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Dr. Joseph Sentef

Family Medicine
Chattanooga, TN
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Chattanooga, TN

Address

6740 Lee Highway , Chattanooga, TN
Directions

About

Bio

I have specialties in Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Public Health Medicine and have practiced for over 30 years. I am also an arthritis researcher specializing in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. I am medical director of various Fortune 500 companies in the U.S.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Tennessee

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
106 Agrees
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
They can: Two types of cysts commonly occur underneath the skin, epidermoid cysts and sebaceous cysts. Both usually appear as flesh-colored or whitish-yellow sm... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Possible kidney inf: You could have a possible kidney infection. Your doctor should check a kidney infection.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Multiple Symptoms: Muscle and joint pains, carpal tunnel/tendonitis problems. Neck discomfort/enlargement hair/skin changes bowel problems menstrual irregularities ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Acne wash: Acne wash with benzoyl peroxides would be more effective thab lemons.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Diets can help acne: The relationship between certain foods and the production of acne has not been scientifically established yet. However, a diet plan for acne would inc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Anytime: It could take up to 3 months for your period to return to a normal cycle. Beyond that time, yiu should see your doctor.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoylperoxiides: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Normal: Yes, that feeling of fatigue is totally normal. You have lost fluids and nutrients so your body is dehydtated. Drinking clear lquid fluids should help... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, thyroid can: Yes, hoarseness can be associated with thyroid disease. It can also be assoxiated with other tumors of the throid and larynx. You should get your thyr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Can be normal: This is not uncommon. Stressors, sudeen weight gain or weight loss could all contribute to irregular menses. Most of the time, you will return to base... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoylperoxide: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No, better options: No, acnotin or Accutane has been used in the past and has displayed great sucess with cystic acne but is now highly regulated due to side effects incl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, normal: Yes, it is normal. When a period ends, the blood flow is minimal and can result in a brownish discharge.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Up to a year: It can take up to a year for the irritation of a nerve root s/p surgery to heal. You should experience improvement weekly unless the numbness disappea... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoylperoxide: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Alpha-adrenergics: Medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers help relax the muscles of the prostate gland. They include: •alfuzosin (uroxatral) •doxazosin (cardur... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Herbal supplement: Memo plus gold is a good memory enhancer. It is from brahmi or bacopa monniera in latin, is a creeper plant found along the periphery of marshes and p... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Dehydration: You may be drinking insuffienct amounts of water that can lead to cramping. You should also check potassium, calcium and magnesium levels. Low levels ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel (quetiapine) xr is a once-daily tablet approved in adults for (1) add-on treatment to an antidepressant for patients with major depressive di... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Diet helps acne: The relationship between certain foods and the production of acne has not been scientifically established yet. However, a diet plan for acne would inc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Alpha-adrenergics: Medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers help relax the muscles of the prostate gland. They include: •alfuzosin (uroxatral) •doxazosin (cardur... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoperoxide: The treatmenrs consist of using a benzoperoxide facial cream, using a shampoo with conditioner because conditioners will block skin pores giving rise ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: Any product with benzoyloperoxide is acceptable. Avoiding shampoo with conditioner would also be helpful because conditioner will block skin pores and... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Ulcer disease: Pantoprazole is used for short-term treatment of erosion and ulceration of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Initial treatment ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Impetigo: With antibiotic treatment, impetigo starts resolving in 5 to 7 days. It is highly infectious.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, it can: Avoid fenugreek if you have either an underactive thyroid or overactive thyroid gland. Phyllis a. Balch, author of 'prescription for herbal healing, '... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes it can!: Anxiety affects the who body including the heart, lungs and muscles and acts like a stressor on the body. This causes fatigue. Severe anxiety can caus... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No MD needed: No, food poisoning should subside by itself. Make sure you drink clear liquids to hydrate your body. If the diarrhea doesn't subside within 7 days, se... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Diarrhea subsides: Stay on clear liquids until the diarrhea subsides. It is important to avoid dehydation so liquids are a must. After the diarrhea stops, go back slowly... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Very common: Prostatitis is very common in men in their 30s. Treatment consists of antibiotics daily for 3 to 4 weeks.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Normal.: That are the remnants of the end of your period. When the bleeding is minimal, there is a associated brownish discharge cause by a very small amount o... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Antibiotics: Prostatitis is usually treated with a 21 day to 28 day course of antibiotics. If no improvement occurs, you should see an urologist.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Hormones: It is probably hormonal. Estrogens and Progesterone surges during pregnancy which also makes the woman more emotional.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Exercise will help: Exercise is a good method to improving ef. There are also a few medications that can be helpful. Check with your cardiologists to discuss the best opt... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
See MD: I would see your doctor. Your insomnia could be emotional but i would check your thyroid and other labs. Try avoiding caffeine, tv, in your bedroom af... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sentef
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Normal: It depends on your average periods. 4 days in not unusual. It is often dependent on the fluctuating amount of Progesterone in your body. Continue to l... Read More

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Nov 1, 2021
Dr Sentef, we transported to Ga in 2010-11 with severe RA. you stated worst case youve ever seen. your treatment gave her miracle results in week. is there anyone in Texas, Beaumont you could refer to...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sentef is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sentef is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I usually use conditionair for my hair because that's the only way to keep it smooth, how do i do then?
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Thanks for your quick reply! My periods are usually 7 days long. Thank you for getting back so quic
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Mississippi School of Medicine, MS
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

University of Tennessee

Awards

Thought Leader, First Place, Chattanooga, TN - Winter
2013
Top Family Physician, Third Place, Tennessee - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Chattanooga Region, TN - Summer
2013
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