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Old 11-07-2019, 12:52 AM
 
Location: California. But moving to eastern Tennessee in the spring of 2018
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Hi there,

My hubby, son (adult), 80 year old aunt & I are moving to the Kingsport area in a couple of weeks.
We'll be in need of a highly recommended doctor for our health needs. (Diabetes & thyroid issues, fibromyalgia) and I will also be looking for a great neuro surgeon, as I have a very bad back and have had 3 surgeries on my spine. (Thinking I may look in the Knoxville area for him/ her).

Hate looking for new doctors, especially in an area that is new to us.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

I know there have been some issues with the hospitals there. Suggestions on which to avoid etc?

Thanks so very much
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Are you moving to Kingsport or the Tri-Cities area? There is a distinct difference from a medical standpoint.

Kingsport's Level 1 trauma center at Holston Valley (HVMC) was recently downgraded to a Level 3 trauma center. Bristol's level 2 was also downgraded to level 3. Holston Valley also had a NICU and that level of service was also removed. Indian Path Medical Center was "downgraded" from a "medical center" to a "community hospital," with presumably some level of functionality being removed.

For better or worse, the best of the area's medical care is being consolidated in Johnson City, from the level 1 trauma center, the NICU, to numerous specialists. With your array of medical problems, there's simply no way I'd consider living in Kingsport. Most of your specialists and the best hospitals are in JC, and you're going to likely be driving to JC anyway for medical appointments. Kingsport was competitive from a medical standpoint before the recent reshuffling, but it's just not anymore.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of the complaints with "Ballad hospitals" are centered around HVMC. HVMC served Kingsport (which has multiple large heavy industry employers - more risk) and was also the "real medical center" for much of southwest Virginia and even portions of extreme eastern KY and southern WV. There are issues with ED wait times at the larger facilities on occasion, but if you can, go to one of the community hospitals.

My mom and ex-girlfriend both have autoimmune conditions. The only rheumatologist in the area they've liked was Dr. Gerald Falasca with State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. However, he was so backed up that they opted to go to Knoxville instead. Any sort of autoimmune problem might as well be a disease from Mars.

Gerald Falasca - State of Franklin Healthcare Associates

I wouldn't even consider getting neurosurgery in this area. A former professor of mine was diagnosed with some form of brain cancer a couple years ago. He was immediately sent to Duke for surgery and cancer treatment.

Routine medical needs can be handled here. More complicated problems are often referred to UT Medical Center, or even Duke/Vanderbilt. If I had serious conditions that required expert level care, there's no way I'd live here.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Gate City, VA
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My mom has Lupus and is being sent to Knoxville in March. The health care around here is crazy. If you have conditions that need more specialized treatment this is a terrible place to live.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:45 AM
 
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Dr Palmer (Female) and Dr Bates (male) as a GP. Both are fine people, located in Kingsport, or close. They will recommend good people as well.


Johnson City medical care is poor at best. Just too many non paying residents trying to use an already overburdened system. There are exceptions, but stay in Kingsport if you can.


Dr. Jason Park in Kingsport is about the only decent neuro guy around. He does not do backs for the most part, but can evaluate and recommend. There is one guy in the area ( I will get the name...he is relatively new) who I hear is decent, but stay away from the rest of them. They are in WAY over their heads and will tell you they have experience, but not in the latest and greatest techniques. Not their fault, they just don't compare with a doc who is doing 10 backs a week, whereas they do a couple of this and a couple of that.


For specialized medical care, people here go to U Va in Charlottesville, Cleveland Clinic,John Hopkins in Baltimore, Vanderbilt, and for things like cancer, get to the Mayo Clinic.


The Tri Cities has decent basic medical care. For specialized stuff you need to go outside the area.


You will find there is so much good about the Appalachian Highlands that a shortfall in medical care is not really an inconvenience.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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I think local healthcare covers most medical conditions really well. Minor surgeries ... still very good. For the specialties, I think diabetes and cardiovascular are pretty well covered, but any specialized conditions or advanced surgeries require travel. Many of the advanced conditions can be treated in Knoxville (2 hours), others may require going to Duke, Vandy, Atl, etc - which are all under a 5-hour drive. You can get the healthcare you need as long as you have transportation to it.

Hardly any area is going to have all specialties covered. UT Knoxville refers its football players with concussions to Vandy. Being a football fan, this has struck me as a conflict of interest, since these teams play each other every year. Kidding of course.
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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Hi there,

My hubby, son (adult), 80 year old aunt & I are moving to the Kingsport area in a couple of weeks.
We'll be in need of a highly recommended doctor for our health needs. (Diabetes & thyroid issues, fibromyalgia) and I will also be looking for a great neuro surgeon, as I have a very bad back and have had 3 surgeries on my spine. (Thinking I may look in the Knoxville area for him/ her).

Hate looking for new doctors, especially in an area that is new to us.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

I know there have been some issues with the hospitals there. Suggestions on which to avoid etc?

Thanks so very much
Had a very bad condition that the medical world couldn't begin to treat. Went to a specialized practice in Atlanta, but they just filled me with drugs that made everything worse.

By happenstance moved to Kingsport, and then found this place in JC:
https://www.womensnutritionalhealthc...com/our-staff/
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My condition is so much better. They have methods used by your neural systems, manifested by Muscle testing response, that can detect the stressors causing the condition. Non insured but relatively cheap. One old Dr visit would cost three months of treatment here because my insurance didn't have a protocols for the disease.

Often times they are heavy metals, food issues like gluten and dairy, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc.

Many patients have fibromyalgia and diabetes that have seen enormous benefits and off all meds.

The previous Dr practice in Atlanta for my illness only uses this method now because it works.

It should be 5 stars across the board, but some people downgrade it for limiting what they may eat, which was actually severely harming them.

Was forced out by Kingport doctors for HP pressure because they were opposed to me taking supplements. Went to a Nashville/Vandy Dr and he endorsed my treatment plan. Positive that my HP problem will be resolved by proper nutrition.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:01 PM
 
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Pretty much everyone with autoimmune conditions gets better if they follow the eating rules and supplements given. Met one lady that has cancer and she goes there with great success so far. pH is one of the considerations as the body pH has to be modified periodically and the cancer can’t survive pH changes from what I have gathered. Autoimmune conditions start with some stressor that get out of control. My condition had hundreds of stressors underneath, but one major one overall: mercury. The Mercury was chelated into my body by fungus, as a doctor had given me antibiotics for over a year killing off my intestinal biota so fungus filled the vacuum. There are natural chelators for each toxic metal to remove them. The pain I felt was an indication that something was wrong and each new uncovered stressor would cause a new pain or discomfort. The body wants so badly to heal, but needs the right “food” to remove the stressor. What works for one person probably won’t work for another because they have different issues they are fighting.

For a time had to go in every several weeks because it took long to eliminate the major stressors and then later to three times a week because my body purged the lesser toxins so quick and it moved on to heal something else.

The method is great because doctors don’t have to guess what will make you better. Your own body says it will by revealing it by the autonomic nervous system (muscle testing).

Went to several doctors, and was checked for mercury by blood testing, but it never showed. Turns out mercury is tightly held by the body because it doesn’t want mercury or other toxic metals circulating. But the red dots on my ankles, which is an indication of mercury poisoning, have gone away but those dots have turned brown now.

Met a couple that went there trying to get pregnant. Had many infertility doctors look at them but the first time they were checked there, the mother was found to have a virus affecting her ovaries. Only met them when they had their beautiful baby in.

Others have needed heart or kidney transplants but suddenly didn’t need transplants anymore because their organs were working fine.

The Ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates said “Let thy medicine be thy food”. Could not agree more after what I have been through. The American diet has so many poisons that the government has allowed. Had to get rid of an endless list of preservatives and food additives from my body too as my enzymes were mostly made useless because of toxic metals.

Not a fan of supplements either, as most are useless unless found to work by this method.

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