High Risk Breast Center

During your mammogram, your Harris Breast Center Technologist will ask you questions about your personal and family history and complete a Lifetime Risk Assessment for breast cancer.

Research has shown that certain health and family history factors increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

If you are at high risk for breast cancer, taking advantage of certain medical options may detect cancer at an earlier age – or decrease your risk for development of breast cancer.

The team at the Boone Medical Group High Risk Breast Clinic provides comprehensive breast cancer screening, genetic risk evaluation and counseling if you are at increased risk of breast cancer. Together we can help you to be proactive in your breast health.

The Boone Medical Group High Risk Breast Clinic is led by Dr. Anne Petersen, MD.  Dr. Petersen is a board-certified general surgeon who joined Boone Medical Group after practicing for nearly 11 years in Jefferson City. She received her medical degree in St. Louis in 2001 and went on to complete her general surgery residency in 2006. While practicing full time, she also received her Masters of Business Administration in 2009.

Dr. Petersen is joined by Tonya Linthacum, FNP. Tonya is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Boone Medical Group High Risk Breast Clinic. Tonya earned her Bachelor and Master of Nursing degrees from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Petersen and Tonya are backed by a team of expert radiologists, oncologists and caregivers at Boone Hospital Center, Harris Breast Center and Missouri Cancer Associates.

Boone Surgery High Risk Breast Clinic

Our High-Risk Breast Clinic team of cancer care specialist offers a full range of breast cancer prevention and early detection services. This includes comprehensive breast cancer screening, individualized risk assessment and management, and genetic counseling and testing.

Research has shown that certain health and family risk factors can increase the woman's chance of developing breast cancer.

You may consider a High Risk Breast Health Evaluation if you have one or several of these breast risk factors:

  • A family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • A personal history of ovarian cancer
  • A first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with a known genetic mutation ( such as the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes)
  • Breast cancer in a male relative
  • Precancerous breast biopsy
  • Personal history of noninvasive breast cancer
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Chest Radiation between the ages of 10 and 30

What to expect during your breast health evaluation:

  • Risk model assessments to estimate your lifetime risk of breast cancer
  • A clinical breast exam and education on how to do a self-breast exam
  • Review of previous mammogram and other breast imaging studies
  • Orders for screening tests such as appropriate mammogram or breast MRI or breast ultrasound
  • A personalized comprehensive care plan that is right for you
  • Education on strategies to reduce breast cancer including counseling on lifestyle modifications, risk reducing medications, and risk reducing surgery
  • Patient educational materials

How to prepare for your visit:

  • Bring any outside breast imaging films or reports such as mammograms ultrasounds or breast MRIs
  • Provide information about prior breast biopsies in surgeries you have had
  • Bring any genetic testing results for you or family members
  • Obtain information about your family's health history, especially any history of types of cancers in ages of their diagnosis

Meet our team:


Anne Petersen, MD


Terry Elwing, MD


Tonya Linthacum, NP


Logan Frank, MD

What to expect

At your first appointment you will complete a detailed questionnaire about your personal and family health history and receive a physical exam. The team will work with you to suggest a comprehensive care plan that is right for you.

Additional services may include:

  • MRI
  • Genetic testing
  • Suggestions for lifestyle changes
  • Risk-reducing medication
  • Risk-reducing surgery

Office and Hours

Find us:
1601 E. Broadway, Suite 240
Columbia, MO 65201

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: 573.815.8145