Mission Statement, History, & Staff
The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health is a non-profit educational reproductive health center dedicated to providing women with contraceptive information, options counseling in times of unplanned pregnancies, safe legal abortions, as well as sound gynecological and medical care. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive yet low-cost reproductive services in a supportive, nonjudgmental, knowledge-based environment, which respects individual choice and religious practices and affiliations.
The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health has been a vital resource for the women of Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia since 1975.
Among the first of its kind to be licensed by the state of Tennessee, the Center offers its patients a wide range of medical services, including pregnancy testing, routine gynecological care, abortion, and family planning. These services are provided from a woman-centered perspective.
Supportive and educational counseling, which respects individual choice and religious affiliation, supplements the Center’s medical practice. As a small, private, not-for-profit clinic, the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health offers personal attention to each patient in an intimate atmosphere.
Designed with the individual in mind, the staff anticipates the patient’s need for privacy and discretion. The Center, which serves patients from Tennessee and neighboring states, is located on the corner of Clinch Avenue and 16th Street, near the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville.
A member of the National Abortion Federation, the Center is one of more than 300 abortion providers committed to protecting the availability of safe, legal abortion in the United States. The National Abortion Federation plays a leadership role in setting medical and counseling standards in the interest of promoting quality care.
Our Medical Director is Dr. Susan Dodd. She is a Board Certified Ob/Gyn, an ACOG Fellow and Asst. Professor at UT Medical Center Dept. of Ob/Gyn.
All our physicians are Board Certified Obstetricians/Gynecologists with local hospital privileges at UT Medical Center, Tennova North and Parkwest Hospital.
Routine gynecological and family planning care is provided by Corinne Rovetti, FNP, APRN-BC. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, specializing in women’s health care with a holistic perspective.
The Center also has a professional counseling staff. The counseling staff forms the vital link between the Center’s medical services and its patients. Women who are troubled by an unplanned pregnancy may benefit from decision-making counseling, a non-directive approach designed to help an individual evaluate all of her options – parenting, adoption, and abortion – and to help her make the choice that is right for her.
For those who choose abortion, individual counseling is provided to discuss the decision, identify the patient’s feelings and conflicts, and to explore resources available for emotional support. At the patient’s request, parents, partners, or friends may be included in the counseling process.
For women who desire it, post-abortion counseling is also available. Some women feel pressured or coerced into choosing abortion, and when this happens, post-abortion conflict can arise. Our staff will help you work through these conflicts by providing you with honest information, practical skills, compassion, and support.
The Center’s other medical and professional staff includes our administrative director, our office manager, registered nurses, operating room assistants, a medical technologist, and telephone counselors/receptionists. Alice, our office manager, is always happy to answer your questions and provide you with the personalized attention you deserve. Just ask Alice!
For our abortion patients, a staff member is on call for emergency situations at all times, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Consultation regarding urgent problems is available by calling our office (865) 637-3861. Our answering service will take your name and phone number, and the nature of your problem. We will return your call as soon as possible.