Brett Smith, D.O.
Dr. Brett Smith is a board-certified Rheumatologist, who provides access & care to children and adults living with rheumatic disease. Additional interests include bone health and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Dr. Smith graduated with honors from the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky. His fellowship was completed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), serves on the ACR’s Political Action Committee and is the Treasurer for the Tennessee Rheumatology Society.
His primary focus is to provide Rheumatology access to all age groups in East Tennessee, and to spend time with each patient to know their story and fully address their concerns.
When not caring for patients, he spends time with his wife and 3 children, practices beekeeping and participates in adult ice hockey leagues.
Never did Annette imagine in her early 30’s her life would be changed forever. With a thriving career she loved and had worked so hard for suddenly found herself suffering from pain and exhaustion. Over time things progressively got much worse where she experienced indescribable stiffness and incomparable pain. “I dreaded every morning. Each tiny step I took when I forced myself out of bed, hunched over from the agony, felt like the bones in my feet were breaking. When I made it to the shower, the simple act of washing my hair hurt so much that I slumped against the shower wall and cried. I eventually made it to my car, and as I drove, I had to constantly alternate my hands on the steering wheel because the pain was so intense. And then I arrived at work for another day. I was exhausted, in pain everywhere, and more scared than I had ever been in my life.” She couldn’t see how she would be able to take care of herself much longer.
Finally, at age 36 Annette was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by Dr. Sienknecht, Arthritis Associates in Chattanooga, and began treatment. “It seems that treating autoimmune diseases, including RA, often involves trying a series of protocols, meticulously monitoring the results, and adjusting accordingly. It’s not usually straightforward. Fortunately for me, each approach provided at least moderate success, and now I am doing better. I’m not cured, but with the grace of God, medication, regular medical oversight, and lifestyle changes including a diet to reduce inflammation, I live a good, well-balanced life, while maintaining a demanding professional career. RA is formidable. But there is a great deal that can be done to allow resumption of a meaningful and productive life.”
Annette resides in Ooltewah, TN where she devotes time to her family, critters, friends, community, and career. She lives out Dr. Sienknecht’s motto, “Motion is Lotion” and can often be found punching and kicking bags at 9Round, walking three miles three times a week, lifting small free weights, immersing herself in concerts and art, and cheering on her beloved Vols. She is thankful every day to get to live this blessed life and to continue saying “yes” to new experiences.