John C. Pittman, M.D.
Dr. Pittman has had a long-standing interest in women’s health and innovative strategies for cancer prevention and treatment. He received his B.S. in biology in 1980 and an M.S. in biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Georgia in 1982. He received his M.D. degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1986 and attended the Pediatric Residency Program at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with an emphasis in Preventive Medicine. Later, while serving as Emergency Department Director at hospitals in Rocky Mount and Southport, NC, he began exploring ways to combine conventional medicine with nutrition, botanicals, and other natural therapies as an integral part of clinical medical practice.
Soon after Dr. Pittman founded the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine in 1994, he became interested in thermography to assist with breast cancer screening in women who were considering bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. It was then that he began working with Lewis Stocks, M.D., Ph.D., a Raleigh breast surgeon who founded Carolina Thermascan in the late 1990s. Dr. Pittman purchased the business in 2007 with Dr. Stocks remaining on staff and reading all scans. Dr. Pittman regards breast thermography as a superb opportunity for early detection and ultimately for the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer. “When a thermogram is read as abnormal, we recommend that the area be examined by ultrasound,” Dr. Pittman says. “If normal, then specific strategies for improving breast health may be employed to reverse whatever process is occurring. Such strategies will often result in a normal thermogram three to six months later.”
As a result of Dr. Stock’s retirement in July 1, 2012, Dr. Pittman has become a member of the American Academy of Thermology and underwent their certification training course in August 2012. He is now implementing newly approved breast thermography guidelines developed by the academy in collaboration with the International Academy of Thermology.
Sharon is the thermography technician for Carolina Thermascan, performing all procedures and preparing reports. She was trained by Kristin Donadeo, a technician who trained under Dr. Stocks. Sharon received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (minoring in Composite Science). In addition, she completed Harvard University’s Health Careers Program and the Medical Billers Program at Allied Schools, Laguna Hills, CA.
Highly effective in detecting breast abnormalities and helps identify risk factors that may predispose women to breast cancer.
Involves no direct contact, carries no risk or side effects. It is pain-free, non-invasive, with no radiation exposure.
Obtains a fingerprint of breast characteristics that should remain the same in future scans enabling regular monitoring.
Sensitivity is superior to that of mammography and ideal in situations where mammograms tend to be inaccurate or unsafe.