Five Medical Providers in Norton Bring Diverse Skills as New
Members of Wellmont Medical Associates
Aug. 5, 2016 – Wellmont
Medical Associates’ delivery of superior care has attracted a
multidisciplinary team of well-respected health care providers to join the
physician-led and professionally managed organization.
Three physicians and two physician assistants who previously
practiced as Appalachian Healthcare Associates recently became members of
Wellmont Medical Associates. Now known as WMA Appalachian Healthcare, the
practice continues to serve patients at 338 Coeburn Ave. Southwest, and the
exceptional care for which it has been known will remain a hallmark.
The physicians are Tommy Potter, M.D., a pediatrician and
allergist; Wes Campbell, D.O., a pediatrician and internal medicine physician;
and David Sheppard, D.O., an internal medicine physician. The physician
assistants are Stacey Gipe, who practices family medicine and women’s health,
and Nick Sluss, who practices family medicine and pediatrics.
“These providers have been valuable members of the medical
community in Norton, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our
organization,” said David Brash, president and CEO of Wellmont Medical
Associates. “It’s particularly helpful to Wellmont
Health System because their expertise in multiple fields will enhance our
continuum of care. Their reputation for delivering high-quality care is a
perfect fit with our other physicians and medical professionals, who have
positively impacted the lives of Southwest Virginians.”
As established practitioners in Wise County, Drs. Potter,
Campbell and Sheppard, as well as Gipe and Sluss, will fit seamlessly into
Wellmont Medical Associates. The group has worked collaboratively and developed
collegial professional relationships with the medical staff and other clinical
professionals at Mountain
View Regional Medical Center and Lonesome
Pine Hospital as well as those who provide outpatient care.
“I have known these professionals for years and have always
been impressed with their commitment to deliver compassionate care that
improves the lives of their patients,” said Maurice Nida, D.O., chairman of the
Wellmont Medical Associates board of directors, who operates a primary care
practice in Norton. “We look forward to integrating their innovative approach
to health care and sharing best practices with them to enhance the patient care
With the practice now part of Wellmont Medical Associates,
its patients can sign up for MyWellmont,
a free portal that enables them to examine a portion of their electronic
medical record, look at test results, review medications, request refills,
check upcoming appointments and send messages to their physicians.
The practice will also adopt Wellmont’s electronic health
record, which enables the physicians and physician assistants to review the
history of a patient’s care with Wellmont. That will give them the opportunity
for a more complete understanding of a patient’s health and help them make the
best decisions about his or her care.
Dr. Potter said he and his colleagues in the group are
pleased they were able to align with a health system that matched their goals
“Wellmont is an outstanding organization that is prepared to
assist patients when they are sick but places great emphasis on working with
them to ensure they stay healthy,” Dr. Potter said. “We share that enthusiasm
and are excited to build on the professional associations we have enjoyed with
Wellmont now as integrated members of one of the elite health systems in the
nation. With the many resources Wellmont offers, our transition has gone
smoothly and provided us with even more options should our patients need
For more information, please visit www.wellmontphysicians.org.