– Christopher P. Montville, M.D.“TFI offers a combination of the highest levels of scientific expertise with a dedication to helping each patient achieve their dream of building a happy and healthy family. It is an honor to be apart of TFI and to help our patients, in any way possible, through their fertility journey. ”
ABOUT TENNESSEE FERTILITY INSTITUTE
Tennessee Fertility Institute is dedicated to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art fertility care to the residents of Tennessee and its surrounding areas. We recognize that our patients have a choice in care providers, and we are committed to providing compassionate, individualized, and cost-effective service that places the highest priority not only on your outcome, but also on your experience during your journey to parenthood.
Meet Our Team
Partner & Practice Director
Christopher P. Montville, M.D., is the Practice Director for Tennessee Fertility Institute. After completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, Dr. Montville completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Montville is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After completing his training, Dr. Montville moved to Montana where he developed and managed the first and only IVF/Fertility Center in the state.
Q&A with Dr. Montville:
What do you like most about what you do?
Building relationships with patients is the most fulfilling part of what I do. The infertility journey can often be long and difficult. It is an honor to be asked to participate in this very personal aspect of a patient’s life. My daily goals are to have a positive impact on each patient’s journey and to build good relationships in the process.
In practice, what are you most proud of?
Prior to moving to Tennessee, I helped build and direct the first IVF/fertility center in the state of Montana. With the help of a great patient care team and supportive hospital administration, we provided services to patients from a 500-mile radius who previously had no other fertility care options. At TFI, we provide state of the art fertility care in an area that has also been previously underserved. It is very rewarding for me to provide access to care where patients live and work so they don’t have to travel great distances to get the kind of care they deserve.
Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
I became intensely curious about reproductive biology while in graduate school at the University of Wyoming. As a medical student, my background in reproductive biology helped me better understand the intricate relationships between maternal and fetal health during pregnancy. A career in reproductive medicine offered me the ability to combine my academic training with my desire to help women and families achieve healthy and safe pregnancies.
What is your approach to medicine?
I have learned over the years that there is not one right answer for every patient or medical scenario. The human body is very complex. A specific medical treatment that may have helped one patient may not work as well in another person. In my medical practice, I try to approach each patient as a unique individual. I also think it is very important to focus not only on the specific problem a person may have, but to consider all aspects of a person’s well-being when treating a certain condition. Good psychological, emotional, and physical health are also very important for successful outcomes.
Share something unique people don’t know about you.
I have a life-long love of music and studied classical piano performance while in college.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I have been blessed with a loving family with whom I spend most of my free time. I love being outdoors. Fly fishing, skiing, and boating are some of my favorite hobbies. I also enjoy reading historical non-fiction when I have the time.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Internship & Residency
University of Michigan Hospitals, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Donna R. Session, M.D.
Donna R. Session, M.D., is the Medical Director for Tennessee Fertility Institute and is an experienced fertility specialist who is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Session also serves as the Director of the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Director of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School where she was mentored by Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones, the pioneers of IVF in the USA, to pursue a career in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Jennifer Miller, BS, BA, TS(ABB)
Jennifer is a Senior Embryologist who joins Tennessee Fertility Institute with twenty-one years of IVF experience in the fields of Andrology, Embryology, and Preimplantation Genetics. She received a BA in English and a BS in Biology from Lipscomb University. She is board certified as a Technical Supervisor by the American Board of BioAnalysis. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and has presented her research on laboratory quality control and low ovarian reserve at national meetings. She served as a speaker on the Organon sponsored lectureship and is a former editor-in-chief of SartTimes, a publication by the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology. She has worked as a traveling embryologist, served as a laboratory consultant, and provided biopsy training to embryologists and laboratories across the country. She is a native of Tennessee and is proud to be a part of the staff at Tennessee Fertility Institute. As an infertility patient herself, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that our patients face and a deep desire to help them on their journey.