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Our Vision

To provide comprehensive care and unwavering compassion to patients
struggling with reproductive health issues.

Our Values

Holistic Treatment & Care

We believe in a personalized, patient centered approach, asking for input from our patients so that treatment decisions can be guided by their physical, emotional, spiritual, and certainly financial concerns.


We provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our patients place in us.


We believe in the sanctity of life and that each life created, whether naturally or through the use of reproductive technology, is unique and special.


We treat all patients with respect and dignity.

For over 25 years, Southeastern Fertility has been East Tennessee’s most trusted clinic for the treatment of infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, PCOS and endometriosis.

Southeastern Fertility pursues a holistic approach to treatment. It’s our honor to help you make your dreams of achieving pregnancy and parenthood come true. We’ll get to know you and your story, then consider the best personalized path for YOU. No cookie cutter approaches- HOPE starts with a conversation, and we’re here to listen. 

Our two physicians, Medical Director Dr. John David Gordon and Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, have over 50 years of combined expertise in the evaluation and treatment of the infertile couple. Dr. Gordon began his leadership of Southeastern Fertility in 2019, moving to Knoxville after practicing for 20 years outside of Washington D.C.   

Dr. Gordon introduced Natural Cycle IVF to East Tennessee in 2019. Natural Cycle IVF is a simpler, less expensive form of IVF preferred by many couples who are unable or unwilling to pursue traditional IVF.  He has also championed Mini-Stim IVF, which uses both oral and low doses of injectable fertility medications to produce an average of 3-8 eggs. Mini-Stim IVF costs much less than traditional Stimulated Cycle IVF and also reduces the risk of excessive numbers of embryos being created. Most patients pursuing Mini-Stim IVF will have 1-2 embryos for transfer and 1-2 additional embryos to freeze. Stimulated Cycle IVF may represent the best option for older patients and those who fail to respond well to the medication protocol utilized for Mini-Stim IVF. All 3 options (Natural Cycle IVF, Mini-Stim IVF and Stimulated Cycle IVF) are offered here at Southeastern Fertility!

Southeastern Fertility does not offer any treatments that utilize donor egg, donor sperm or the use of a gestational carrier (surrogate). Southeastern Fertility does not offer genetic testing of embryos created by IVF. 

Dr. Jeffrey Keenan founded Southeastern Fertility almost three decades ago and remains clinically active, seeing patients 3 days a week in our Knoxville office. Dr. Keenan is widely renowned for his clinical expertise treating infertile couples. He is also well known for co-founding the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a non-profit that provides matching services to those patients with left-over IVF embryos that they are willing to relinquish to couples pursuing Embryo Adoption. Dr. Keenan is the president and medical director of the NEDC. 

Southeastern Fertility performs more cycles of Embryo Adoption than any other fertility clinic in the world. Millions of people were captivated by the birth of Molly Everette Gibson in 2020. Molly was born after a successful frozen embryo transfer performed at Southeastern Fertility.  Her parents adopted her through the NEDC, and she joins her older sister Emma, who was also the result of a successful frozen embryo transfer. Both of these girls were frozen as early-stage embryos from the same IVF cycle performed over 2 decades ago!

At Southeastern Fertility we believe in a personalized, patient-centered approach, asking for your input on treatment based upon your personal physical, emotional, spiritual, and certainly financial needs. Whatever your next step is, we look forward to serving and caring for you. Why not reach out to schedule an appointment and begin your journey with Southeastern Fertility today?

Our Doctors

Dr. John Gordon and Dr. Jeffrey Keenan lead our caring, committed team.

Dr. John Gordon


Dr. Jeffrey Keenan


Our Staff

Our staff is constantly challenged to provide compassionate and sensitive care, realizing that women have many different needs and abilities in complying with their treatment plans. We ask you to write out your concerns at each visit, and will provide a written summary of instructions for you when you leave if appropriate.

While we are a tertiary referral center for the region's general gynecologists, we do not require a referral to make an appointment. We do ask that you bring as much of your medical record to your initial visit as possible, though. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve your goals!

John David Gordon, M.D.

Medical Director

Jeffrey Keenan, M.D., HCLD



Allyn Ann Simpson, WHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Lynda McCollum

RN, IVF Nurse Coordinator

Mari Campbell


Brooke Huguenard


Melanie Duncan

Certified Surgical Tech

Sherry Schoolfield


Stephanie Smith


Susan Lake

RMA, Clinic Coordinator

Lauren Dyckman

RN, IVF Nurse

Brittany Hegseth

RN, IVF Nurse

Penny Gaines


Front Office

D. La 'Jean Robinson

BSN, RN, MBA, Practice Administrator

Taylor Taylor

Front Office Coordinator

Alyssa Moore

Medical Assistant


Tyl H Taylor, Ph.D., HCLD

Lab Director

Sarah Coe Atkinson

IVF Lab Supervisor, Embryologist

Julia DuBois

MSc., Junior Embryologist, Andrologist

Anna Seiber

B.S., Andrologist

We're Here to Help

Hope starts with a conversation. Reach out to begin your journey.

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