Dr. Brittany Cook Joins ETVC
Our team at East Tennessee Vein Clinic is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Brittany Cook. She joins a thriving practice and a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about helping patients live pain-free.
Dr. Cook earned her medical degree in 2011 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. After spending years away in New York, Tampa, and Murfreesboro, she’s happy to be home in Knoxville as a doctor making a difference in the lives of her patients.
Dr. Cook and East Tennessee Vein Clinic’s Dr. Douglass are longtime family friends. When Dr. Cook learned that Dr. Douglass was hoping to add another physician to his practice, she was eager to learn more.
Dr. Brittany Cook — Specializing in Varicose Vein Treatment
As a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS), Dr. Cook is on the cutting edge of the phlebology field. The designation is one of the newest and most specialized in the venous disease field, focusing solely on ultrasounds of venous disease.
While being able to hone in on one area of expertise is something that Dr. Cook loves, the thing she loves most is the time she gets to spend with her patients.
“There really is a lot of patient time,” she said. “I was looking for a medical specialty that would allow me to do a lot of hands-on procedures while maintaining patient relationships. I wanted to feel like I was making a difference in a tangible way. Not all medical specialties are like that.”
She enjoys being a true specialist, and seeing visible improvements in her patients immediately after surgery.
“After the treatment is done, they should be feeling a lot better,” she said. “These symptoms come on so gradually that our patients think they’re just getting older, or they think it’s normal.”
Because the symptoms have been gradual, patients often feel noticeably better immediately, experiencing less pain, swelling, itching or burning. For some patients, she is able to treat visible symptoms like skin ulcers quickly.
“We can’t stop or cure varicose veins because of the genetic predisposition, but we can treat it,” she said.
And she has something in common with the majority of her patients — simply being a woman.
“Everyone can get varicose veins, but we see them more often in women,” she explained.
“As a woman, I can definitely relate and understand where they’re coming from,” she said.
Dr. Cook has a surgical background and is very precise. With a background in ophthalmology and experience in eye surgery, she brings her attention to detail and surgical precision to her procedures at ETVC.
Common misconceptions patients have about varicose vein treatment
One of the biggest misconceptions Dr. Cook wants to dispel is the belief that insurance doesn’t cover varicose vein treatment. The truth is that treatment is usually covered if the symptoms are demonstrable.
Another myth she often encounters is the belief that varicose vein treatment is much more invasive than it really is. While that used to be true, it’s no longer the case.
“Pretty much everything is done as an outpatient procedure,” she explained. “Everybody can drive themselves in and drive themselves out. They may have to wear some stockings on their way out and they may or may not have a bandage for a day or two but, generally, patients are up and active again the same day. There are very few limitations, if any at all, so it’s not the serious surgery that they would have experienced a couple of decades ago.”
If you’re experiencing symptoms in your legs that include swelling, aching, and throbbing, contact us online for a free screening. We’ll get you on the path to recovery.
We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.