Meet the UHS Team

Karen Tharp, Director, RN

Karen has been the Director of the University Health Service since 2010 and a nurse with the Center since 2006. Her professional interests include women's health and student health. Karen received her BA in Expressive Therapy and Painting at Prescott College and completed some graduate work at Sonoma State University before obtaining her RN degree in Austin, TX.

Tonia Christian, Nurse Practitioner

Tonia has been a provider at the Center since 2013, originally working part-time while employed with a cardiologist office in Winchester. She has a variety of professional interests that are pertinent to the college health age group. Tonia received her BS in Biology at Tennessee Technological University and her MS in Nursing at Vanderbilt University.

Mindy Holloway, Nurse Practitioner

Mindy joined the Wellness staff in 2017. Her professional interests include managing chronic illnesses - especially diabetes -, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and performing in office surgical procedures. Mindy obtained her ASN degree from Motlow State Community College, her BSN from Middle Tennessee State University, her MSN from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and her post-MSN from Austin Peay State University. She is currently working toward completing her DNP degree at The University of South Alabama. She holds dual NP certifications as an Acute Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Shandra Keener, Medical Assistant

Shandra, better known to everyone as Shay, has been with the Center since 2010. Her professional interests include minor procedures and wound care. Shay has completed education and training at the Academy of Allied Health in Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Technical College, and earned her AEMT license through the University of the South.

Kim Bradford, Office Coordinator and Referral Specialist

Kim has been a member of our team and assisting students of the University since 1989. She is responsible for maintaining medical records, coordinating referrals, overseeing billing, and navigating the complex insurance system for all patients. She is currently pursuing her certification as a professional medical biller and coder.

Evelyn Patton, Patient Care Coordinator

Evelyn joined the Wellness Center staff in 2017. She has previously worked for both Grundy and Franklin County 911 EMS services, having attended the University of the South EMT program, and has been certified as an AEMT since 2005. She has also completed the business systems technology program at the Tennessee Technology Center in McMinville. Evelyn is a long time resident of Sewanee, having graduated high school from the Sewanee Academy, and was even born in the old Emerald Hodgson Hospital which is now a residence hall on campus!

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