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New practice welcoming new patients

The Town of Unicoi has a new doctor in town who aims to be a strong medical establishment as the town’s only practice.
Dr. Cynthia Reece of Mountain Medicine Family Practice recently opened her practice on Unicoi Drive. During a recent interview with The Erwin Record, she said she is anxious to welcome new patients.
“I had been over in Colonial Heights and I decided I wanted to be a little bit closer to home (in Unicoi),” said Reece. “I also wanted to take a leap and do my own practice.”
Reece is originally from Ashland, Ky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree and followed up her undergraduate education by attending the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. From there, she interviewed for a residency in Johnson City, where she was interviewed by her to-be husband. She also interviewed for an opening in Henderson, Ky., but after she and her future husband became more serious, Reece moved to Johnson City and joined a family practice in town..
“The practice was very suitable for what I wanted to do,” said Reece. “I’ve basically been here ever since, which was in 2008.”
After noticing a need for a healthcare facility in Unicoi, Reece opted to set up her own practice in the town.
“It is a medically underserved area,” said Reece. “That’s why I got involved in medicine in the first place. Being from Eastern Kentucky, I’ve got a lot of family that has to travel several miles in order to make just a general family practice appointment.
“Unicoi stood out; there was a need here and I felt like I could make a difference in the community and the people are very similar to what I’m accustomed to up in Kentucky. It feels like home here.”
Reece considers her office a traditional family practice. They see infants from ages six weeks and up to the elderly.
“We do regular physicals, coughs, colds, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, sports physicals, pre-employment physicals … stuff like that,” said Reece. “Basically, just your general family practice.”
For those interested in becoming patients at Mountain Medicine Family Practice, there are several avenues available for doing so. The practice has a website, www.mountainmedicinetn.com, that has a new patient application form that can be filled out and sent via email.
If a person does not have internet access or does not want to sign up via computer, Reece encourages people to stop by the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and fill out an application in person.
Mountain Medicine Family Practice is located across the street from Friends Restaurant and is adjacent to Unicoi Town Hall.