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Our Providers


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Dr. Stephanie Shults

Dr. Stephanie Shults began Shults Pediatrics, PC in September 2002 after practicing pediatrics in the Knoxville area since 1994. Dr. Shults grew up in North Knoxville and is currently married and has two daughters. After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she attended the University of Tennessee medical school in Memphis. She then completed her pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and is board certified in pediatrics.

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Dr. Jeff Broome, DO

Dr. Jeff Bro​ome was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. He graduated from West High School before attending undergraduate school at the University of Tennessee: Knoxville. Medical school was completed at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation, his training continued as a resident in Greenville, SC with Prisma/ University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Pediatric Residency Program. When completed, he remained with his family in Greenville, SC and practiced outpatient pediatrics/ newborn nursery at Parkside Pediatrics. Dr. Broome has been practicing pediatrics for 7 years. He recently returned to his hometown of Knoxville with his wife and 3 children (ages 10, 8, and 5). When not working, he enjoys running and all things outdoors. Dr. Broome is looking forward to joining Shults Pediatrics and serving families by partnering with them as their children grow.

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Dr. Gurpreet “Tina” Bullen

Dr Bullen has been practicing pediatrics in the Knoxville area for the past 26 years. She attended James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN prior to completing her pediatric residency training at St Louis Children’s Hospital from 1990-1993. Dr. Bullen is board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Bullen worked as a hospitalist for one year at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis before moving to Knoxville. In joining the Shults Pediatric team in 2015 Dr. Bullen feels she has found the perfect fit professionally. In her spare time she keeps busy with her four children, ages 18 yr to 25 yr, and enjoys walking, hiking, yoga and tennis.

Advanced Practitioners

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Sarah Jones, CPNP

Sarah Jones is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in biology and secondary education from University of Tennessee. She returned to UT a few years later after teaching and starting a family to earn her Master of Science in Nursing. She joined Shults Pediatrics in 2009. She loves being a part of the Shults Pediatrics team and building relationships with our patients’ families. She lives in Knoxville with her husband, Casey, and four children who are growing up way too fast.

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Sarah Thompson, DNP, FNP-BC

Sarah has a long standing relationship with Shults Pediatrics as she once was a patient herself.
In addition to understanding the practice culture from a patient perspective, she completed her pediatric clinical training at the Shults clinic. She moved to Nashville to pursue further education and is excited to bring her family back to Knoxville and further her career in pediatrics.
Sarah will be working in office one day a week and will also be filling in for vacations to allow our patients to have consistent access to care.
We are excited to welcome Sarah, her husband Phillip, their little girl Laney and pup Reagan back to Knoxville. She is very excited to meet the patients and families of Shults Pediatrics and build lasting relationships!

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Kara LaRue, CPNP

Kara is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee Knoxville then pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University. She worked as a nurse in the NICU at UT Medical Center before pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She has served as a clinical nurse for both Alabama and Tennessee Air National Guard. Kara is a member of the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association. She lives in the Knoxville area with her husband and their two little boys. Kara is excited to continue to build relationships with kiddos and their families in her new role.

Additional Providers

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Dr. Mona Williams-Hayes, PhD, LCSW

Clients who have wounds, especially interpersonal ones, find that they feel heard without judgement when working with me. I don't get embarrassed or surprised and I think clients find I am warm, genuine, open-minded and respectful. My experience is heavily focused on trauma, especially interpersonal; anxiety; and parenting challenges. Talking with people in counseling is a gift people share with me and I am honored when I can be a part of someone's "story." With 20 years of clinical experience, I have had many opportunities to help people navigate changes in their lives. I believe in the importance of connectedness. My approach is solution-focused, client-centered, and strengths-based. I have extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), CBT, & certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Mandy Welch, RDN

Mandy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the process of completing her Masters in Nutrition. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and internship practicum work locally in Knoxville. She had worked in Clinical practice for 10 years before taking a break to be home with her three boys. As a Client of Shults Pediatrics for the past 12 years she is thrilled at the opportunity be added to join such a dynamic team of professionals and excited to offer the addition of nutrition counseling to the practice. Hobbies: Reading, hiking, being outdoors and spending time with her family Favorite children’s Author - J.K Rowling, Barbara Park