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Our Team

Meet Our Neurosurgical Team

You’re in great hands at TN Brain and Spine. Our board-certified neurosurgeons have more than 35 years of combined medical experience performing minimally invasive and traditional surgeries to treat injuries and diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system. For a full list of services and conditions treated, click here. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to tell you a little more about our neurosurgical team.

Joel Norman, MD of the neurosurgical team at TN Brain and Spine
Joel E. Norman, MD

Joel E. Norman, MD

Board Certified in Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive image guided spinal surgery
  • Endoscopic pituitary surgery
  • Image-guided stereotactic surgery for intracranial disease
  • Gamma Knife

Medical School:

East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine


Neurological Service,
Veterans Administration Hospital

University of Kentucky

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Dr. Norman joined TN Brain and Spine in July 2011. He is a native of Seymour, Tennessee and is committed to being a leading provider of neurosurgical care by bringing advanced technologies and the latest treatments to our communities so you can always get excellent care close to home. 

Dr. Norman performs surgeries at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Jeffrey Albea, MD
Jeffrey Albea, MD

Jeffrey Albea, MD

Board Certified in Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests:

  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Complex spinal conditions and procedures
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery

Medical School:

LSU Medical School


Neurological Surgery,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Albea performs surgeries at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Getting to Know Dr. Albea

Click here to watch a short video to learn more about Dr. Albea.


Dr. Norman is supported by certified nurses highly trained to deal with the complex problems of a neurosurgical patient.

Carol Crye, APN

Carol Crye, APN
Carol Crye, APN

Carol joined Dr. Reid as a nurse practitioner in October 2008 and made the move to TN Brain and Spine, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with both Dr. Reid and Dr. Norman in January 2013. She received her master’s certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, in January of 1996. Her Master of Science in Nursing was received in December 1995, and her bachelor of science in nursing was received in 1986, both from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Carol has worked in different aspects of surgical care for over 15 years. Her duties at TN Brain and Spine include assisting both physicians in surgery and patient care in the office.

Away from the hospital, Carol enjoys spending time with her husband Rick and their daughter Olivia.

Make an Appointment with Our Team

For more information about the neurosurgical services and conditions treated at TN Brain and Spine or to make an appointment, please call (865) 331-2835. Click here to learn more about our office.