John C. Pittman, M.D.
Director and Certified Thermologist
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, continuing to read all scans until his retirement in July 2012. That year, Dr. Pittman jointed the American Academy of Thermology undergoing certification training with a focus on newly established breast guidelines. In 2015, Dr. Pittman underwent further advanced training on the additional applications of thermal imaging, expanding the services Carolina Thermascan now provides.
Sharon Reynolds, B.S.
Certified Thermographic Technician
Sharon joined the staff of Carolina Thermascan as our first thermographer in 2010, performing all procedures and preparing reports after interpretation by Dr. Pittman. Sharon received a Bachelor’s 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. In 2013, Sharon completed the Thermography Technicians Training Course and was certified by the American Academy of Thermology.
Amanda was born in South Carolina and moved to Wilmington, NC with her family. She attended Cape Fear Community College where she obtained her Nursing Assistant certification and her Medical Technologist license in 2009. Amanda joined the staff of Carolina Thermascan in 2015 as our second Thermographer.
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.
In recent years, thermal imaging technology has greatly improved, offering a high-sensitivity tool that can supplement mammography.