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Dr. Reid Blackwelder

Family Medicine
Kingsport, TN
37 years experience male



Kingsport, TN


201 Cassel Dr, Kingsport, TN

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12am
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

Aetna Life Insurance Company




I am originally from Atlanta, GA, but consider Northeast Tennessee home now. I graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received my medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, cum laude. After completing my residency and a teaching fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, I became "a simple country doctor" in Trenton, GA, a town of 1400. This experience opened my eyes as to how much fun practicing medicine can be, as well as revealed how bizarrely our medical education system is structured. I decided to return to an academic setting to try to change what I could from within the system. I actively see patients in the office, have a hospital practice, do OB, teach medical students and Family Medicine residents and take call. I am always looking to integrate different healing systems when caring for my patients, and routinely prescribe botanical and allopathic medications, discuss exercise and nutritional issues, explore a person's emotional and spiritual support systems, and refer to other healers.

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Family Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Doctor Q&A

795 Answers
925 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Just start!: The way to get back junto shape is to start exercising! start low and go slow so as not to overdo it. But perhaps walking, bicycling, gentle body weight exercises, yoga, swimming, dancing - whatever you enjoy and will do! if uncertain, many gyms have trainers who can work with you. And eat well, stay hydrated, sleep regularly and find a way to handle stress in a balanced fashion. Have fun.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many: Irritable bowel syndrome has many treatments but can still be frustrating. First overall be sure to eat healthy foods and focus on high fiber foods, or take a fiber supplement. Stay hydrated. Exercise and watching stress can help. Over the counter enteric coated peppermint oil have good studies supporting its use for ibs. Lemon balm, an herbal can help. And several prescription drugs can help.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Where have heard?: I am not aware of any problems taking a multivitamin and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) together. The only thing i can think of is if the vitamin c dose is high, it may make for a more acidic environment and so affect drug absorption. But i found no studies suggesting this actually happens.

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Mar 28, 2014
Our current AAFP president. If this MD has the trust of the majority of FM doctors in the nation....you can trust him with his answers. Thank you for your leadership. To the future of DPC:)...am su...Read More
Feb 21, 2013
I was taught by Dr Blackwelder in medical school and still remember his words of wisdom and his love of family medicine and wellness
Sep 10, 2013
A fantastic and dedicated physician. Great answers and very helpful! Thank you!
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Dear Dr. Blackwelder, Thank you for mentioning that a headache does not have to be present. We had quite an extensive series of tests conducted a year and ago when CVS was first diagnosed, including ...Read More
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thank you. its my daughter she has been having a cough on and off for weeks now. she has been to the doctor twice now and he has just givin her cough meds. now her right side of her face has swollen a...Read More
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Thank you, the doctor moved my arm up above my head, triggering the pain in my neck, which at the same time causes the pain up my neck and into my ear. She did check my ears and said they were fine.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1984MD


Completed 1987


2008 AAFP Teacher of the Year
2010 Caduceus Club Mentor of the Year
2000 Gold Humanism in Medicine


Quillen College of Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
Wellmont holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center
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