 14 days.
UT Medical Center began the Trauma Survivor Network in 2016 to connect trauma patients and their families to other trauma survivors for support. Sgt. Russell was one of the program’s first mentors. “When patients realize someone else has gone through something similar, that’s comforting for us both,” he said.
Call 865-305-9970 to learn more about our Trauma Survivor Network.
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Chuck had been managing his Parkinson’s with medication for 16 years. After a fall in 2016 that fractured his sternum and four ribs, Chuck’s physical therapist at NHC Farragut recommended UT Medical Center’s LSVT BIG program.
The BIG program is primarily for Parkinson's patients. Intensive therapy sessions are administered by occupational and physical therapists.
When he began the program, Chuck struggled with speech, gait speed and balance. He also had difficulty buttoning his shirts and collars.
“My goal was to walk safely and with confidence – of which I had very little,” Chuck shared.
After completing the BIG program, Chuck now leads a completely independent life. He returned to work and is able to fasten all of his buttons.
Chuck’s active lifestyle includes driving, attending ball games, yoga and boxing for Parkinson’s. Best of all, he has not had any more falls.
“Parkinson’s is very personal and unpredictable for each patient,” Chuck stated. “And UT Medical Center provides excellent customized therapy.”
Call 865-305-6630 to learn more about LSVT BIG.
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As Nurses Week continues, we celebrate a nurse who found his calling after serving his country.
Stephen is a staff nurse of two years in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). Prior to becoming a nurse, he spent five years on active duty in the Marine Corps. While deployed in Iraq, several of his friends were injured. Once he returned to the U.S., he was able to visit them in the hospital.
“I noticed the constant dedication and watchfulness of the nurses and started thinking about the next step for my life,” he shared. “And my mother, a nurse of over 30 years, said I would make a great nurse.” Stephen began taking courses at Carson-Newman University and graduated in 2015. He then join UT Medical Center’s team.
“I love working in CVICU because I enjoy critical thinking and reacting to time-sensitive issues,” he said. “And like the military, teamwork is critical to mission success – or patient outcomes. My unit excels at teamwork.”
To achieve balance in his life, Stephen enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and dog. He also maintains a healthy diet and structured sleep pattern.
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As Occupational Therapy month wraps up, we honor Jennifer for more than 10 years of service as an OT.
OTs work with patients of all ages in numerous settings, such as hospitals, nursing facilities, schools and private clinics.
“My most recent area of focus has been on the development of the Joint Replacement Center for the continued improvement of orthopaedics,” she shares.

Jennifer’s favorite part of her job is watching patients succeed. “Seeing someone smile after accomplishing an activity or task they couldn't do before is priceless,” she says.
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April is Occupational Therapy month! Allison has worked as an occupational therapist at UT Medical center for two years.
She says she chose occupational therapy because it empowers patients to return to daily life activities that are often taken for granted, such as getting out of bed or cooking a meal.
“OTs find creative ways to problem solve and strategize on how to make patients safer and more independent,” Allison shares. “And each day is different with its own challenges and successes.”
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For those living with chronic kidney disease, a living donation can make a life-changing impact. Check out Brittany and Jeremy’s touching story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twt9diiDXrE
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From prevention and early detection to treatment and everything in between, the Cancer Institute is here for you. In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you to educate yourself on the risks and prevention methods: http://bit.ly/2kSVEwv
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What’s the DASH diet? Linda Quimby, Registered Dietitian, talks about a dietary approach that helps reduce high blood pressure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cYqbsnq-3A
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