Integrative Healthcare & Supportive Services

The Integrative Healthcare program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute is designed to provide supportive and integrative therapies for cancer patients and their caregivers during all stages of cancer care from diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. The program supports our goal of healing the whole person–mind, body, and spirit. Integrative therapies and supportive services can be used along with traditional cancer treatments and can often enhance the effect of treatment by reducing mental and physical stress during the cancer journey. Meet our team!

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For more information, to speak with one of our staff members, or to schedule an appointment, please call 865.305.4710.  

Integrative Medicine Consultation

Clayton Bell, MD

Integrative medicine combines cutting-edge evidence-based modern medicine with the ancient wisdom of long-established healing traditions. Biopsychosocial and patient-centered approaches are utilized to deliver a holistic and wellness-oriented mind-body-spirit therapeutic encounter.  Dr. Bell sees patients at the Cancer Institute on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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In this WBIR video, Dr. Bell discusses the health and weight loss benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar.

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Dr. Bell's research entitled "Ancient Wisdom: Can Ayurvedic Pakruti Provide Invaluable Insights into Integrative Medicine?" was recently published in the Ayurveda Journal of Health. 

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Dr. Bell presented "Aging: A Family Affair" at an event held by the Knox County Community Action Committee's Office on Aging. The presentation discusses how to utilize healthy eating and lifestyle changes to help lower the risk of cancer. 

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Prized for centuries in Asian cultures, a modern understanding of this ancient discipline describes the insertion of needles at very precise points as stimulating to the nervous system thus promoting bio-chemical changes at the insertion site and throughout the body. This nervous system stimulation helps to regulate organ function, improve well–being and reduce pain.


60-minute individual session   $65 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
30-minute individual session   $45  
60-minute group session        $15  



Massage Therapy

A gentle, nurturing modality delivered by therapists specifically trained to work with those in all stages of the cancer journey. Designed to assist in the management of disease symptoms and treatment side effects, massage is delivered in a comfortable environment with specific consideration given to ports, radiation and surgical sites. Benefits often include a reduction in pain and discomfort, improved sleep and enhanced sense of well-being all leading to improved quality of life. more

15-minute session  $15  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
30-minute session  $30  
60-minute session  $60  



 Music Therapy

Research has proven that music has a positive effect on individuals under stress due to illness and other life issues. Musical performances are provided by the Cancer Institute and on the inpatient cancer floor in partnership with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and dedicated volunteers who share their musical talents.  Learn more


Pet Therapy

Human Animal Bond in Tennessee

 Animals are often a source of peace, comfort, and a much-needed distraction by those experiencing illness and other stressful conditions.  Learn more



Psychotherapy (talk therapy) can address symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related life problems (chronic pain, marital stress, etc.). Psychotherapy is highly effective in improving quality of life for individuals with cancer, and approaches are tailored to each individual’s unique goals and needs. Treatment approaches include but are not limited to : relaxation training (helping reduce nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and depression), visualization (using guided imagery to reduce stress and improve well being), and behavioral activation (increasing involvement in new and rewarding activities and behaviors). These approaches are effective in strengthening your coping resources and decreasing the stress associated with being diagnosed and living with cancer. For best results, patients attend weekly, 60-minute confidential, psychotherapy sessions. These interactions are not part of your oncology medical record.  The total duration of therapy is up to the individual seeking assistance.

60-minute individual session  $20 TUesday and Wednesday





 As one of the subtle energy disciplines, the goal of Reiki is to improve the flow of life energy through the client. It is delivered in the same comfortable environment as massage therapy, though the client remains fully clothed. Reiki is an incredibly safe and gentle technique that is known for assisting in relaxation and relieving pain through focused, gentle touch.  *10-minute sessions available in combination with any massage therapy service for an additional $10


20-minute session  $20

10-minute session  $10

Tuesday - Friday




Relaxation Facials and Skin Care

Relax and experience the power of compassionate touch at the hands of our specially trained skin care therapist. Using carefully selected products and techniques that are mindful of the cancer patient's unique needs and concerns, we can help you manage the chronic stress and skin-related side effects of treatment.  

Sessions: 30 or 60 minutes        Cost: $35 or $65, respectively

Availabe: Wednesday


T.R.E. (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises)

 T.R.E. is a series of simple stretches which are easily modified to any health or fitness level, that most often result in a completely safe and natural tremor within the body.  This tremor is one of the innate mechanisms the body employs to naturally cast off stress and trauma.  Come explore this fascinating, hour-long discovery of the body's natural wisdom while learning a most effective stress reliever.  Help your body unwind from overwhelming circumstances and thoughts with this easy, self-regulated discipline.  

Sessions: 60 minutes  Cost: $10  Available: Tuesdays



Yoga is defined as “union.” The practice of yoga is known to bring about union of mind, body, spirit and breath. Classes for our cancer patients are specifically geared toward the unique needs of those on a journey through cancer. The session will offer a guided respite and assist the participant to deeper states of relaxation, clarity and personal strength.

30-minute group  $5 Monday and Wednesday
45-minute group  $7 Monday and Wednesday
Chair Yoga  $5 Monday and Wednesday



Spiritual Support

Anne Sprouse

Anne has been a staff Chaplain at the medical center for the past 10 years. She is an Episcopal Lay woman, an active member of St. John’s Cathedral, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She completed her CPE training at UT Medical Center. Her staff assignments include the Cancer Institute, the oncology floor, Radiation Oncology, and Palliative Care.

Anne has been involved in the community for many years, having served on the Susan G. Komen Board, the Mental Health Assoc. board, Helen Ross Mcnabb Center board, Chancellor’s Associates, Leadership Knoxville, and the UTK Religious Studies board of visitors.Our chaplain is available to provide compassionate care and spiritual support to patients and families of all faiths.  Anne can be contacted at 865.305.6393 or email Anne Sprouse.


Counseling and Support 

Social Worker, Teri Freeman, LCSW

Our licensed clinical social worker provides services, such as individual and family counseling, education, and information with referrals to community resources, including support groups. She also provides patients and families the support needed to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

Teri Freeman is a licensed clinical social worker for the Cancer Institute. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Maryville College, and with a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Teri has been with the cancer institute for over 9 years. She serves as the facilitator for the Prostate Cancer Support Group and Healthy Horizons (a support group for survivors that are 2 years post-treatment). Teri provides counseling and support to cancer patients, family members, caregivers, and their children. She also is a notary for advanced directives.  Call 865.305.6154 or email Teri Freeman for more information.


Financial Counseling

Our financial counselors can provide information and assistance on resources and options available to minimize the financial burden on cancer patients. Financial counselors can be reached at 865.305.7971 or email Delaney Vick, Nicki Morse, Jen Gentry or Kathy Rowell.


Nutritional Support

Dietitian, Amy Curran, RD, CSO, LDN

 Amy is a board certified oncology dietitian with 8 years experience. She assists patients with all their nutritional needs throughout the cancer journey, such as recommending specific foods or supplement and answering questions about cancer-specific nutrition. Amy focuses on assessing the individual dietary and nutrition needs of each patient and providing practical, scientifically sound assistance, such as:

  • Prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies
  • Minimize the side effects of treatment
  • Enhance quality of life during treatment
  • Improve ability to tolerate treatment
  • Help achieve and maintain optimal body weight
  • Incorporate healthy nutrition habits into daily living
  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of nutrition into a comprehensive plan to minimize risk of recurrence following treatment
  • Educate family members about special nutrition needs

Amy works with individuals to develop food strategies, not strict, hard-to-follow meal plans. Amy can be contacted at 865.305.8099 or email Amy Curran.


Support Groups

Receiving a cancer diagnosis as well as living through and beyond cancer treatment is often a very stressful experience.  Support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a place to safely share feelings, connect, and learn from others facing a similar situation and discuss the challenges of the cancer journey.  Some support groups also provide an opportunity for education provided by health care professionals on topics such as the management of side effects, ways to cope, lifestyle modification or other related topics.  The Cancer Institute offers a number of support groups on site an in collaboration with other organizations and community partners.  Learn more