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by Mary Frances Hansen

The Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant champions healthy aging, wellness, and mental well-being. Dr. Terre Quinn went from the operating room to the stage! When Dr. Terre stepped out on the stage she captivated the audience with her presence. Not only is she a breast surgeon but a very beautiful, charming and fascinating woman with personality plus!!!

In interviewing Dr. Terre, she told me as Ms. Texas Senior America she has enjoyed having a broader platform to champion women's health, but she is also aware of other needs in the community. She is struck by the increase in violence against women that seems to happen almost daily in the news, and recently discovered there was a 10% rise in intimate partner abuse during the Covid pandemic. She is learning that intimate partner abuse, physical or emotional, crosses all socioeconomic lines, and men are victims as well.

Dr. Terre is a breast surgeon in the Plano area and has practiced surgery for over 28 years. She feels it is a joy to do what you love. Aside from educating women about breast cancer and its treatment, Dr. Terre is passionate about advocacy regarding women's health.

Dr. Terre won the coveted title of Ms. Texas Senior America 2023 and went to Atlantic City in October to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant representing Texas. She won the judges over and was crowned Ms. Senior America 2024. How exciting for Dr. Terre who is a Breast Surgeon winning the national title during Breast Cancer Awareness month. We are all so proud of her! What a blessing she will be as she travels through out the United States promoting the Ms. Senior America Pageant but also educating women about their health. She has an incredible bio I want to share with you.

Dr. Terre is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She has two sons who are engineers. She excelled academically and athletically in high school and was the female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1980. She graduated from Drake University with honors in 1984, and then in 1988 she graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, with honors. Dr. Terre was the first African American female general surgery resident at the University of Louisville Surgery Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her training there in 1994 which included an academic year of bench research. This was followed by fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Baylor University of Dallas, Texas, in 1995.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and contributing author to several peer reviewed journal articles regarding the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Terre has been selected by her peers as one of Dallas and Collin County's Best Doctors each year since 2018 and has been a guest on several local television and radio shows to provide insight regarding the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Dr. Terre is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an avid tennis player with the UTSA. She enjoys all kinds of music and began tap dancing at the age of 53. Dr. Terre played clarinet all through high school and recently started taking violin lessons. She has taught Bible School for girls 9-12th grade. She loves to travel and enjoys playing board games....(“well as long as she wins!”)

Dr. Terre is a woman of many talents and enjoys living life to the fullest. Not only is she a great breast surgeon, but has such a caring and loving bedside manner to her patients. She is a rare jewel and a blessing!!!!!

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