Dr James Cates M.D.
The oldest of four sons born to Jimmy and JoAnn Cates in Cookeville, Tennessee, James W. Cates, M.D., attended high school for four years at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. Excelling both academically and athletically, Dr. Cates was chosen his senior year by the faculty as Battalion Commander for the entire corp, graduated with honors, and was a varsity letterman in both football and track.
After high school, Dr. Cates attended undergraduate programs at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, University of California at Los Angeles, and Tennessee State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science. In 1985, Dr. Cates graduated from medical school at the Meharry College of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and subsequently completed his three-year residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the Family Physician Program. Dr. Cates has experience in cancer research at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, microbiology work at UCLA, and in the Department of Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Cates is board certified in family practice and a Fellow American Academy of Family Practice. In 1987, he began practicing emergency medicine at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and also gained experience while working at Livingston Regional Hospital from 1988 until 1998, and at Mid State Sports Medicine with Orthopedist Dr. Richard Williams.
Dr. Cates is the full time Chief Manager of Satellite Med, P.L.L.C.
Dr D. Brad Seitzinger M.D.
Dr. Brad Seitzinger has been a resident of Cookeville nearly twenty-five years. Brad is proud to be a member of the medical community of Cookeville and had for many years maintained a private practice of his own. He has worked for Cookeville Regional Medical Center and for several years at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic for the Veterans Administration (VA). He was the Medical Director of the VA Clinic in Cookeville and greatly cared for the population at large. In 2015 and 2016, he served as Medical Director to one of the largest intake correctional facilities in Bledsoe County. Dr. Seitzinger is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and served on the faculty of that institution in the past.
In med school, Dr. Seitzinger was awarded a scholarship from MAP International and Readers Digest to study medicine in a third world country (Haiti) and served in a large mission hospital. He grew up in Indiana, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio before moving to Cookeville. He was attracted to Cookeville, a place identified as the most “Affordable City in America”.
All three of his children attended Tennessee Tech University and graduated from the school. The children were homeschooled by his wonderful and successful wife Adele who continues to reach out to children in the community in Art education. Dr. Seitzinger is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He continues to participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) designed by the American Board of Internal Medicine to keep current.
Dr. Seitzinger passed the recertification examination in Internal Medicine in 2016 and strives to be up to date in his specialty. He completed all the modules of the 17th edition of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program and desires to provide quality care to his patients. Brad still enjoys the simple diversion of going to the gym and working out to maintain his own health and provide an example to his patients.
Dr Kenna Williams M.D.
Dr. Kenna Williams earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee, completing her residency training in general surgery there as well. She has been in private practice since 1991, joining Highlands Surgical Associates in 2013. Previously she was affiliated with Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, TN; Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, TN; and Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN.
Dr. Williams is past president of the Putnam County Rural Health Clinics (PCRHC). In 2003, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Medical Association's Board of Trustees for her volunteer service to the PCRHC as the Organizer, Past President and Chief Operating Officer for appropriately five years.
She's a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.