Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine

MonaLisa Touch®

Restoring Health, Renewing Hope

Institute for Female Pelvic MedicineMonaLisa Touch® is the most exciting and important technology advancement for female pelvic floor health in nearly 20 years. This office-based fractional CO2 laser therapy is restoring pelvic health and renewing hope for thousands of patients.

Breast cancer survivors are often unable to take estrogens and experience progressive difficulty with atrophy, vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, and daily discomfort. This deterioration in quality of life is discouraging for patients who have already gone through great difficulty to beat their breast cancer. Such was the case for Carolyn Mitchell before treatment with MonaLisa Touch®.

“Shortly after my first MonaLisa Touch® treatment I noticed improvement,” said Carolyn. “I felt less dry and irritated and experienced more daily comfort. As time has passed, I am still enjoying the added improvement in bladder function and decreased urinary frequency. It is exciting that there is a treatment option available with no risk to all females, including breast cancer survivors.”

Lichen Sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes itching, burning, pain, and scarring of vulvar tissue and often creates daily misery for patients. Other than topical steroid creams, there has been little else to offer these patients. Linda Wallace experienced four years of pain and difficulty in spite of using all conventional therapy before treatment with MonaLisa Touch® dual probe therapy.

“The MonaLisa Touch® has been a ray of hope in a desperate situation,” said Linda. “It has already stopped the terrible itching that Lichen Sclerosus causes, and my hope is for continued improvement with the MonaLisa Touch® procedure. My desire is that it will slow or, better yet, completely stop the progression of the condition so I can continue to have my already improved quality of life moving forward. I strongly urge anyone with Lichen Sclerosus to make an appointment with the Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine and discuss this with Dr. Dell or Dr. McCollum. It could be life changing for you, just as it has been for me.”

Nearly half of all women suffer from dryness and vulvarovaginal atrophy, now called Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). As the new terminology implies, urinary discomfort, urgency frequency, burning, and incontinence are often part of this condition. Even for patients who are able to use estrogen therapies, these symptoms are often not adequately treated. These symptoms often worsen progressively over time.

Lisa Hardin, an active, healthy wife and mother, experienced many of these symptoms, and reduced overall quality of life was the result. Having had only the first of three office-based treatment sessions thus far, she is already noticing significant improvement.

“When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” said Lisa. “This was my first thought while researching the MonaLisa Touch® as a treatment option for my menopausal symptoms. I couldn’t believe that three easy, quick, and painless treatments could improve my quality of life so much. My homework led me to Dr. Dell at the Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine. Dr. Dell’s impressive credentials in this field of female pelvic medicine, along with his nationally recognized expertise as one of only three training centers in the United States for the MonaLisa Touch® procedure, confirmed my decision to have this treatment at the Institute. No regrets here; I am more than thrilled with the results already!”

To learn how MonaLisa Touch® can restore your health and renew your hope, call 865-769-4488 or visit

Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine
10133 Sherrill Boulevard, Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Dust Off Your Rhinestones

By Tom Irmen

Dolly Parton is truly a worldwide iconic figure, even outside of the entertainment industry. With sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads topping 100 million, and having composed more than 3,000 songs herself, Dolly’s notoriety understandably centers on her role as a country music legend. But her superstar status reaches far beyond the music world, including her worldwide war on illiteracy and her efforts to help improve the lives of Sevier County residents – Dolly’s birthplace and hometown until she was 18 years old.

I learned far more about Dolly from my wife, Judy, who recently read her most recent book, “Dream More.” In the book, she expands upon her popular commencement speech she delivered at the University of Tennessee and the drive and motivation that allowed her to overcome numerous obstacles during her more than 50 year career.

I think that Dolly’s experiences can be very enlightening to small business owners who are often confronted with their own obstacles as they strive to build successful businesses. While few of us were subjected to the abject poverty experienced by Dolly and her family of 14, who were forced to live in a one-room cabin, many of us, nonetheless, are confronted with economic, financial, health, and any variety of challenges that can derail our dreams.

In her book, Dolly describes a variety of challenges that threatened to overcome her dreams, but in the end, the power of the dream overcame the obstacles. Reflecting on the successes – and yes, failures – of iconic mentors like Dolly Parton offers hope to all of us that experience seemingly overwhelming odds in many areas of our lives, not only business. When knocked down by life, we would be well served to view ourselves as Dolly views herself – a dreamer who makes the decision to stand up, dust off her rhinestones, and continues on in her journey to her dream.

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The Town Framery & Gifts Annual Fall Open House

Saturday, October 24th
10 am to 4 pm

The Town FrameryIt’s time once again for The Town Framery & Gifts Fall Open House! With the proud tradition of supporting local artists, the framery will once again have an array of artisans for you to meet and greet. Under the portico will be fine art crafters displaying their unique works. Local authors will have their books on hand for signing, and in the shop, watercolorists and mixed media artists will have their works on display.

There will be plenty of new and different, both inside and out! New garden ornaments and the unveiling of Christmas holiday décor, along with the introduction of beautiful seasonal stoneware, will highlight this year’s event. Also, no Open House would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch!

If you are looking to show your UT spirit, a complete collection of tailgate decorations and serving pieces are available along with wreaths, wall hangings, scarves, and an assortment of other orange and white goodies.

Other specials for the day are sales tax-free shopping on all merchandise purchases and a coupon for your next framing order. Always the crowd pleaser, Mark’s hors d’oeuvres will be served all day!

The excitement is in the air for this can’t-miss event. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 24th! The Town Framery & Gifts: Your destination for Quality Creative Custom Framing, Regional Artwork, Home Decor & Unique Gifts.

The Town Framery & Gifts
12814 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4

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Garde Bien SpaSalon

An Emotional Transformation

The wearable solution for women with fine or thinning hair

Garde Bien SpaSalonOur hair is our most versatile fashion accessory, as it goes with every outfit we select. It’s an integral part of our self-esteem and self-image; great hair is often the difference between self-confidence and self-consciousness and can be the difference between enjoying a night on the town and staying home.

Until recently no add-on hair systems have ever really addressed the top and crown of the head. For women with fine, thin hair – whether the result of chemotherapy, an imbalance of hormones, blood thinner/pressure medicine, thyroid problems, menopause, stress, or simply being born with the thin hair gene – there traditionally have been few options.

“Many of our Evolve Volumizer clients are recovering from chemotherapy and the side effect of hair loss. Once medically released, a woman can have a volumizer and retain her hairstyle while her hair returns to her original style,” said Stacey Handel, owner of Garde Bien, who specializes in a variety of hair replacement options.

The Evolve Volumizer is a nonsurgical, integrated hair replacement system. It consists of 100% human hair that’s lightweight and conforms to the shape of the top and crown of your head. It can be worn up to five weeks before being removed and replaced. It can be cut to your individual style and blow-dried, ironed (curl and flat), dried naturally, braided, tucked behind your ear, or put up into a pony or chignon.

The Evolve Volumizer addresses all the needs and wants a woman has for fuller, thicker, denser hair. It produces immediate results and requires no glue, adhesives, or chemicals. It can also be integrated with our new Evolve Extensions+ to add length. Extensions+ are also non-invasive, non-damaging, non-chemical, or adhesive. Because of their revolutionary design, they can be installed in half the time with no glue or removers.

Stacey trains other stylists nationally on the use of this unique hair system and has the distinction of being honored as an Elite Evolve Salon. She’s also a National Evolve Educator and a member of the American Hair Loss Council.

“I love working with human hair options for women, which allows us to create a hairstyle that’s virtually undetectable and the most natural,” she said. “Garde Bien also provides a variety of other human hair wig options featuring the finest quality hair in the world, including Follea, whose wigs and hair pieces are the most beautiful I’ve ever touched.”

To learn more, call me to discover how my 38 years of experience and today’s hair replacement options can meet your or a loved one’s needs. You’ll experience an all-new and revitalized you – all delivered by our compassionate and caring staff in a discrete and private setting.

Garde Bien SpaSalon, Inc.

12752 Kingston Pike, Ste 101

Knoxville, TN 37934


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Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center

Committed to Putting You First

Knoxville Comprehensive Breast CenterKnoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, or KCBC, was the fulfillment of a dream of Dr. Kamila Kozlowski.

“Our goal was to transform the often fragmented and inefficient delivery of women’s breast healthcare and replace it with the most innovative and technologically advanced diagnostic equipment and procedures available, all delivered in a caring and compassionate setting,” said Dr. Kozlowski. In contrast to the multiple visits and specialists most women experience during routine breast cancer screening, KCBC was designed to deliver these same services, all in one day and in a single setting, including consultation, prior to leaving our office.”

Since its founding in 1983, becoming the first independent breast center in Tennessee and today one of the very few nationwide, KCBC remains focused on delivering streamlined, cost-effective, quality breast healthcare in the most women-friendly setting available.

While there are a number of unique services that you’ll discover at KCBC, here are a few that truly differentiate their comprehensive breast health center.

» All images are read by an on-site KCBC Clinical Breast Radiologist that is dedicated to breast imaging. This means that when you have a breast problem that you are concerned about, you will receive the results of your screening during the same visit. There is no need to wait for images to be sent to off-site radiologists that are often located out of state.

» KCBC radiologists are available to consult with you during your visit to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. That means that you no longer need to wait for, or go without, answers to your most important questions.

» KCBC is a local, woman-owned small business that is also an independent facility not associated with any hospital. Every patient is treated with the respect and dignity that every individual deserves and experiences a level of compassionate care that used to be so common in the medical field but isn’t often found in healthcare today.

» Not the fragmented and inefficient system of breast healthcare most women have become accustomed to, KCBC offers mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI, fine needle biopsy, surgery, high-risk assessment, treatment planning, and mastectomy prosthesis all in a single location.

If you or a loved one is in search of a comprehensive breast healthcare experience that is totally dedicated to putting you first, we would like to invite you to discover the difference that Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center can make in your life.

Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center
1400 Dowell Springs Blvd, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37909

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Bobby Todd Antiques

Making Spirits Bright

The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House

Bobby Todd AntiquesBobby Todd Antiques in historic downtown Sweetwater is hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, October 8, from 10 to 7. The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House continues on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 11, from 1 to 5.

Each year Bobby Todd is transformed into a Christmas wonderland that captivates children of all ages. From the magical holiday window display to the whimsical and nostalgic holiday décor inside, Bobby Todd evokes a vintage spirit that will take you back to cherished childhood memories. Featured Christmas lines and artists include Byers’ Choice, Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer.

Bobby Todd’s sales associates have been as busy as Santa’s elves displaying these unique holiday décor items. During the Christmas Open House, Bobby Todd will also unveil their newest gift selections, quality antique furniture, and colorful accessories for your home.

As always, Bobby Todd offers complimentary holiday gift bag packaging, which makes it the perfect place to “wrap up” your Christmas shopping. Watch eyes light up every time someone receives a gift in a Bobby Todd gift bag.

During the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, be sure to register to win fabulous door prizes, enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, and visit with old friends and make new ones.

Bobby Todd is located in historic downtown Sweetwater, approximately 35 minutes from West Knoxville. Downtown Sweetwater is a shopper’s paradise with antique shops, ladies boutiques, gift stores, and cafés.

For more information regarding the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, visit and click on the events tab or like us on Facebook.

Please note: Bobby Todd Antiques will be closed from Thursday, October 1, through Wednesday, October 7, to prepare for the Christmas Open House.

Bobby Todd Antiques
305 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Knox Wellness

Holistic Health Team Brings Integrative Medicine Practice to Knoxville

Knox Wellness, a full-service wellness clinic that offers a wide variety of therapies to address patients’ holistic health, is now operating in West Knoxville under the direction of Dr. Chris Siano. Rather than using a symptom focused approach, Knox Wellness draws from several established disciplines – such as traditional medicine, osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy – in order to effectively treat the whole person.

“We are the go-to clinic for those who have been the conventional medicine route, yet are looking for a different approach, either because they are still symptomatic or because they want to get to the root cause of their problems,” said Dr. Siano. “Our focus is not only on symptoms and disease, but also prevention and optimal functioning.”

The key to the Knox Wellness approach lies in their commitment to patients’ individualized diagnoses and treatments. Unlike traditional practices, Knox Wellness provides consultations that allow the necessary time to collaborate with patients regarding their final treatment decisions, meaning that patient and caregiver truly become a team, working together to develop a diagnostic plan that will best address their specific needs.

“Our goal is to provide each individual with a wellness road map to not only help with their symptoms, but to help them achieve optimal health,” said Emily Kopek, PA-C. “Too many times in medicine we focus only on the absence of disease and not preventative medicine and wellness.”

This “wellness road map” is created in part by a battery of unique, specialty testing – including testing for food sensitivities, stress hormone testing, neurotransmitter testing, and functional gut testing – that give the Knox Wellness team a thorough overview of the patient’s health. Additionally, diet and nutrition receive intense focus, further differentiating the Knox Wellness approach from that of traditional practices. The goal, according to Dr. Siano, is to view the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions and treat the “whole person.”

Knox Wellness is currently accepting new patients. For more information, visit

Knox Wellness
9724 Kingston Pike, Suite 208
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Consign to Design

27,000 New Reasons to Rediscover the All-New Consign To Design

By Kristi Hickey

Consign To DesignAs we move closer to Consign To Design’s fifth anniversary celebration, we have even more to celebrate with all of you as we prepare to move into our all-new 27,000 square foot supercenter located at 9329 Kingston Pike near The Home Depot. Scheduled to open October 1st (please visit us on Facebook for any changes), you’re in for a huge surprise. Our new space is, well, gigantic. And the response from customers who have been offered a sneak preview of our new space has been incredible.

All new on the inside, the all-new Consign To Design features a palatial showroom nearly four times larger than our previous showroom. Our all-new consignment intake area will speed the flow of consigned items into the store and onto the showroom floor. Customers who have enjoyed the tasteful vignettes that we created at our former location will really enjoy the increased number of vignettes we have planned for you in our new “super-sized” showroom.

Also new to Consign To Design is our outreach program with Pellissippi State Community College’s school of Interior Design Technology. Both students and their instructors will work with our own team to design vignettes throughout our showroom using a combination of furniture, home décor, and art items.

We recently held our first student design competition at our new location, which was won by the team of interior design students Meghan Copeland, Ashley Elcan, Fiona Holland, Kathy Kervin, and Tammy Montgomery. A photo of their winning vignette is featured in this article. This exquisitely designed vignette is just a small sample of what you can expect at the all-new Consign To Design.

And, lest I forget, we wish to thank all of you for your past support and encouragement, as we owe our success to each of you.

Consign To Design
9329 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Park Place at Farragut

A Traditional Neighborhood Development in the Heart of Farragut

Park Place at FarragutWarm, welcoming porches and flowering courtyards reminiscent of Charleston-style, family friendly communities where neighbors, friends, and families gathered to chat on summer days and autumn evenings are just two of the many amenities that you will discover at the charming neighborhood of Park Place at Farragut. You no longer need to visit Charleston to experience the intricate detailed craftsmanship of wrought iron, custom railings, and tongue and groove ceilings of these exquisite porches and gated, southern garden courtyards.

Crepe myrtles, dogwoods, and magnolias beautifully frame your family’s new home, which features an inviting entrance to your very own, private courtyard. Ah, the courtyards! Shaded, meandering pathways lead to whimsical wonders behind every gate. Graceful arches, fountains, wrought iron gates, and patios are reminiscent of the old southern courtyards of Charleston. Your unique courtyard is your family’s very own out-of-door sanctuary designed to reflect each homeowner’s individual tastes. No two courtyards are the same.

“There are several unique amenities at Park Place that were especially appealing to my husband and me when we decided to build,” said Pam Zachary, Resident Realtor for Park Place. “The homes surround a beautiful park in the center of the community where friends and neighbors often gather. The neighborhood kids love to run and play ball in the afternoon. The lifestyle is easy, and there is plenty of time to relax due to the maintenance-free landscaping and no yardwork. The lawns and landscaped areas are professionally maintained by the Park Place HOA, allowing residents more free time.”

“Relaxing is easy when there is no yardwork,” said neighbor Alex Skaalerud. “Not having to do any yardwork frees up more time to spend with my family and their activities.”

Park Place, located in the heart of Farragut, is only minutes from world-class shopping, entertainment, and sports venues. Its unique Charleston-style architecture is designed and built exclusively by Gerald Cress of Cress Company Incorporated. Gerald has combined his degree in architecture and his more than 15 years of building expertise to make Park Place the unique community that it is.

“A very talented designer and builder, Gerald is gifted with an amazing eye for detail,” said Pam. “His passion for this style of architecture is reflected in every home he designs and builds. Each home captures the grace, charm, and sense of timelessness of old historic Charleston, with each home being uniquely different.”

Park Place at Farragut is very excited to have their first home in the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville’s Parade of Homes in October, and several of its residents will open their courtyards for you to stroll through and experience at your leisure.

To learn more about Park Place, and to discover an entirely new future for you and your family at this unique and charming Charlestown-style community, call 865-385-1305 or visit

Realty Executives Associates
Pam Zachary

10255 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.693.3232 (office)
865.385.1305 (cell)

Park Place at Farragut

Cress Company Incorporated
Gerald Cress


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The Gentle Barn – Tennessee

The Gentle BarnWho could have imagined that a birthday wish from Ellie Laks to her husband, Jay Weiner, asking him to help her “rescue a cow” named Dudley in Tennessee would lead to the founding of The Gentle Barn here in Knoxville?

It all began when an area woman phoned The Gentle Barn in California asking for their assistance in rescuing Dudley, who was taken away from his mother after one month and sent to a beef ranch to be fattened up for slaughter later. As a result of an unfortunate accident, Dudley lost one of his feet and was left to walk on his remaining three legs for eight months. Dudley not only experienced a loss of mobility, but the loss of one of his feet was putting an immense strain on his entire body, and in time, he might lose his ability to walk altogether.

This is when Ellie and Jay, The Gentle Barn in California co-founders, began their search to locate a veterinarian with experience amputating a cow’s foot and fitting the cow with a prosthesis. Their search led them to Dr. Anderson, one of the leading bovine surgeons in the nation, who was located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Their search also found Ronnie Graves in Florida, who could create a prosthetic foot for Dudley. With everything in place, Ellie and Jay flew to Nashville, Tennessee, to save Dudley.

After five months in the hospital and several surgeries, Dudley was fitted with a prosthesis followed by months of physical therapy. Dudley was ready to go home, but just where would home be? We considered bringing him to The Gentle Barn in California, but the ongoing drought and sandy soil conditions, which could interfere with his prosthesis, were major obstacles. It was decided to keep Dudley on grass and near the University of Tennessee, where he could receive the necessary care he required. Because it was the dream of Jay and Ellie to launch The Gentle Barn nationally with locations in every state, the opportunity presented itself to initiate their dream with The Gentle Barn–Tennessee.

Dudley’s journey, which led to the founding of The Gentle Barn–Tennessee in Knoxville, could not have had a happier ending, except Dudley’s story is really just the beginning. Jay and Ellie have since rescued Destiny, and it was love at first sight for Dudley and Destiny, where he spends his days grooming her and laying by her side under their giant hickory tree. Other residents include Worthy, Indie, and Chris, three horses from Kentucky rescued by The Gentle Barn two years earlier, who were being boarded temporarily in Lexington. They also rescued “Rick Springfield,” the rooster from Nashville, and his two girlfriends, Jesse’s Girl and Rosy. Lastly, Ellie and Jay brought home two pigs, Horton and Henry, who were heading to slaughter. Afraid of people at first, they are now very playful, happy, friendly, and love to roll over for tummy rubs. Also, there will be many more animals who will join these amazing animals at The Gentle Barn in the future.

The Gentle Barn–Tennessee is open Saturdays from 11-1 for visitors to hug and brush the cows, feed the horses carrots, give the pigs tummy rubs, and hold the chickens and as they fall asleep in their laps. Visitors are also invited to sample delicious Tofurky hot dogs and Beanfield chips to discover just how a delicious, healthy, cruelty-free, plant-based diet can be.

During the week, The Gentle Barn–Tennesse hosts inner city, at-risk, and special needs groups of children who share the animals’ stories of abuse and neglect. The Gentle Barn–Tennessee also works with war veterans, domestic violence shelters, senior citizen centers, children’s hospitals, and anyone else who would benefit from the unconditional love, hope, and inspiration of our residents. Through the interaction with the animals and their stories, people learn kindness, compassion, and confidence and cultivate self-awareness and hope for the future, right here in The Gentle Barn–Tennessee.

For more information about The Gentle Barn, visit and purchase your tickets to meet Dudley and his pals today. It can change your life! To learn more about how The Gentle Barn got started, you are encouraged to read the founder’s book, “My Gentle Barn,” available wherever books are sold.

The Gentle Barn–Tennessee

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