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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 a practicing pediatrician in Knoxville since 1994. She attended James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN, prior to completing her pediatric internship and residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital from 1990-1993. She worked as a hospitalist at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis before moving to Knoxville.
In joining the Shults Pediatrics team in 2015, Dr. Bullen feels she has found the perfect fit professionally.
Dr. Bullen is a board certified pediatrician.
In her spare time she keeps busy with her four children 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 is a family nurse practitioner; certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Belmont University and began her nursing career at University of Tennessee Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sarah earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Belmont University in 2015. As a nurse practitioner, she has experience providing care to all ages. While working as a nurse practitioner, Sarah earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2020. She has utilized this degree to educate future nurses and nurse practitioners. She lives in the Knoxville area with her husband, daughter, and full-standard poodle. Sarah is so grateful to be a part of the team at Shults Pediatrics and is excited to continue building lasting relationships with the patients and families!

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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.

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Lauren Gaylord, CPNP

Lauren Gaylord is a pediatric nurse practitioner and is certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Lauren is from Knoxville and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carson-Newman College in 2006 and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt in 2007. Lauren enjoys cooking, regular walks with friends and watching her three boys play baseball. She is excited to be back serving the children in her hometown!

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