Meet Tenner Guillaume, M.D., Orthopedics

Posted On: Mar 4, 2012

If you’re a regular visitor to Gillette, you may have noticed a number of fresh faces in our St. Paul hospital and outpatient clinics throughout the Metro. In the last year, we’ve welcomed over 20 new physicians and nurse practitioners, all supporting specialties – including orthopedics, rehabilitation, neurosurgery and more – in which we’ve seen continued growth. Beginning this Monday, we’ll give you the inside scoop on some of our newest specialists like Dr. Tenner Guillaume.

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
A. My family and I particularly enjoy travel.  We traveled to San Francisco, Paris and Bruges, Belgium this past fall.  We also enjoy food and eating out at local restaurants.  Stereotypically, I like playing and watching sports.

Q. Do you have any pets or kids?
A. My wife and I have a 9 month old daughter named Isla and we also have a 7 year old chocolate standard poodle named Boo Radley.

Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire?
A. Superman of course.

Q. What is your favorite food?
A. So that I don’t actually have to choose a favorite food, because that would be next to impossible given that I love all food, I will go with a favorite dessert: crème brulee.  

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?
A. Can I pick two?  Biology and math without a doubt but I also liked English and creative writing a lot.  However, if you really pinned me down, I would probably go with Biology.

Q.    Who did you admire when you were a kid?
A. My father.  He was and is a very hard worker and created a very successful career for himself having moved to the US from Belgium when he was 25 years old to initially work as a prep school language teacher.  Not to mention that he is fluent in 7 different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch/Flemish, Greek, Latin).

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?
A. The patients.  I feel privileged that families and kids put their faith in me at what can be very trying and stressful moments in their lives, and I feel that it is in these moments that I can be someone to lean on, someone to reassure, and someone to effect positive change.  I have the best job in the world.

Tenner Guillaume, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. His professional interests include management of pediatric congenital and idiopathic scoliosis as well as isthmic spondylolisthesis. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed an internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and a spine surgery fellowship through the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis. Guillaume has presented research, posters and abstracts and has professional publications. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He is a candidate for membership in the Scoliosis Research Society and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.