• Comprehensive Pain Evaluation​                          
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Responsible Medication Management             
  • Radiofrequency  Ablation
  • Image Guided Procedures                                           
  • Discograms
  • Optional IV Sedation for Procedures                        
  • SI Joint Injections
  • Epidural Steroid Injection                                           ​
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Transforaminal Injections

Dr. Stephanie Vanterpool is the Director of Comprehensive Pain Services for The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UT Graduate School of Medicine and the Medical Director for The University Center for Pain Management in Knoxville. A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Vanterpool completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill and her pain fellowship at Wake Forest University, later returning to Duke to complete her MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management.  

Dr. Vanterpool’s clinical and educational efforts focus on restoring functional pain relief in her patients through accurate diagnosis and targeted, comprehensive treatment of pain. By identifying the specific pain states and mechanisms that contribute to her patients’ pain, she is able to individualize each patient’s treatment plan to optimize their results, while also minimizing the use of unnecessary opioids. Her multi-modal treatment approach includes medication management, interventional management including image-guided injections and implantable devices, and incorporation of necessary physical and psychosocial therapies into her patient’s recovery.

Team Member Spotlight

Our Vision

We treat people with chronic pain in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas who want to reclaim relief and functional quality of life through  comprehensive pain management.

Karrie Perry

Medical Assistant


Provide Accurate Diagnosis and targeted treatment of all causes of chronic pain using a comprehensive approach, involving:

  • Medication Management
  • Injections/Procedures
  • Physical Therapy and other   indicated referrals
  • Psychosocial/behavioral change

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, M.D. , M.B.A.

Board Certified Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Medical Director

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1934 Alcoa Hwy, Bldg. D, Suite 474, Knoxville, TN 37920  *   Office (865) 305-8684   *   Fax (865) 305-8695

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As the Medical Director for The University Center for Pain Management of Knoxville, Dr. Vanterpool has been responsible for the development, transition and expansion of the comprehensive pain management service. She has established a system of consistent, responsible, and results-oriented comprehensive pain management, focused on reclaiming relief and function and has spearheaded multiple process improvement initiatives.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state advocacy initiatives, and is the current President-Elect and scientific program co-chair for the Tennessee Pain Society. Dr. Vanterpool has established a reputation as a leader in Targeted Pain Treatment, most recently being selected as one of 19 members across Tennessee to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. This Commission was charged with developing competencies to be adopted by all healthcare higher learning institutions in the state to facilitate appropriate understanding, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pain and addiction. She has also collaborated with the TN Department of Health, TN Medical Association, and the TN Pain Society on a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis such as the determination of appropriate criteria and measurements for spine and spine surgery episodes of care and the language in the TN Together Opioid Bill (HB1831). She also serves as the representative for UTMC in communication of the organization’s past and current efforts to combat the effects of the opioid crisis in East TN.

Dr. Vanterpool also uses her platform and position to educate other healthcare providers to promote the importance of accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain as a means to improve patient outcome and function. She has spoken on the topic of Targeted Pain Treatment and combating the opioid crisis at multiple local, regional and national conferences. She is now conducting a study to establish efficacy and reliability of a novel nerve block technique to treat occipital headaches that can be used by all levels of providers as an alternative to prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines. Additionally, Dr. Vanterpool is also in the process of developing a continuing medical education curriculum focused on the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain for primary care and mid-level providers within a 200-mile radius of Knoxville.

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Office Information

1934 Alcoa Hwy.

Bldg D, Suite 474

Knoxville, TN,37920

Office: (865) 305-8684

Fax: (865) 305-8695


Karrie is a great asset to our office.  She is very knowledgeable in her skills and has an eye for detail. Karrie always advocates for her patients and works hard to resolve their needs. Karrie primarily works with Ann Cole, FNP.

Karrie is a consistent team player and a great representation of our vision.

New Patients

Our office is open Monday  through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call us at 865-305-8684 for any questions you may have.

We currently are only able to process referrals for comprehensive patients  from physicians that are in the UPA network. Click on the logo to search for your physician.

University Center for Pain Management of Knoxville